Prospect of post-Brexit visa restrictions worries UK businesses

With the EU referendum drawing near, the prospect of Brexit is proving an area of concern for the business community, according to a new survey by the DCC Forum.

The survey has revealed that gaining entry into countries is the biggest worry for business travellers, with almost a quarter (24%) saying they were most concerned about having to apply for visas to enter countries before their trips.

Almost one in five business owners fear possible delays at passport control and 21% are concerned about increased airfares, which could see them reduce the frequency of trips in an effort to cut costs.

The survey indicates that one in four business travellers (30%) are feeling uncertain about the prospect of Britain withdrawing from the European Union. Business travellers in Wales are the most concerned (23%), while those in the North East worry the least (6%). Respondents in London fell somewhere in between, with 16% stating that the prospect of Brexit worried them.

Despite concerns over the outcome of the referendum, the majority do not see it as a reason to halt their global business plans or business trips abroad. Over half (67%) of business travellers said that they were definitely expecting to travel abroad and do more business globally next year.

Jennifer Conneely, board member of the DCC Forum, said: “The business community is naturally watching the upcoming EU referendum very closely. Travelling abroad for business has become a regular occurrence for many, so understandably there are questions being raised on how this might change, and what impact it will have on businesses and the broader economy. For now, it’s reassuring to see that many business owners still have their sights set on doing more business globally over the next 12 months, despite the concerns and uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future within the EU.”

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