Portuguese Citizens in the United Kingdom

From the 1st of January, Portuguese citizens who intend to live in the United Kingdom and are not eligible for settled status within the scope of the EU Settlement Scheme must request a visa before their departure for the United Kingdom, according to the new British immigration system (UK Points-based Immigration System).

For further information regarding the required criteria and application process, please consult the British authorities here. For further information in Portuguese, please access this link.

In case of doubt as to the visa requirement, you may obtain information here.

Portuguese citizens and their family members, who have taken up residence in the United Kingdom before the 31st of December 2020, must request settled status, under the EU Settlement Scheme and acquire permanent settled status (settled status), or temporary settled status (pre-settled status) until the 30th of June 2021.

In order to submit your application for settled status within the scope of the EU Settlement Scheme, please access this link.

In case of doubt, contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre through the number 03001237379 or, in case you need on-site support, the organisations funded by the British authorities.

For further information in Portuguese, please access this link.

Entries in the United Kingdom

Portuguese citizens will be able to enter the United Kingdom for stays of up to six months with their valid Citizen Cards until the 30th of September 2021. From the 1st of October 2021, a Passport will be required to visit the United Kingdom.

Depending on the circumstances, it may also be necessary to request a visa for work travels. Further information may be obtained through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/visit-uk-business-trip

Portuguese nationals holding settled status or pre-settled status, under the EUSS, may continue to use their Citizen Cards to enter the United Kingdom until the 31st of December 2025.

For further detailed information regarding this subject, please consult the webpage Visting the UK after Brexit.

Relevant dates 

  • 1 January 2021 - entry into force of the new points-based immigration system.
  • 30 June 2021 - deadline for submission of applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • 1 October 2021 - compulsory presentation of Passport for the entry of non-residents in the United Kingdom.
  • 31 December 2025 - holders of settled status, within the scope of the EU Settlement Scheme, may no longer enter the United Kingdom with their Citizen Cards.


Useful contacts:

Consular Service Centre for the United Kingdom- Brexit line
Phone number: +(44) (0) 20 343 336 24 (from Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 17:00).
Contact form

EU Settlement Resolution Centre
For questions related to the submission of applications, under the EU Settlement Scheme, please contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre, through the phone number 03001237379 or the contact form.

Call Centre “Europe Direct Contact Centre” - service of the European Union, free of charge, for citizens, companies, and other interested parties (from Monday to Sunday, between 08:00 and 17:00) in all the 24 official languages of the European Union. Phone number: 00 800 67891011.

Useful links:



Webpage of the Consulate-General of Portugal in London on Brexit

Facebook page of the Consulate-General of Portugal in London

Webpage of the Consulate-General of Portugal in Manchester on Brexit

Informative sheet from the European Commission "Questions and answers - The rights of EU27 and United Kingdom citizens post-Brexit

Finance Portal on Brexit -Information regarding the several customs and taxation areas 

For further clarification, you are advised to read the available Frequently Asked Questions 

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