Brexit and travel to England or Europe

Brexit and travel to England or Europe

Brexit and travel to England or Europe

What does Brexit and travel to England mean for visitors in the short term to long term you wonder? Well if you are coming from anywhere else around the world, it’s definitely good news because the British pound is dropping like a big fat stone!

What is Brexit you ask?

For those who have not been following the English news lately, Brexit (British Exit) or the citizens of England have voted recently in a referendum to leave the European Union, which has a lot of ramifications to the EU community, border control and a whole series of internal politicking and commerce. While all this politicking creates turmoil and instability within the UK and Europe, this overall is  good news for travelers visiting England.  The British pound in the short term has been doing a major yo-yo effect and even predicted to decrease in value by as much as 20 percent. As of todays equivalent the pound is 1.37 to the dollar and 1.23 to the Euro. This is fantastic news for visitors that have been put of visiting England in the past due to unfavorable exchange rates that scare travelers from trying out those $12 Guinness pints.

For travelers going to Europe, exchange rates have also been fluctuating and the current dollar into Euro is at a fantastic conversion rate for Americans. As a sampling from todays exchange rate, one Euro is worth 1.11 to the US dollar which is an excellent exchange rate. This gives Americans more buying power in visiting any of the European countries and you may just want to even splurge now on your travels to Europe!


air images from above Brexit and travel to England

Any changes in Airfares?

With new changes of Britain leaving the UK, new arrangements have to be made on new service agreements with the EU. This is particularly important for the hosts of popular no-frills airlines that have popped up all over Europe including: Easy Jet, Ryan Air and German Wings. The wide choice of flights and prices will definitely be impacted from those negotiations which may take time in the future but for now prices seem to still be maintained and at very affordable prices from England to the continent and back. If you are planning a trip in the short term then this probably won’t have that much of an impact in regards to price fluctuations. Meanwhile, pay attention to any email updates you receive from booking any of those low cost carriers to see if there will be any immediate rate increases due to Brexit.

For longer range planners, it makes sense to plan ahead and book your flights as early as possible, but you can track airfare deals if you have a flexible schedule and can take advantage of air flight bargains to secure your travel. Towards the end of the summer season, if demand softens for travel to England, you may be able to find the air fare prices in decline. Also, keep a watch out for packaged tour prices to England or Europe which could be priced at a better discounts targeting US and other international visitors for these destinations. (The key is to keep and eye and check for airfare prices now and into the later summer to winter season).

Customs entry and exit to England

For non EU visitors to England, you will have still have to go through the regular UK customs entry and exit (sorry but that means regular long lines). For EU visitors to England, changes will happen in the future depending on what is negotiated and agreed for customs entry.  EU travelers may still have access quicker customs entry or may eventually be following along the rest of the travelers through the non UK citizens entry to England. This means longer lines over all for entry/exit points into England.



Eating London Brexit and travel to England

Better deals overall to England including Europe

Increase instability within the EU and a few EU countries also thinking about leaving the EU has created instability and devaluation of the Euro recently. With the immediate devaluation of the British pound and the Euro, travel to England and Europe will be more affordable for Americans traveling to these countries. Prices for tourist related destinations will definitely be on par with other popular tourist attractions around the world and your dollar will go a longer way for your vacation. This will especially be true for typically expensive hotel accommodations, food and even visiting popular tourist attractions throughout England and Europe.

Knowing that your dollar or Euro is finally at a better exchange rate to the normally high British Pound will definitely make visiting England and Europe more affordable to visitors in general. So travellers that have put off visiting England or Europe can now plan for a more affordable visit, or stay for longer periods, versus short and quick trips that most American travelers plan for vacations .




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17 Responses to Brexit and travel to England or Europe

  1. alison abbott July 2, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Looks like now is the time I should finally make my way to England. Thanks for putting it all in perspective, it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

  2. Carole Terwilliger Meyers July 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    One thing I’ve learned after many trips to England is that I’ll always be there when the dollar is low. Always. It has actually changed while I’ve been in the air. So never, ever plan a trip to England if you know I am going to be there!

  3. Sue Reddel July 1, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    Thanks for providing the facts on Brexit. I like some of the others here think Britain will find a way to work this all out. It’s crazy to hear that people didn’t really understand what they were voting for until after all the votes were tallied. Hope the same thing doesn’t happen in the US.

  4. Billie Frank June 30, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Brexit is such a mess- interesting that people are now second-guessing their votes. I wish I was in Europe at the moment with the advantageous exchange rates. Oh well. I hope that the British election is an eye-opener for people in the USA- but so far, it doesn’t seem to have served as a cautionary tale.

  5. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru June 30, 2016 at 1:04 am #

    It appears as though after several days our markets are recovering, which strengthens our spending power as visitors, as you point out. I’m not one to cry doom and gloom with respect to this decision, and I certainly hope no precedents are set with respect to election do-overs or disregarding a democratic referendum. Those are pretty slippery slopes. I’m trying to remain optimistic that this will be a good decision.

  6. Kristin Henning June 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    It’s becoming a sport, almost, to consider a post-EU UK. Will all the great international cuisine restaurants go away? Will the lack of EU funds impact some tourism sites? We shall see, but you are right to take advantage now of the economic balance that is in American tourists’ favor.

  7. The GypsyNesters June 29, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    I am still wondering if they will actually go through with it. Got a feeling that the Brits will find a way to rethink the decision. In the meantime, you’re right, it is a good time for us Yanks to go to Europe.

  8. Karen Warren June 29, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Not so good for those of us in the UK of course. But if it helps the tourist trade then I suppose there’s a silver lining!

  9. Grey World Nomads June 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Thanks, that’s interesting to read and very timely post.

  10. Michele Peterson June 28, 2016 at 1:46 am #

    Thanks so much for the handy analysis of the Brexit situation in England and Europe. It was shocking news but good to know there may be positive news for travellers in some ways

  11. Rhonda Albom June 27, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Interesting perspective on the situation. It’s nice to see the positive side of this for a change.

  12. Lyn aka TheTravellingLindfields June 27, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Interesting post. As I understand it the exit will take about two years to implement and the process won’t start until Britain invokes the exit clause in the EU agreement. The British PM has said that won’t happen before October so there may not be a lot of changes in the short term. The worst short term outcome might be social and political instability – let’s hope the Brits can pull together and get through this without too much pain.

  13. Irene S. Levine June 27, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Given what Brexit has done to the U.S. stock market, this seems like the good news part for U.S. travelers. Thanks for putting together such a useful and informative post.

  14. Janice Chung June 27, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    Yes, now would be the perfect time to go to the UK. In January 2016 I paid $2.09 Canadian for a pound and today it would be about $1.75 Canadian per pound so down about 12%. Sadly, for Canadians, the Euro is still high as our dollar is so low. Oh well, I’m still going! We might as well take advantage of world events like these if it helps our pocketbook!

  15. Donna Janke June 27, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    The low value of the pound right now does make England travel even more appealing. But it’s hard to say how things will shake out in the longer term for England and Europe.

  16. Denis Gagnon June 27, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    Still a lot of things to shake out before we know all the ramifications of the Brexit vote. But I agree with you that the devaluation of the British Pound will help foreign travelers interested in visiting the British Isles. Thanks for the post.

  17. Lynn Belles June 27, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    Great article!! Thanks for finding the good in something everyone is complaining about!! Yes – world events often offer great travel opportunities!! We took our first big family vacation right after 911.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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