Whether you support Brexit or remain, you can’t deny that those little burgundy European Union passports come with some great benefits.
I love the fact that I can hop on a plane or ferry to any EU country as if it is my own. Whilst I’m there I have access to healthcare, I can use my phone as if I were back home and would be compensated if my flights were delayed.
Next time I renew my passport, I’ll likely be given a retro blue passport – but I already find myself pondering what benefits will come with it.
There seems to be a lot of good will from both sides of the table so I’m sure the final deal won’t be all doom and gloom, but there are a few key travel policies I’d really like to see included.
Here is my travel blogger Brexit wish list, if you have anything else travel-related to add to my list, please share it in the comments and I’ll add anything relevant (and credit where appropriate).
Visa free travel to Europe
I’m starting with the biggie. Travel has become so cheap and easy, some of us will hop on a plane and jet off to one of our neighbouring countries for the weekend whilst others might spend a few months travelling through multiple European countries. The best thing is, no planning required, just book a flight and go. Long may this continue please Mrs May.
Ensure our country can remain open for others to visit
In much the same way that we want to easily see what the world has to offer, it is only fair that we continue to allow others to explore our part of the world just as freely.
Mobile phone roaming policy to continue
In my opinion, this recent policy is a huge step forward and has completely changed European travel. Gone are the days of hopping from WiFi hotspot to hotspot just to load up you next destination on google maps – you can now use your phone throughout Europe just as you would at home – ideal! We definitely don’t want to lose this benefit.
Cheap flights for all
One of the reasons we have cheap flights is thanks to the EU open skies policy that allows any EU airline to take off and land at any point in Europe. This has seen the rise of easy jet and Ryanair, both specialising in cheap flights within the EU. Ensuring that air travel is not impacted is an absolute necessity.
Remain part of the interrail scheme
This one is not such a worry as there are a number of non-EU counties that participate in the interrail scheme so it is highly likely that this will continue.
However, a new scheme is offering free interrail passes to 18 year old EU citizens or those residing in the EU. Brits will be eligible to apply in 2018 but not in subsequent years. I’d like to see the UK government implement its own scheme so that our young people don’t miss out on this opportunity.
Maintain flight compensation
Under EU regulation, you are entitled to compensation if your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than three hours. Depending upon the distance of the flight and length of delay. this can be up to £532 plus food, accommodation and other transport costs.
It goes without saying that we’ll want to remain part of this agreement after Brexit to protect ourselves when travelling within Europe.
Continued access to health insurance
Did you know that as an EU citizen you’re entitled to a European Health Insurance Card? Thankfully this is a benefit I’ve never actually had to redeem, but I can imagine how valuable this would be for anyone who has.
With a European health insurance card you can access local healthcare facilities for non-routine appointments just as a local would, keep these cards on the table please!
This is my wish list for a successful Brexit, is there anything I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.