Brexit and the free movement for persons

Are you affected by Brexit? Here you will find information on conditions for living and working in the UK or travelling there after Britain´s exit from the EU 31 January 2020.

Citizens’ rights during 2020

The transition period means that the UK, in practical terms, remains in the EU until the end of 2020. UK nationals in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK retain their rights during the transition period. This means, among other things, that the regulations on right to social insurance, health and medical care, recognition of certificates of education and professional qualifications will continue to apply.

The transition period provides time for adjustment to the future relationship between the EU and the UK. Negotiations on agreements to regulate the future relationship is ongoing.

Residing in the UK

For EU citizens residing in the UK, the conditions are mainly determined by the decisions taken by the UK. Those residing in the country before 31 December 2020, will be able to stay on condition that they apply for a new permanent residence permit. This gives you the so-called settled status or pre-settled status depending on whether you have been resident in the UK for a continuous period of five years (settled status). If you have not been able to reach five years, but intend to stay, you apply for the pre-settled status. The application must be made by according to the EU Settlement Scheme. More information and the application is found on the UK Government's website.

Travelling to the UK

The requirements for travels within the EU to the UK will not change until 2021. EU citizens and citizens of the EEA countries and Switzerland can continue to travel to the UK for holidays and shorter periods without visa requirements. This means that you only need a valid passport or a national ID card. Visit the official UK Government’s website for the latest information.