The UK Government made the decision at the end of last year to remove the use of ID cards for EU visitors after 30th September 2021
The impact of this on our sector, puts us at further risk from vital recovery. The youth, student and educational travel sector brings over £27 billion per annum to the UK economy. Bookings for next year are falling whilst demand for countries which allow ID cards, such as Ireland and Denmark, is soaring. Whilst not all economic value is from school visits, this is often students’ introduction to the UK. The UK risks losing its place at the top of the educational tourism market with associated impact on jobs. Our own home students too will lose these visits as an opportunity for cultural exchange.