Vagabond, Brexit, and Northern Ireland - Business as usual!
We have received a number of queries about Brexit and how it might potentially affect our tours.
We first looked at this over a year ago to examine what, if any, impact we could foresee it having for our Vagabond and Driftwood tours. Since then, we have been closely monitoring developments and progress (or lack of) on the situation.
To understand Brexit, here’s a simple explainer:
Brexit is an acronym for Britain’s Exit (from the European Union (EU)). The EU is a political and economic partnership of 28 member states, and it’s main tenets are the free movement of goods and people - thus no customs and no visas or work permits required to live and work in fellow-member states.
In 2016, the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) voted to leave the EU. The UK is due to leave on 31st October but the politicians are still negotiating/arguing over the ‘how’. At the moment there is a guarantee in place that there will be no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. This is important as it is the only land border between the EU and the UK.
What’s all this got to do with Vagabond?
As we operate in the island of Ireland and not just the Republic, we needed to look at potential consequences for a number of tours for both Vagabond and Driftwood.
We identified two main areas of potential impact:
Currency (as the UK does not use the Euro)
The introduction of a ‘hard’ border, potentially causing delays due to customs and passport controls.
Current and future situation:
Current: So far there has been no major impact on exchange rates and currency fluctuations are always a factor anyway in tourism, so it isn’t solely Brexit specific. Although there is currently in place the guarantee of no hard border, there is always a risk that this may change and we have a strategy in place to deal with such an eventuality.
Future:We have no reason at this point to believe that Vagabond and Driftwood Tours will experience disruption. We have already planned for foreseeable change and taken action where necessary.
We will continue to monitor the situation, adapt where required and strive to live up to our motto of ‘We want you to love Ireland as much as we do’.
So in a nutshell:
- We are open for business.
- Vagabond is based in Republic of Ireland and so will remain in Europe - whatever happens with Brexit.
- We can’t see any reason for any disruption to our tours visiting Northern Ireland. And none to the tours that only operate in the Republic of Ireland.
- We have taken every conceivable precaution in house to get ready.
- The currency in NI won’t change - it will still be GB£.
- We doubt entry requirements for visitors to the UK will change much.
- The weak £ should give international visitors even more value for their money during the Northern Ireland section of the tours.
- Our tours start and finish in Dublin, direct flights to Dublin should not be affected.
If you have any further questions or concerns about Brexit, please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com