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Visiting the UK after Brexit

This article will let you know what you require to know about crossing the UK border and visiting the UK after Brexit.

What you require to enter the UK

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short term tips without a visa. You are required to show a valid passport or a national identity card if you are a citizen of an EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travel within the common travel area will not be affected by these changes. You can utilize automatic eGates at some airports if you have a biometric symbol on the cover of your passport and you are twelve or over. You are eligible to enter the UK using a passport which expires in less than six months.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal

The documents you will require to come to the UK will not change until at least 2021. UK home office will stop accepting national ID cards during 2021 for entry to the UK for EEA citizens. UK home office will announce the date for this change in advance to allow travellers good time to plan their trips.

If you star living in the UK before 31 December 2020 and have status under the EU settlement Scheme you will be eligible to utilize your EEA national identity card to come to the UK until at least 31 December 2025.

If you’re a non-EEA family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen

You will be eligible to come to the as you are doing now till December 2020.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

Irish citizens will continue to enter and live in the UK as they do now.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. You will be able to cross the UK border using a valid passport or national identity card.

If you’re travelling to the UK after we leave the EU with no deal, you must have the correct documents to show at the UK border.

EEA national identity cards will be phased out for travel to the UK during 2020. We will announce the date for this change in advance to allow travellers good time to plan their trips.

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