If you have a British passport and are planning to travel to Lanzarote, or any Schengen zone country in 2019, here’s some important information.
Currently, when you travel to Lanzarote, you only need your passport to be valid until the last day of your stay.
After 29th March 2019, Brexit day, if there is no special agreement, UK travellers become “Third country travellers.”
In that case, you will need at least six months validity on your passport when you arrive in Lanzarote.
For that reason, if your passport is due to expire next year, it would make sense to renew it early. The UK government are predicting a rush of passport applications in April, so it might make sense to do it sooner rather than later. It’s currently taking about three weeks for a passport renewal to be processed.
Again, unless there is a special agreement, UK passport holders will be limited to 90 days stay in any 180 day period, in Schengen zone countries, and they also lose their right to live and work in Lanzarote and any other EU country.
The Schengen area includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland.
In the same way, if there is no special deal after 29th March, British driving licences will no longer be EU licences, so British driving licence holders will need an international driving permit to drive in EU countries. These can be obtained at post offices in the UK – the version you want to ask for is the 1949 version for Spain. (There is a different one you need for France.)
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