How long can you stay in an EU country with a British passport? Here’s what you need to know

According to the “90/180 rule,” British nationals may only stay in the European Union for a total of ninety (90) days in any 180-day period (with the exception of Ireland).

Since Britain has left the European Union, its citizens no longer have the same freedom of movement throughout the EU that they had enjoyed for decades, making it more difficult for them to travel, work, and even reside in other EU countries.

Can I stay in the European Union with my British passport, and for how long?

Simply put, if you traveled to the Schengen Area on January 1, 2023, you would have until the end of March to enjoy your visit. After then, you would be required to abstain from entering Schengen for another three months, until late June.

A maximum of ninety days may be spent in any 180-day period inside the Schengen Area, which includes the majority of EU nations and others.

Of course, most people will have more complicated travel plans than this. On the day you want to fly to the Schengen Area, you need to ask whether going back 180 days (roughly six months), how many days have you been in the zone?

Stamps indicating when you entered and left a country should be in your passport; this will enable you and the staff processing your passport to determine the passage of time. (Days of entrance and departure are counted toward the total, even if you were only in the Schengen Area for a few hours.)

It’s safe to assume that you may enter the Schengen region if the response is fewer than 90 days during the last 180 days. A “rolling count” determines how long you may remain.

What Effect Does It Have On British Citizens?

Before the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, its citizens were free to go to and reside in any other EU member state for as long as they wished. After the UK’s actual exit from the EU, British people will be treated as third-party nationals in Spain and the rest of the Schengen Area. That’s right; they’re subject to the same regulations as their counterparts in the United States, Australia, and Japan.


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Zalah Khan
Zalah is LLB Graduate from the University of Westminster and joined the hopdes team in June 2022. She has been a linguistics expert and interpreter for a few years at Pearl Linguistics in London dealing with people mostly from the middle-east side. She loves the thrills and adventures embedded deeply into her genes owing to her biracial Pashtun and Persian heritage. She speaks Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Pashtu and English. Whilst she is afraid of heights but her adrenaline pushes her to take the 60-foot leap of faith body slide everytime she is at the Aqua Venture Water Park in Dubai. She recently went onto the Jebel Jais Flight at speeds of up to 150km/h (93mph) along a 2.8km (1.7-mile) cable weighing more than six tonnes. She was last seen at the Museum Of Illusions at the Dubai Creek.

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