As travel returns to a more normal environment, the UK government has started a campaign to remind business travellers of the rules for travel to an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

As well as the actions all travellers need to take, there are extra actions if you are travelling for business. Business travel includes activities such as:

  • Travelling for meetings and conferences
  • Providing services (even with a charity)
  • Pouring for art or music
  • Taking goods to sell

If you are travelling to an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for less than 90 days in a 180-day period, you may be able to do some things without getting a visa or work permit, for example going to a business meeting. You may need a visa, work permit or other documentation if you are planning to stay for longer than 90 days in a 180-day period, or if you will be doing any of the following:

  • Transferring from the UK branch of a company to a branch in a different country (‘intra-corporate transfer’), even for a short period of time
  • Carrying out contracts to provide a service to a client in another country in which your employer has no presence
  • Providing services in another country as a self-employed person

Check the entry requirements and rules of the country you are visiting to find out if you need a visa or work permit.

The government also gives advice on professional qualifications, earning money in the EU, insurance and taking goods and cash into the EU.

See: Visiting the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: Business travel: extra requirements

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