February 8, 2021 – Last year’s agreement completing Brexit brought with it a new, complex patchwork of rules governing cross-border travel between the United Kingdom and the European Union. In the near-term, COVID-related border closures overshadow the dampening effect that heightened friction at the border may have on travel. Once governments lift these containment measures, the new untested procedures could impede travel, and even cut short a potential strong re-bound in tourism.
Intra-European travel staged a slight recovery last summer as border re-opening released strong pent-up demand. As we look ahead to summer 2021, a similar response could happen and hopefully be more lasting with more effective disease controls. While the new rules work against a strong rebound for British, European and international travel across the English Channel, time still remains to adjust processes and procedures to minimize the roadblocks to a robust recovery.