Belfast and Brexit all you need to know
What does it mean when bringing your next big event to Belfast post Brexit?
At ICC Belfast it's our duty to reassure you that travel to Belfast for you and your delegates can still be achieved with ease post Brexit. We have put together some important information for you that we hope you find useful.
Coming to Belfast from the EU
Every year at ICC Belfast we look forward to welcoming delegates from across the EU. With a quick and easy route to Belfast under 2 hours away from any location in the EU this is a short snippet on what you need to know:
- EU Citizens can continue to travel as they do now on ID cards and passports
- EU Citizens can continue to use their ID card to travel until at least 2021
- EU Citizens can still use eGates using their biometric passport
- EU Citizens do not need a visa to travel to the UK
What will you need to enter the UK
Future products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
- EEA and Swiss citizens will be able to enter the UK as they do now.
- Following the end of free movement, EEA and Swiss citizens will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain to stay longer than 3 months.
- EEA and Swiss citizens do not need to do anything if they do not intend to stay in the UK for more than 3 months.
- EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive before the UK leaves the EU will still be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
What you will need to enter the UK
Future products if the UK leaves the EU with a deal
- What EEA and Swiss citizens need to enter the UK will not change until 2021.
- EU citizens and their family members arriving in the UK until 31 December 2020 will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
- The EU Settlement Scheme makes it easy for EU citizens and their family members to get the UK immigration status they need. They only need to complete three key steps -prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.
Bringing your merchandise from the EU to the UK
We know that as event organisers, merchandise and event collateral are important for the delivery of the event. Therefore we have listed below everything you need to know when bringing your merchandise to Belfast.
Merchandise in baggage: importing from the EU to the UK
Merchandise in baggage (MiB) means commercial goods intended for trade or business use, carried in a passenger’s accompanied luggage or a small motor vehicle. For example, if they buy jewellery on a trip to the EU and bring it back in their suitcase to sell in the UK.
For goods below the value of £900 and 1,000 kilograms in weight, not classed as excise or controlled goods:
- At roll on roll off listed ports and Eurostar terminal: travellers make a simple online declaration to HMRC and pay duty or tax due up to five working days before arriving in the UK. Full details are on GOV.UK.
- Other ports and airports: passengers declare goods and pay duty and tax due using the red channel or red phone, the same as travellers from non-EU countries currently do.
For goods above the value of £900 and 1,000 kilograms in weight, or classed as excise or controlled goods:
- At any port: travellers or their agents submit a full electronic customs declaration to HMRC before arriving in the UK.
All guidance on Brexit can be sourced from GOV.UK. for the latest information on:
- What you'll need to enter the UK
- What you need to show at the UK border
- Driving in the UK
- What you can bring into the UK
- Using your phone in the UK
ICC Belfast are here to help...
If you have booked ICC Belfast for your next big event or are considering our venue and have any concerns please get in touch our team would be more than happy to help.
*This content was published on 10/04/2019 and at the time of publication was accurate. Please refer to GOV.UK for the latest information.
The video below, produced by Tourism Ireland, covers some of the most frequently asked questions around Brexit, including possible changes to transport and travel insurance and reassures travellers that their welcome remains as warm as ever.