Brexit: How will it affect my holiday to Spain? And other questions

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The UK and European Union have reached a deal on their future relationship.

Here are some of your questions about how it could affect the way we live and work.

How will this affect my family holiday in Lanzarote in February? Our passports have two years before they expire

Your passports will be valid as long as they are less than 10 years old and it is at least six months before they run out.

However, you could face other travel restrictions. From 1 January, the UK will no longer be treated as part of the EU and British travellers may not be able to visit member countries except for essential reasons. That’s because of coronavirus restrictions placed on travellers from most non-EU countries, although they may have changed by February.

If you can get in, there may also be other documents you need, if you are planning on driving, for example.

And still more coronavirus restrictions are also in place. Currently, passengers arriving into the UK from the Canary Islands must quarantine for 14 days.

However, those arriving in England will be able to pay for private testing and reduce their quarantine time, if they test negative five days after their arrival.

We are British citizens and also have a house in Spain. How will Brexit affect our ability to stay extended periods there?

Under the rules of the deal, UK citizens will only be able to holiday in Spain or most other EU countries for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

The exceptions are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, which will not limit visits in this way.

If you want to stay in Spain for longer than 90 days out of 180 then you will need to apply for a visa – that also applies to second home owners.

However, due to concerns over the new variant of coronavirus, Spain has shut its borders to UK travellers until 5 January, unless they are a Spanish national or resident.

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