Please read about BREIXT if you have no idea of what it is before reading this article.
Brexit may have some level of benefits to the United Kingdom but comes with some adverse effects as well. This article would seek to examine the impact it would have on travel to any EU countries by citizen and UK visa holders.
How will it affect UK Citizens?
Possibility of Entry: UK citizens can travel to all European Union (EU) countries and also Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland without the need to acquire a Schengen visa.
Duration of Stay: As a tourist, a UK citizen can stay up to 90 days in any 180-day period. But can apply for a visa if the citizen wishes to stay longer than the 90 days out of the 180-day period. The rule differs when travelling to countries like Cyprus, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. You can make a 90-day trip to any of these countries and still not have the opportunity to use up your 90-day allowance for other EU countries.
Passport Requirement: A passport which has at least six months left before it expires and also less than 10 years old can be used for the trip. Ireland is a Common travel Area so the 6-month passport rule won’t apply when visiting.
Travel Insurance: Until the expiration of all European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) held by over 27 million UK citizens which were issued before the 31st of December 2020 is still valid for use in all EU countries. In an event of an accident or sickness, the UK citizen can use the EHIC at state-provided medical facilities. To be on a safer side, it is advised you buy travel insurance with healthcare cover before traveling.
Airport Passport Control and Customs: The benefit of going through the EU fast track passport control and customs lanes by UK citizens have been truncated. You may be asked to also show a return ticket. You have to be prepared to show you have enough money for your trip when asked by the passport control officers.
How will it affect UK Visa Holders?
UK visa holders had some privileges but after the end of 2020, all those privileges were taken away. For example, people holding a student’s visa use to have the opportunity to transit in one EU country during a trip but that is no longer possible.
A case scenario – If Seth, a UK student visa holder travelling from Accra to Glasgow could have travelled with KLM through Amsterdam previously without the need for a transit visa, he loses that opportunity. So, if Seth really wants to go with KLM due to its low price compared to other airlines, then he has to acquire a transit visa first or else he would not be allowed to even check-in at Kotoka International Airport.
Therefore, the following visa holders have to acquire a transit visa to be able to travel through any EU country to the UK.
- Standard Visitor Visa (Read more)
- Short-term Study Visa (Read more)
- Student Visa (Read more)
- Child Student Visa (Read more)
- Temporary Worker – Seasonal worker Visa (T5): (Read more)
- Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5): (Read more)
- Inter-company Visa (Read more)
- Innovator Visa (Read more)
- Start-up Visa (Read more)
- Minister of Religion Visa (T2): (Read more)
- Sportsperson Visa (T2): (Read more)
- Temporary Worker – Charity Worker Visa (T5): (Read more)
- Skilled Worker Visa (Read more)
- Temporary Worker – Government Authorized Exchange Visa (T5): (Read more)
- Health and Care Worker Visa (Read more)
- Temporary Worker – International Agreement Worker Visa (T5) — (Read more)
- Temporary Worker – Religious worker Visa (T5) — (Read more)
- Global Talent Visa (Read more)
- Entrepreneur Visa (Tier 1): (Read more)
- Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting Visa (T5): (Read more)
If there is any other type of UK visas that was not captured in the list above, you can please state the name of the visa in the comment section.