Will I need a visa to travel to Europe after Brexit? Here’s how the UK leaving the EU will affect holidays and work


Do I need a visa to go to Europe after Brexit? This is how the UK leaving the EU will affect holidays and work

Friday, 24th January 2020, 8:32 am

Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 8:41 am

With the Brexit deadline of 31 January 2020 looming, those heading away for a trip to Europe after Britain have left the EU may be wondering if the rules are due to change when it comes to travel.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Will I need a visa to travel to Europe after Brexit?

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Gov.uk explains that there are currently no plans to require visas for travel between the UK and the rest of Europe.

“You will not need a visa for short trips to EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland,” the website states.

How long will I be able to stay?

You will be able to stay in European countries for up to 90 days in any 180 day long period.

However, you may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, in order to work or study, or for business travel. You need to check each country’s travel advice page for information on how to get a visa or permit.

At border control, you may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay
  • use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

It’s worth noting that travel to Ireland will not change after Brexit. You will still be able to work in Ireland in the same way as before.

Travelling for business

When it comes to business travel, there are extra actions you need to take if you’re travelling to the EU for business.

“Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences, providing services (even with a charity), and touring art or music,” says Gov.uk.

You need to check each country’s travel advice page for information on how to get a visa or permit.

It usually takes three weeks if you need to renew your passport, but there is a premium service if you need it sooner (Photo: Shutterstock)

Will I need to get a new passport?

Gov.uk explains that “you may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling after Brexit.

On the day you travel, you will need your passport to both:

  • have at least six months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has six months or more left)

“If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland,” adds Gov.uk.

It usually takes three weeks if you need to renew your passport, but there is a premium service if you need it sooner.

Note: These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

Driving in the EU after Brexit

You will need some extra documents to drive abroad after Brexit.

If you’re taking your own vehicle, you’ll also need:

  • a ‘green card’ – allow one month to get this from your vehicle insurance company
  • a GB sticker

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