Brexit is finally upon us, as England formally withdrew from the European Union as of midnight, Jan. 31, in Great Britain.
The country is becoming independent again, even going back to the pound instead of the euro, as it breaks away from the EU. The official move comes more than three years after a June 2016 vote in which more than 17 million British citizens voted on the referendum. Some 52% voted to leave the EU compared to the 48% who wanted to stay.
England now goes into what is known as an 11-month ‘transition period’ or ‘implementation period.’ Britain will continue to follow all of the EU’s rules and its trading relationship will remain the same until it hammers out trade agreements with the 27 nations still in the EU.
Much will change for residents of the United Kingdom.
And much will change for travelers to England, although not as drastically during the transition period. Travel between the UK and the rest of Europe remains exactly as it us until Dec. 31, 2020.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is, if England and the EU can’t come to its agreements at the end of the transition period this year, it could be a nightmare for travelers. Tourists might have to use different lines at airports and cruise terminals to gain entrance to the country.
If you plan on visiting England but using a ferry or the Channel Tunnel to drive a car into mainland Europe, you could need an International Driving Permit as well as a special ‘green card’ from your insurance agent.
Also, check your cell phone provider.
“Mobile roaming charges are likely to re-appear in Europe, so we’d advise travelers to check carefully with their providers, to avoid the potential for large unexpected bills,” James Lynn from Currensea, a travel payment card provider, told CNN.
Back to the good news – the dollar is much stronger than the pound, and that will benefit travelers from the U.S. to Britain.
“In the short term, we expect to see a continued recovery of the pound, but predict continued exchange rate volatility until the final withdrawal agreement is in place,” Lynn said. “Going into 2021, we see far greater uncertainty about the pound at this stage. A compromised withdrawal deal could lead to a far weaker pound, leading to a strong focus on cheaper destinations for holidaymakers as a result.”
A weak pound does mean that inbound tourism to the UK from outside the EU could be boosted. Visit Britain forecasts that spending by inbound tourists will have grown by 9.1% in 2020, to £25 billion ($32 billion), with inbound visits topping 38 million.
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Which States Now Require Domestic Travelers to Self-Quarantine?
Maine became the latest state to issue an executive order, released by the Governor’s office on April 3, 2020, requiring that inbound domestic travelers self-quarantine for fourteen days upon arrival in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
While the federal government has not moved to restrict domestic travel within the U.S., USA Today indicated that the governors of at least twelve states are taking action to discourage interstate movements by announcing quarantine requirements on outside visitors, as well as residents returning home from other states. With the coronavirus now spreading quickly through American communities, governors of 40 states have also issued stay-at-home orders for their residents.
While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that that it “does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States,” the intense community spread of the novel coronavirus prompted the organization to issue a domestic Travel Advisory, “urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.” These East Coast states have rapidly emerged as the epicenter of the current COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.
The state’s order requires incoming travelers to go straight from the airport to their “designated quarantine location” (referring to residents’ homes, or visitors’ hotel rooms or rented lodgings). They must remain there, avoiding all nonessential outings for fourteen days or the duration of their visit, if it’s shorter than two weeks.
Delaware requires all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for fourteen days, including those who arrived during the fourteen days prior to March 30, 2020. Law enforcement officers are authorized to stop any vehicles with out-of-state plates.
Florida requires those on arriving flights from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) to quarantine for fourteen days or the duration of their stay, if it’s shorter. A separate order requires people driving in from Louisiana to self-quarantine and highway checkpoints have been established.
All visitors and residents arriving at Hawaiian airport must fill out a declaration form and proceed straight to their “designated quarantine location”, remaining there for fourteen days or, if it’s shorter, the length of their stay. The state now requires anyone traveling between any of the islands to do the same.
Kansas has mandated that residents who traveled to California, Florida, New York, Washington on or after March 15; Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23; or Colorado and Louisiana on or after March 27 must self-quarantine for fourteen days after returning to Kansas.
Kentucky has instructed its residents not to travel to other states (with certain exceptions) and those returning from outside the state are required to self-quarantine for fourteen days.
Maine is requiring any travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for fourteen days, also requesting that anyone experiencing symptoms refrain from going there.
visitors are being urged not to travel to Massachusetts if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, and all incoming travelers are obliged to self-quarantine for fourteen days.
Nevada has released a travel advisory encouraging all residents and visitors alike to self-quarantine for fourteen days, except for certain essential personnel.
North Dakota issued a confinement order for those arriving to the state from any of 23 states or from abroad to self-quarantine for fourteen days, and recommends that snowbirds and spring-breakers do the same.
Oklahoma’s executive order requires those coming off of flights from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), Washington state, California or Louisiana to quarantine for fourteen days.
Rhode Island has instituted a fourteen-day self-quarantine for persons traveling in from any other state.
South Carolina is imposing a fourteen-day self-quarantine on people who enter the state from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans.
Fourteen-day self-quarantine orders now apply to travelers arriving from Atlanta California Chicago, Connecticut, Detroit, Louisiana, Miami, New Jersey, New York and Washington state. Highway checkpoints have been set up to collect a declaration form from Louisiana drivers at the states’ shared border.
Vermont is requiring both visitors and returning residents traveling into Vermont “for anything other than an essential purpose” to self-quarantine for fourteen days. The executive order also instructed anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, as well as those bound from coronavirus “hot spots”, such as Chicago Connecticut Detroit Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York, not to come to Vermont.
West Virginia is compelling anyone coming in from New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Italy or China to self-quarantine for fourteen days, with exemptions made for those who commute into or out of the state for work.
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