With Brexit delayed until at least 12 April, the European Parliament has announced that UK citizens will be allowed to enter to the European Union visa-free after the UK’s departure – provided that Europeans have the same conditions when travelling to the UK.
With a no-deal Brexit looming, the European Parliament has backed a draft law that will exempt UK travellers from needing a visa for short trips to the EU, in an attempt to stave off travel chaos. The law will go into effect after the UK’s departure, so that at that time, UK citizens can stay in the EU up to 90 days in any 180-day period. While this will apply to visits for business, tourism, or to see relatives or friends, the visa exemption does not provide the right to work in the EU.
However, this is dependent on a reciprocal agreement and EU nationals must also be given visa-free entry to the UK for business or tourism trips. According to a press release from the European Parliament, if the UK introduces a visa requirement for the citizens of at least one EU country, the EU may reintroduce visas for UK citizens to all member states.
The visa waiver will apply in all EU countries, except Ireland, which has its own visa-free travel agreement with the UK, and in the Schengen associated countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Now, the draft legislation will have to be adopted and published in the official journal of the EU for 12 April, in case of a no-deal Brexit.
However, UK citizens should take note that there may be changes in rules for pets travelling across borders after Brexit.
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