Big Ben sounded at midnight final evening to mark the completion of Brexit, signalling a host of changes for travellers visiting Europe.
With the nation now having accomplished the transition part for leaving the EU, holidaymakers heading to the Continent at the moment are probably confronted with longer wait occasions at airports, curbs on duty-free imports, and the return of knowledge roaming prices.
From right this moment, Britons can be met with extra checks at EU airports, which the European Tourism Affiliation has mentioned might result in an extra 90 seconds per passenger at passport management – or an additional 5 hours per planeload.
UK travellers are additionally confronted with a raft of latest charges and prices, together with larger journey insurance coverage premiums to cowl the outgoing European Well being Insurance coverage Card (EHIC) scheme, bigger cell phone payments (though some networks have pledged to proceed providing free roaming in the meanwhile), and extra prices and issues for these travelling with pets.
Nonetheless, there are nonetheless quite a few points of European journey that haven’t modified: monetary safety in opposition to the failure of vacation operators will proceed to be provided by the UK authorities, and British motorists are nonetheless allowed to drive with out making use of for an Worldwide Driver Allow.
The impact of the brand new journey preparations is unlikely to be felt for the following few weeks, with many European nations having barred entry for UK travellers because of the new pressure of coronavirus found final month.
Final evening noticed quite a few European nations – together with Italy, Portugal, Norway and Poland – place new restrictions on travellers arriving from the UK in impact from January 1, with exemptions just for these with important causes to journey. These modifications come as a result of the UK now falls exterior the EU, and is due to this fact no seen as a global vacation spot beneath EU-wide Covid-19 restrictions.
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