Before Brexit, without special permits or visas, British citizens may fly, live, vacation and work anywhere in the EU.
That will no longer be the case from January 1, 2021. The Guardian’s Money team spent the week sifting through the several pages of paperwork to illustrate how you will be impacted by Brexit. Vacations and TravelWhat does all this mean about this year’s vacations – whether and when they will resume? Although the coronavirus outbreak has almost stopped all immediate travel, within the next two years, Brits face some dramatic changes when current restrictions are lifted and travel to Europe will resume. Although most people in an EU country (plus Norway, Switzerland and Iceland) taking city breaks or beach vacations will notice little immediate difference, if you travel a picture is noticeably different In the U.K. Visa-free travel for short visits has been accepted between the EU and the United Kingdom, which means that the United Kingdom With the exception of the non-Schengen countries of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, passport holders may spend up to 90 days in the Schengen zone over a period of 180 days – whether in a series of short visits or in a single longer stay. To one of these nations, you might take a 90-day trip and still not use up your 90-day cap. The same is valid for Ireland, which, as part of a common travel area for UK nationals, enables unlimited travel from the UK. You will need to buy a visa waiver for holidays and short stays in the EU beginning in 2022 (the exact date has not been decided yet). This is not a visa, but an entrance permit to the world.
It costs EUR 7 (£ 6.29) and is issued under the European Travel Information and Authorization Scheme, similar to the currently required Esta permit to visit the United States. I typically spend more than 90 days as a visitor in the EU in a six-month period – will I be able to do so with a visa? Probably not. The Brexit agreement specifically limits brief visits within a 180-day span to a maximum of 90 days. While the British government says that Britons who have surpassed their 90 days would be eligible to apply for an extended stay visa, the European Commission says that the applicant will stop being a tourist or short-term visitor once the 90 days are over and will have to apply for a full long-term immigrant visa with all the costs and problems involved.
So, for example, if he decided to travel to Venice in August, that would prove difficult, since every EU country has the right to set its own conditions for entry.
For example, it is possible that the Spanish or Portuguese governments interested in retaining British tourist numbers might decide to offer a quick, non-work visa in the future, but that is by no means certain. Expect EU countries to announce more information in the coming months – but don’t depend on it. Will my Ehic card still work? Hey, yes and no.
Your European Health Insurance Card will remain valid in the EU until it expires, according to the NHS website, which is quite a while away for some people. The bad news is that at the moment there are few specifics, and it does not actually reach as far as the Ehic. At present, you are supposed to be covered by the new Ghic for trips to EU countries, but not Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Be sure to buy private insurance policies if you fly to any of these countries. New agreements with Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA)/European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries are also being negotiated by the government, which may lead to mutual health coverage in line with Ehic. Note that Ehic and its replacement, Ghic, are not the same as travel insurance. The Ehic card only entitles the holder to access to the requisite government health insurance free or discounted.
For example, after a major accident, it does not cover repatriation to the UK. The “global” of the new Ghic is a misnomer. The British government did not unexpectedly decide to give British visitors in the United States free health care coverage.
Only under current mutual agreements can it provide coverage: primarily in Commonwealth countries,