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.
This page will be updated with the latest information about the status of UK nationals in the European Union (EU) as the negotiations progress.
You do not need to do anything as a result of Article 50 being triggered. There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.
The UK government has been clear that we should always put citizens first. We want to strike an early agreement about the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living in the EU and give citizens as much certainty as possible, as early as possible.
Once we have an agreement with the EU, further information will be published on how we will secure the status of UK nationals in the EU.
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 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
Published: 11 July 2016
Updated: 31 March 2017
- 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.