Brexit: EU countries may ban UK nationals next year
Travel to the EU may be Restricted Brexit Reality
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0:00 – Brexit: EU Countries May Ban UK Nationals From January Due To COVID 19
0:52 – Brexit EU countries may ban UK nationals from January due to COVID-19
Less than 30 days to go until UK nationals who have not registered their residence in an EU state will be considered third-country nationals by EU nations.
Travellers from the UK face the possibility of being included in the EU’s ban on non-essential travel after the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st.
Currently, the EU’s external borders are closed to non-essential travel for all countries apart from those on the shortlist of “safe” countries.
Travel within Europe, however, is allowed for any reason considering individual countries’ lockdowns and rules on quarantine or testing for new arrivals.
01:42 – Travel Amidst the Pandemic – The Europe Travel Ban
The European Commission currently says that travel is allowed for any reason between EU and Schengen zone countries and that includes the UK,
but once the Brexit transition period ends on December 31st, the UK will become a ‘third country’, not part of the EU or the Schengen zone.
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, although the UK is officially out of the EU, UK nationals can still travel to any of the EU nations without restriction until 31 December.
However, it will be a different story after the transition period ends.
A spokesperson for the EU Commission has stated that “At the end of the transition period, the Council will have to consider the addition of the United Kingdom to the list of third countries exempted from travel restrictions.”
This is a decision for the Council to make. No date was given for this decision.
UK nationals who have officially registered their residence in any of the EU member states will be exempted from this rule.
This means that they will not be considered as third-country nationals.
02:52 – Third countries on EU’s Safelist
The EU Commission has recommended a list of non-EU nationals who are allowed inside the EU territory without restriction.
Here are the Third-country nationals allowed in the EU:
* Australia * Japan * New Zealand * Rwanda * Singapore * South Korea * Thailand
03:33 – Exemptions to the EU Travel Ban
Non-EU nationals can enter the EU for non-essential travel for the following reasons: * Non-EU citizens who are permanent residents of an EU country and need to come home
* Healthcare workers engaged in crucial work on the coronavirus crisis
* Frontier workers and in some circumstances seasonal workers
* Delivery drivers
* Diplomats, humanitarian or aid workers
* Passengers in transit
* Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons
* Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons
* Third-country nationals travelling for the purpose of studies
* Highly qualified third-country workers IF their employment is essential from an economic perspective and cannot be postponed or performed abroad
The rules are based on the country you are travelling from, not the passport you hold.
04:33 – EU Second Homeowners
From January 1, 2021, UK nationals can spend 90 days out of every 180 periods in the EU without visa or residency.
EU second homeowners can especially feel the time crunch as they may wish to stay longer.
To rectify this, they have two options.
* Apply for EU Residence, or
* Get a visa
Getting a visa – For people who want to remain resident in the UK but want to spend longer periods in the EU then, the best option is to apply for a visa.
You will be required to provide proof that you can support yourself during your stay along with other requirements.
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If you need assistance with a visa to Europe or the UK, including help with securing your travel arrangements, IaM can help.
For visa advice, contact your IAM coordinator.
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