Following UK voters’ decision to leave the EU, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has issued the following statement to reassure UK travellers that their holidays will be mostly unaffected for the foreseeable future:
“The result of yesterday’s referendum on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union has been announced, and the British people have voted to leave the EU.
“The Prime Minister has stated that there will be no initial change in the way people travel. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were yesterday, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place. People due to travel this summer will see little changes to their holiday. Once the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining Member States will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship and during this period holidaymakers will not see any immediate changes.
“However, the fall in value of the pound will have an immediate impact on holidaymakers and their spending power overseas.”
The Association is also offering guidance on a range of subjects including currency, passports and visas, the EHIC, duty free and customs as well as holiday costs and compensation for flight delays and cancellations. ABTA’s advice can be viewed here.