Visa and Brexit information


All participants who requested LOC support for Visa applications have received letters – many of you have also received letters confirming your contributions, accommodation (if a travel grant recipient with accommodation included) and registration at the meeting.

We hope that you will have a safe and hassle free-journey to the UK.


In 2016, the UK as a whole voted to leave the European Union. This process is called “Brexit.” There have been extensive negotiations about Brexit between the UK and the EU since 2017. These negotiations have not concluded at this point in time (3 April 2019) even though the official Brexit date (29 March 29 2019) has now passed. We are currently in a period of “extension,” which may last until April 12th (in the “no deal” scenario) or perhaps longer! All this is open to political debate, discussion and negotiation – beyond the LOC’s control.

We will try and update this page as soon as issues are known / resolved, but have to say “business as usual” is the best assumption for now – if the UK does leave on 12 April (possible but unlikely), there may be implications for EU visa requirements – or there may not! Most likely, BREXIT will not have happened at all by the time of the meeting – however all EU and UK citizens travelling are advised to ensure they have at least 6 months validity on their passport (just as you would need as an EU citizen going to the USA). It is probably best to check the advice from your own country in this regard. However, we can assure you that beyond the confines of the political arena life continues very much as usual in the UK, and most of you will significantly benefit from a weaker £ (as a result of Brexit uncertainty) making for better exchange rates.

Currently, EU citizens can travel for up to 90 days visa free in the UK and visa versa. The UK is not a Schengen state, so individuals resident in Schengen areas of the EU, but NOT EU citizens cannot necessarily travel visa free to the UK.

 [Please note that, in the spirit of the IAU, no political comment on the situation is made here, and by trying to provide the facts to delegates, the LOC does not in any way endorse or criticize the Brexit decision or process, from either the UK or EU “sides.” We trust that this meeting shows all our colleagues world-wide that UK scientists, like all scientists, are open to international collaboration with all people regardless of nationality, and that we wish to welcome all scientists from all countries of the world to our country for scientific exchange, networking, and collaboration.]