As of February 1st, 2020, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is no longer a member of the European Union.
In 2020, a transitional period took place, during which European legislation was maintained in the context of the free movement of people, goods, services and capital between the UK and the EU.
On December 24th, 2020, the EU and the United Kingdom concluded negotiations and agreed on a TRADE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY, AS THE ONE PART, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, AS THE OTHER PART.
What does Brexit and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement mean for the tourism sector?
Visas and border control
From January 1st, 2021, citizens of the United Kingdom are exempted from the requirement to hold visas when crossing the external borders of the European Union for a short stay (up to 90 days for each 180-day period). This visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU and is subject to the reciprocity mechanism applicable to third countries.
UK citizens traveling to the European Union and the Schengen area will be treated as third-country nationals and are therefore are subject to thorough checks at the Schengen border. This means that the intended stay in the territory of EU Member States cannot last longer than 90 days for each 180-day period and UK citizens will have to meet the conditions for entry of third-country nationals.