Visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

The Home Office have recently issued guidance pertaining to Visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 24 May 2021)

What do I need to know about visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen?

Before you make your journey to the UK, you should be aware that:

  • Irish citizens can enter/live in the UK
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not require a visa when visiting the UK for holidays/short trips – you may enter the UK with a valid passport which must remain valid for the duration of your trip
  • Automatic ePassport gates will remain available for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to allow entry through the border on arrival
  • From 1 October 2021, EU, EEA or Swiss national ID cards may not be used to enter the UK unless you:

What do I need to know about visiting the UK as a non-EEA family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss Citizen?

Before you make your journey to the UK, you will need a valid passport and either:

  • a UK-issued biometric residence card
  • a UK-issued EEA family permit
  • an EU Settlement Scheme family permit

Please be advised that you cannot use an Article 10 or Article 20 residence card issued by an EEA member state.

What do I need to know about visiting the UK if I am from a non-EEA country?

On arrival, your passport and visa (if you have one), will be checked at border control. At this stage, it is usual to be asked why you are coming to the UK. Additionally, you may use the UK/EEA immigration lanes/automatic ePassport gates if you are from:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States

What do I need to know about visiting the UK for business?

You may not need to apply for a visa is you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen travelling to the UK for a short business trip. Additionally, under the new points-based system, you can continue to visit the UK without applying for a visa.

Business visitors cannot:

  • sell directly to the public or provide goods and services
  • do a work placement or internship
  • do paid or unpaid work for a UK company or as a self-employed person

For information regarding working in the UK, sending employees to work in the UK or trading with the UK, please contact us to find out more.

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, call us now on 01204 531 535 or send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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