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EU Approves Conditional Visa-free Travel for UK Citizens Post Brexit

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EU Approves Conditional Visa-free Travel for UK Citizens Post BrexitWith Brexit postponed to April 12th, an announcement has been made by the European Parliament that after UK leaves the EU, UK citizens will be permitted to travel to other EU countries for short trips, without a visa –provided the UK grants such traveling rights to the Europeans.

With the possibility of no-deal Brexit, the EU parliament has supported a draft law that excludes UK travelers from requiring a visa for short trips to European countries in order to wade off travel chaos. The law is expected to take its course after Brexit so that at the time, UK nationals will be able to stay in the EU for up to 90 days in any 180 days period. Apart from having the right to work in the EU, the visit will only apply for tourism, business or family/relative visit.

Reciprocity is a Condition

However, the European Parliament has agreed that if visa requirements are introduced by the United Kingdom for nationals of even one European Union country for either business or tourism visits, visa requirements will be reintroduced for UK nationals to all European Union countries.

This visa waiver applies to all EU countries excluding Ireland who already has a visa-free travel agreement with the United Kingdom as well as the Schengen countries of Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

In the case of Brexit occurring on April 12th without a deal, there will be an adoption and publication of the draft agreement in an official European Union journal.

However, UK nationals should also be in the know that across the border travelling rules for pets may go through some changes after Brexit.

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Post Brexit: Switzerland Guarantees UK Nationals Free Entry without Visa

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Post Brexit: Switzerland Guarantees UK Nationals Free Entry without VisaOn Friday, the Swiss government announced that Switzerland won’t require visas from the citizens of UK who wish to come and stay in the country, even for an extended period.

According to the Swiss government, this exemption of visa will be enforced the day the present Swiss – EU bilateral Agreement on Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) will cease to be effective, after Brexit.

The Swiss executive said the decision to exempt the requirements of a visa for the UK citizens was taken by the Swiss government, before Brexit, in preparation for the outcome of things between the UK and EU after Brexit.

This action corresponds with an expected Acton from the EU, which will exempt the UK citizens from obtaining a visa before entering the Schengen area after Brexit.

Also, it has been confirmed by the UK that after Brexit, they will not also require a visa from a Swiss citizen who would wish to come to the country and stay, be it for a short or long period.

Relations strengthened

A final sign-off concerning changes to the laws of employment was made by the Swiss government on Friday, to ensure that a different quota of permits will be granted to the Britons who wish to be hired in Switzerland, in case Brexit occurs without a deal.

As such, an additional 3,500 permits have been granted Britons, new to Switzerland, from 30th March to 31st December 2019.

The plan is considered necessary and important, as after Brexit (in case of no deal), the present bilateral Swiss – EU agreement on free movement of persons (AFMP) will not be applicable to Britons.

In other words, the same treatment given to a citizen of a third country will also be accorded to the “new” Britons coming to work in Switzerland after Brexit, as well as the same permit quotas.

A number of critical bilateral agreements crafted to ensure a healthy and peaceful relationship between the UK and Switzerland, in case Brexit occurs without a deal, have been duly signed by both countries. Such includes trade and citizen’s rights agreements.

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