We’re aware that many readers, who are British citizens, may have holidays booked to Lanzarote for arrival after 31st October 2019, after the date of Brexit.
Of course, British citizens will be very welcome in Lanzarote after Brexit, even one without a deal, but a few things will change, so we’ll keep this page updated for you.
Here’s the key advice, from the British Government, about how you will be affected if Britain leaves the union without a deal.
Passports and Visas
You will need to have at least 6 months clear on your passport at the start of your visit. You can check your passport’s validity at this page. UK Passport checker.
Important: Some British passports have previously been renewed with unexpired months from a previous passport added on. As passport validity is taken as ten years from date of issue, this could cause a problem, so please use the checker above to make sure yours is OK for entry after 31st October 2019, in the event of no deal.
You do not need a visa to travel to Lanzarote, or any other country in the Schengen area, but your stay will be limited to 90 days in any 180 day period in the Schengen area. The advice is to retain tickets or receipts to show when you entered the Schengen zone.
In the event on no deal, British citizens will no longer be able to use the EU lane at border crossing points. You may be asked for information about your stay and to ensure you are able to support yourself when here. Your passport will be stamped on entering and leaving.
The Spanish government has agreed to continue to provide healthcare for British visitors until the end of 2020, provided the UK offers the same for Spanish citizens visiting the UK.
In the event of a no deal Brexit the EHIC , or European health card will no longer be valid, so it is not clear yet what the mechanism will be to access health care, assuming there is a reciprocal agreement between Uk and Spain.
Our advice is to ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Currently, the Spanish government has agreed that holders of British driving licences will not require an international driving permit for a period of at least nine months after Brexit.
British subjects resident in Spain
British subjects must be registered as living in Spain prior to Brexit, in order to retain their right to live and work in Lanzarote. This is known as “residencia,” and is the green A4 sheet of paper, or smaller credit card sized sheet called “Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión.”
They must also exchange their British driving licence for a Spanish one.
Moving to Lanzarote
British citizens will no longer have the right to live and work in Lanzarote, or any other Schengen country, after Brexit, whether there is a deal or not. They will have to apply through the process currently used by citizens of other countries outside the European Union.
Air Passenger’s Rights And Roaming
If there is a no deal Brexit then the EU laws about flight compensation will continue to apply to EU based airlines, and to any flight that originates in the EU. Therefore if you are flying on a non EU airline from UK, you may not have rights to compensation if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
The EU law insisting on no roaming charges will also cease to apply, although some UK air time providers have said they will continue to offer the service. Check with yours.
More reading: Understanding residency and paperwork.
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