UK government issues post-Brexit guidance for foreign visitors

EU nationals will be able to use ID cards even in case of a no-deal scenario

With Brexit becoming the reality in only three weeks, the UK government has revealed guidelines explaining the rules that will apply to foreign visitors.

All citizens of European Union member states can still use ID cards for their visit.  — Uskarp / Shutterstock UK government issues post-Brexit guidance for foreign visitors
All citizens of European Union member states can still use ID cards for their visit. — Uskarp / Shutterstock

In the newest update, the official text confirms that documents which inbound visitors need to show at the UK border will not change. Even in the case that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

All citizens of European Union member states can still use ID cards for their visit. Similar rules apply to people from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

Travellers from these countries can also use automatic ePassport gates at certain airports. The passports need to have a chip and the holder needs to be over 12 years old. Using the ePassport gates is usually faster, the government adds.

No visa required for a stay shorter than three months

The government has also clarified that after 29 March, current visa requirements would temporarily remain.

“You’ll be able to enter the UK without a visa if you’re a citizen of any other EU or EEA country, or Switzerland. You’ll be able to work or study while you’re here,” the official text says.

visitors willing to stay in the UK for longer than three months will have to apply for visa — Shutter UK government issues post-Brexit guidance for foreign visitorsstock
Visitors willing to stay in the UK for longer than three months will have to apply for a visa — Shutterstock

“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 three months.”

Once free movement has ended, visitors willing to stay in the UK for longer than three months will have to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain.

Find out if you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the UK in this online app.