How does the infamous British exit from the European Union affect travel?
The U.K. passport is and was considered one of the most powerful and flexible in the world, one that gives passport holders a huge amount of international mobility and travel capabilities.
Now that the U.K. has declared plans to leave the European Union in about two years, British citizens’ automatic right to travel through 27 other EU countries is seriously in jeopardy.
The fate of these anxious travelers is currently uncertain. What is known, however, is that these possible restrictions that may be placed on British travelers would be totally dependent on negotiations between London and Brussels.
The worst imaginable outcome is that these states could require Brits to apply for visitor visas, which would surely inconvenience individuals who are unprepared for this rather sticky situation. Currently, U.K. passport holders are currently able to visit 157 countries without a visa, which is second only to the immense power and travel-capabilities of the German passport.
A recent quote by Ireland’s minister for foreign affairs and trade, Charlie Flanagan, explains, “Following the U.K. referendum, there has been a spike in interest in Irish passports in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and elsewhere.”
“An unnecessary surge in applications for Irish passports will place significant pressure on the system and on turnaround times and is likely to impact those with a genuine need for passports to facilitate imminent travel plans,” he cautioned.
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