As with most other European Countries, there are generally no changes to the rights and status of the one million UK nationals (and their direct family) living in Spain, while the UK remains in the EU.
Spain has the biggest British community in the EU and there are concerns about important ex-pat issues like property and tax, etc, but as it stands those who are residents and on the Padron (the equivalent of the electoral roll, but should be updated every five years), or in the Spanish social security system should see no change.
This also extends to working in Spain and accessing healthcare, plus UK pensions and other exportable benefits.
For those not correctly registered as resident in Spain, however, it’s best to start thinking about making yourself fully legal. There’s been an increase in Residencia applications – and if you’re under pension age this involves documentation like a passport, Padron ID, money in a Spanish bank and confirmation from them that it’s yours, plus health insurance cover.
The introduction of any new or updated administrative procedures after the December 2020 transition period will be decided by Spain themselves, but we have people in place and can bring you those details very quickly.
There may be a requirement for UK nationals to apply for a new residency document or status conferring the right of residence, but they’ll have at least until the end of June 2021 to submit their applications.
This should be free of charge, or at least no more than the cost of issuing similar documents (such as passports), but applicants may be required to provide proof of identity and undergo criminality and security checks. For more information visit our ex-pat areas within the forum.