The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued updated information relating to the post-Brexit circumstances for British Citizens living in Spain.
Notably the update includes specific details of our situation in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The FCO says; “We understand that recent media reports about the impact of Brexit on the rights of UK nationals living in Spain may have caused concern to UK citizens living in Europe.
“We want to make clear the actions that UK nationals in Spain need to take to continue living and working in Spain as they do now, as well as reassuring those who need to access healthcare and pensions.
“We are working with our embassies, including in Spain, to help UK nationals get ready for Brexit. This week we announced an extra £3 million fund for charities so they can assist you with your residency applications.”
The FCO advise all British citizens in Spain to ensure they have completed 5 steps as soon as possible.
- Register as a Resident in Spain
- Register for healthcare as a Resident in Spain
- Exchange your UK Driving Licence for a Spanish Driving Licence
- Ensure Your UK Passport is Valid for Travel
- Register for Official Brexit Updates by Email
1. Register as a Resident in Spain
Step by step information on how to obtain residency and the documents needed to do so.
Tip: To make the next step easier we have list links to all of the Ibiza & Formentera Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) Websites
- Sant Antoni de Portmany
- Sant Joan de Labritja
- Sant Josep de sa Talaia
- Santa Eularia des Riu
2. Register for healthcare as a Resident in Spain
Information on healthcare as it applies to different circumstances post Brexit, and what you may need to do to ensure you have adequate protection.
3. Exchange your UK Driving Licence for a Spanish Driving Licence
Step by step instructions by Dirección General de Tráfico on how to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish driving licence, including fees.
Note: The guidance refers to a form available on the dgt website. We found several documents and links relating to the process of exchanging a UK driving licence for a Spanish driving licence. All of these documents referred to a form being available on the dgt site, but none of them were the actual form nor did they give any direct links to the actual form. We ended up going around in circles. If anybody finds it, please let us know the link so that we can update this accordingly.
4. Ensure Your UK Passport is Valid for Travel
Use this online form for surety that you won’t get stuck at the airport.
Note: We do not really get this one, but perhaps it applies to people with certain categories of passport. I cannot hurt to check and only takes a couple of minutes.
5. Register for Official Brexit Updates by Email
Sign up to receive Brexit update emails directly from gov.uk
Note: The Ibizan will continue to publish all important developments.
Healthcare in the Event of a No Deal Brexit
The FCO says; “The Spanish Government has taken steps to ensure that resident UK nationals and UK tourists visiting Spain will be able to access healthcare after Brexit until at least 31 December 2020. This is the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.
“The UK is working with other EU and EFTA countries, including Spain, by proposing to keep existing healthcare arrangements in place until at least December 2020.This means that the same principle applies to Spanish nationals living in or visiting the UK, whose access to healthcare will also remain unchanged.”
The FCO says; “The UK government will continue to pay your state pension as it does now, and you do not need to take any action to keep receiving your pension.”
There is no information on Schools and Education.