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Logistics UK is seeking urgent clarification from DfT on EU visas for UK drivers


Logistics UK is seeking urgent clarification from the Department for Transport (DfT) on whether UK drivers will need visas to operate in the 27 member states of the European Union.

UK drivers have long been able to operate in the EU without the need for a visa, and current government guidance suggests that this is still the case, providing they do not spend more than 90 days in the EU within any 180-day period.

Logistics UK understands, however, that this interpretation relies on EU short-term visa requirements that EU countries can choose not to apply to individuals carrying out paid work, such as professional drivers. Therefore, some individual Member States may be expected to have different rules for drivers.

Sarah Laouadi, European Policy Manager, Logistics UK, said: “We are currently seeking further clarification from the Department for Transport. The UK and EU’s Joint Political Declaration on Road Hauliers sets out a commitment on both sides to ensure that entry for hauliers is facilitated. However, visa and work permit rules for undertaking paid work in the EU is a matter for individual member states to determine.

“Until further guidance is issued, DfT is advising UK hauliers to check with the Embassy of the country where they plan to travel for work to check if a visa or work permit is needed, even when working for fewer than 90 days in a 180-day period.”

Drivers exceeding the 90-day threshold may not be offered any entry option by some EU countries. If your drivers are likely to spend more than 90 days in a given country in any 180-day period, please contact Logistics UK. Feedback will help the business group build a robust case to campaign for a solution that safeguards haulage activity between the UK and the continent.

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Published On: 06/05/2021 17:00:31

 

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