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VISA Free travel to France and Spain after BREXIT

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019
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VISA Free travel to France and Spain after BREXIT.  The European Parliament and Council reach an agreement.

 
The two parties have agreed that, following BREXIT, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay, (defined as up to 90 days  in any 180), should be granted VISA-free travel .  This agreement was confirmed yesterday by EU Ambassadors on behalf of the Council and by the European Parliament Civil Liberties Justice and Home Affairs Committee today. The text now needs to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council.

 

According to EU rules, VISA exemption is granted on condition of reciprocity. 

 

The government of the UK has stated that it does not intend to require a VISA from EU citizens travelling to the UK for short stays.  In the event that the UK introduces a VISA requirement for nationals of at least one member state in the future, the existing reciprocity mechanism would apply and the three EU institutions and the member states would undertake to act without delay in applying the mechanism.  The commission would monitor the respect of the principle of reciprocity on a continuous basis and immediately inform the European Parliament and the Council of any developments which could endanger the respect of this principle.

Background

VISA policy towards third country citizens travelling to the Schengen area for a short stay is regulated under EU legislation.  Existing rules include all third country nationals in one of two lists:-. 
- Nationals of third countries required to be in possession of a VISA
- Those exempt from this requirement. 
 
Following BREXIT, as a third country the UK will need to appear in one of these two lists.
 
Source – Press Release- Council of the EU – 03/04/19
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