As many of you will know, the United Kingdom left the European Union at the start of 2020. You will also know that the annual IATEFL Conference is held in the United Kingdom.
So what does this mean for delegates wishing to attend the Manchester 2020 conference?
There is a 'transition period' until the end of 2020 where almost everything stays the same, whilst the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union is worked out. As a result, we are not aware of any differences from previous years:
- delegates from outside the European Union may need to apply for a visa, depending on their nationality, as in previous years. You can check this on the UK government website.
- delegates from inside the European Union (delegates with EU passports) will be able to travel to the UK without a visa as before.
What about in 2021 and beyond?
Whilst the future relationship is still being negotiated, we are not aware of any plans to introduce a visa requirement for EU citizens in order to attend the conference.
We're keeping an eye on it, and so can you!
Obviously we will continue to keep an eye on the situation as it progresses, and so can you. You can visit this UK government website service, enter your particular circumstances, and subscribe to receive notifications if anything changes in the future which might affect you.
We look forward to seeing many of you in Manchester in April!