Spain looking to scrap 90 day rule for Brits

Schengen rule change possible

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EuroNews reports that currently, visitors from outside the European Union (EU), including the UK, can visit Schengen countries for 90 days in every 180-day period. However, the 90 day rule may be about to change.

According to a report by Publituris, Spain will ask Brussels to lift the 90 day rule rule for British tourists, with Spain’s Secretary of Tourism, Fernando Valdés, stating that this restriction “goes against the interests of Spain”, adding that “it is a rule that, unfortunately, is not something that Spain has established by itself or can get rid of”.

Spain now intends to pressure Brussels to exempt British tourists from the 90 day rule, stating to the press in Spain that “it is in the country’s interest to lobby and convince [the EU] to make an exception”. It is highly likely that Portugal will quickly follow Spain’s example if the move is successful.

Before the pandemic, Spain received around 84 million tourists a year, with 17 million travelling from the UK, with that number falling with the start of pandemic restrictions. However, the numbers have started to rise again this year, with 1.8 million Britons visiting Spain in the first quarter of 2022.

With tourism accounting for around 12% of Spain’s GDP, Brexit has made travel between the two countries more difficult as the UK pulled out of EU-wide free movement agreements.

“It is true that after Brexit some problems have emerged with people wanting to stay longer.”

Spain’s Secretary of Tourism, Fernando Valdés

Negotiations on residence and tourism permits stalled, and in May of this year, British expats were banned from driving in Spain using UK driving licenses after the talks failed.

However, Spain is eager to see the British return, with details of a bilateral agreement allowing tourism workers to remain in Spain during the holiday season. I would guess that changes to the 90 day rule would be welcomed by a lot of Brits with second homes in Europe.

Thanks to Jaime for the link

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12 thoughts on “Spain looking to scrap 90 day rule for Brits”

    • A good idea but, if the EU allows that for Brits then other nationalities could demand the same right. As the current rules apply to all of the EU states then all would have to agree to the plan, Spain cannot go it alone.

      I can’t see this getting past the first hurdle, but must admit it is a nice idea. Viva España 🇪🇸

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          • this is the Spanish asking for this not the Brits because it is the Spanish that are losing money, This is showing the stupidity of the EU shengen policy where common sense is over ruled by ideology , member states have no sovereignty which is the reason the UK decided to leave so that decisions that benefit our country and not Brussels could be made, shengen was a stupid idea, millions left poorer countries to move to higher wage countries leaving the poorer countries without valuable doctors nurses farm workers etc to the benefit of the richer countries , it has destroyed the social fabric of many countries including here in Portugal where the countryside has lost nearly all its workforce and farms are empty and hospitals closing due to nurses and doctors leaving to work in the UK germany and france

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            • They’re certainly not leaving the U.K. The U.K. shed a whole load of staff due to the hostile atmosphere created by and in the wake of brexit.

              And don’t get me started on “sovereignty”! We are all still waiting for the brexit benefits – except, that is, the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg and other leave promoters with significant wealth who won’t now be subject to any EU crackdown on tax avoiders.

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    • In that case it’s punishing all other Third (i.e. non-EU, non-EEA) countries! As was pointed out during the referendum, you can’t cancel membership of a club and then expect to have any of the benefits of club membership!

      Freedom of movement works both ways, and exiting the EU restricted our movements, too, but the leave campaigners didn’t want you to know that!

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    • A lot of Brits give a “flying toss.” Especially those who have second homes in the EU and/or want to spend the Winter there, for example. It’s also caused complications for many companies, touring musicians and the like, so they would give a “flying toss”, too!

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