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Agreement reached on visa-free travel to the EU for UK nationals

Apr 3, 2019 | News

(03 April 2019) – The European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on the Commission’s proposal to grant UK nationals visa-free travel to the EU after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

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This means that UK nationals will not need a visa when travelling to the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

The visa-free travel for UK nationals is conditional upon the UK also granting reciprocal and non-discriminatory visa-free travel for all EU citizens, in line with the principle of visa reciprocity.

In the scenario where the UK leaves the EU without a deal, this would apply as of midnight on 12 April 2019. In a “deal scenario”, this would apply as of the end of the transition period, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement.

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