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The Brexit aftermath

It is done. 2021 has brought about the new post-Brexit rules. Britain chose to be considered a "third country" to the EU since 1 January. So any brits that wish to come into the EU now have a new set of regulations to look forward to. At this moment more than 360,000 Britih residents are registered in Spain.

British tourists

Even if you own a second home in the EU, unless you have taken residency you can only spend up to three months of every six here.

UK nationals will need a visa for stays of longer than 90 days in the EU in a 180-day period.

EU pet passports will no longer be valid. Pets will still be allowed in the EU, but it will be a more complicated process as owners will need to obtain an animal health certificate for each trip they make.

European Health Insurance Cards, (EHIC) cards will remain valid until they expire.

The UK is no longer subject to the ban on additional roaming charges, although both sides will encourage operators to have "transparent and reasonable rates" for roaming. UK mobile operators will be able to charge for roaming, so people should check with their mobile phone company before travelling.

How to live in Spain as an individual

You will need to prove that you're earning no less than €2,223 ($2,705; £2,000) a month.

Living in Spain as a family

Well, you need to provide evidence that you earn an extra £500 a month for each member of the family. A family of three will need to prove they have yearly salary of at least £36,000.

Driving in the EU

Yes, you have guessed right, British driving licences need to be replaced by the European ones.

There are a few charities to help people struggling with disabilities, living in remote areas, or even the Spanish language, such as International Organisation for Migration.


There will be no taxes on goods (tariffs) or limits on the amount that can be traded (quotas) between the UK and the EU from 1 January. Some new checks will be introduced at borders, such as safety checks and customs declarations.

There are some new restrictions on certain UK animal food products. For example, uncooked meats like sausages and burgers can't enter the EU unless they are frozen to -18C. This could mean that businesses will still need to prepare for new procedures at ports, and if new paperwork is incomplete, it could lead to disruption.

Services and Qualifications:

Businesses offering services, such as banking, architecture and accounting, will lose their automatic right of access to EU markets and will face some restrictions.

There will no longer be automatic recognition of professional qualifications for people such as doctors, chefs and architects.

This of course means than rather than following one set of rules for the whole of the EU, UK businesses will need to comply with the regulations in each individual country.

It will be harder for people with qualifications gained in the UK to sell their services in the EU. Individuals will need to check each country's rules to make sure their qualification is still recognised.

Travel after Brexit

Pet passports after Bre xit

EHIC cards after Brexit

What will happen to mobile roaming charges?

Restrictions on certain UK animal food products

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