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British workers in the Flemish Region

As of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the internal market and the customs union of the European Union. As a result, new rules also apply to British nationals who want to work in Flanders.

British nationals and British entrepreneurs established in the United Kingdom can, since 1 January 2021, no longer enjoy the free movement of workers or the free movement of services. This means that access to the Flemish labour market for that target group is subject to prior admission to work, in the form of:

  • a work permit and an employment permit (for short periods of employment or for frontier workers),
  • a combined permit (for residence and employment of more than 90 days)
  • a professional card (for self-employed activities).

The general rules, conditions and procedures for economic migrants apply. These apply to both foreign employees and foreign self-employed persons. This means that the existing exemptions also apply.