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What happened on 1 January 2021?

The transition period and free movement ended on 31 December 2020.  Until 11pm on 31 December, EEA nationals could travel to the UK with their European passport or identity card and remain here indefinitely so long as they register under the EU Settlement Scheme (see below).  From 1 January 2021, EEA nationals require a visa to live and work in the UK.

Read more about this and other questions in our

EU Settlement Scheme section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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