Britain’s national tourism agency VisitBritain is sending a message of reassurance and welcome across Europe as the UK left the EU on Friday 31 January 2020.
More than two-thirds of the UK’s tourism visits come from Europe and VisitBritain is sending the message that travel for event attendees travelling from the EU to the UK in 2020 does not change. Flights, ferries, coaches and trains will continue to operate as usual and the documents that EU delegates need to travel to the UK for business events will not change until at least 2021. EU citizens will still be able to travel with ID cards, use European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) and continue to travel to the UK for all business events without needing a visa. Travellers with a biometric passport can use the e-gates for quick and easy entry to the UK.
VisitBritain Head of Business Events Kerrin MacPhie said:“Europe has been and always will be an incredibly important market for the UK with tourism businesses welcoming about 27 million European visits to our shores every year. We are reassuring delegates from the EU that travel to the UK will not change in 2020 and they can continue to visit with confidence. Event planners and their attendees can expect a warm welcome and with our outstanding event facilities and expertise, vibrant cities and rich heritage and culture, we will always supply delegates with a world-class experience.
VisitBritain’s research shows that for most potential visitors from Europe, the UK’s departure from the EU does not affect their decision to travel to the UK and it is seen as a welcoming destination. It has been working with events industry partners across Europe for many months on messages of reassurance to make it clear to visitors they can still visit the UK after its departure from the EU whatever the circumstances.www.visitbritain.org