Thanks to the prevalence of the COVID-19 crisis, many people have temporarily talking about Brexit. But there is only just over two months left of the transition period of the Withdrawal Agreement, and for those Britons either already living in Spain, or thinking of moving to Spain, there are still many unanswered questions. How will Brexit impact those Brits currently living in Spain, travelling to Spain regularly to stay in their holiday home, letting holiday homes, or planning to move to Spain in the future? What do we know, and what don’t we know yet?
Here we will outline exactly what you need to know about living in Spain after Brexit, and how the shift may (or may not) impact on your way of life:
A Note on : Taking Holidays to Spain
Regardless of how you feel about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, on 31st January 2021 it will happen. And for the vast majority of British people this will have very little impact on their visits to wider Europe. If you are a British person who spends your holidays in Spain, or otherwise visits the country for short periods of time then very little will change about the way you enter or exit the EU: if you spend less than 90 days in Spain over the course of 6 months then you will not be impacted by entrance or exit visa requirements and you can continue to enjoy your holidays as you always have.
This same rule applies to individuals who own second homes in Spain, but only visit for relatively short periods of time. Provided you spend less than 90 days in Spain in each 180 day period, you will still be able to enter and leave the country as you always have, without any extra paperwork.
When you are clearing immigration at your Spanish arrival airport you will need to enter the non-EU passengers queue rather than the passengers arriving from the EU line, and it is recommended that you ensure you have robust medical travel insurance (this has always been the recommendation, although many travellers chose to ignore this advice). Otherwise, you will experience very little change.
If you are living in Spain though, or spending longer than 90 days in each 6 month period in the country, then you are likely to experience some dramatic changes, and these will be the focus of this piece.
Prepare Your Passport
It’s worth noting that, whether you live in Spain or are just visiting for a short trip, you will need to have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport in order to enter Spain. Time is running out, so check your passport now, and if it is due to run out before or around 1st June 2021 then you won’t be able to use it from 1st January 2021, after Brexit has officially taken place . If this is the case, then now is the perfect time to make a new passport application, otherwise you won’t have the freedom to make future travel plans in the New Year. You can apply for a new passport online, or request a paper form here.