Uk citizens in Spain After Brexit

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How Brexit can Impact your Trips to Spain “Can I live in Spain after Brexit?” and other Questions Answered

With the UK now officially out of the EU, many denizens of Britain are left wondering how this will affect their travels. Whether you’re looking to Spain for a holiday, traveling for business reasons, or looking to relocate permanently, after Brexit, things can be a little more complicated. But rest assured with a little bit of research it’s not quite as difficult as it may seem.

How long Can I Holiday in Spain after Brexit?

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Even with the United Kingdom officially leaving the European Union, Spain still remains a popular tourist attraction for UK citizens around the country. While there are some restrictions, the average traveler shouldn’t have too much trouble. British citizens can stay in Spain for 90 days in any 180 day period with a valid UK passport. This process may change in 2022, as the EU will be launching their ETIAS system, which will require a biometric passport, and other personal information involving your past. This will not only affect travel to Spain, but many EU countries.

Do you need a Visa for Tenerife after Brexit?

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As Tenerife is part of Spain and the EU, for any stay over 90 days, you will need a visa. However, if you intend to stay for longer, you may need a residence card.

Can I get a residency after Brexit?

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For UK citizens looking to obtain a Spanish Residency after Brexit’s transition period, things are a little tougher. In 2021 UK citizens who are new arrivals are no longer automatically granted the right to work or become a resident in Spain. So if you’re asking yourself, “Do I need a Visa for Spain from UK?”, then you’ve come to the right place. British Citizens interested in moving to Spain after Brexit must apply for a Spanish residence permit or an appropriate visa. There are quite a few different visas available, and it’s important to make sure you meet the requirements for the one you decide to apply to. There are visas available for family members of EU nationals, for students looking to study abroad, temporary workers visas, entrepreneur visas (For those interested in starting a company in Spain), non lucrative visas, and the so-called “Golden Visa” for those investing €500,000 or more in Spain.

What kind of documentation is required?

For all of the visas that will grant you residency, and permit living in Spain for 6 months or more, it’s for the best that you get a qualified legal professional to help you through the process, as any and all mistakes made on your initial application will lead to rejection. You’re also going to need a lot of updated copies of documentation regarding both your past and your ability to seek residence in Spain. For example, you’ll need your passport with a recent photo of yourself, a medical certificate declaring you free of any disease that may cause a general health risk, and find yourself a translator that’s registered in Spain for all documentation. With the help of a legal professional, they can make certain that everything is up to snuff.

What if I have a family member who is already a citizen of Spain?

If you’re attempting to get a Spain visa for UK residents as a relative of an EU citizen, proof of this relationship, whether it be by blood or by marriage or common-law partnership. You’ll also need a copy of their residence permit and a copy of the notification they’ve received regarding your application.

What if I or my child is a student looking to study abroad?

If you or your child has recently accepted an offer to study Abroad in Spain, then you’re going to need more than the standard documentation. According to Spanish law, the student visa applies to 5 types of people. This includes those looking to study past the 90 day limit at a Spanish educational establishment, students engaged in research activities, those participating in foreign exchange programs, unpaid internships, and volunteer services.

What kind of information am I required to provide?

Depending on the category you fall under, the information you’ll have to provide will look a little different. As it’s important to make sure you’re not only applying for the correct category, but also that you’re providing correct and up to date information, you should contact a legal professional for help. But, most of the information you’re going to need will fall within the realm of proving that you or your child has both an institution sponsoring them, and the means to provide for themselves while in Spain. Proving your means can range from a scholarship form to bank statements from a legal guardian or yourself proving ability to pay any cost for lodging and provisions. This will also include proof of health insurance valid in Spain.

Can I work in Spain after Brexit?

