The best source of up-to-date advice on the impact of Brexit on athletes travelling to compete outside the UK is the following government website: https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk/. Specific guidance for visiting Europe after Brexit can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit and you can also sign-up for email alerts if information changes.
In summarising where we are at with Brexit. The UK parliament has not approved the recently proposed agreement. For this reason, the 27 remaining EU countries and the British government have decided to postpone Brexit until 31 October 2019 at the latest. This date will be moved forward if the UK parliament approves an agreement earlier.
In a no deal scenario (i.e. we leave the EU on 31 October 2019 without any agreement) there could be some knock on issues that affect athletes competing abroad (and those travelling to support them) and some of these issues are outlined below.
Individuals travelling/competing aboard under no-deal:
Athletes travelling to EU countries, or travelling within EU countries, generally speaking will be covered under Schengen rules and thus athletes and staff shouldn’t have any issues travelling to/from/between Schengen countries even in a no-deal scenario – as long as they are only resident in that country for 90 out of 180 days.
It is our recommendation that athletes planning to travel to Europe after 31st October prepare for a no deal Brexit scenario.
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