Information for residents
Prepare for Brexit if you live in the UK
GOV.UK has issued guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if you live in the UK.
Find information on:
- visiting Europe - includes passports, driving and travel, European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), travel with pets and mobile roaming fees
- buying things from Europe - includes consumer rights, making payments and package holidays
- VAT on parcels - in the case of a no deal
- studying in the EU - includes Erasmus+ and other options for higher education study abroad
- family law disputes in the EU - includes divorce and disputes about parental responsibility or child maintenance
EU, EEA or Swiss nationals living in the UK
If you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK as you do now. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
GOV.UK has prepared a step by step guide to help you understand if you need to apply and what you'll need to do if you decide to stay in the UK.
To find out what you need to do and when, use the online tool on GOV.UK.
The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
If there is no Brexit deal, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK by the date of EU Exit will be able to use the settlement scheme. The government has published a policy paper setting out how it will protect citizen’s rights. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens not already living in the UK will be able to enter the UK as they do now (for an interim period). However, they will need to apply for European temporary leave to remain to stay longer than 3 months.
You do not need to apply to the settlement scheme if you have:
- permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain
- British or Irish citizenship (including dual citizenship)
Advice on the EU Settlement Scheme
Visit GOV.UK for:
- translations of the guidance on the settlement scheme all EU languages
- a toolkit to help voluntary and community organisations support EU communities
- help with your application or call 0800 123 7379
- information on driving in the UK after UK leaves the EU
UK nationals living in the EU
Visit GOV.UK for guidance on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
You can also check specific guidance for the country you live in.