As we approach the impending withdrawal from the EU, many travellers are still in the dark about how Brexit will impact the way we travel. With that in mind, Peter Snowdon, head of global account management at TAG, shares his insights on how travellers can best deal with the changes.
Although a lot of uncertainty surrounds Brexit at the moment, one thing we can be sure of is that whatever the outcome, we are going to see changes to the way in which UK citizens travel and it is important that businesses prepare accordingly.
Even regular travellers could be caught out if not aware of the new rules, which if ignored could lead to denied boarding and significant costs for re-arranging plans.
This is a good time to review your travellers’ profile details; check their passport expiry dates and make a note of any non-UK passport-holders.
“At the moment nothing is certain, so now is a great time to prepare for the fact that all rules could change.”
Ensure you keep up-to-date with the latest Government advice on passport regulations and passenger travel. The account manager at your TMC can be another good source of information, while also subscribing to regular travel bulletins.
Protect your travellers
Now is the time to review how you book corporate travel. Do you currently use a TMC? If so, are they giving you the advice you need and helping you prepare? It is critical to ensure you have an emergency out-of-hours service and procedure in place.
Now is also a good time to review your corporate travel insurance policy, and make yourself aware of any major exclusions that could affect your business in the event of a claim being made. Do you need to change providers? Make it clear to your travellers that it is their responsibility to ensure they are following the right procedures, so that if something does go wrong, you are covered.
Be prepared for change
At the moment nothing is certain, so now is a great time to prepare for the fact that all rules could change in an instant.
PA Life will also be hosting a panel at The PA Show with a key focus on how Brexit will affect business travel.