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Brits postpone travel plans amid Brexit fear

A nationwide study conducted by Holiday Extras found that cancellation of flights, ferries and trains to the continent is a real concern for travellers ahead of Britain’s proposed exit from the European Union, pending a further extension.

Holidaymakers have already started taking matters into their own hands, with more than a quarter (27%) of Brits saying they had postponed or cancelled a trip because of the impact Brexit might have – almost twice the previous record of 15% set last December, and far more than the 2%-4% who said Brexit had prompted them to postpone travel plans over the summer.

The nation is becoming increasingly concerned that the usually swift process from a UK airport to a holiday destination in Europe might be a thing of the past, with 29% of Brits fearing hectic passport queues. Other travel worries include healthcare (18%), local attitudes towards British travellers (15%) and increased mobile phone roaming charges (11%).

Howard Dove, managing director of insurance, Holiday Extras, commented: “Brexit is clearly causing uncertainty amongst travellers. Having run our survey for more than a year and asked 13,000 travellers how Brexit was affecting their travel plans, we discovered in September that almost three quarters of Brits are unsure if their travel insurance covers them for Brexit disruptions, and that the percentage of travellers postponing or cancelling plans had shot up to 27%.”

According to the UK government website, to prepare for Brexit, travellers are urged to check that their passports do not need renewing before travelling, and ensure that their travel insurance, which covers healthcare, is up to date.

If Brits are planning to drive abroad, they should have the most up-to-date driving documents including an international driving permit, as requirements will change after Brexit.


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