After Brexit, Brits now have a limit on stays in the Schengen Area, an area comprising 26 European countries that allow free movement with no border controls. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
These new rules will have a significant impact on those planning longer stays in any of the Schengen countries. Under these new rules, British citizens are only permitted to stay 90 days in any 180-day period. For example: if you arrived at your holiday home on 01 May, you can live their full-time until the end of July. You must then leave and you are not able to return to that country or any EU country until the start of November.
The European Commission have a Short-Stay Visa Calculator to help avoid any confusion – check it out here.
Though the penalties differ from country to country, overstaying will result in a fine.
To legally extend your stay in the Schengen Area, it may be worth looking into residency, long-term Visas or Dual Nationality.
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