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New rules: Travelling to European markets and recognition of professional qualifications

09 March 2021

The following has been circulated by The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS):

New rules on business travel

Under the current restrictions, you are unlikely to be travelling abroad, however if you are planning to travel to the EEA or Switzerland for work or business purposes in the future, you should:

  • Check whether you need to apply for a visa, work permit or other documentation.
  • Additionally, check the relevant countryís websites for details on application requirements and processing times if you need to make an application, and apply sufficiently in advance of travel. If in doubt you should apply as far in advance as possible.
  • Further information is available at the GOV.UK page on visiting Europe.


New rules on professional qualifications

  • If you wish to practise a regulated profession in the EEA or Switzerland and have not yet had your professional qualifications recognised in the EEA or Switzerland, you should:
  • If you or your staff members work in a UK regulated profession using professional qualifications obtained in the EEA or Switzerland, you will need to seek recognition from the appropriate regulator in the UK. You can find details of the appropriate regulator from the UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ, formerly UK NARIC).

Support for businesses

  • Business travel and mutual recognition of qualifications are both topics explained in the new on demand videos which focus on priority topics for businesses.You can also download a step-by-step guide on how to navigate the new rules on business travel to the EU.
  • You can also use the Brexit Checker tool on, which will provide you with a personalised list of the most up to date actions that your business needs to take.