Post-Brexit Tourism | EU & UK Agree on Visa-Free Travel
LONDON: The endless debate regarding the forthcoming Brexit rules between Europe and the United Kingdom seems to have come to a final agreement that will allow UK citizens visa-free travel in EU for up to 90 days.
This seems to be the agreement in view of Brexit between Europe and the United Kingdom that would put an end to the uncertainty in the travel sector. It is the most awaited article, in fact, in the proposed law on which the presidency of the EU Council will open negotiations with the British government in the coming days.
The new entry visa regulation will allow UK citizens travel to the Schengen area for a short stay – up to 90 days in a six month period – without a visa. And the same rule will apply to citizens of EU countries traveling to the UK, according to the rule of reciprocity.
In fact, according to the European Union legislation, the UK visa exemption is granted only on condition of equivalence. The solution was reached after the recent impasse, when the British government had opposed the definition used in the draft regulation on Gibraltar, defined as a colony.
Having removed this term inimical to British representatives, the UK government has already stated that it does not intend to require a visa for European citizens traveling to the United Kingdom for short stays.
In the event that the United Kingdom introduces a visa requirement for nationals of at least one Member State in the future, the existing reciprocity mechanism would apply and the three institutions and member states would commit themselves to acting without delay in applying the mechanism.