June 13, 2021, 23:38

    From visa rules to pet companions – everything you need to know about work trips to Europe

    From visa rules to pet companions – everything you need to know about work trips to Europe

    The UK has left the EU and the Brexit transition period is over. We are no longer part of the EU customs union, single market or VAT area. This means the rules around travelling to the EU for business or work purposes have changed.

    Currently, under the latest COVID-19 advice, travel is allowed only where it is not reasonably possible to complete that work within the UK. However, if you are planning to travel to the EU in the future, there are new rules to follow, and you can start preparing in advance of your trip.

    New Rules

    You may need a visa, a work permit, or to complete declarations for any goods or cash you’re intending to take with you. Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences, providing services and taking goods to sell.

    Jackson & Seddon imports organic wine sourced from small vineyards across Italy, especially those that do not ordinarily sell to the UK. Before the pandemic, owner Rob Seddon would visit the country at least four times a year.

    “Travelling to Italy is a key part of my business,” he explains. “I need to meet with the wine producers, sample new vintages and discover new wines for our customers.”

    Rob needs to go to Italy to meet with the wine producers, sample new vintages and discover new wines

    Covid-19 restrictions both in the UK and Italy mean that Rob hasn’t travelled since 2020. This year, however – restrictions allowing – he is planning on travelling for the autumn harvest.

    This in-person connection to Italy is vital for Rob’s business. “I love to tell the stories of the vineyards and the wines they produce,” he says.

    Rob sometimes drives to Italy, accompanied by his dog, Cooper. “I am aware that the rules for travelling with pets has changed, but I’ve discussed this with Cooper’s vet so we’re prepared,” he says.

    Much of Rob’s work while in Italy won’t require a visa, but he is making sure he stays up to date with the latest guidance. “I’m aware that I’d have to look into visas and work permits if I were there for other reasons, such as providing an after-sales service.”

    It’s vital that anyone considering leaving the UK follows up-to-date travel advice and understands the rules around coronavirus both for the country they are travelling to, and for their return to the UK – that includes any quarantine requirements.

    Plan ahead using gov.uk/business-travel-eu-2021.

    The travel actions that everyone needs to take

    All travellers to the EU must now:

    • Check your passport is valid for travel by visiting gov.uk/checkpassport
    • Check you have the correct driving documents
    • Ensure your travel insurance covers all your needs, including healthcare
    • Organise pet travel – contact your vet at least one month prior to travel

    5 more things to check

    As well as the actions all travellers must take, there are five extra things to consider when travelling to the EU for work.

    1. You may need a visa or work permit, depending on the length of your trip and the type of work you do. Check the specific requirements of the country you’re visiting as they do vary.

    2. Make sure you are aware of rules around travelling with goods, equipment or cash.

    3. Check your qualifications will be recognised in the EU if you provide services such as engineering, teaching or legal services.

    4. Check whether you will still have to pay UK income tax, and also whether you will pay social security contributions in the country where you work or in the UK.

    5. Check whether you need indemnity insurance for your employees.

    For information around additional actions to take around health measures, visit gov.uk/travel-abroad

    The UK has left the EU and new rules now apply. Use the Brexit checker tool to get personalised actions for your business at gov.uk/transition

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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