Woodcock Law takes a look at what the end of the Brexit transition period means for business travellers between the EU and UK.
How does Brexit affect UK and EU business travellers?
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, and the subsequent Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020. The UK and the European Commission have reached an agreement which includes a limited framework for business mobility between the United Kingdom and EU Member States, specifically around business travel and intra-company transfers from 1 January 2021.
The Free Trade Agreement limits the previous free movement of people, goods and services, and there are new provisions for temporary movement rights depending on the category of traveller.
Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences, providing services and touring art or music.
Business Travellers in the European Union
The agreement states that business visitors will be allowed in the European Union for up to 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen Area. You will need a visa or permit to stay and work for longer.
Business Travellers in the United Kingdom
EU business visitors will be subject to stays of 90 days in a 180-day period, however local law provisions permitting longer stays for business trips will remain unless and until changed.
Business Travel for Investment purposes
In the European Union
There is a work permit exemption for business travel for investment purposes for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
In the United Kingdom
There is a provision that enables EU nationals to visit the United Kingdom to establish their business presence as supplementary to the existing general business provisions in UK immigration legislation.
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