Visa waiver to apply for short stay periods after UK leaves the EU

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Visa waiver to apply for short stay periods after UK leaves the EUThe European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee has said that UK nationals will be able to enter the EU visa-free for short periods after the country’s exit from the EU, provided EU nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the UK.

On Tuesday, by unanimity (53 votes) the Committee backed rules exempting UK nationals who are British citizens of visa requirements for stays in the EU of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, from the day following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The Committee explained that once the bill is agreed by both co-legislators (Parliament and Council), the UK would be included in the list of countries whose nationals do not need to request a visa to enter the EU for business, tourism or to visit relatives or friends.

However, it pointed out that the visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU.

The Committee also said that the draft specifically states that the visa waiver will be granted to UK nationals on the basis of reciprocity, i.e. provided that EU nationals are also given visa-free access for short business or tourist trips to the UK if it becomes a non-EU country.

If the UK introduces a visa requirement for nationals of at least one member state, “the reciprocity mechanism foreseen in EU legislation should apply,” says the text. This may lead to visa requirements for UK nationals being reintroduced.

The Malta Government has now opened a Brexit hotline  – telephone 153 and select option 5 – where the public can ask their questions on the possible effects and consequences from Brexit. A full factsheet in the case of a “no-deal” is also available online by clicking here.

The British Government has also just released a guidance sheet with important information on “healthcare for UK nationals living in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March.” It is available to read online by clicking here.

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