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 December 2020

Until 31 December 2020 a transition period applies in accordance with the Withdrawal Treaty during which 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 January 2021

After 1 January 2021, EU citizens can continue to travel to the United Kingdom for vacation or short stays of maximum 3 months without having to apply for a visa. The British Home Office made an announcement about that. Please note that this does not, in principle, apply to visits for work or study in the United Kingdom, for which a visa will be required. The British Home Office also made an announcement about that. Presently Belgian citizens can still travel to the UK with either a valid identity card or a valid passport. From 1 October 2021, the British government will only accept a valid passport for short stays in the UK. In addition, Belgian citizens are recommended to consider taking out a private health insurance. After 31/12/2020 the European Health Insurance Card will no longer be valid.

Individuals already legally 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. For non-EU family members, a valid passport is required. See question 1 and question 2. With a “pre-settled status” or “settled status” you will have the right to enter and leave the United Kingdom provided you are in possession of a valid identity card or passport until at least 31 December 2025.


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