How does Brexit affect me?
Find out how Brexit-related changes affect New Zealanders living, working and travelling in the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU).
New Zealanders travelling or living in the UK or EU
Travelling to and between the UK and the EU
The New Zealand Government currently advises all New Zealanders not to travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.
If you choose to travel despite this advice, individual destination pages remain an essential of source of information on specific risks and contact information in that destination.
Despite the advisory, your ability to travel should not be impacted by Brexit.
New Zealanders who are travelling or living overseas should always have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. Check with your travel insurance provider to make sure that your travel insurance policy will not be affected by Brexit.
Before you travel, check if there have been any changes to, for example, your right to medical care in Europe, driver licence requirements within Europe and whether your licence will be sufficient. It would also be worth checking your mobile phone arrangements and roaming charges in Europe.
For more information, see:
- Prepare for Brexit if you live in the UK (external link)
- Visit Europe after Brexit (external link)
- SafeTravel - UK travel advice (external link)
Living and working in the UK
The UK’s exit from the EU and its rules and regulations does not affect the visa arrangements New Zealand has with the UK. The UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme visa remains available to New Zealand citizens.
If you are a New Zealander who is entitled to reside in the UK due to your or your spouse or partner’s European passport, you should refer to guidance from the UK Government (external link)
If you have specific visa enquiries, or you are concerned about an application for a visa to the UK being delayed, you should refer to the UK authorities (external link)
Advice relating to the EU
For further specific advice relating to issues such as travel, residency, education and employment in the EU, see the European Commission’s Preparedness Notices (external link).
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide definitive advice on the UK or EU’s requirements for entry to or exit from the UK or EU. For this reason, we recommend that travellers consult in advance with their travel agent, airline or with the relevant UK authorities directly.