The Covid-19 Pandemic continues to affect the travel plans for many of our corporate clients, some of these we continue to document within our series the complexities of Business Travel. Another complexity at the start of this year was Brexit, leaving many unanswered questions for even the most seasoned Business Traveller. One of which was if travellers required a VISA for their EU Destination. Here, we explore this a little further.
At border control, UK travellers may be required to show a return or onward ticket, prove funds to cover their stay, use separate lanes from EU citizens when queueing. UK travellers will not require a visa for short trips (up to 90 days in any 180-day period) to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Although, different rules will apply to countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, where visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total.
Business travellers may need to apply for a visa, work permit or other documentation before travelling. Compliant Business Travel in a Post-Brexit world throughout Europe and the United Kingdom are adjusting to the realities of a transformed business travel landscape. UK and EU Nationals can travel visa-free between the two areas for 90 days in any 180-day period for tourist or business purposes. Although tourist activities are easy to define, business activities are slightly more complicated. Moving forward, the type of activity that you carry out for either reason will determine whether you qualify as a business traveller or will require some form of long-term authorisation. This also has complications for offshore workers and ships crew and being able to establish whether they are in the EU or not when working offshore.
We have a post-Brexit assessment tool that tells travellers if they need a work permit with more details HERE
The Post-Brexit travel assessment tool is web-based and accessible 24/7. Your travellers complete a simple questionnaire which tells them if they need a work permit. The tool offers a quick, cost-effective, and easy to implement solution to help employees navigate the challenges of post-Brexit business travel. The tool requires an assessment form to be completed, taking 3 to 5 minutes from start to finish and offers guidance on:
✓ Documents that should be carried with the traveller on their trip
✓ Creating a bespoke support letter to facilitate entry to the destination*
✓ Same-day one to one consultations offered, including advice on work permits given*
*Included in the £25 assessment fee. Cost £25* + VAT. Payment is accepted by credit or debit card. If a work permit is required, CIBT will contact you.
Although your legal activities will be the obligation of your organisation, Good Travel Management can support you in updating your travel policies where necessary to reflect a world post-Brexit.
Is your organisation facing the above challenges as you make the start to travel again for business in 2021? If so, the only way to manage the above challenges/problems effectively and efficiently whilst knowing your employees are not only safe but well equipped to travel with the correct documentation is to speak to the experts.