Updated: 13 July 2016, and will continue to be updated as more information is made known.
The recent Brexit vote and the United Kingdom’s confirmation of withdrawal from the European Union is a big deal in so many ways, from the world economy to industry and beyond. Here, we’ll focus on how Brexit will affect and impact travelers and the travel industry.
The foremost concern, it seems, for travelers is how the borders between the UK and the continent might be impacted. It is important to remember that the United Kingdom has always excluded itself from the Schengen Area, by means of an opt-out. Thus, there have always been border controls, though its EU status allows citizens to move and reside in other countries.
Flip through the tabs below to see how Brexit might affect borders, based on citizenship:
Borders (Other Possible Scenarios)
Besides the obvious border concerns between the UK and the rest of the EU, there are other borders that may be reconfigured in the future. The two most apparent would be:
- The border between the Republic of Ireland (EU, not Schengen) and Northern Ireland (part of UK)
- The border between Scotland and the rest of the UK
These will take some time to see how everything will play out, but it is a possibility that Scotland and Northern Ireland may each hold their own referendums on whether to leave the UK, as both constituent countries were more in favor of the UK’s continued EU membership.
Should Scotland and/or N. Ireland part with the UK, they will each most likely join the European Union; actually, the only way they would leave the UK would really be if they had EU assurances first that they would be accepted into the EU. Thus, the remainder of the UK, which might just be England and Wales, would likely follow any rules that the rest of the EU has placed on it.
Scotland‘s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she won’t seek a physical border between Scotland and England, though she admits that they’re “in uncharted territory right now.”[source]
Northern Ireland has voiced less support than Scotland for leaving the UK, but it will be something to watch either way. There is very little chance that the Irish on either side of their island would allow a border between them.
Cost of Travel Post-Brexit
I hate to seem so insensitive and talk about the impact that Brexit will have on flight prices, but I must do so, as it is relevant for this site. Brexit was a major event with global reach, with some saying that it is the most important world event since the collapse of the Soviet Union, even.
Flip through the tabs below to see how Brexit might affect travel costs, based on citizenship:
Other Possible Future Considerations
There are many details that will need to be worked out between the UK and the EU. As of now, everything remains the same, and the UK is still a member of the European Union. However, here are some possibilities to consider:
We’ll continue to update this as the events unfold.
*This article from Refinery29 needs to be fixed (states UK is part of Schengen).