UK nationals in the EU: what you need to know
Information on the rights and status of UK nationals living and travelling in the European Union (EU) following the triggering of Article 50.
Current status and staying up to date
There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.
You can sign-up for email alerts to receive updates to Brexit pages on gov.uk as the negotiations progress.
On 26 June 2017, the Prime Minister announced the UK government’s offer to EU nationals currently living in the UK. This is set out in ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’. More information on the detail of the UK’s offer is in Status of EU nationals in the UK: what you need to know. Information on the latest round of negotiations is set out in the ‘Joint technical note on the comparison of EU-UK positions on citizens’ rights’.
The UK government’s offer to EU citizens will give those people who have been living in the UK since before a specific cut-off date, equivalent status and entitlements to benefits and services on the day we leave the EU as they currently have. This cut-off date will be agreed during the negotiations but it won’t be earlier than 29 March 2017 (the date Article 50 was triggered) or later than the date the UK leaves the EU.
When the UK government has an reached an agreement with the EU, further information on the status of UK nationals living in the EU will be published on this page.
Until negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. This means:
Travelling in the EU – passports and healthcare
UK nationals can continue to travel freely within the EU using a UK passport
there continue to be no visa requirements for UK nationals entering another EU country
UK 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
UK nationals can continue to receive healthcare in EU countries
UK nationals can continue to retire and collect their pensions in EU countries
More information on exiting the EU
Published: 11 July 2016
Updated: 10 August 2017
- Link to information on the latest negotiations. Link to sign up for email alerts.
- Add in link to Article 50 and negotiations with the EU page
- Updated on 26 June 2017 to reflect UK Government's offer on EU Citizens' Rights
- Updated information following the triggering of Article 50
- Updates to first and second paragraphs to reflect current situation
- Change to intro
- Amendment to introduction text and link added to Department for Exiting the EU
- First published.