Whether you are planning to come to the UK long or short term after Brexit, it is important that you have an idea of how you might need to prepare if you are from the European Economic Area, or the EEA.
Because no one knows exactly how Brexit is going to play out over the next couple of weeks, there is no definite answer for what you can do to prepare for your visit to the UK. The advice below covers how you can prepare for a short visit, but there is also some important immigration advice that you should take note of if you are planning to move to the UK.
Your current position
Currently, if you are an EEA national then your free movement rights still apply if you plan to enter the UK. This means that you are able to come to the UK without a visa, and that you would simply need to be carrying your passport or national identification card to show at the border.
This will likely change after Brexit, but how it will change depends on how the UK leaves the European Union. If the UK leaves with a deal, the restrictions on EEA nationals and their travel to the UK will differ than if the UK leaves without a deal.
If a deal is reached
Should the UK leave the EU with a deal, your rights as an EEA national to enter the UK, either short or long term will be the same as they are now. This will be the case until 31st December 2020. This means that if you’re from the EEA, you can visit the UK without a visa. You can stay as long as you like, so can come to work and build a life or just take … Read more