Leaving the EU (European Union)

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Check the new rules which apply from January 2021 and take action now.

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

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:

Broughton Hub, Eccles and Swinton Gateways and Cadishead, Height (Irlams o’ th’ Height), Little Hulton and Winton libraries.

Pendleton and Walkden Gateways, which normally offer free computer use, aim to open before the end of October.

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 0300 3309 074. 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 will change 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

From 1 January 2021, the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will end.

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 will change.

Check what actions you need to take to from 1 January 2021. 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. 

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

Business webinars

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take.

See the full schedule and sign up to for live sessions or use the relevant link below. The webinars will be available on demand after the initial broadcast.

 The live sessions will take place at the following times:

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 6 October 2020

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