Leaving the EU (European Union)

The UK has left the EU. Check the new rules which came into force from January 2021 and how this may affect you.

The government’s website gives full details of the changes and what businesses and citizens need to do.

The government has also published details of how new borders will operate

Settled status for EU citizens

If you or your family are from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you may need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Please apply as soon as possible as COVID-19 means it is taking longer to process applications.

Applications for settled status must be made online. You can book to use a computer free of charge at our libraries.

Translated information  

The government has translated the information about the settlement scheme into every EU language. See the GOV.UK site for the translations.

It has also provided videos in different languages.

French guidance

Polish guidance



Citizen’s Advice

Citizen’s Advice has useful information about the EU settlement scheme and immigration on its website.

You can get free help and advice from Salford Citizen’s Advice or any other branch of Citizen’s Advice across Greater Manchester.

Call Salford on 0808 278 7802. Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (they can call you back if you are worried about the cost) or email them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services provide the same level of support as their face to face services.

Due to COVID-19 they can only provide a very limited drop-in service at Eccles and Walkden and a limited number of face to face appointments. Priority will go to people who can only get help by visiting the office. Please phone for details.

Walkden Gateway, 2 Smith Street, Walkden, M28 3EZ between 10am and 2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Eccles Gateway Centre, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles. M30 0TU, between 10am and 2pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday


You can also get free help and advice from Europia – a charity dedicated to supporting European expats.

Please call 0333 3058 570 or email support@europia.org.uk. Where possible all contacts will be done over the phone, through video calling or via e-mail.

Or find more local and regional organisations to help - go to the GOV.UK website and enter your postcode.

Travel to Europe

Travel to EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein has changed from 1 January 2021. Please also check any Covid-19 related travel restrictions or requirements before travelling.

To travel for pleasure:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance that covers your healthcare
  • check you have the right driving documents
  • organise pet travel as the existing pet passport scheme has ended. Contact your vet at least four months before you go

Extra requirements apply if you are travelling on business. Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences, providing services including with a charity and touring art and music.

Check your phone

The guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway has ended.

Check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges which come into play.


Importing goods

The process for importing goods from the EU or exporting goods to the EU has changed. Please check regularly in case the information changes.

The Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub which supports business across the city region has information and advisors available to provide help.

New timeline for border control processes on import of goods

From 11 March the government has set out a new timetable for introducing import border control processes. Please visit Brexit transition for full details.

It will now introduce full border control processes on 1 January 2022, six months later than originally planned. This will provide businesses with further time to prepare for changes at the border and minimise disruption.

The revised timetable includes:

  • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.
  • Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.
  • Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1 January 2022.
  • Physical Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.
  • Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.
  • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.
  • From March 2022, checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.

Exporting food and drink products

If the UK leaves without a deal, Salford City Council’s regulatory services officers can support certain food and drink exporters.

Experienced inspection officers can sign Export Health Certificates (EHCs) to assure the destination authorities that the products meet UK and EU food safety requirements as a minimum, as well as any additional conditions required.

Inspections/checks will be required to verify the requirements of the certificate have been met and this will be at a cost of £79 per hour.

Please note that for certain EHCs for products of animal origin, e.g. fishery products being exported to China, Salford City Council cannot provide this service as signing officials must be included on a list held by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Please check before contacting Salford City Council.

To request an EHC please email Environmental Health EnvironmentalHealth@salford.gov.uk

Employing workers from overseas

People coming to work in the UK will need to meet certain requirements under the new points based immigration system.

Racist or hateful speech

Sadly uncertain times can lead to community tensions but Salford is proud of the wide range of people who make up our amazing city.

Differing views on leaving the EU mean the potential for causing upset and distress is high. Please be kind and respectful of others at all times.

Racist and hateful speech and hate crime has no place in Salford and there is support available if necessary. If you experience or witness hate crime please report it so you can get support and perhaps help prevent it happening to others.

Emergency planning

Salford City Council is prepared to respond if any of the speculation about emergencies or problems turns into reality. It’s all part of the council’s planning and readiness to deal with a wide range of emergency situations, many of which, fortunately, never arise.

This page was last updated on 15 March 2021

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