Brexit – new rules to enter the UK for European students and school groups

Brexit – new rules to enter the UK for European students and school groups
14/10/2020 TrinityUK
Brexit - new rules for European students

The UK Government has recently published new guidelines for European students who want to travel to the UK.

The transition period is almost over in the UK and – unfortunately – Brexit will soon be a reality which will impact many industries. The UK Government has just published some new travel guidelines for European students travelling to the UK – both for tourism and study reasons – which will apply from 1st January 2021.

What you’ll need to enter the UK from the above date.

If you’re an EU, EEA  (European Economic Area) or Swiss citizen below you can find the rules the UK will apply.

  • Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now.
  • EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will continue to be able to travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. You’ll be able to cross the UK border using a valid passport. 

They also say that you will not be able to use your EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021, but we strongly suggest that all students travelling to the UK from Europe or any European Economic Area get a valid passport before their departure.

In any case, you can continue to use your national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025 if you:

  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • have a frontier worker permit
  • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • are a Swiss Service Provider

You must have the correct documents to show at the UK border if you’re travelling to the UK from 1st January 2021. You will not be able to use any documents to enter the UK that are not listed here.

If you are not a European Citizen, normal VISA rules apply, but you can check the kind of VISA you need – or if you need it – by clicking at this link –> find out if you’ll need to apply for a visa.

What documents will Groups need to travel to the UK from 1st January 2021?

School children who are non-EEA nationals and are resident in an EEA country do not need a visa if visiting or transiting the UK as a member of an organised school group.

To qualify school children must:

  • be accompanied by a teacher (or a Group Leader);
  • have their names included on the officially approved ‘List of Travellers’ form;

Schools must get the List of Travellers form from the foreign ministries of the EEA country where the school party is travelling from. The European Commission website provides contact details.

You can also read the guidance on bringing school parties and other groups by coach into the UK.

Non-EEA national school children resident in the EEA or Switzerland will continue to be able to travel to the UK under the List of Travellers scheme until at least 2021.

What school children need to show at the border will not change. Pupils with their own travel document must be included on the List of Travellers form. Pupils without their own travel document must also have photographic ID or a recent photograph attached to the List of Travellers form.

To be acceptable as a travel document, the form must also be authenticated by the responsible authority in the appropriate member state to confirm the pupil’s residence status and their right to re-entry.

The above is a short guide to enter the UK once Brexit will be affective, to have further information, please visit GOV UK website.

 

 

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