Visiting the UK Post Brexit: FAQs

Visiting the UK post Brexit

Now that the UK has left the EU, there is still some confusion and uncertainty over how travel into and out of the UK will change. Because of travel restrictions, Brexit isn’t really affecting how we travel at the moment, however, when the restrictions are lifted, Brexit will have some affect. Whilst most of the changes mainly affect EU, EEA and Swiss citizens visiting the UK, it’s useful to know what will change for travel into the UK, no matter your nationality. So, we’ve put together a few FAQs about visiting the UK post Brexit

What exactly will change? 

As it stands, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can visit the UK using their national identity card. However, from 1 October 2021, this will no longer apply, and citizens will need a valid passport to enter.  

In some cases, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to use their national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025. This is only if they: 

  • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor 
  • are a Swiss Service Provider 

Will EU, EEA and Swiss citizens need a Visa to visit the UK? 

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can stay in the UK as a visitor for up to 6 months without a visa. Irish citizens also have no visa requirements and can travel to the UK as they did before Brexit. Other foreign nationals might need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa. You can find out if you need a visa here. 

What documents do you need to show to enter the UK? 

From 1 October 2021, everyone entering the UK will need a valid passport. Passports or ID cards should not expire during your stay in the UK. At the border, officials might ask for proof that you are visiting the UK for tourism, such as a hotel reservation. 

Does Brexit impact American travellers?  

Americans travelling directly to the UK will not be affected by Brexit. Americans do not need visas and this is not expected to change. If Americans travel to the UK then fly to a European Union country, they will have to go through customs and immigration in both Britain and that country, as before. 

Air travel from the US to the UK is not expected to change either. The US and the UK have signed a bilateral open-skies agreement which allows airlines to continue flying between each nation.  

In short, the good news is that people can still visit the UK on holiday when international travel restarts, but there are some changes that will mostly affect EU, EEA and Swiss citizens.  

At Best of Scotland Holidays, we provide a wide range of services to the travel trade. We aim to make your clients stay enjoyable, affordable and to guarantee that all arrangements meet your high standards. This is only possible thanks to a dedicated team of travel professionals who know and love their destinations. Get in contact with us today to find out how we can benefit your travel business.  

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