Visas and Brexit

This page details our understanding of the current immigration status for the UK. We are able to issue invitation letters, stamped by the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, to attendees if needed.

On the 31st October 2019, the UK is due to leave the European Union (in a process known as Brexit). Details of how immigration and traveling across borders will work after this date are, and still remain, unknown. We will update this page with further information once we know it.

Visa application support letters

The University of Nottingham is able to issue Visa support letters, which may be used to support a visa application to visit the UK for the symposium. We can include details of any submission you have made on the letter. We are not able to provide specific advice or support for visa applications, however.

To request a letter, you must initially have registered for the symposium, and then complete this online form. We will issue the letter once we have confirmed you have registered.

If you need further help, please email

Visiting the UK after Brexit

The following guidance was prepared for CHI 2019 in the UK—we have updated it for Halfway to the Future. We will update this page with further information once it is known.

If you are a non-EU citizen travelling from outside of the EU, then there are likely to be no differences to normal travel to the UK. Visa rules etc. will not be changed in the short term. Go ahead and book your travel and accommodation as you would for a normal trip to the UK.

For EU citizens travelling from an EU country, things may change a little. The UK Government and European Commission say flights between the UK and the EU will continue after 31st October 2019, no matter what happens after Brexit (this will apply to sea, coach, rail or Eurotunnel shuttle too). The European Commission has also said that there will be no difference to travel and holidaymakers won’t need a Visa during the ‘transition period’ (where the UK has left the EU but still follows EU rules while the new arrangements are made). This may change if there is a no-deal Brexit; we will keep this page updated with more information as we have it.

You may still need to check your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you plan to travel. For EU citizens, you might want to take out travel insurance rather than relying on EHIC, as rules for that may change is there is a no-deal Brexit.

Please also read the GOV.UK EU exit guidance on transport.

Update 24th July 2019

The University of Nottingham has prepared the following update:

Boris Johnson was elected as Conservative Party leader yesterday and will be appointed Prime Minister today.

During the leadership campaign, Mr Johnson’s stated preference was for the UK to leave the EU with an agreement in place, but he also committed to the UK leaving the EU on 31 October “come what may”.

Mr Johnson has ruled out compromise on the Irish ‘backstop’ issue and/or close alignment with EU rules, whilst remaining committed to maintaining the Union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This makes reaching an agreement with the EU that can command majority support in the House of Commons unlikely, increasing the possibility of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.

The government holds an increasingly small majority in the Commons which, combined with opposition to a ‘No Deal’ Brexit in Parliament, makes a General Election an increasing possibility. MPs are attempting to prevent Mr Johnson bypassing Parliament to pursue a ‘No Deal’ Brexit but that remains the default position in law.

As an organising committee, we remain fully committed to hosting Halfway to the Future this November, and want as many people as possible to attend. Unfortunately, we are still unable to offer any specific advice for actions those planning to attend from outside the UK, however we will respond to events as and when they unfold.

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