The UK is leaving the EU single market and customs union and there is a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate new arrangements.
The end of the transition period will affect citizens and businesses, as well as travel to and from the EU.
The current rules on trade, travel and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.
Actions you can take now
Actions you can take now that do not depend on negotiations.
Travelling to Europe
You can continue to travel to the EU as usual during the transition period.
From 1 January 2021 there will be new rules to travel to the EU, or to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
Staying in the UK if you’re an EU citizen
You need to apply to the EU settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU, or from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
Continue living and working in the EU
Living and working in an EU country depends on the rules in that country.
You may need to register or apply for residency. You should check that you’re covered for healthcare.
You may also need to exchange your UK driving licence for a licence issued by the EU country where you live.
Businesses that import and export goods
From 1 January 2021 you will need to make customs declarations to move goods into and out of the EU.
- get an EORI number if you do not already have one
- decide how you want to make customs declarations and whether you need to get someone to deal with customs for you
Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations
Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for recruitment, training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.