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Exemption from short stay visas

Posted: Sat 05 Sep 2020 10:45
by alan
It was good to see this published by the French Government yesterday:

“Paris, 1 September 2020

The situation of British nationals wishing to make short trips to France following the transition period (currently 31 December 2020), for example to visit their second home if their main residence is in the UK, is not covered by the withdrawal agreement but by the future relationship between the European Union and the UK, which is being negotiated.

If no agreement comes into force following the transition period, the situation of British nationals will be covered by a regulation adopted at European Union level, which provides for British travellers to be exempt from short-stay visas (lasting up to three months), provided the UK reciprocally grants short-stay visa exemptions to all European Union citizens. British citizens will, however, need long-stay visas for stays exceeding three months.” ... of-no-deal

Re: Exemption from short stay visas

Posted: Thu 17 Sep 2020 21:39
by alan
The Britsh Embassy in Paris has a weekly Q&A session on facebook. I thought that this was a helpful reply to one of this weeks questions containing as it does one or two useful links:


Can you help please? We have a 2nd home in the Alps. Are we going to be restricted on how days we can spend there every year?

British Embassy Paris reply

I’m afraid that there will be restrictions on how long you can stay at your second home. The EU has legislated that UK nationals will not need a visa for short stays in the Schengen Area of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This is a rolling 180-day period, so could mean up to two 90-day visits in a year. The EU’s short-stay calculator → ... r-crossing is a useful tool for calculating permitted length of stay. There is also an online user's guide → ... ual_en.pdf, with practical examples. Further information is available on the European Commission’s website.