UK government contacting thousands of UK nationals in Europe

Preparing for end of Brexit transition period

The UK government has written to 365,000 UK nationals living in Europe with advice on the actions they need to take to prepare for the end of the UK “Brexit” transition period on December 31.

This is one of the largest UK government direct-mail campaigns to its nationals living in European Union and European Free Trade Association member states, and includes 1085 letters issued to people on the Department of Work and Pensions database in Hungary.

The letters, sent to UK state pensioners and benefit recipients, give advice on how to register for residency and health-care, exchange driving licences and check new passport validity rules online. It is one of the largest-ever mail-outs by the government to nationals living in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

British Ambassador to Hungary Paul Fox says: “Since 2017 British embassies across Europe have organised 853 outreach events, with more than 510,000 Brits attending in person or online. We will continue to support them, including through our ongoing public information campaign.”

The UK government has been running a public information campaign featuring online, radio and newspaper advertisements across 30 countries informing UK nationals of the actions they need to take. This is in addition to the hundreds of town hall meetings, street surgeries and online Q&As run by the UK’s embassies, high commissions and consulates across Europe.

UK nationals resident before December 31 can continue living and working in Europe but may need to register or apply for residency. UK state pensioners will continue to receive their pensions as they do now.

The nationals can find the most up-to-date information on possible actions they need to take in the “Living in Guide” for Hungary at


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