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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

Q. For the purpose of this guidance, who is an 'EU national'?

For the purpose of this guidance, the definition of ‘EU national’ includes all of the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Q. I'm an EU/UK national. Will a no-deal Brexit affect my ability to travel abroad?

EU nationals already living in the UK would still be eligible for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme in the event of a no-deal Brexit and would have up until December 2020 to apply. The Home Office has confirmed that those EU nationals eligible for a status will continue to be able to leave and re-enter the UK.

EU citizens will still be able to come to the UK on holiday and for short-trips. In the event of a no-deal, new EU staff and students moving to the UK to study/work at the University after 31 January 2020 and prior to 31 December 2020 will continue to be able to enter using only their passport or ID card but must apply for “European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR)” by31 December 2020. Further details are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/no-deal-immigration-arrangements-for-eu-citizens-moving-to-the-uk-after-brexit/no-deal-immigration-arrangements-for-eu-citizens-arriving-after-brexit

For UK citizens travelling in Europe, the European Council has confirmed that, in the event of no deal, it will allow visa-free travel to all EU/EEA and Swiss countries, including those not in the Schengen zone, for a period of up to 90 days (across any 180 day period). This will remain the case provided the UK reciprocates on the same basis. There will be no restrictions on stay during that 90 day period.

Further information for UK nationals who will be travelling to the EU in the event of no deal, including the requirement to have a minimum six months remaining on your passport, is provided on the government website.

In respect of travel, the UK government would envisage granting permission to EU airlines to continue to operate air services between the UK and the EU and expects EU countries to reciprocate. The European Commission has also acknowledged an agreement on air services would be desirable in the event of the UK leaving with no deal. If such permissions are not granted, there could be some delays to flights. Read the full information on the government website.

For students studying or undertaking research in Europe, information for UK nationals living in the EU is provided on the UK government website.

You are advised to keep up to date with information on the government website and sign up for relevant updates.

Q. I have heard that the EHIC card is unlikely to be valid for UK nationals travelling to the EU if there is a no deal. Will the University provide equivalent travel insurance?

Students

For graduate students, the University will provide equivalent-level travel insurance for temporary trips to EU countries in the same way that it does for the rest of the world. This can be arranged via the University insurance section. Any graduate student travelling anywhere on University business should arrange it as it provides much wider cover than just medical expenses.

The insurance, which does not cost the student anything, includes cover for remedial treatment for known medical conditions. Travel insurance does not cover elective treatment, treatment arranged overseas before a trip, repeat medication prescribed in the UK, and over-the-counter medication. For insurance cover to be valid, cover must be arranged before the trip commences.

In relation to issues that may arise from a no-deal Brexit, only the University insurance section can arrange cover for graduate students already travelling on University business in Europe who did not take out insurance before they left the UK. Graduate students already in Europe without insurance who do not intend to return to the UK before 31 January 2020 should contact the University insurance section on insurance.section.online@admin.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible to arrange cover for their existing trip.

The University will also cover undergraduates travelling overseas on departmental field trips. Undergraduate students on a year abroad, and those on other University placements, are not covered by the University’s insurance. Year abroad students are advised to take out suitable travel / health insurance prior to travelling overseas. Undergraduates travelling abroad after the UK leaves the European Union should ensure they have appropriate insurance in place.

Staff

The University will provide equivalent-level travel insurance for temporary trips to EU countries in the same way that it does for the rest of the world. This can be arranged via the University insurance section. Any staff member travelling anywhere on University business should arrange it as it provides much wider cover than just medical expenses.

The insurance, which does not cost the staff member anything, includes cover for remedial treatment for known medical conditions. Travel insurance does not cover elective treatment, treatment arranged overseas before a trip, repeat medication prescribed in the UK, and over-the-counter medication. For insurance cover to be valid  cover must be arranged before the trip commences.

In relation to issues that may arise from a no deal Brexit, only the University insurance section can arrange cover for staff members already travelling on University business in Europe who did not take out insurance before they left the UK. Staff members already in Europe without insurance who do not intend to return to the UK before 31 January 2020 should contact the University insurance section on insurance.section.online@admin.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible to arrange cover for their current  trip.

Q. Will I still be able to travel for short-term work-related activity in the EU?

Yes. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, airlines wishing to operate flights between the UK and the EU would have to seek individual permissions to operate from the respective states (whether that is the UK or an EU country).

In this scenario, the UK would envisage granting permission to EU airlines to continue to operate and would expect the EU to reciprocate in turn. If such permissions were not granted, there could be some disruption to some flights.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK would be considered a third country. Third country nationals can remain in the Schengen area for 90 days (approximately three months). If you are travelling to a Schengen area country, you should ensure that your passport has been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival and that it has at least three months’ validity remaining on the date of intended departure from the last country visited in the Schengen area. (The actual check carried out could be that the passport has at least six months validity remaining on the date of arrival).

Q. Will there be any changes to driving in the EU post-Brexit?

The government has provided advice on how to prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit, including information on Green Cards which can be obtained from your insurance provider.

A Green Card is evidence of motor insurance cover when driving abroad. Currently, you do not need a motor insurance Green Card to drive a UK registered vehicle in the EU, EEA, Andorra, Serbia and Switzerland. From 31 January 2020, if there is no EU exit deal and the Euoprean Commission does not make a decision ensuring that UK registered vehicles will not be checked for proof of insurance, drivers of UK registered vehicles will need to carry a motor insurance Green Card when driving in the EU and EEA.

Please read the government's advice on preparing to drive in the EU after Brexit.

Q. How will the University keep me updated?

The University will communicate with you directly via your University of Cambridge Hermes email address when there are significant updates. This website (www.eu.admin.cam.ac.uk) will also be regularly updated and revised to reflect up-to-date information.

Q. Who should I contact if I have queries about my position?

The HR Compliance Team have significant experience with assisting with immigration applications for staff members.

The University’s International Student Office provides information on a range of student-related immigration matters for applicants, students and their family members. 

Q. I’m a non-EEA national. Is there any impact on me?

The referendum has no effect upon the UK immigration system and there are no foreseeable changes to the mechanism by which non-EEA nationals can visit, study, work, or settle in the UK.