What is the impact of Brexit on families?

Brexit has a huge impact when it comes to importing and exporting goods from the European Union (EU). There are also changes when providing services to EU countries if you are in the UK. However, if you do not have a business, you might not be aware that there are things you also need to do to adjust to Brexit.

The following are some of the common ways that Brexit may affected families.

1. Visa or Work Permits

If you will be visiting the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, you might be denied entry if you do not have the correct visa or work permit. Other countries might require you to show a return or onward ticket and proof that you have enough money for your stay.

If you are a tourist, you do not need a visa as long as your stay will not be longer than 90 days.

2. Free Emergency Medical Treatment

Ensure that you have one of the following documents to receive free emergency treatment to avoid getting charged:

  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)
  • Travel Insurance with Health Cover

Important Note: Your EHIC will still be valid while it remains in date.

You can apply for a UK EHIC if you are a UK student studying in the EU, a British State Pensioner who live in the EU with their families, or an EU national currently in the UK. You can use the new UK EHIC in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland if you are

3. Living in the EU and Other Countries

Under the Withdrawal Agreement, British citizens have the same rights as EU member residents until the transition period is over, which ended on the 31st of December 2020. Since the Withdrawal Agreement has ended, the benefits you receive might be affected if you move to countries in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein. This will take effect if you move on or after the first of January 2021.

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