Britain’s exit from the European Union on January 1, 2021 made it difficult to travel to Great Britain. Let us remind you that from the new year onwards, entering the UK with an EU passport is treated as a potential illegal economic migrant.
Therefore, if a Border Force employee has any doubts about the offered destination or the right to cross the border, he may return the traveler from the border.
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According to Gazeta Wyborcza, figures so far show that in the first quarter of 2021, 3,294 European passport holders were denied entry to the islands.
As the newspaper notes, the number of visitors is still very small. However, it should be noted that this means a significant increase compared to the same period, but from 2020. At that time, only 493 cases were registered.
All this before the pandemic, when air traffic was twenty times higher than it is now.
Not everything has returned to the country you came from. Deportation generates a whole host of hatred. Media all over Europe have been reporting on them in recent weeks. These are mainly long-term stays in airport detention centers.
However, there are also arrests for several days in deportation centers. Travelers’ phones and passports are collected.
What do you do to reduce these risks? As “Wyborcza” advises, prepare yourself adequately for a meeting at the border with an untrained border guard. It is also a good idea to have a contact number for Polish consular services with you.
The newspaper also advises us to ask for an interpreter in such a case. Our knowledge of English may simply be insufficient.
It’s also a good idea to keep your cool: “In many cases, although it took several hours to explain the situation, the eligible people were eventually accepted into Great Britain” – we read in “Wyborcza”.