The Department for Exiting the European Union confirmed that UK citizens will not require a visa to visit Spain after Brexit.
Spanish authorities are saying British expats will have the same rights in Spain post-Brexit as long as the UK extends residency rights to Spaniards already living in the UK.
Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent partnership, told that it recommends anyone with concerns about travel to “speak with their local travel agent”.
British travellers will continue to travel as normal to the EU post January 31, 2020 and until the end of December 2020…
All decisions that prolong the current status enjoyed by British citizens and businesses in Spain are made on condition that the UK will reciprocate with similar measures for Spanish residents in Britain.
We want to explain you the new rules for British nationals applying for residency in Spain, what documents are required and information on the right to reside in Spain for both British nationals and non-EU family members. You must register as a Spanish resident if you want to stay in Spain for more than 3 months.
You will get a green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper from “Extranjería” or the police.
After getting greenlighted by the Cabinet, the decree will be immediately sent to parliament for approval.
While it goes into great detail about less controversial measures such as citizen rights, the text of the decree only makes a broad mention of more complex issues, such as what will happen with Iberia flights between EU cities if the Spanish airline’s parent company, IAG, is no longer considered a European business.
As for British residents in Spain, they will have to apply for a foreigner identity card before January 2021 to prove their legal residency status. For those who already have permanent residency, “the process will be nearly automatic.” For the others, there will be additional steps to take.
The government estimates that around 400,000 people will receive new documents, on top of the 300,000 or so who are already registered.
The decree also stresses the need to guarantee the rights of British people working in Spain. The government hopes that the same will hold for the approximately 9,000 Spanish workers who live in Campo de Gibraltar and cross over to “The Rock” every day for their jobs. The executive says that any benefits for British workers in Spain “are subject to an equivalent treatment for Spanish cross-border workers.”
British civil servants who obtained a Spanish government job while their country was part of the EU will be allowed to keep their jobs.
Brits have till 31 December 2020 to apply for a foreigner identity card. But Spain is the first Brexit flashpoint as the UK and Spain debate free movement for Gibraltar.
Under the plan, Britons living in Spain will have to apply for a foreigner identity card before 31 December 2020 to prove their legal residency status. The process would be “nearly automatic” for those UK nationals who already have permanent residency.
There are a few uncertainties because the actual number of Brits in Spain is closer to 1 million, many of whom have homes there where they live only part of the year. That said, Brits in Spain hold a strong hand, injecting about 1.32 billion euros each year just into the economy of Alicante, where more than 25 percent of them live, according to Forbes.
Also, don’t forget that Spain is one of the Golden Visa countries.
Useful information can be obtained on the web page of the British embassy in Madrid for those British citizens who are in Spain and you can also ask to LaBE Consultores in case you need someone who helps you in this affair. We offer customized solutions to each case and we care about British citizens with interests in Spain.