“The 90 day rule should be abolished because it will have a big impact on holiday home owners...”

“The 90 day rule should be abolished because it will have a big impact on holiday home owners...”


Slowly but surely new regulations are coming into force in the post-Brexit era. The latest “chestnut” is that you have to get your passport stamped when you arrive and depart from Palma airport. This was to be expected really because of the new 90 day rule (nonresidents can now spend just 90 days on the island every six months) but it will still cause problems if more staff are not on duty at Palma airport in the immigration department.

Imagine a busy Saturday with thousands of British tourists arriving at almost the same time. Granted that even before Brexit, Britain was not a member of the Schengen travel area and British citizens had to show their passport on arrival, but now it has to be stamped as well. So a passport stamp and also all the Covid rules and regulations mean that British travellers at Palma airport will face a considerable delay. The 90 day rule is hugely unpopular and there are fears that it could hit British tourism and the lucrative holiday home market.

A campaign has been launched urging the Spanish authorities to have a rethink but so far they are standing firm. It is just another example of how Brexit is affecting our daily lives in Spain. I am not complaining but you would thought that the we could have been warned. This is a British government matter. There was a general school of thought that Brexit would not really affect our lives in Spain.

This is far from the case. From a shortage of British food favourites to a passport stamp, Brexit, is slowly affecting our lives on Mallorca. I sincerely hope that the 90 rule is abolished because otherwise I can see problems on the horizon.


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Burgundy / Hace 15 days

I have arrived back home here in Mallorca twice since September.

On each occasion I simply showed my new TIE card, with my passport handy if required of course, but was simply waved through with just a glance at the former.

Inventing problems that don’t exist. Where’s the evidence to back up your claim that there is a campaign against the 90-day ruling? No-one I know has ever heard of such a thing.


John / Hace 15 days

Brexit was definitely a be careful what you wish for scenario that being said the people who own properties and pay there local taxes and have done for years should be exempt from the 90 day rule. ??


Peter / Hace 15 days

Does it not also mean that the Brits can't hide in either country. If they want to spend the time in Spain then there needs to be a way of sorting out a way of taxation that works. It needs to be paid to the country you live in the most or at least proportionately over the number of days live in each country. If you want to reside in Spain for most of the year then you abide by Spanish law if you reside in the UK the most you pay tax there.


itmightbemark / Hace 16 days

"There was a general school of thought that Brexit would not really affect our lives in Spain."

This is laughable and reflects the same thinking of people who voted to leave the EU.


Jose / Hace 16 days

Oh no, the extra 3 seconds it takes per passenger to stamp the passport will cause utter chaos.

The 90 day rule is only annoying if you don't want to admit to living here most of the time, or can't be bothered with applying for residency. Doesn't affect tourists at all. Why would it affect your daily life??