January 19, 2021 webdevelopment 0 Comments

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

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.

Intra-Company Transferees

Intra-company’s transferees are managers, specialists or graduate trainees transferred from one group entity established in the United Kingdom/European Union to another group entity established in the United Kingdom/European Union. This is valid for a stay of up to three years for managers and specialists and one year for graduate trainees.

In the United Kingdom
The Agreement guarantees that EU nationals can apply for an 
Intra-company Visa, which allows existing employees of multinational companies in foreign countries to transfer to a job in their company’s UK branch for up to five years.

In the European Union

UK nationals will qualify for EU ICT permits through the existing EU Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Directive.


Woodcock Law & Notary Public provides specialist immigration business immigration services. We can assist you in navigating the new rules post-Brexit and offer expert advice on short-term visas or rules for business travel.

Email nathan@woodcocklaw.co.uk or call 0800 049 2471