UK writes to Brits in Spain as Brexit transition period nears end

UK writes to Brits in Spain as Brexit transition period nears end
  • The British government has posted over 100,000 letters to those on the Department for Work and Pensions database

The UK government has written to over 100,000 Britons living in Spain who are on its Department for Work and Pensions database. The letter includes advice on the actions they need to take to prepare for the end of the transition period after Brexit, which ends on 31 December.

The letter has been sent to UK State pension and benefit recipients who live in Spain. It includes advice on how to register for residency and healthcare, exchange driving licences and check new passport validity rules online. The UK government said it is part of a Europe-wide mailing to over 300,000 people.

The British Embassy in Spain has also reminded people that funding has been given to some charities and community voluntary organisations to assist British nationals that may need additional help in applying for residency. This includes potentially at-risk groups, such as pensioners and disabled people and those living in remote areas or who have mobility difficulties. In Andalucía, one group - IOM - has received funding (for details of how to contact them visit

British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott said: "Since 2017, we have organised nearly 300 outreach events. Whilst face-to-face events are currently limited by restrictions, we continue to provide support through our Facebook Live sessions. Our next session on residency is on 1 December, so please do follow us on BritsinSpain on Facebook to take part."