Withdrawal without an agreement: impact on UK citizens

A no-deal Brexit, where the UK withdraws from the EU without an agreement, will have an impact on UK citizens living in Finland or travelling to Finland. They should note the following in particular:

  • UK citizens living in Finland must ensure that they have registered their right of residence as EU citizens with the Finnish Immigration Service before the withdrawal date. On the basis of this registration, UK citizens living in Finland may continue to stay, live, work and study, and to receive social security benefits, until the end of 2020.
  • UK citizens should also contact their Local Register Office before the withdrawal date to ensure that their municipality of residence (determined on the basis of their EU citizen’s right of residence) has been entered in the Population Information System. If you have a municipality of residence in Finland, you have the right to access the municipal health and social services.
  • For tourists wishing to drive in Finland, a driving licence issued in the UK is normally accepted. UK citizens permanently residing in Finland, on the other hand, will need to exchange their UK licence for a Finnish driving licence.
  • After a no-deal Brexit, UK citizens studying in Finland will have to pay tuition fees for education that is provided in a foreign language and leads to a higher education degree.

More information about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK citizens living in Finland or travelling to Finland is available on this website.