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For those working in Spain after Brexit, or looking to, there are several visas that you can get depending on the type of work and employer you may have, so you should be certain of the type you need. In the majority of cases, this process will have been started by your employer and you’ll need a copy of both their foreign work authorization form, and a copy of the employment contract you have. Things get more complicated with those that are Self-Employed, filing as exempt, or Highly Qualified Professionals. But rest assured, working in Spain is still possible after Brexit.

What if I’m self employed?

Those that fall under the category of self-employed still have the option to apply for a residence permit in Spain, although it is a little more difficult than someone who already has a job offer from an authorized institution or business in Spain. You’ll have to fill out a lot of the forms yourself, and as you don’t have an employer, you won’t receive any help. So it’s recommended you get a professional to make sure everything is in order.

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What kind of extra documentation am I going to need?

As a self-employed individual, you’re going to need to fill out form EX-07 and apply for residency as self-employed. This is going to serve as your initial authorization for temporary residency. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to do both forms 790-052, and form 790-062, these are self-assessments of the fee you’ll have to pay at the consulate. For any kind of work you’re planning to do, or for your primary place of business, you’ll need the proper licenses and permits to operate the location you’ve chosen for your work. You’ll also need to provide proof of qualification pertaining to the field in which you’ll operate. After getting these approved, you can move on to your visa application, which just requires standard documentation.

Who qualifies as exempt?

If you’re wondering whether you need to file for a visa as an exempt worker, then contacting a legal professional is probably your best bet, as it’s a little tricky to know if you fit into this category. It includes those technicians, scientists, researchers, and managerial staff that are invited by a recognized institution.

What documentation will I need to provide?

You’re going to need to provide proof of your status as an exempt worker. This means you’re going to need either a valid work contract or an invitation to the country from a qualified institution. You’re also going to need to fill out your form 790-052 to assess the fee you’ll have to pay at the consulate and your EX-09 form for authorization of temporary residence in the exempt work category.

What about Highly Qualified Workers? How do I know if I am one?

This can be a little difficult to know for sure if you fit in, but this is going to include high-level managerial staff and those with advanced degrees. So it is recommended you check with a professional before applying, but if you qualify, you’ll only have to provide the standard initial residence documentation and your work authorization for highly qualified professionals.

What about the so-called “Golden Visa”? Who is that for?

The “Golden Visa” is for those looking to start a business or invest in Spanish markets in any amount above or equal to €500,000.

What information will I need to get it?

For those who fit in this category, you’re going to need more information than just the standard documentation. You’ll need some kind of proof of your financial means, this could be in the form of a bank statement, details of your holdings in any capital markets, proof of any investments, and proof of at least 400% of the IPREM, which translates to an income of about €2,259.60 per month. Working with a qualified professional will not only make this process easier but also save you valuable time and any headaches that could result in rejection due to faulty information.

What about retirees interested in living in Spain?

For retirees, or if you’re just looking to have an extended stay in Spain living off your savings, you’re going to need a non-lucrative residence visa. If you’re applying for this visa, you’re going to need the standard documentation, with proof of some form of health insurance authorized to operate in Spain, and proof of financial means of at least 400% of the IPREM, again this is about €2,259.60 per month. You’re also going to need to fill out the 790-052 self-assessment form and the EX-01 authorization for non-lucrative temporary residence.

Can I purchase property in Spain? What if I have any other questions?

For UK citizens wondering if they can buy property in Spain, rest assured, there are no restrictions on the purchase of property by third-country nationals. There are no laws limiting purchase of property to Spanish nationals or British expats Spain Brexit. So yes, UK nationals are allowed to purchase property in Spain.
And If you’re left with any further questions about travelling to Spain after Brexit, or are left wondering, “How long can I stay in Spain after Brexit?”, and you or other British citizens are interested in further information on the process, please contact a qualified legal professional.

25 thoughts on “Uk citizens in Spain After Brexit

  1. John King |

    Hi,I have an Irish passport which is included in the Shengen areas.
    My wife has a British passport.
    Can my wife stay more than 90 days in Europe on the back of my Irish passport?
    Many thanks

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions about UK citizens in Spain after brexit.


