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Rights of UK nationals visiting the EU

September 22, 2021 | News, Travel

Since the UK left the EU, the rules have changed for UK nationals visiting any country within the EU. 

Now, when visiting an EU country, UK visitors may have to show their return or onward ticket along with proving they have enough money for the trip. 

Tourists can stay in an EU country for 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa. Visitors must check that they are not spending more than 90 days in a 180 day period within the EU and this can include travelling between EU countries. This means that if you travel to one country in the EU and then directly to another country in the EU, the 90 day period does not start again because you are in a different country. The 90 day period is combined. 

For example, if you visit France for 2 days and then spend 3 days in Spain, this counts as 5 days out of the 90-days. 

However, there are different rules for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. The time you spend in other countries does not affect how long you can spend in each of these countries without a visa. It is important to check the specific guidance for each member state as this can vary depending on where you visit.

In order to calculate the “180 day period” to ensure that you are not overstaying in the EU, the European Commission has created a calculator to check this. Every country within the Schengen area has its own penalties for overstaying.

It is worth noting that a visa may be required if an individual plans to study or work in an EU country. 

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.

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