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Visiting the UK after an EU Exit

The UK Government has released some official guidance to visitors explaining the impact on travellers to the UK in both a deal and no deal Brexit scenario.

More than 30 million people travel to Britain every year to take advantage of the country’s world-class attractions, culture and business opportunities. Although the UK will continue to welcome visitors from the EU and rest of the world, there may be some changes to what travellers need to do to visit or stay long-term in the UK after the EU Exit.

Visit Lincoln would like travellers to the UK, and the businesses that will welcome them, to be informed about how an EU Exit may affect them. We feel it is important to share the information we have received from the national tourism organisations, the Tourism Alliance and Visit Britain with Lincolnshire businesses, and to ensure overseas visitors are clear on their rights and obligations during their visit.

The advice is as follows:

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal

In a nutshell, the process for entering the UK will remain much the same as it is now until 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.

If the UK leaves without a deal

In summary;

  • For citizens from Ireland, any EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, entering the UK will remain the same. (The government is proposing to end free movement, but this is still subject to approval by Parliament. Once free movement has ended, if you’re a citizen of any other EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you’ll still be able to enter the UK without a visa but only for up to 3 months).
  • There will be changes to the process of bringing animals, plants, and their products to and from the UK. Your pet may need to have a blood test to prove it has been effectively vaccinated against rabies.
  • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will be a new process at airports, roll on roll off ports, and Eurostar terminals for traders and intermediaries to declare merchandise in baggage. Mobile network charges for use outside of the UK may also change depending on each service provider.

Stay informed about how the UK leaving the EU could affect you if you are planning to travel to the UK, and the steps you may need to take. Visit gov.uk/visitukaftereuexit for the latest information.

(Information accurate according to UK Gov website as of 15/04/2019)

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