Schengen Agreement Post Brexit

The EU has taken legal action against the UK in response to parts of the Internal Market Act that violate international law. Boris Johnson refused to overturn the withdrawal agreement law introduced in early September. It has even been proposed that the UK`s access to the SIS II suspect database could be completely blocked, even before the end of the transition agreement. The UK government indicated that only the acceptance of basic information rights within the SIS would be insufficient and that the country should have a level of access similar to that achieved so far. While the UK is subject to the interim agreement with the EU, British citizens travelling to Europe only need their passports to enter other Member States. But that will change after the Brexit transition period and, from the end of 2022, ETIAS will be a prerequisite for British citizens. If you are travelling within the Schengen area as a UK citizen, you do not automatically need travel insurance if you apply for ETIAS or if you are travelling without a visa. However, it is highly recommended, as the UK`s reciprocal agreements to allow British citizens to access free health care in the EU with a European health insurance card could be completed if no new deal is reached after Brexit. The Council and the European Parliament have agreed that British citizens travelling to the Schengen area after Brexit for a short stay (90 days in 180 days) should be granted a visa exemption. This agreement was confirmed yesterday by EU ambassadors on behalf of the Council and the European Parliament`s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The text must now be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. The United Kingdom Coordination Group of the European Parliament recently drafted a resolution in which a reciprocal agreement on visa-free between the two countries is needed after negotiations begin. This would allow eu and UK travellers to continue travelling for tourism, education, research, training and youth exchanges.

Whether or not a bilateral agreement is reached, the EU has stated that applicants under the age of 18 or over 70 will not have to pay for the ETIAS visa exemption. British travellers must be granted an ETIAS visa exemption every three years in order to travel to EU countries after Brexit. The European Commission has confirmed that travellers to the UK will need travel authorization as soon as it becomes available by the end of 2022. The Internal Market Act would give British ministers the power to adopt rules, particularly with regard to state and trade, even if they violate the withdrawal agreement. UK ministers say these measures are needed as a safety net in case the EU should act inappropriately. He stressed that the deadline for an agreement between the UK and the EU on 31 December was now almost impossible to meet. However, from the end of 2022, visitors from countries with visa-free agreements with the EU (including the UK) will no longer be able to enter the Schengen area only with their passports.