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UK agreements reached for young people and drivers

29.07.2021 - 15:00
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Icelandic citizens aged 18 to 30 will be able to live and work in the UK for up to two years without fulfilling the usual post-Brexit criteria under a new deal signed this week by foreign minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson and British ambassador Michael Nevin.

Young British adults will enjoy the same right in Iceland when the agreement comes into force—likely at the start of next year.  

Guðlaugur Þór says Iceland is the first EEA country to secure such an agreement with the UK for young people to live and work in the country post Brexit. 

The minister told RÚV great importance has been attached to retaining opportunities for young people to work and study in Britain. After the country left the European Union, Icelanders and other citizens of the EU/EEA have needed to apply for residence permits and fulfil various criteria in order to secure the right to live and work in the UK. 

In other Brexit news, while Icelandic residents from EU/EEA countries are able to swap their driving licences for Icelandic ones without taking anonther driving test, residents from other countries do need to take and pass the Icelandic driving test in order to drive in the country. This has applied to British citizens in Iceland since 1st January, but they had until the end of July to swap UK licences for Icelandic ones, without needing to take a driving test. This deadline has now been extended to the end of November.

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