A new poll conducted by cruise companies Scenic and Emerald Waterways has found that a worrying proportion of British travellers are ignorant of the potential impact of Brexit on travel to Europe.
According to the survey, most Brits have made no moves to prepare themselves for the impact of Brexit, with 78 per cent saying they haven’t researched the potential consequences of the UK’s exit from the European Union on their travel plans. Seventy-one per cent of people, meanwhile, expressed total ignorance about possible changes to passport regulations and the major issues this could pose to holidaymakers. Only 11 per cent of people planning a European trip next year have pre-emptively renewed their passport – the UK Government has advised adults and children to renew passports if they are valid for less than six months at the time of a trip – and just nine per cent have checked their insurers’ Brexit-related Ts and Cs.
There is, at least, some awareness that Brexit could cause disruption, with 31 per cent of respondents saying they will avoid travelling to EU countries between the end of March and mid-April, as that is the official time when Britain will leave the EU. Twenty-six per cent have also said they would consider not travelling to certain EU countries due to Brexit uncertainty.
British travellers’ top 10 fears surrounding European travel in the aftermath of Brexit, according to the survey, are: the falling strength of the pound (51 per cent); rising prices of flights (48 per cent); access to healthcare (46 per cent); insurance price hikes (46 per cent); accommodation price hikes (45 per cent); general uncertainty about what will happen (42 per cent); delays and other travel complications (41 per cent); visa requirements (37 per cent); the possibility of not being able to enter certain countries (35 per cent); and aircraft being grounded (29 per cent).
“We talk to our customers all the time but wanted a clearer picture of how much they really understood about Brexit and how it may affect holiday plans, which is why we commissioned this survey,” commented a spokesman for the cruise companies. “The results have made us realise that Britain needs to wake up.”
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