Brexit: what are the consequences for tourism?

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Pau Monfort

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On June 23, 2016, 51,6% of Britons voted in favor of Brexit, in other words for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. What are the consequences of this referendum in the tourism sector? Don't panic, I'll explain everything to you!

What is Brexit?

The term Brexit is the abbreviation of "British Exit" designating the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

After Brexit, what are the steps to get to the UK?

Currently, to travel to the United Kingdom, you just need to show your national identity card. For the time being, there is no change because the country was not already part of the Schengen area.

However, when Brexit takes effect and depending on upcoming agreements between the UK and the European Union, tourists may need to have a visa to travel.

Is the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union favorable for tourists?

Following the announcement of Brexit, the price of the British Pound plunged against the Euro. Indeed, on June 24, 2016, the British Pound lost more than 10% !!! So, buy pounds sterling is a good plan !!

Therefore, traveling in the country is currently very favorable for European tourists who are seeing their purchasing power increase!

However, once Brexit is enacted, low cost airlines will no longer benefit from agreements with the European Union and prices could increase.

Regarding, theEurostar, according to Eurotunnel, there would be no consequences.

Brexit: what consequences in the event of illness in the United Kingdom?

Once Brexit is effective, the European Health Insurance Card will no longer allow you to benefit from free care and you will need to take out health insurance.

Brexit: what consequences for French expatriates in the United Kingdom?

Currently, you do not need a residence permit to live or work in the UK. However, when the country leaves the European Union you will have to have a residence card, then after 5 years of living on the ground, a permanent resident card.

For expats already in the UK, there is no information at this time.


Currently you can still travel to the UK with an ID card. The fall of the British Pound is favorable to tourists which gives them greater purchasing power. Therefore, spending a weekend in London is currently a good plan !!!

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