Current students

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals

If you have arrived in the UK prior to Brexit date and are able to prove this (a Student Status letter confirming your registration at the University is sufficient) then you will be considered resident in the UK and able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, even if the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal. If the UK agrees an exit deal with the EU, this timeline should be extended to cover anyone who arrives in the UK before 31 December 2020.

No, you do not need to apply for pre-settled or settled status before the UK exits the EU on Brexit date. If you are already resident in the UK, you will be able to apply for pre-settled or settled status at any point before 31 December 2020 (if the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal) or 30 June 2021 (if the UK agrees an exit deal with the EU.) However, if the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal, the government can decide to end free movement before the dates given above. All of the above information is still correct, but you might decide that it is safer to apply for your status under the EU Settlement Scheme before travelling outside the UK. The process is simple and quick and the International Student Support Office can help you to make your application.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will be able to travel in and out of the UK without a visa until 31 December 2020, even if the UK does not agree an exit deal with the EU. If you are currently resident in the UK, you do not need to apply for settled/pre-settled status before travelling outside the UK. If you will be outside the UK for a lengthy period of time, you may wish to consult the University’s International Student Support team before travelling, as there may be a benefit to obtaining your settled/pre-settled status before you go. If the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal AND the government decides to end free movement early, you may want to apply for your status under the EU Settlement Scheme before travelling.

As long as you are currently resident in the UK and your course will finish before 31 December 2020, you do not need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. However, if the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal AND the government decides to end free movement early, you may want to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme before traveling outside the UK.

The application is made entirely online and is free. Detailed information is available on the Home Office website. The trained immigration advisers in the University’s International Student Support Office can help you to prepare and submit your application. Decisions are usually made within a few hours.

Your status under the EU Settlement Scheme is linked to your passport number and so you will need to update your status with your new passport number. Please note that currently you must send your passport away to do this. You may wish to consider applying for settled status after you receive your new passport.

Current students from outside the EU, EEA, Switzerland

No, your UK visa is not affected. Your ability to travel to other European countries with or without a visa is based on your country of nationality’s agreements with those European countries, not their agreement with the UK. If you require a Schengen visa to travel to Europe, for example, you will be able to apply for this in the same way as previously, through the European country’s diplomatic post in the UK. If you do not require a visa to travel to European countries, this will still be the case once the UK leaves the EU.

Current students on study abroad and Erasmus+ programmes

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, funding is available from the government to underwrite all successful bids for UK applicants submitted to the Erasmus programme.  What we do not know at this stage is the impact this may have on the payment dates to students if the underwrite guarantee needs to be accessed.  As soon as we have more information from the government about the impact of ongoing negotiations will have on the availability of the Erasmus grant we will update these pages.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals should be able to travel in and out of the UK without a visa until 31 December 2020, even if the UK does not agree an exit deal with the EU. If you are currently resident in the UK, you do not need to apply for settled/pre-settled status before travelling outside the UK. However, if the UK leaves the EU without an exit deal AND the government decides to end free movement early, we would recommend that you apply for your EU Settlement Status before you go or before you re-enter the UK. You can consult with the International Student Support Office for more advice on your particular situation.

Travel advice (passport validity, driving in the EU and UK, insurance advice)

If you are travelling to the EU for any purpose (study, work, or personal reasons,) we urge you to follow the latest UK Government advice. This states that travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We also encourage you to plan plenty of time for any delays, particularly if you have travel connections.

The latest government advice is available on this link: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit

If there is no deal, the rules for British passports for travel to the EU will change. Please check your passport for travel in advance of any fieldtrips or other travel to the EU to prepare in the event of a no deal Brexit.

It is recommended that you use the Government passport check tool to check the validity of your passport for travel: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

After Brexit date in the event of no deal:

• You should have at least six months left on your passport from your date of arrival in another country. This applies to both adult and child passports.
• The rules do differ by country. Some EU countries not within the Schengen agreement may require longer term validity. The validity period does not apply to Ireland.
• The Government has a tool to check if you have enough time left on your UK passport available here https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport
• If you renewed a passport before its expiry date, up to nine extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Due to a change in passport rules, any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum six months that you need for travel to most European countries.
• You can read more on the Government’s passport webpage

Yes, but you should make some additional provisions.

