Do I need a visa for Tenerife and Spain from the UK after Brexit?
Visas from 1 January 2021
The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:
- You can travel to Schengen area countries for up to 90 days in any 180 days without a visa for purposes such as tourism in a rolling 180-day period.
- Therefore, if you are travelling to Spain, previous visits to the Schengen area within the 180 days before your date of travel would count against the 90-day limit.
- If you are travelling visa-free to Spain and other countries in the Schengen area, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit.
- To stay for longer, working or studying, or on business travel, you must meet the entry requirements required by Spain, meaning applying for a visa or work permit. You should check with the Spanish Embassy what type of visa is required.
- Periods of stay authorised under a visa or permit will not count against the 90-day limit.
The European Commission has not set out how the 90 days visa-free travel will be implemented for those who are already travelling in the EU or Schengen Area on 31 December 2020.
If you are travelling to Spain before 31 December 2020 and staying until 1 January 2021 or later, you should check with the Spanish Embassy for information on how the 90-day visa-free limit will apply. If your stay includes travel to other Schengen area countries, this also applies.
At border control for Tenerife, you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
On entry and exit to Tenerife, officials may stamp your passport.