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22 May 2021 12:38 PM by Tricia1947 Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

I've been told a Brit can only stay in SPain for 3 months at a time.  Is this a fact?   We are a couple.  I hold an Irish passport and hubby a British one.  Any advice would be helpful.  Thanx

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22 May 2021 4:19 PM by Kavanagh Star rating in Oil Drum Lane Newcas.... 1131 posts Send private message

There is enough in the world for everyone, but not enough for the greedy!

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22 May 2021 8:39 PM by windtalker Star rating. 1818 posts Send private message

The maximum length of stay in Spain or any other part of the European Union.. anyone can stay as a holiday maker is 90 days in any 180 days even if you hold a Irish passport can stay longer and apply to become a Spanish resident ...if you have £30,000 per year per couple disposable income ..and a private health insurance policy that covers you both ...the current crop of British Expat OAPs are the last that Spain will see as it will be just to expensive for the vast majority of UK OAPs to retire in Spain .. within 5 year's Spain will be void of British Expats...and possibly holiday home owners unless the Spanish government come to a individual bilateral agreement with the UK.






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24 May 2021 11:16 AM by Tricia1947 Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

Thank you very much for your reply.  We shall now put Spain out of our minds.

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24 May 2021 12:39 PM by baz1946 Star rating. 2255 posts Send private message

Why quit because of some words and information on here, why not double check with the correct people as to what you need to live in Spain, and if you can. If you read between the lines Spain is about to have another million or two new house's they won't be able to sell, plus a good few still now up for sale ,which might not ever sell, all because of this, maybe a re-think is on the cards from Spain.

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24 May 2021 4:33 PM by acer Star rating. 1451 posts Send private message

It's very good of the EOS old faithful to provide a helpful response to the "I'm thinking of moving to Spain" folk who regularly flit through our pages - mostly never to be seen again.

Is it not worth having an agreed template to make the response simpler?

If so we the 90 days within 180 should have a higher profile.  Many good pundits seem to reckon it'll be a short lived limitation - just a sour grapes reaction from EU politicians to Brexit.  Of course, it's actually not changed.  It's been the case for years and was never taken seriously in the past, so when the dust settles...mmm...who knows! 

But the Spanish government are canny enough not to shoot themselves in the foot for too long.  The Spanish people have a saying "for every law there's a way around it".

Don't argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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24 May 2021 5:11 PM by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1135 posts Send private message

Plus, if not Spain then where? Most places have the 3 months rule and some even less.  All the EU countries have that rule as do further flung places like the USA, Australia and so on. Some, like Thailand, are only 60 days. 

Unless, of course, you get a visa to allow you to stay longer and then many places charge a lot for that privilege.

Canada allows Brits 6 months with no visa but hardly somewhere to get away for winter sun. 

I think a lot of places would be off the board if you want to stay longer than 3 months at a time without getting a visa or taking out residency. 


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24 May 2021 6:27 PM by Kavanagh Star rating in Oil Drum Lane Newcas.... 1131 posts Send private message

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It surprises me why some British wish to immigrate to countries that they are unable to meet the criteria to become residents, they cannot speak the language, they have little to zero employment prospects, they have no free healthcare, they are not entitled to state benefits (if any exist).


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