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I have been assuming that an IDP would be required by U.K. license holders after 1 January.

But I have just read a BBC article saying that EEA countries are not planning on enforcing this requirement for stays of less than a year. This is news to me.

The U.K. government web page on the topic is a lesson in confusion.

There is very little to go on.

Does anyone know the situation with IDPs in Spain after 1 January ?

Many thanks.
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I have been assuming that an IDP would be required by U.K. license holders after 1 January.
 As did I

But I have just read a BBC article saying that EEA countries are not planning on enforcing this requirement for stays of less than a year. This is news to me.

Sort of makes sense

The U.K. government web page on the topic is a lesson in confusion.

There is very little to go on.

As is the norm with UK Government web sites

Does anyone know the situation with IDPs in Spain after 1 January ?

I have one, but the answer really is no, I live here, but will not give up my UK license that I have held for 55 years + omless there is no other option
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I think the Gov.uk page is quite clear. As you said, you don't need an IDP for Spain for a visit of less than 12 months.
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(06-12-2020, 12:40 AM)Johnrgby Wrote: I have one, but the answer really is no, I live here, but will not give up my UK license that I have held for 55 years + omless there is no other option

This is a message I got from my Spanish Tax advisor today:

I am sure most of you have already changed your UK driving licenses to a Spanish one. If this is your case, then this email is irrelevant. But if you still have your UK license and it is your intention to keep living and driving in this wonderful country then it is very important that you do the following;
 
Sometime before December 30th 2020 you must do an online application on the Spanish Tráfico website ( DGT) to either exchange ( if license is still valid) or renew ( in case your UK license has expired). Once this application is done, if you do not receive  a negative reply within 3 days saying the UK authorities have denied the exchange or renewal ( very unlikely unless your license is forged or you are a terrible driver), then you can book an appointment at Tráfico Offices in Puerto del Rosario anytime from 3 days after application to June 30th 2021. This is the appointment where you have to pass the sight and reflexes test, and then you present all the paperwork and you receive the new license about 40 days later.
 
The Spanish Tráfico Authorities strongly suggest British Nationals to do this and minimize the possible effects of a no-deal Brexit. The reason for this is that a no-deal Brexit will mean your UK licenses will have "third country" consideration, so you will be allowed to drive in Spain only for 6 months after Dec 31st 2020, and then if you want to keep driving, you will have to pass the Spanish Driving Exam, the ones we did when we were very young.
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We have our 1949 IDP's just in case there wasn't an agreement on the acceptance of UK driving licences.   They are only valid for 12 months so have to be renewed every 12 months but can be predated by up to 3 months so our current ones start on January 1st 2021.
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