Can UK national employees travel to the EEA for business purposes?

UK nationals do not require a visa to enter the European Economic Area (EEA), but must restrict their activities to the business visitor rules in the destination country. Each individual country in the EEA sets its own rules for activities that are exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa or work permit. Business travel for a particular purpose may be permissible in one country but not in another. Guidance on business travel to some EEA countries and Switzerland is available on GOV.UK.

Employers will need to monitor the duration of time UK business travellers spend in the EEA, as stays in the Schengen area must be limited to 90 days in any 180-day period (this includes travel for business and leisure). Employers should also remind their UK national staff that they should have at least six months' validity left on their passport before travelling.