PART 4: Traveling to the EU from third countries

In this last part of our post-Brexit travel series, we will go over what is required of third country nationals (non-UK, non-EU, Non-EEA and non-Schengen nationals) to visit EU/Schengen/EEA countries post-Brexit.  

In the post-Brexit world, members of the EU/Schengen/EEA countries will continue to share a common border for the freedom of movement of goods, services, capital, and people.  Current EU countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Other non-EU countries—Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein—are a part of the Schengen and European Economic Area, which are also benefit from the common border area. Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City are also part of the open border area, but are part of neither the EU nor Schengen area.  In this post, we are providing an overview on requirements to travel to the countries within this common border area. 

If you are a national from outside this area and you wish to travel to any of these countries, here are the a few things to keep in mind.

Your passport must be issued within the past 10 years, and must also still be valid for at least 90 days after your date of departure from this area.


You will need a visa for visits up to 90 days in a 180-day period  if you are from any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic , Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Northern Mariana , Oman, Pakistan , Papua New Guinea , Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.


You will need a visa to transit through an airport located in the EU if you are from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, or Sri Lanka.  If you are simply touching down your way to another destination outside this rea, then a transit visa is sufficient. But if you are leaving the airport to visit a local destination, then you will need to apply for the short-stay visa. 

To get your visa, you will typically need to have a valid passport, a passport photo, flight booking and reservation, health insurance to cover your medical needs for the duration of the trip, proof of purpose of travel and your ability to finance your stay, and perhaps an invitation letter.  You will typically have to appear in person and provide a fingerprint before you are issued the visa.

For additional support on applying for visas post-Brexit, please consider registering to our Visa Adviser App to get both a do-it-yourself guide as well as hands-on support from a visa consultant. There you will also get information such as the latest travel advisory, real-time currencies, relevant travel forms, and vaccination information.

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