Currently, British citizens can travel visa free with no limit on the amount of time spent in an EU country. This position will continue until the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU).
Should we be faced with a no deal Brexit, then British citizens will need to comply with all of the laws of each EU country in respect of its entry and residence regulations. It is likely that in the event of a no deal, British citizens travelling to an EU country will need an existing passport which has been issued within the last 10 years and the passport itself must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of arrival into the EU. Furthermore, the passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of departure from the EU.
Under the terms of the Prime Minister’s current Brexit deal, British citizens will continue to benefit from unlimited travel to the EU without requiring a visa until the end of the current proposed transitional period of 31 December 2020. In the case of no deal, the EU has agreed in principal to visa free travel for up to 3 months in any 6 month period from the date of the UK’s departure from the EU. Eventually however, all British citizens will have to apply for and register under an EU scheme which is set to be introduced in 2021 and at that time, British citizens will be required to apply for a visa waiver and if the application is successful, then British citizens will receive a waiver valid for a period of 3 years. This will allow them to travel to the EU on multiple occasions. Any discussion regarding Brexit must be predicated with the disclaimer of “watch this space”. It remains to be seen whether the UK does eventually leave the EU on 31 October 2019. For advice on this or any other immigration matter, please do not hesitate to contact Sohan Sidhu by telephone on 01284 763333 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org