Can a UK citizen move to Italy after Brexit?

The short answer is ‘yes’. If you were born in Great Britain moving to Italy from the UK after Brexit is still possible.

It’s important to understand as a  UK national you are now considered to be a non-EU citizen.

Moving to Italy from the United Kingdom  after Brexit

After Brexit, it is permissible for UK passport holders to travel visa-free to Italy for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.  This rule applies to the entire Schengen area, which comprises every EU country and member state.

However, a visa or residence permit is required for work, study, family reunification, business travel or a visit that exceeds 90 days.  For business travel, you may require a work permit.

Individuals holding British citizenship may still relocate to Italy and even achieve permanent residence status.

Your specific visa requirement, or type of permit, will depend on your circumstances and status.  The Italian consulate is a good place to get the most up-to-date information.

The Italian government offers a range of immigration options to a British citizen seeking to move to Italy following Brexit.  Permanent residency may still be possible for a British person.  It is important to adhere to Italian law

The Withdrawal Agreement was legislated to protect the rights of British citizens and their family members who live in EU countries.

Beautiful scenic view of an Italian rural community

Can I just move to Italy?

It’s important to get an understanding of the legal obligations for relocating to Italy. It’s permissible to reside and work in Italy without a visa, but those travelling to Italy for non-touristic reasons other than work will require a work visa. Ex-pats must make arrangements for more than just their work visas. The succeeding action hinges on the duration of the expat’s stay.

Can I retire from the UK to Italy?

Since the United Kingdom departed from the European Union, British citizens are required to apply for an Elective Residency Visa (ERV) in order to live in Italy for an extended period. This visa is specifically designed for retirees who wish to reside in the country and is considered to be one of the easiest visas to obtain. As part of the application process, you will need to provide evidence of accommodation that is appropriate for at least a year, whether it is rented or owned.

A townhouse in Italy

Can a UK citizen buy a house in Italy?

Regardless of whether they reside in Italy, citizens of the UK are eligible to purchase property or land in the country. It’s important to keep in mind that the legal process and procedures involved in buying property overseas may differ significantly from those in the UK. If you’re considering purchasing property abroad, it’s essential to be aware of these differences.

Can I move to Italy if I buy a house there?

While owning a property in Italy does not automatically grant a residency permit, it may enhance your chances of obtaining an Elective Residence Visa, which is frequently sought after. The visa is intended for non-Italian citizens with adequate financial means to support themselves without relying on employment during their stay in Italy. One of the prerequisites for the Elective Residence Visa application is owning or renting a property.

Where can I find the best resources for information on visa requirements to live in Italy?

There are several reliable resources available online to gather information on visa requirements to live in Italy. Here are some options:

  1. A rustic fam house in rural ItalyThe Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: This is the official website of the Italian government, which provides detailed information about different types of visas, the application process, and required documents. You can access the website through this link:
  2. The Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country: The embassy or consulate is a good source of information on visa requirements as they can provide information specific to your country of residence.
  3. Immigration lawyers or consultants: If you are unsure about the visa requirements or need more personalized advice, you can consider consulting with an immigration lawyer or consultant who specializes in Italian immigration law.
  4. Expat forums and communities: Online ex-pat forums and communities can be a good resource to connect with others who have gone through the visa application process and to get practical advice from people who have personal experience with the process.


There is plenty of information available for those wishing to move to Italy from the UK after Brexit.  However, it’s always a good idea to verify any information you find on these resources with official government sources or consult with an immigration lawyer to ensure you have the most up-to-date and accurate information.

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