Advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe
Advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.
The UK voted on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union (EU). The Prime Minister made clear in her speech on 17 January 2017 that guaranteeing the rights of UK citizens in the EU and the rights of EU citizens in the UK is a priority for Britain. We stand ready to reach such a deal right now if other countries agree.
The UK Government is working for a smooth, orderly Brexit. The negotiations to leave the EU may take up to 2 years or more. In the interim there will be no immediate changes.
Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. This means:
Travelling within the EU – passports and healthcare
British nationals can continue to travel freely within the EU using a UK passport.
There will continue to be no visa requirements for British nationals entering another EU country.
British nationals can continue to access healthcare during temporary visits to EU countries using the European Health Insurance Card.
Living and working in the EU – property, pensions and healthcare
British nationals can continue to receive healthcare in EU countries.
British nationals can continue to retire and collect their pensions in EU countries.