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Brexit and Trump: How Your Ability To Travel Might Be About To Change

By Features Desk

Sunday, August 6, 2017.

In a world that is becoming increasingly more isolationist, expats and world travelers alike are starting to worry about how 2016’s introduction of both Trump and Brexit will affect their ability to travel. Though for the moment only travelers from certain countries seem to be affected by American policies and practices, and the UK has yet to see a significant difference, more change is likely to come.

Travel will be more expensive

The EU removed the old bilateral restrictions on air service agreements and introduced more open competition on routes between countries in the Union, which resulted in the introduction of a number of low-cost airlines like easyJet, Ryanair, and Eurowings. Now that the UK is leaving the EU, new air service agreements will have to be made for all the airlines if they are to continue to fly in and out of the UK without restrictions. Airlines’ operating costs will certainly rise, and this increase will make its way back to the consumer. The potential for a new visa system also exists, which could further inflate the cost of traveling.

Tourism will become more difficult

In addition to Trump’s efforts to curb Americans’ newly gained ability to travel to Cuba, his campaign promises to limit the movement of people and goods has made the US a less appealing destination for many foreign travelers. Even for Americans, tourism within the country is likely to decrease as airlines capitalise on protectionist transportation policies, not to mention recent abusive customer service and PR nightmares surely at least partly propagated by Trump’s bellicose demeanor. The result will be a decreased tourism economy, not the growth in American jobs Trump has promised.

Working abroad will become trickier

British Citizens’ ability to work in Europe is due to the UK’s membership in the European Union. Brexit negotiations will probably mean a complete reconsideration of the rules on working abroad, for both UK citizens working in Europe and Europeans working in the UK. Since the Conservative government appears not to be in the mood for negotiating softly, it is likely to introduce restrictions on freedom of work and movement. The EU, in turn, will likely impose similar restrictions for British citizens.

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Immigration will be more challenging

Though immigration has always been quite a difficult task in the US, Trump’s administration has made clear that increasing immigration isn’t on their list of priorities. In response, many citizens are considering moves out of the country, and those who were once considering moving to the US are looking at other options. In the UK, many British nationals are scrambling to uncover family history to see if they might qualify for dual citizenship to a European country. Luckily, a lot of European countries are making it easier. Take Italy, for example, which is encouraging immigration through Italian dual citizenship. As people continue to explore these options, immigration policies and timeframes are likely to change.

No matter what the future holds, one this is for certain: our world, as disconnected as it seems to have become, will always find a way to adapt to change. Where one country closes a door, others seem to open theirs.

Brexit and Trump: How Your Ability To Travel Might Be About To Change

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