Interacting Digitally with the Spanish Authorities

The Covid 19 pandemic, if not solely responsible for a changeover to electronic interaction by users with Spanish governmental organisations, has certainly consolidated that move to on line registrations for various authorities. This weeks announcement (1/3/21) by the Spanish Traffic authority ( Trafico) about the need for companies and professionals to deal with the authority ONLY electronically from now on, adds yet another arm of Spanish bureaucracy to that list. So how do you process …

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Types of Visa applications for British Nationals from Jan 1 2021

A great many British ” Swallows” – extended stay visitors to Spain – are seeking ways to stay longer than the allotted 90 day visit allowed by the Schengen rules which will be in effect from January 2021 once the Brexit transition period has ended, and much is being made of the so called “Golden Visa” or more correctly Residence Visa (Non-Lucrative)For non-working individuals (with a reliable, ongoing source of income and substantial savings) who wish to …

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Exchange of Green Residence Certificates for new Biometric TIE cards for British Nationals

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT BRITISH CITIZEN HOLDERS OF AN EU CITIZEN GREEN RESIDENCE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE EITHER A4 SIZE OR GREEN PAPER CREDIT CARD SIZED HAVE NO OBLIGATION TO DO ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT UNLESS THEY SO WISH. THE GREEN DOCUMENTS ARE COMPLETELY VALID FOR THE TIME BEING. HOWEVER Migration Minister (Ministerio de Inclusión, Seguridad Social y Migraciones) Hana Jalloul has spoken out to encourage British Residents of Spain to exchange their Green Residence …

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Covid Tests For Tourists in The Canary Islands

In Canary Islands we work hard every day so you can visit us in optimal conditions of safety, hygiene and quality. Ours is one of the lowest epidemiological indices in Europe and the lowest in Spain. Most hotels have now opened their doors or will do so very soon, along with the main tourist attractions, shops and restaurants.  If you are travelling to our islands soon, please keep up to date with restrictions and requirements …

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“Swallows” after Brexit, Green Residence certificates and the 90 day rule

* The UK had a transition period which ended on 31 December 2020. After this period, British nationals are subject to the Schengen area restriction of 90 days in a rolling 180 day period for visitors. Temporary visitors will not need a visa. Those who are legally resident in Spain (ie registered with the police immigration division) will obviously not be considered “visitors” for these purposes. * It is therefore vital to have registered as …

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What type of “residencia” residence document should I have?

Below are the basic requirements for adult EU citizens in Tenerife Spain. Bear in mind that after the UK leaves the EU  British Citizens will be able to apply for a third country Foreigner’s Identity Card The details of this procedure are here (TIE):   BUT it is important to stress there is no obligation for those British people who already hold the green residency certificate (either credit card sized green paper or A4 version) to …

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S1 (Formerly E121)

S1s and Brexit UK-funded healthcare using an S1 from 1 January 2021 If you’re living in Spain before the end of 2020, your rights to access healthcare will stay the same from 1 January 2021 if you’re either: receiving a UK State Pension receiving some other ‘exportable benefits’ a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another) This means that you’ll get: continued access to healthcare in Spain using your UK-issued …

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“Non Letting Tax” Modelo 210

If your Spanish property is for for personal use and NOT let out at all it is still liable for Renta Imputada – Deemed Income tax declarable on a form called Modelo 210. If your property is left empty, even though you do not let out your holiday home for gain, Spanish law assumes you have what is called a “Deemed (Rental) Income” which is subject to non-resident Income Tax. The “Deemed (Rental) Income”, which …

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Who is entitled to Spanish National Health cover and how can I apply?

