What will be the impact of Brexit if I wish to go to the U.K. for a short stay, without seeking residence there?
Until 31 October 2019
The current situation is maintained. Following European law, you can stay in the UK for up to three months without any other condition other than being in possession of a valid Identity card or passport. There is neither a passport nor a visa obligation.
From 1 November 2019
(unless negotiations are extended)
If the withdrawal agreement is ratified:
- Until the 31st of December 2020 (longer if the transition period is extended): the current situation is maintained.
- Following this: Your access to British territory will depend on the content of the future agreements between the EU and the UK regarding future relations. It is not possible to say what that will precisely mean at this stage. The European institutions and the Belgian authorities wish to maintain close relations with the U.K. in the future.
The European Commission notably wishes to exempt British citizen from visa obligations for a short stay, with the condition of reciprocity from the UK regarding EU citizens wanting to enter the UK. However, this will be under the condition of being in possession of a valid travel document (a passport could thus be required).
People residing in the U.K. 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 valid passport for all their non-EU family members). See question 1 and question 2.
In the case of a no-deal:
The United Kingdom will leave the EU on 1 November 2019 and EU law will then cease to apply. Your situation will depend on British authorities. At this stage, the British government has agreed to maintain unilaterally your rights in terms of stay, but nothing can be guaranteed with absolute certainty. The European Institutions and the Belgian authorities are fully committed to defending your interests.
The European Commission wishes to exempt British citizens from having to apply for a visa regarding short-term stay, with the condition of reciprocity from the UK regarding EU citizens wanting to enter British territory. You will still need to be in possession of a valid travel document (a passport could thus be required).