British owners of holiday homes in France must now factor in the EU “90 day” rule when planning their trips. Here are some tips to make sure that you don’t get a tap on the shoulder from the Gendarmes or the tax inspectors.
1- Familiarise yourself with the rules, since Brexit you will now face the same rules as previously applied to visitors from the USA, Australia and other non-EU countries. The bottom line is that Brits can stay for 90 days out of every 180 they spend within the Schengen zone, without needing a visa.
2- Note that this doesn’t just cover France, a trip to a Christmas market in Germany or a summer on the Costa del Sol count too!
3- The other countries in Schengen are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
4- You can leave and re-enter over that six month period, so get out your calendar and highlight your time here.
5- It’s a rolling timeframe, so you should count back 180 days to see if you are within your limit. Don’t forget that travel days count too.
6- It’s not like “the good old days”, people will be checking. The EU are bringing in new computer systems. If you want to spend more than 90 days out of 180 here then you’ll need to get a visa. It’s not complicated and you can get details from www.france-visas.gouv.fr
Of course, if you are a resident here then this doesn’t apply to you.
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