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Brexit for UK Citizens Moving to Europe in 2022

Brexit for UK Citizens Moving to Europe in 2021

Britons have long enjoyed free movement within the EU but as of the 1st January 2021 that is no longer the case. What does this mean for UK citizens who want to move to Europe in 2021?

The negotiations between the UK and the EU have provided very few solid facts and unfortunately, many of the details will not be confirmed until negotiations have reached a conclusion.

Here’s what we do know:

UK citizens with residency in EU before 31/12/20
  • Under the withdrawal agreement, UK citizens with residence in any EU state before 31st December 2020 will maintain these rights.
  • This, however, only applies to the country of residence and does not ensure free movement to other countries. For Example, a UK citizen with residency in France will no longer have the right to move to Spain after Brexit.
  • Why do you want to move? People relocate for many reasons; professional, relationships,  new opportunities. It’s important to research thoroughly and make sure your destination is the best place to find what you’re looking for.
UK citizens without residency in EU before 31/12/20
  • In 2021, you won’t need to apply for a visa if you plan to stay in an EU state for less than 90 days in any 180-day period, this will apply until 2022 but is as yet unresolved.
  • Moving to an EU country in 2021 does not entail the automatic right to live or work there. Each country enforces its own conditions and you will need to comply with the existing immigration legislation of the country where you plan to go.
  • Existing agreements between National Health Systems will cease to exist. European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) will be invalid.
  • Passports must be valid for at least six months and must not be over ten years old.
  • Free roaming will no longer be part of legislation, check your mobile provider’s policy.
  • UK citizens must use ‘Non EU citizen’ lanes at customs.
  • Drivers may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in some countries and you will need a ‘green card’ and a GB sticker.
  • Travelling with an animal may take several months to arrange.
  • Professional qualifications may be invalid.


If you plan to move to Europe in 2022 it’s highly recommended to consult a professional. 

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2 Responses

  1. N.lreland seems to be a bit difficult at the moment The Gov.UK website says you need to do a TOR if coming from the UK and you don’t need one if coming from EU.yet we are coming from Dublin Ireland and we are at the moment banging our heads off a wall. But I’m sure as things move on, the light will get brighter Cheers

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