Do I need a visa to visit Europe post-Brexit?
While Brexit may have made drastic changes to the way we do things in the UK behind the scenes, travelling to Europe has very much remained an easy and mostly untouched premise. Sure, we no longer have the symbol of the EU on our passports, but this doesn’t mean that everything about travelling into the continent has changed. Certain agreements and deals were struck with the EU when Brexit was initiated that resulted in some rules and regulations being kept or altered to adhere to travel, but none of them have drastically impacted the situation.
You do not need a VISA to visit most of Europe as a tourist if you are spending less than 90 days in any 180-day period. This means that if you’re visiting any EU country, Norway, Switzerland Iceland or Liechtenstein, you are good to go without getting a VISA beforehand. The 90-day period is applicable over all countries in the region too, so you can spend up to 90 across all of them in any 180-day period, with it then resetting and you can go again. The exception to this rule is in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, who all have their own 90-day limits that do not count towards the aforementioned one.
If you are travelling for longer than 90 days, or you’re planning on living, working or studying in the countries you’re visiting, you may need a VISA to do so. If this is the case for you, we advise checking the Foreign Office Travel Advice for more infomation.
It’s important to note that UK citizens can no longer use the EU, EEA or Switzerland queues at airport or ferryport customs, they must use the “Other” queue with all other countries outside the EU or EEA. With this, you must also prove you have a return ticket and declare how much money you are bringing with you into the country – much like customs anywhere outside of the EU before Brexit.
If you’re interested in finding out about your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), click here and read our section about healthcare in the EU for travellers.