UK nationals can stay a maximum of 90 days in 180 days in Spain. The Spanish government would like to remove the obstacle to allowing UK citizens to stay in Spain for more than the permitted period. 

spain flag on mapUK citizens can benefit from visa-free travel for up to 90 days in 6 months. But they need a residency permit if they want to live in Spain. After Brexit, UK nationals are also considered the same as the members of citizens of non-EU countries. Since nationals of non-EU countries cannot stay longer than 90 days in 180 days in Spain, the same conditions also apply to UK citizens. 

British nationals occupy the highest number of visitors in Spain. Only in the first quarter of 2022, nearly 2 million UK citizens visited Spain. The Spanish government would like to provide more flexibility to UK citizens and plan on requesting an incentive from European Union for UK nationals to expand their stay. 

The tourism secretary of Spain stated that enabling UK citizens to stay longer than 90 days is not in the hands of the Spanish government, since they are not among EU member states. So the decision must be made by European authorities.

Nearly 400.000 Brits Have Made Spain Their Permanent Residency

Since there is a constant increase in property prices and costs of living in the United Kingdom, many UK citizens choose to own a home in a key property market in Spain. This 90-day rule has the most impact on second-home owners and UK citizens who wish to purchase a property in Spain.

woman hanging from bus window to take photoUntil then, the best option to stay in Spain for more than 90 days every sixth month is to apply for the Golden Visa. Property owners who buy at least € 500.000 worth of real estate can easily apply for a Golden Visa, which provides lots of benefits in addition to the benefits of residency in Spain.

With Golden Visa, not only does the visa holder get to live as long as they wish but also they can benefit from education in the best international schools in Europe.  In addition, they can get advanced healthcare services in Spain. Golden Visa also provides permission to work in Spain.

The benefits of buying a house and having a Golden Visa are countless. Visit our Golden Visa page to get more information about how to move to Spain and stay there longer than 90 days.