Since 2021, you need a passport instead of just an identity card to enter the United Kingdom. This discourages many Germans from travelling to the UK – especially school classes.According to travel providers, the UK is less popular as a holiday destination for German and French tourists after Brexit: „The fact that EU citizens now need a passport to travel to the UK has proved to be a deterrent – especially for school groups because of the additional costs and bureaucracy,“ Joss Croft from the incoming association UK Inbound told the Sunday newspaper Observer.
Because of Brexit, EU citizens will only be able to enter the UK with a passport from October 2021. According to surveys, however, more than half of Germans do not have a passport at all. The UK left the European Union at the end of January 2020, but transitional periods still applied after that.
Popularity as a destination declines
According to the Observer, the ferry operator Brittanny Ferries, which connects the UK with France, among other countries, confirms the negative trend: the number of inbound passengers was only around 155,000 in 2022 – in 2019 it was 338,000.
According to studies by the tourist board Visit Britain and the market research institute Anholt Ipsos Nation Brand Index, the declining appeal of the island is also clear: while Germans still considered the UK to be the seventh best destination in the 2016 survey, the UK was only in 16th place in the same survey in 2022.