This page will be updated when appropriate. Last updated 26 November.
You will need take action if you are planning on:
The Government has published a helpful transition checker tool so that you can find out what actions you specifically need to be taking.
Many of the actions you will need to take are not dependent on a trade deal with the EU and so can be done now. However, in some cases, advice will be updated later in the year. When you use the transition checker, you will be able to subscribe to email updates about changes to the guidance that may affect you and I would strongly encourage you to do this.
If anyone has any queries about the actions you need to take, please do contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the transition period?
After we left the EU on 31st January, we entered into a transition period until 31 December. This is a period of time in which we are no longer a member of the EU but continue to be subject to EU rules and a member of the Single Market and Customs Union while we negotiate what our future relationship will look like.
As we transition to our new relationship, our new start will involve a series of changes and opportunities for businesses.
When does it end?
The transition period ends on 31 December 2020. This date is written into our laws and will not change or be extended. Changes will, therefore, come into force on 1 January 2021.
Do I need to do anything?
Yes, you do. The best way to find out what you need to do is to visit the UK Transition Hub. Here, you can answer a few short questions and receive a personalised list of actions for you and your family. You can also sign up to emails to get updates when things change.
Do I need to do anything differently when visiting the EU?
You will need to:
- Get comprehensive travel insurance for travel to the EU from January 2021 onwards.
- Check your passport is valid for travel to the EU from 1 January 2021 and if it is not, renew your passport to make sure you can travel as planned.
- Contact a vet at least 4 months before you travel if you want to travel to the EU with your pet from January 2021.
- Check roaming policies with your mobile provider before travelling to the EU as, on 1 January 2021, rules around mobile roaming in the EU will change and your mobile provider may charge you more for calls or data when abroad.
I am a UK citizen living in the EU. What do I need to do?
You will need to:
- Register/apply for residency in the country you currently live.
- Make sure your passport is valid when applying for residency in the EU member state where you live.
- Register for healthcare in the country you currently live.
- Exchange your UK driving licence for a local one.
You can check what you specifically need to do at the UK Transition Hub. You can also sign up for ‘Living in Guide’ alerts here.
I am an EU citizen living in the UK. What do I need to do?
If you are a European Economic Area or Swiss citizen living in the UK you can apply for Settled Status from now until 30 June 2021. The EU Settlement Scheme means you can continue to live and work in the UK.
You can check what you specifically need to do at the UK Transition Hub.
I am a British citizen/Irish citizen. Will my Common Travel Area rights continue after the transition period?
The Common Travel Area (CTA) pre-dates the UK and Ireland’s membership of the EU and will continue after the end of the transition period.
Irish citizens in the UK and British citizens in Ireland have the right to work, study, and access social security and public services in each other’s countries. These rights will be maintained under the CTA. British and Irish nationals will also still be able to travel freely within this special area.
I have already carried out some of the actions when you asked me to prepare in the past. Do I have to do them again?
Yes – the Government is updating its guidance on a regular basis. To ensure you know what is changing, go to the UK Transition Hub, use the transition checker and make sure you are registered for updates.