Brexit travel warning: Britons could face visas like US and Canada as no deal exit looms

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Travel across Europe for Brits is currently free but that could change after January 1, 2021, an expert has claimed. Managing director of Haslemere Travel, Gemma Antrobus, has warned that Britons need to be prepared for extra charges when travelling across Europe. She has predicted that EU countries could use an E-visa system similar to what American and Canada use.

Speaking to, Ms Antrobus said: “Currently you don’t need visas to travel in Europe and it’s possible you might not.

“We’re still waiting on further clarification on that but it is also possible that you do need a visa in advance.

“It could be similar to the American and Canadian E-visa system where you can do it online and in advance and it’s relatively cost-effective.

“It might be a bit more expensive and it’s going to be very country-dependent.

“I would say those are the main things in terms of leisure travel, it’s just a case of not having the freedom as we have done for quite some time.

“It’s a more considered type of trip that you have to put a bit more thought into and may incur some additional costs.”

She added: “Crossing borders is something else that might need to be considered.

“It’s just the differences between what different countries require for your entry and exit.

“At the moment, travel is free. You can drive through Europe or rail through Europe without even thinking about it.

“I think with all of this it’s just about the consideration behind making your travel plans and ensuring that they’re put together properly.

“Otherwise you could find yourselves having to do something very last minute that’s costly or having to alter your travel arrangements very last minute.

“Some of these things are not 100 percent set in stone yet. They’re still being negotiated.


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“Crossing borders might be something else you have to take into consideration.”

In the event of a no deal, the UK will become a “third country” meaning British travellers must have a passport with a minimum of six months’ validity.

British travellers will not need visas for visits to Europe of up to 90 days in every 180 days.

The Government has also recommended that: “You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad.”

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