Preparing for the UK exit from the European Union on 31 October 2019

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Of particular note are The FIA Motorsport Games and the 48th Trofeo Delle Industrie, both in Italy. The following guidance is for the necessary preparations in that eventuality.

What is likely to happen?

The European Commission has now granted the U.K. an extension for up to three months until the end of January 2020 to leave the European Union.

Consequently, the status of all individuals will remain subject to EU rules until further notice from the U.K. government is received confirming that it is in a position to formally leave the European Union.  As such your rights will remain unaffected during this time but you must still prepare for the eventuality that the U.K. will be leaving in the next few months and as such for all events in 2020 you must ensure that you comply with the requirements below in good time.

What does this mean for me if I want to travel into or through Europe to take part in Motorsport events after this date?

Individual and small teams travelling to events after 1st November 2019 should be aware of the key changes following the anticipated UK departure from the European Union on 31 October 2019.

So what in particular do I need to think about?:

  • Personal Health Insurance.
  • Green Cards (can take up to a month for insurance companies to issue).
  • Passports (post meeting research shows that passports need to have a minimum of 6 months validity and be less than 10 years old).
  • International Driving Permits.
  • ATA Carnets.

And do remember that all vehicles will need to display a GB sticker.

What do I need to consider in relating to my data, migration and the movement of equipment?

What if I am a settled EU Citizen living in the UK?

Rights for existing EU Citizens in the UK before 31 October 2019 are protected whether the exit is with or without a deal, with those EU Citizens encouraged to apply for settled status.

If there is no deal those EU Citizens have until 31 December 2020 to make application. If there is a deal this will be extended to 30 June 2021.

It is proposed that the UK will operate a new Immigration system from 1 January 2021.

If there is a deal EU Citizens arriving after 1 November 2019 and before 1 January 2021 will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settled status and will enjoy the same rights as those present before 1 November 2019.

If there is no deal then during the period 1 November 2019 to 31 December 2020 (The Transition Period) those EU Citizens will be subject to criminal records checks but will otherwise enjoy the same benefits as those present before 1 November 2019.

Employers will not be required to distinguish between EU Citizens who arrived before or after 1 November 2019.

UK Citizens will be subject to the respective states immigration rules.

Will I be able to travel to the EU without a visa?

With no deal there will be little change, with visa free movement for 90 days in any 180 days for business (meetings & conferences) and tourism.

Sport should therefore be largely unaffected including the movement of support staff where salaried in the UK but if persons are salaried from within the EU this may not be so.

Longer stays and other business activities will be subject to individual states immigration rules.

Coaching Overseas might be subject to the coach requiring a visa.

EU Citizens working in the EU for a UK body would remain as is until 31 December 2020.

Will my current UK health care insurance be sufficient for travel?

From 1 November 2019 the existing reciprocal healthcare arrangements will cease and that persons travelling will definitely require health care insurance, which may not be straight forward for existing health conditions.

Will my current Green card be sufficient?

UK drivers will require more documentation to drive on EU highways, particularly with regard to Green Cards, and this includes Ireland.

In addition, a Green Card is required for each trailer or caravan in addition to the tow vehicle.

Will I need an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

IDPs may be required for travel. The GOV.UK pages shows that there are 3 different IDPs and different requirements for neighbouring EU states and although the majority remain unaffected a 1948 IDP will be required for travel in France.

Arrangements with Ireland are not affected and existing ease of travel between the UK and Ireland remains as is provided the stay is for no longer than 12 months.

What about my equipment which needs to come with me?

As per the requirement for Green Cards see above.

With no deal there will be a return to full customs checks. Small personal items will be subject to oral declaration, other items will requires Carnets.

The existing Carnet system will apply. (note subsequent research shows that these may normally be obtained with 24 hours and that there is an express service available).

Carnets are valid for the goods itemised for multiple movement within 12 months of the date of issue.

The principal ports: Calais, Dover and Folkestone are ready for full customs processing, however, travellers should build in time for the inevitable delays.

Post Exit

DCMS will set up a dedicated Operation Centre, as will other Government Departments, to assist travellers. Specific advice will be provided online for Arzamas funded projects.

We draw competitors’ attention to the following sites for further guidance: