Alicante Provincial Council President Carlos Mazon held a meeting with Spain’s ambassador to the UK, Jose Pascual Marco, during which they talked about the situation of British residents in the province after Brexit.
During that meeting, Mazon asked the ambassador to extend the 90-day period in which British citizens are allowed to stay when visiting Spain within 180 days, TheSchengen.com reports.
The British are the main source of wealth in the province of Alicante, Mazon said, noting that tourism on the Costa Blanca is highly dependent on the citizens of the United Kingdom who decide to spend their holidays there.
For this reason, in order to help the travel and tourism sector in the region as well as provide less complicated travel rules after Brexit, Mazon confirmed that they are working on reciprocity so that the period of stay allowed for UK nationals can be extended to six months.
“Thank you to the UK ambassador for helping us before the British government take care of one of our wealth: the British people of Alicante who want to live and spend long periods in our land. Working on a common front,” Mazon wrote on his official Twitter account.
The province of Alicante currently has over 70,000 British residents who own property in the region. However, due to the rules imposed on Britons after the UK leaves the EU, they cannot exceed the 90-day period. If they do so, they are refused entry into the country, which means that UK nationals have to travel back and forth so as not to overstay the permitted period of stay.
As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, travelers arriving in Spain or any other member country are no longer allowed to enter by presenting only an ID. Under the new rules, Britons planning to travel to Spain will have to go through border controls since the UK is now considered a third country and present their passports.
Since 1 October, Spanish nationals traveling to the UK have also not been allowed to enter by showing an ID. Instead, they now have to present a valid passport to allow them to enter its territory.
Previously, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that Spain is currently one of the safest destinations to travel to. All travelers arriving in Spain are required to present a valid EU digital COVID-19 certificate or other equivalent document.
Travelers without a vaccination or recovery certificate need to take a COVID-19 test and submit a negative test result to be allowed into the country.