ADVERTORIAL: Brexit countdown: Last chance to check what YOU need to do before Jan 1 2021

With just over a week left until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December, you need to act now to make sure you are prepared.

The UK has left the EU and the transition period ends on 31 December, which means there will be new rules and now is the time to make sure you’re ready for the changes.

For those thinking about travel once restrictions due to Covid-19 begin to ease, head to gov.uk/transition to make sure your trip won’t be delayed or affected. With new rules coming into force from January 1 relating to everything from passports, travel insurance and driving to pet travel and roaming charges, it’s crucial to take note to make sure our much-needed holidays or work travel go without a hitch.

Next year will also offer exciting new opportunities for businesses and putting the finishing touches to your preparations will help ensure the transition goes smoothly.

There are a number of guaranteed changes which businesses must prepare for to make sure the flow of people, data, goods and services between the UK and EU continues without interruption.

This year has been a challenging one for businesses of all sizes and the UK Government recognises this and is offering support as the deadline looms. If you’re not sure where to start, use the simple Brexit transition checker tool below. Answer a few straightforward questions about your business and you’ll get a personalised summary of the actions you need to take.

That might be preparing for new customs procedures if you export goods to the EU, or making sure you are prepared for the new immigration system if you employ people from overseas. If you travel to the EU for work purposes, you must also check if you’ll need a visa or work permit – and if you do, now is the time to apply for it. Even if you don’t import or export, there are new rules around holding data from personal contacts in the EU so you’ll need to check those too.

Everything you need to know about the new rules and what you need to do to prepare ahead of the 31 December deadline is available at gov.uk/transition.

But time is running out, so act today.

Use this tool to find out what YOU need to do before Jan 1 2021

The government has launched a quick and easy online transition checker tool (above) everybody can use – be it a business or an individual.

It takes just a few minutes to complete and instantly gives personalised lists of actions for you, your family, and your business as we move forward together.

We all need to plan ahead and this tool makes that simple.

Check the guidance. Make the changes. And let’s get going!

5 things every business must do now!

1. Check new customs procedures

If you sell goods to the EU and want to avoid delays to your orders, you must prepare for new customs procedures.

2. Are you ready to travel?

If you travel to the EU for work purposes, you’ll need to check if you need a visa or work permit and apply now if necessary.

3. New rules around employees

If you employ overseas nationals, you’ll need to prepare your business for the implementation of the new immigration system.

4. Prepare to keep data flowing

If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EU or wider EEA, prepare now to keep data flowing lawfully from 1 January.

5. Check your qualifications

You may need to have your UK professional qualification officially recognised if you want to work in a profession that is regulated in the EEA or Switzerland.

  • Details of the key actions that businesses and individuals need to take before the end of the transition period can be found at gov.uk/transition.

This article is part of a paid-for partnership with the UK Government.

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