Council Of The EU Agrees To Visa Free Travel After Brexit

06 Feb 2019, 26 mins ago

After a long period of uncertainty, the Council of the EU issued a press release on 1 February 2019 confirming that EU ambassadors have agreed that, following Brexit, UK citizens travelling to the Schengen area for a short stay should be granted visa free travel. Following this resolution, the ambassadors mandated the Council Presidency to start negotiations with the European Parliament to prepare the necessary legislative proposals.

Earlier this year, the UK Government stated that it does not intend for EU citizens travelling to the UK for short stays (after Brexit) to obtain a visa. In accordance with EU regulations, the visa exemption is granted on condition of reciprocity and in the event that the UK introduces visa requirement in the future for at least one member state, the reciprocity mechanism would then apply.

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