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My husband, my two kids and I will be going on a 3-4 month holiday next year (roughly June-September 2020) during our parental leave.

As EU citizens we don't expect any problems traveling around most of Europe (Netherlands, Portugal, etc.) but our main destinations are England, Wales and Scotland.

Now with news of a Brexit/no deal Brexit/other options we are unsure whether any of the possible outcomes would mean we would have to rearrange our travel plans.

So in the worst case scenario for us (probably the no deal Brexit), my questions are:

  • How long will we be allowed to stay in the UK for a holiday (not working during our stay, mostly sightseeing and visiting some friends)?
  • Will we need a passport or will our Germany IDs be enough?
  • Will we need to apply for a visa beforehand?

I tried to google the question but all of the links either describe what the situation is like now or how you can apply for "settled status" in the future (which we don't need to, since it's only a (admittedly quite long) holiday.

Is it even possible to say or are the consequences of a no deal Brexit too uncertain to answer these?

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    At this time it is impossible to say what the UK will do in respect to Brexit. There are several predictions and promises to what will happen in case of a no deal Brexit. We have a question about UK citizens on the continent. There might be someone knowing it for EU citizens in the UK. – Willeke Sep 16 at 8:12
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    Can the two people who down voted this question explain why? – MJeffryes Sep 16 at 9:49
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According to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-after-brexit

What you'll need to do to visit the UK after the UK leaves the EU, including whether you'll need to apply for a visa.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, what you’ll need to enter the UK will not change until 2021.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will be able to enter the UK as they do now after 31 October 2019.

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What you need to show at the UK border

What you need to show at the UK border will not change immediately if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

You’ll need to show a valid passport or national identity card if you’re a citizen of either:

  • an EU country
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland

EEA national identity cards will be phased out for travel to the UK during 2020. More details will be provided shortly.


How long will we be allowed to stay in the UK for a holiday?

At a minimum, I would expect a visitor from the EU would be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. That seems to be the general guidance. Many sources talk about 6 months in any year but as far as I know the officers at the border don't use a fixed time limit, they assess whether you are attempting to make the UK your home. You should be ok long as you have supporting documents to show that you can support yourselves financially and that you have good reasons to return home (jobs, homes, family etc).

Will we need a passport or will our Germany IDs be enough?

A national ID card should be enough in 2020.

Will we need to apply for a visa beforehand?

Someone visiting the UK today from non-EU countries like Norway do not need a visa. It seems to me very unlikely that the UK would treat EU citizens less favourably than Norwegian citizens even after a no-deal Brexit. You won't need a visa in 2020.

  • Thank you, this is what I was looking for, an answer with a source that explains deal / no deal outcomes and possible visa requirements! Looks like we can go ahead and plan a 90 day stay, which should be plenty of time for a nice route. – Freya W Sep 17 at 10:43

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