What will be the impact of Brexit if I wish to go to the UK for a short stay, without seeking residence there?

Until 31 January 2020

The current situation is maintained. According to European law, you can stay in the United Kingdom for a maximum of 3 months, with no other condition than being in possession of a valid identity card or passport. There is neither a passport nor a visa obligation.

From 1 February 2020

When the withdrawal agreement is ratified:

  1. Until 31 December 2020 (longer if the transition period is extended): the current situation is maintained.
  2. Thereafter: your access to British territory will depend on the content of the future agreements between the EU and the United Kingdom regarding future relations. At this stage, it is not possible to specify exactly what this means. European institutions and the Belgian authorities wish to maintain close links with the British authorities in the future.
    Individuals already residing in the United Kingdom before the end of the transition period will be able to travel in and out of the country when in possession of a valid identity card or passport (and a valid passport for all their non-EU family members). See question 1 and question 2.


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