BREXIT - no deal

The regime of British citizens and their family members in case of a Brexit without agreement between the UK and the EU

Throughout the Brexit process, the European Union's objective, as set out in the Guidelines adopted by the European Council on 29 April 2017 and in the Conclusions adopted at its subsequent meetings, was to protect the legitimate choices and expectations of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in EU countries, by protecting their right to reside, to work, and to study in the host country. The strategy proposed by the European Commission in this area aims at adopting by the EU27 Member States a generous approach to UK nationals already residing in their territory with the purpose of ensuring mutual treatment of EU citizens in the UK inclusive.

Since Romania has always placed citizens first and therefore, has opted for a favorable approach to the rights of UK residents residing in its territory, their rights will be extended beyond March 29, 2019, but temporarily until December 31 2019. In conclusion, nothing is going to change for British citizens already living on Romanian territory at the time of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Thus, in order to maintain the rights of British citizens who have exercised their right to free movement in Romania before the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, a normative act aimed at regulating the regime applicable to UK nationals and to their family members after the UK's withdrawal from the EU without an agreement will be drafted.

British citizens arriving in Romania after the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will be subject to the provisions of the national legislation regarding the regime of third-country nationals.

UPDATE- Starting with November 20, 2019, it was published in the Official Monitor no. 933, Emergency Ordinance no.70 which provides for some measures applicable to British citizens and their family members in case of Brexit without agreement.

The emergency ordinance can be consulted here.


This webpage will be continuous updated, depending on evolution, with relevant information to be provided to British citizens and their family members.