Brexit rules hit Brits wanting to work in EU – ‘I should have gone to Wales’ | Travel News | Travel

Britons have been sharing their travelogues in recent days, with some saying going abroad is now a “puzzle”. Some people have regretted going on holiday, while others find it increasingly difficult to work abroad.

Covid isn’t the only reason travel looks different now than it did two years ago.

Brexit is also to blame for the harder and longer process, which has made it harder not only to travel to the EU, but also to work there.

Even though the immigration-related changes came into effect once the agreed transition period ended on December 31, 2020, the new Brexit rules are only now widely felt.

Frank Jura, Managing Director of CIBTvisas and Newland Chase for Germany and Austria, said: “We are seeing more and more clients coming to grips with the reality of Brexit over the last two months, which is actually causing friction for a UK national who has to work in the EU and vice versa.”

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Tobias Schönborn, managing director of mobility service provider visumPOINT agrees.

He highlighted the issue of only allowing British passport holders to visit the EU without a visa for 90 days out of a 180-day period.

“Last year no one really traveled, but now that people are starting to travel again, 90 days is proving very difficult for frequent travelers like salespeople, especially since personal vacation time is also deducted of the 90-day indemnity,” he said.

“They’re starting to find they’re overstepping their bounds.”


Robin Balme, a UK-based electrical contractor specializing in automation, was affected by this.

He spent three months last year working in France, before taking another job in Finland, where he is now.

Robin has already hit the 90 day limit once and is about to do so again.

He said: “I booked a holiday to Sicily which was a mistake – I should have gone to Wales.

“The vast majority of my work takes place in the EU.

“I also know a lot of people who work in the music industry and they’ve lost all their European tours.

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Robin now uses a special Brexit calculator that allows him to plan when he can and cannot work in the EU, and how long he has to wait before returning.

According to Tobias, there are many like Robin who have been affected by the 90-day rules, especially those working in construction, engineering and energy.

He said: “Our customers are seeing the issues arise and are looking for solutions such as work permits for countries their travelers visit frequently.

“It has other implications, like tax obligations, and you need an address in the country where you can receive the permit and an entity in the country to be the local sponsor.

“Many of our customers say they will be more careful.

“We have German customers who say they will no longer tender for projects in the UK, and others who say they will not send Britons to the EU but use people from elsewhere in Europe .”

Maria D. Ervin