Time is running out for a 90-day legal stay to visit Britons in France

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Time is running out for a 90-day legal stay to visit Britons in France


Tomorrow (March 31) is the deadline for all UK nationals staying in France since the start of the year and not considering becoming French residents.
Wednesday March 31, represents the end of the first 90 day period since full Brexit, meaning it is the last day that non-resident Britons can legally stay in the country if they have been in France since l last year or arrived on January 1, 2021..

This matches the EU’s 90-day every 180-day rule for third country citizens, which has applied to Britons since the end of the Brexit transition period. It would also include any time spent in countries neighboring the Schengen area and would apply to visitors to France and to those staying in French second homes.

There is currently no ban on international travel from France to the UK, although a 10-day self-isolation period is required in the UK (and you will need to complete a travel declaration form if you live in one of the “locked” areas or if you leave during curfew hours).

However, if you absolutely cannot travel, due to Covid-19 for example, then you should seek advice as soon as possible as you should in theory seek an extension of your legal right of residence. We suggest you contact your prefecture and UK consular services.

Note that all non-resident Britons who have arrived in the country since January 1, 2021 may have had their passport stamped by border officials with their date of entry, so it is more likely that the length of stay will be exceeded. or in this case questioned at the border on your return.

A source from the Home Office previously said The connection that exceeding the length of stay in the case of third country nationals who are not subject to the visitor visa requirement (as the British are currently) will generally not result in specific sanctions. However, this will remain on your file and would likely count against you if you ever apply to live in France.

It comes as media reports that some Britons in Spain face deportation if they exceed their stay.

Britons in France who intend to remain as residents must apply for one of the new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement residence cards by June 30, 2021.

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