  2. Lauren |

    I have a NIE issued in 2017 but I am resident in the UK. Can I move and apply for jobs in Spain?

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


  3. Stephen Hulcoop |

    Hi, I am looking to move to Spain. I own a property in Spain and I have an NIE number. I have a business in the UK which I could run from Spain. Please can you advise if it would be possible.

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


  4. Angela Bretherton |

    My daughter would like to do seasonal bar work in Spain is this still possible ?

    1. Anna |


      Your daughter will need a work visa.


  5. Elizabeth Adams |

    I am a British citizen who has been a resident in Ireland for 45 years. I own a property in Spain. My driving license, national insurance, ect is all Irish. I am widowed from an Irish man,have 5 Irish children and 9 Irish grandchildren and own my property. Is there anything I can do about the Schengen rule other than change my passport.
    Many Thanks.

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


    2. Bryony |

      I am interested in moving to Tenerife from the U.K. I currently hold both a British and an Irish passport. My boyfriend is also interested in moving to Tenerife with me but only has a British passport. What options does he have in terms of moving there with me? Thanks

      1. Anna |


        One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions about UK citizens in spain after brexit.


  6. Mike J |

    I have a British passport and moved to BCN, Spain, on March 2nd. I’m in the process of getting an Irish passport but this I’m likely to get this after the 90 day period is up. I want to stay here longer than 90 days and have a UK job, am a director of a ltd company and have an apartment in BCN for up to 11 months. What’s the best thing for me to do to be able to stay here?

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


  7. Tracey Greenow |

    Hello I’m looking for advice and help about the 90day rule and 180 day rule confused as we just bought a property in Spain.

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


    2. George Wootton |

      Myself and My wife are in a similar situation to Tracey Greenow as we own property in Tenerife and are Equally confused with the 90/180 Stay situation. Could you explain it to us please?? If we went for 90 days and then returned to the Uk, we could calculate the 180 Day Rule easy. However to stay for shorter, Multiple trips of say 65 Days and it confuses us about when the 90 days and 180 Days start and finish and we do NOT want to Fall Foul of the Rules.
      For example if we stayed for say 65 days beginning on 1st January one year, when could we go back for another period (25 Days)?? and then when could we go back for a Further period. (Making say a total of 90 Days in 180 Days)
      Usually we Winter from November to say February in Tenerife. Then return to the UK, then return to Tenerife in June for a few weeks, then Return to Tenerife in December for say another 65 days. How do we work out when we can Return and how long for using a Multi Trip scenario.
      Thanks in Anticipation.
      George Wootton

  8. Rachel smith |

    I have a business in England and my clients require me to do there hair and makeup in ibiza over the summer am I able to do this legally or is this work classed as illegals without a visa even tho they are English clients from my limited company in England

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


    2. Susan Uttley |

      Hi we are looking to relocate to Spain this year and would like advice on obtaining a non lucrative visa and all it entails, as well as NIE and house purchase
      Thank you
      Sue & Phil

      1. Anna |


        One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions about how British citizens can live in Spain after Brexit.


  9. Karen |

    Thanks for sharing such a piece of beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more info about spain visa. Can you help?

    1. Anna |


      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


  10. Mrs. Adrienne Taylor |

    My situation is causing me great anxiety. I have been spending overall about 5 months in my son”s flat (for which I pay all maintenance, tax etc.,in the last 18 years. Iam 87 (very fit!) and by accident overstayed last year (the 90 day rule) by 2 days, I need to know whether I shall be turned back and fined if I go again at the beginning of March, and then again in August…only sticking to the 90 days. I shall not be able to continue this for very much longer, but have to go to look after my property, car, taxes etc. Please advise me.

    1. Anna |

      Mrs. Adrienne,

      One of our lawyers will contact you to answer your questions.


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