To check the quick guide to getting your healthcare entitlement click here Insured persons- those who are working or self employed and are making up to date Spanish national insurance contributions, plus their legal dependents. Retired EU citizens who were working legally in Spain and have now retired Unemployed in receipt of unemployment benefits. Unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and others of a similar nature and not having insured status on any other …

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Emergency Health Service Assistance Whilst On Holiday In Tenerife

Travel to the EU – updated 17/1/2021 If you are travelling to the EU, you can apply for a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or you may already have a still in date European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date. A GHIC or EHIC gives you the right to access emergency state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in those countries (In Spain …

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UK citizens Driving in Spain post 31 Dec 2020

There is a transition period for CURRENT residents to exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one As of January 1, 2021 , the general regulations on licenses from third countries (non-EU countries) will apply and the licenses issued by the British authorities will enable you to drive in Spain for six months from the entry of the holder in Spain or from the date of obtaining legal residence. source: DGT y el Brexit Irrespective …

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Tenerife new measures against Covid 19 which will come into effect on Friday, December 18 at midnight

ANNEX Specific measures for the Christmas Holidays on the island of Tenerife (December 19, 2020 – January 2, 2021) Unofficial translation of legislation found here http://sede.gobcan.es/boc/boc-a-2020-261-5027.pdf 1. Limitation of entry and exit from the island of Tenerife. 1.1. Entry to the island of Tenerife is restricted for people from the rest of the national territory. Likewise, the departure from the island of Tenerife is restricted for people bound for the rest of the national territory. …

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TIE residence document: article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement of the UK and the European Union

As of the end of the transition period British citizens and their non-EU family members will be subject to all Spanish immigration rules for third-country nationals, meaning any privileges under EU freedom of movement will come to an end. However, UK nationals and their family members who established the residence in other EU Member State before the end of the transition period in accordance with EU free movement law, will maintain their free movements rights after 31st …

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Phase 2 Legislation Unofficial Translation

First article. Modification of Order SND / 399/2020, of May 9, for the relaxation of certain national restrictions, established after the declaration of the state of alarm in application of phase 1 of the Plan for the transition to a new normality, which is amended from the following way: One. The annex is modified, which is drawn up in the following terms: ANNEXED (to phase 1)Territorial units: In the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, the provinces …

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International Border Controls and Quarantine imposed for International passenger arrivals extended until at least 7 June

Order SND / 403/2020, of May 11, on the quarantine conditions that people from other countries must undergo upon arrival in Spain, during the health crisis caused by COVID-19. original here https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/12/pdfs/BOE-A-2020-4932.pdf Article 1. Purpose. The purpose of this order is to establish the quarantine conditions that people from other countries must undergo upon arrival in Spain, during the health crisis caused by COVID-19. Article 2. Quarantine period. 1. People arriving from abroad must be …

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State of Emergency Royal Decree 537/2020, of May 22 to extend to 7 June Unofficial translation

Article 1. Extension of the Emergency status. The state of Emergency declared by Royal Decree 463/2020 of March 14 is extended, declaring the state of Emergency for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19. Article 2. Duration of the extension. The extension established in this royal decree will extend from 00:00 on May 24, 2020 to 00:00 on June 7, 2020, and will be subject to the same conditions established in Royal …

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Extranjeria – Year 2020 :extension of stay, residence and / or work authorizations – unofficial translation

Article 1. Extension of temporary residence and / or work authorizations and stay authorizations. 1. Temporary residence and / or work authorizations and stay authorizations for studies, student mobility, non-labor practices or volunteer services provided for in the immigration regulations, whose validity expires during the validity of the state of alarm and its successive extensions or have expired in the ninety calendar days prior to the date on which it was decreed, will be automatically …

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Phase 1 de-escalation of Lockdown restrictions: UNOFFICIAL translation of SND/399/2020

https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2020/05/09/pdfs/BOE-A-2020-4911.pdf CHAPTER I General disposition Section 1 Purpose and scope Article 1. Purpose. The purpose of this order is to establish the conditions for the relaxation of certain national restrictions established by the state of Emergency in application of phase 1 of the Plan for the transition to a new normality. Article 2. Scope of application. 1. This order will be applied to the specified activities that are undertaken in the territorial units that appear …

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