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Staff planning to work/attend conferences abroad

Information for staff planning work/field trips abroad.

The guidance will be reviewed regularly and updated as appropriate. You are advised to check this page regularly for further updates.

There may be some travel disruption on or in the weeks following the EU exit date, especially in the event of no deal. Therefore, we advise all staff travelling abroad to monitor any potential travel disruption. The UK government has provided essential information for UK nationals travelling to the EU.

If there is a deal then EU/EEA or Swiss nationals and UK nationals can continue to travel freely within the EU/EEA or Switzerland with a passport/ID card until the end of the transition period in December 2020. Afterwards, UK nationals will not need a visa but will require an ETIAS to travel to the EU/EEA or Switzerland.

If there is no EU Exit deal, you will need to take new action before travelling to a country in the Schengen area (other than Ireland). Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania are in the EU but are not in the Schengen area and may have separate entry requirements.

There are a number of issues you will need to be aware of when planning travel to the EU for staff or students. The government has published information on the actions that you will need to consider, including in relation to passports, health cover and transport. The UK Government has confirmed that flights will continue if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. We advise checking the entry requirement updates for the country you are visiting prior to travel.

After the date of a no deal Brexit, UK nationals will need to check the details of their passports and, if necessary, apply for a new one before travel to a Schengen Area country. For most people, no action will be required but if the passport has less than six months' validity remaining on the date of travel, it will need to be renewed in advance. Read the government guidance on visiting Europe after Brexit.

There will be full protection and maintenance of the current arrangements for UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area.