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3 February 2021

Visiting the UK after Brexit: A guide for EU Citizens

What you need to know about entering the UK from 1 January 2021 as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.
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Visiting the UK after Brexit: A guide for EU Citizens

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens:

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens are able to travel to the UK for short trips or holidays without a visa. You will need to show a valid passport or national identity card at the UK border.

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens are no longer allowed to enter the UK on their national identity card unless you meet the following Home Office criteria:

You will need to show proof of the above at the UK border.

Non-EEA family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

Non-EEA family members will need a valid passport, and

  • a EU Settlement Scheme family permit, or
  • a UK-issued EEA family permit; or
  • a UK-issued biometric residence card.

You need to show proof of the above at the UK border.

It is important to note that Article 10 or Article 20 residence cards issued by an EEA member state are no longer valid

Bringing personal goods into the UK

You do not have to pay duty or tax on goods from the EU if you transport them yourself, will use them yourself or gift them, and have paid tax in the country where they were purchased.

You can read more about bringing goods into the UK here.

Merchandise in baggage

Traders can declare merchandise in baggage being imported from the EU to the UK in advance.



Individuals travelling from the EU to the UK with £10,000 or more in cash need to make a declaration.

Pet travel

Pet owners will need to get an Animal Healthcare Certificate (AHC) from an official veterinarian.

 You can read more about bringing your pet to the UK here.

Driving in the UK

Individuals with a non-UK driving licence will are allowed to drive in the UK. You do not need an international driving permit (IDP).

You must however carry valid proof of insurance or an insurance green card if your vehicle is not insured in the UK.

You can check if your country is a member here.

Mobile phone roaming in the UK

You will need to check with your mobile operator for rates for calls, texts and mobile data in the UK.

How can we help:

Woodcock Law can provide information on the new immigration system post-Brexit for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.

For any enquiries, please email nathan@woodcocklaw.co.uk.

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