Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the shock Brexit result in our mother country. This result had instant ramifications for the UK but what about us, the Australian traveler?
As “Leave” votes poured in across the UK the English pound plunged to its lowest level since 1985, with the sterling down against every single major currency group.
While many UK holidaymakers travelling abroad will now pay more for foreign currency as a result of the Brexit referendum, foreign tourists, including Australians can enjoy cheaper holidays in Britain – at least in the short term. If you’ve planned or even thinking of heading to the UK shortly, financially it’s never looked better.
This is where it gets interesting. Given that London is the biggest gateway for international travel to Europe, the UK separation could create a storm of regulatory headaches, from immigration, to consumer protections, to airlines. An extra visa may be required for Australians. Traditionally, travelers who go through Britain automatically gain entrance to all the EU countries. Now, for Australians you will probably be forced to get one stamp for Britain, and an additional one if they wish to travel onto Europe – or vice versa.
But the victory for the Leave campaign is unlikely to have any immediate ramifications for UK tourists passing through immigration controls abroad, or for inbound tourism.
A spokesman for Heathrow Airport said: “Anyone travelling through the airport will find it operating normally with no changes to security and immigration.”