There has been considerable debate about the implications of Brexit for travellers after the UK leaves the EU over recent years but it is alarming to note that a recent survey carried out by Discover Ferries revealed only 6% of respondents were aware of the changes in January 2021. The issues of passports, healthcare, driving, pets and the continued travel restrictions have caused confusion for many British travellers.
It is clear that as of 1st January 2021 British nationals travelling to the EU must have valid passports issued no less than 10 years ago with a minimum validity of six months. Visits will be permitted for up to 90 days in any 180 day period until 2022 when a visa waiver authorisation will be required similar to that in the US.
For those wishing to work in the EU, a work and residence permit will be required and it is advisable to plan ahead as the rules and regulations in all EU states are complex creating unnecessary delays with approvals.
We recommend anyone travelling to the EU to ensure the following:-
With regard to workers we recommend specific actions regarding new assignments from January 2021:-
As stated above from 2022 British citizens will need to register online and pay in advance for an “Etias” permit under the European Travel Authorisation System. This will allow basic activities within the EU but if anything beyond that is undertaken such as work, a new visa will be required.