Current UK Government advice is that after Brexit, drivers from the UK may need a different international driving permit (IDP) to drive in the EU and EAA. 

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK drivers may require an international driving permit (IDP) and additional documentation to drive in the EU and EEA. 

International Driving Permits can be obtained from the Post office and cost £5.50 per person. You can check if you need an IDP for the country you are visiting online. Staff and students should arrange their own IDP for driving in the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal you may also need a Green Card in addition to an IDP to drive in the EU. A green card is an insurance certificate issued by UK insurance providers to show that the motorist has the necessary third-party cover when driving in the EU. This is required if you are driving a UK registered vehicle (own car or UK hire car) in the EU. It does not apply if you are driving a car hired or registered in the EU.

Staff and students can get a Green Card in the following ways:

  • request a Green Card from their own motor insurer if driving their own vehicle to/from/within the EU.
  • request a Green Card from the vehicle hire company if insurance is supplied by it either directly, or indirectly through their contracted 3rd party, for the vehicle during the period of hire for to travel to/from/within the EU.
  • request a Green Card from the Insurance Team (Insurance@exeter.ac.uk) if insurance has been arranged via the University insurer. Please note that this may take up to a month to obtain, therefore early notification is required.

More information is available online.

From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU Exit deal, arrangements for EU and EEA licence holders who are visiting or living in the UK will not change.

Visitors with EU and EEA driving licences will not need an IDP to drive in the UK.

EU and EEA licence holders visiting the UK can continue to drive on valid EUand EEA licences.

EU and EEA car or motorcycle licence holders who are (or become) UKresidents can drive in the UK using EU and EEA licences until they are 70 or for up until 3 years after they become resident, whichever date is the later. At this point an application would need to be made for a UK licence.

For EU licence holders who passed their test in the EU or EEA, the UK will continue to exchange their licence.

EU licence holders who passed their test outside the EU or EEA have restrictions on licence exchange. As such, they may need to take a test to obtain a UK licence.

The UK expects drivers coming from the EU into the UK to carry an insurance Green Card, or evidence of their insurance cover.

More information is available online.

If you have arranged insurance for travel through the University, our Travel Insurer, Aviva, has advised that full cover remains in place at present. Whilst, in common with other insurers, the University travel insurance policy does have an exclusion for claims directly attributable to a directive be issued by the UK or other Government that impacts on the ability to travel (i.e. that leads to delays or cancellation of booked transport), Aviva has stated that it would look at these claims on a case by case basis.

Aviva recommends arranging accommodation and transport using flexible bookings (i.e. that allow you to cancel or rearrange), rather than a booking that cannot be cancelled and would incur the full cost. This would limit any losses that you may suffer arising from such delays.

There have been no announcements made with regard to any limitations on the right to enter or exit countries. If any issues arise as a result of a directive issued by the UK or any Government that prevent an individual from entering or exiting a country, this again would be looked at on a case by case basis.

For all fieldtrips within Europe (outside of the UK), the University’s travel insurer will continue to provide cover for emergency medical expenses for travellers who have completed the relevant on line travel form via the International Travel webpage.  You should continue to carry your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you for all travel to Europe, and use it where applicable.

If you are a study abroad or Erasmus+ student, you should continue to make your own arrangements for travel insurance for the duration of your trip.  You can arrange and pay for this via the University’s travel insurer via the Undergraduate travel insurance webpage, or you can arrange your own insurance from the open market. You should also continue to carry your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you, and use it where applicable.

If you are going on a visit to the EU with a Guild, Athletic Union or FXU society or club, you should check with them the insurance arrangements in place. You should continue to carry your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you for all travel to Europe, and use it where applicable.