Travellers who are citizens of the United Kingdom and wish to travel Austria and the EU have to consider some important points in case of a “no-deal”-Brexit.
The “free movement of persons”, one of the fundamental rights of citizens of EU member states, will no longer apply for British citizen in the likely event of a “no-deal” Brexit.
British citizens will have to meet the following requirements upon entry into the Schengen area (and therefore, upon visiting Austria):
- procurement of a current and valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of entry and must not be older than 10 years),
- traveller’s health insurance for healthcare.
Upon entering Austria, British citizens will be treated like other “third country nationals”, i.e. citizens from non-EU countries, facing screening at the borders. The border control may require British citizens to show their travel tickets and sufficient funds to finance their stay. Cash exceeding £10,000 and goods must be declared. The EU, EEA and Swiss-lines at airports will no longer be open to British citizens.
The United Kingdom/Great Britain will be added to the list of most favoured nations and will still be able to enter without a Schengen visa for a period of 90 days within 180 days. Technically, this privilege will granted by an amendment to Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Link).
However, entry and stay are limited to touristic purposes only. Business-related travels or stays for school or study will require a special visa for the respective purpose.
Please be aware that an overstay without a visa or residence permit may eventually result in administrative penalties, expulsion and a ban to enter the Schengen area. Therefore, British nationals who wish to enter the Schengen area and stay here are well advised to timely care for the requisite visa/residence permit.
In any event, we will gladly assist you with questions regarding visa regulations, entry requirements and restrictions as well as residence permits for British citizens after the “no-deal” Brexit has happened. Do not hesitate to contact us for detailed and in-depth information for your stay in Austria.
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