What does the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union entail?

Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, a transition period will begin on 1 February that runs until 31 December 2020. The transition period is the time during which the European Union and the United Kingdom aim to agree on future relations. The transition period can be extended once for a maximum of two years. The transition period will not bring any changes to citizens of the United Kingdom who travel to, work in, study in or order goods from the European Union. Read more about which areas will be affected by Brexit.

If you are travelling to Estonia

Current conditions apply until the end of this year. This means that when it comes to travel, the United Kingdom's exit from the EU does not entail major changes for you this year.

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If you are living in Estonia

Until the end of the transition period the law of the European Union will generally remain applicable to citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members.

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If you are ordering from Estonia

After the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will be considered an EU state in terms of customs clearance, and the free movement of goods will continue until the end of the transition period. This means that nothing would change when it comes to sending and ordering parcels.

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If you are working in Estonia

According to the United Kingdom withdrawal agreement, after the UK leaves the EU, the transition period will start. The transition period will last until 31 December 2020. Until the end of the transition period the law of the EU will generally remain applicable to citizens of the UK and their family members. UK citizens residing in Estonia don't need to take any additional steps or additional registration.

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If you are studying in Estonia

If you are studying in Estonia, the conditions currently in place will continue to apply until the end of the transition period. This means that the United Kingdom's exit from the EU does not entail major changes for you this year.

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If you are an entrepreneur

The United Kingdom's exit from the EU does not bring changes for entrepreneurs during the transition period. However, we recommend reducing future risks by considering a few issues. Which ones in particular? Further information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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