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Question for Home Office

UIN HL2422, tabled on 10 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to seek equality of treatment after 31 December for EU citizens visiting the UK who will be entitled to a six month visa and UK citizens visiting the EU who could be restricted to a 90 day visa, if an agreement is not reached.

Answered on

24 March 2020

The Government has announced that EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will be able to continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short-term trips without needing a visa from the end of the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU.

From 1 January 2021, EU nationals intending to come to the UK on a long-term basis to live, work or study will need to do so under the Future Points-Based System. This is without prejudice to those who acquire status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

The EU has also legislated not to impose visas on UK tourists or short-term visitors. In line with the Schengen Border Code, UK nationals who intend to stay in the Schengen area for longer than 90 days in any 180-day period may need a visa or permit from the relevant Member State to do so.

These arrangements are not dependent on whether or not the Government concludes a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

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