ABTA has written to Lord Frost, highlighting the needs of the travel industry in the future relationships with the European Union, post Brexit.
Minister of state Frost is currently negotiating with European officials over the final settlement.
The letter raises the very serious challenges relating to labour mobility owing to restrictions on temporary entry of tourism workers across the EU and continued access to essential health data and the pressing need to regain access to important health data lost after Brexit.
One of the main concerns of the travel industry is the loss the Posted Workers Directive, which, in normal circumstances pre-Covid-19, enabled the posting of around 15,000-20,000 UK workers each year into the EU.
ABTA said had been advised that it would be up to each member state to adopt rules that are more permissive for UK nationals.
However, the association is keen to highlight that a partial solution to the problem can be found by adapting an existing part of the UK immigration system.
The UK already operates a reciprocal Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5 visas) covering several countries and ABTA wants government to proactively extend the Youth Mobility Scheme to EU countries.
There is also significant support amongst the…