How does Brexit affect me?
Find out how Brexit affects New Zealanders living, working and travelling in the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU).
New Zealanders living in or travelling to the UK
New Zealand citizens who plan to continue living in the UK after it leaves the EU can:
- use the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website tool (external link) to seek guidance on visa status and rights to stay
- find more information in the UK's Department for Exiting the European Union (external link).
If you are a New Zealander who holds a European passport, or who has a European spouse you should refer to guidance from the UK Government.
The UK Government has also published a range of technical notices, which provide advice on how various areas would be handled in the event of a 'no-deal' outcome. We encourage you to read these notices (external link).
Travelling to and between the UK and the EU
Your ability to travel should not be impacted by Brexit, however it is possible that a 'no-deal' Brexit on 1 January 2021 may result in longer queues at UK and EU ports of entry. If you have concerns about upcoming travel, refer to your airline for details relating to flight information.
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.
It is possible that some arrangements for EU travel will change after Brexit. This is particularly relevant if you are a New Zealander who lives in the UK. 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, and your mobile phone bill and roaming charges in Europe.
Find more information:
- 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 should not affect the visa arrangements New Zealand has with the UK. The Youth Mobility Scheme visa will still be available to New Zealand citizens.
If you have specific visa enquiries, or you are concerned about an application for a visa to the UK being delayed, refer to the UK authorities (external link).
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cannot provide definitive advice on the UK’s requirements for entry to or exit from the UK. For this reason, we recommend that travellers consult in advance with their travel agent, airline or with the UK authorities directly.
Advice relating to the EU
For further specific advice relating to implications for issues such as travel, residency, education and employment in the EU, see the European Commission’s Preparedness Notices (external link).