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What is the change? The U.K. government has updated guidance for EEA and Swiss nationals traveling to the U.K. for business or visits without a visa in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
What does the change mean? The guidance confirms that under a no-deal Brexit, EEA and Swiss nationals may continue to travel without a visa to the U.K. for short-term visits and business trips, and clarifies the types of identification documents required. Irish nationals are not affected because the Common Travel Area provisions will remain in effect after Brexit.
Background: The guidance, updated Oct. 25, confirms the following rules for EEA and Swiss nationals traveling to the U.K. after a no-deal Brexit:
Analysis & Comments: The risk of a no-deal Brexit has been temporarily averted, with the Brexit deadline pushed back to Jan. 31, 2020 and the British Parliament’s vote to hold a General Election on Dec. 12. Companies with European employees traveling to the U.K. should understand the travel rules and restrictions if a no-deal Brexit occurs.
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