Confirmation from the European Parliament that UK citizens won’t need a visa to travel to Europe regardless of whether Britain leaves the EU with or without a deal will boost confidence about travel post-Brexit, says ABTA.
The ruling means that UK citizens can travel to the EU visa-free for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period, deal or no deal.
ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “It follows on from the confirmation a few weeks ago that flights will continue to operate, even in a no deal. This means that two of the most important concerns for UK tourists and business travellers visiting the EU have been addressed and will provide a further boost to confidence about travel to the EU after Brexit.”
However, he said it was still important for the travel industry for the government to secure a deal from the European Union.
“While it is encouraging that these issues have been addressed, securing a deal is very much the preferred outcome, and we encourage parliamentarians to explore all options to avoid a no-deal,” he said.
“With the ongoing uncertainty about how and when the UK will leave the EU, it is difficult for travel businesses to predict what will happen, so it is important members continue to plan and prepare for any eventuality.”
ABTA has updated its Brexit contingency planning guidance for members to reflect the latest developments; the document is available in ABTA’s MemberZone – abta.com/Member-Zone.
ABTA is also providing advice to travellers about visiting the EU after Brexit, with the latest information available at abta.com/Brexit.