Once you have your NIE Number one thing you may want to do is sign the townhall register Known as the El Padron
The Padron has advantages and disadvantages to signing. If you plan to apply for residency in Spain its certainly something you may consider doing. But below we give an example of why you might not wish to sign the Padron.
PADRÓN FACTS. A recent case, published on facebook groups and in The Local, prompted me to write this article and share an article from CAB Spain with you, where it is clearly stated that non-residents SHOULD NOT be on the padrón of a town, no matter how actively they are ‘recruited’ to do so by their Town Halls, with the promise of IBI discounts for example. If only to avoid being considered a resident for fiscal purposes, which was the case for this gentleman. Quote from The Local below.
“A British doctor who has a second home here but does not live here permanently registered on the padrón at the time of buying his property together with his wife, who does live here and has her residencia.
He caught the ferry over and drove here at the end of January in his UK-plated car that is registered in his name.
They decided to take a day trip to Gibraltar and, upon leaving, were pulled over by the Spanish authorities, who, after checking his passport, came back to him three hours later and said the car was going to be impounded at La Línea because he is on the padrón.
He argued that he is not a resident and showed his outbound and return ferry tickets as proof of his time to be spent in Spain which is well within his permitted 90 days.
Regardless, the car was impounded and he was told to return the next day, Friday, at 2pm to retrieve the vehicle.
Seeing as the only reason given to him was because he was on the padrón, the next morning he went to his local council and de-registered from the padrón.
He was worried that he might also be stopped on the 100-km drive back after collecting his vehicle.
After a stressful three-hour journey by public transport, the next day he checked in at 2pm hoping to collect his car but no, they said they hadn’t time to deal with him and for him to return on Monday.
On Monday he repeated the journey only to be told that they hadn’t had time to process the fine of which, until then, he knew nothing.
The fine was for €2,000 plus the cost of daily storage at the pound because, according to them, by being on the padrón he was considered a resident and therefore not able to own a non-Spanish plated vehicle.”
In short, a nightmare that can be avoided. Only register on the padrón if you are a habitual resident of your town or intend to become one and are in the process of obtaining residency (for EU passport holders when they go to register as resident and for nonEU passport holders when they have arrived in Spain on their visa and are applying for their TIE resident card).
From the latest Instruction for Town Halls re managing the padrón:
1. The Municipal Register is the administrative register where the residents of a municipality are recorded. Your data constitute proof of residence in the municipality and habitual residence therein. The certifications that are issued from said data will have the nature of a public and reliable document for all administrative purposes.
2. Any person who lives in Spain is obliged to register in the Register of the municipality in which they habitually reside. Those who live in several municipalities, or in several addresses within the same municipality, must register only in the one they live in for the longest time per year.
Please note that UK Nationals, as third-country Nationals, are obliged to renew their padrón registration every 2 years while they are temporary residents (the first five years). TownHalls can notify citizens of the upcoming renewal, but that’s not obligatory by law. You can renew electronically, but when in doubt, they can ask for additional documentation to accredit you indeed still live in the town.
When you fail to comply, removal from the padrón will be automatic, no prior notice will be given.
Third country nationals are no longer required to renew their padrón when they have obtained permanent residency status (larga duración) (renewed TIE for one that accredits that status).
EU passport holders (and their nonEU family members) NEVER have to renew their padrón periodically.
HOWEVER, the townhalls can contact individuals to confirm they are still habitual residents in the town in the following circumstances:
1. EU passport holders if more than 2 years have passed since their registration on the padrón and they do not appear on the Foreigners Register held by the National Police. Or if more than 5 have passed since they obtained their green EU residency ‘certificate’ from the National Police (any updates re changed address etc. re-set the clock, they count from the date of issue of the certificate).
2. Third country nationals after more than 5 years on the padrón whose residency authorisation has expired.
The Town Halls receive monthly reports from the National Statistics Institute about this.
You can be asked to confirm your continued status as habitual resident in the town by electronic means, through the townhall’s electronic website, or they can send round the local police or a public servant. You CANNOT be asked to present yourself at Town Hall in person as this would mean a discriminatory treatment compared to Spanish Nationals.
Have you just moved to Seville? Brought a house or Looking for a job? Maybe your thinking of setting up a business and becoming self employed in Spain.
So, you have shipped over the sofa, the kitchen sink and the dog at great expense.
But there’s one thing you may have forgotten. Have you got your Spanish NIE Number? Thousands of brits moved to Seville each year and they all need a Spanish NIE Number to work here or buy property. Here at my NIE were experts in getting your NIE Number sorted, quick and fast. Moving companies Seville.
GET YOUR NIE NUMBER IN SEVILLE
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Here at MY NIE we like to go traveling so we jumped in the car and spent a day in Seville. Check out our tour below which is A guide to what to do on your trip to Seville including the best bars, restaurants, hotels and things to do, and how to visit Alcázar palace, Bellas Artes Museum and the Museum of Flamenco
Seville is the largest city in the Andalusian region of Spain and can be found on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The people of Seville are known locally as Sevillanos or Hispalenses after the local roman town of Hispalis. Most places you visit in Sevilla will not require you to have a NIE Number.
Seville has a population of about 697,000 and a metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the fourth-largest city in Spain and the 30th most populous municipality in the European Union.
Seviles old town covers an area of around 4sq kilometres and has 3 World heritage sites: Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. You can get your Spanish NIE number at the Police Station in Old town.
Seville’s harbour is found around 50 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and is the only river port in Mainland Spain.
Seville is also the hottest major City area in Western Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35 °C (95 °F).
History of Seville
Seville was discovered by the Romans and called the city of Hispalis. Latter renamed as Ishbiliya after the Muslims took over in 712. After America was discovered, Seville became one of the main economic areas of the Spanish Empire.
Making friends in Seville
Making friends in Seville even with your Spanish NIE Number could be difficult. Its a well known saying that the people of Seville will be the first people to invite you into their homes but the last people to tell you where they live.
Things to do in Seville
Visit the Seville Cathedral
Seville Cathedral was built in 1401 and displays beautiful architectural flourishes, relics and historical curios. It has 80 different chapels and is the largest cathedral in the world by footage and recently made a World Heritage site.
A Mosque once stood on this spot called the court of Oranges where muslins were said to perform there abluations.
There are also hints of the mosque that once stood on this spot, especially in the Court of the Orange trees on the north side, where Muslims once performed ablutions. Here you will also find the tomb of Christopher Columbus. You do not need a NIE Number to visit the Cathedral.
Visit the La Giralda in Seville
One of the main Tourist attractions in Seville is the Giralda which has Moorish origins being the minaret for the former mosque.. The Giralda is the bell-tower next-door to the Cathedral, and you can purchase a ticket to go to the top.
The Giralda has Moorish origins, being the minaret for the former mosque on the site.
You might be surprised to find there are no steps in the bell tower but 25 sloping ramps take you to the top. It is thought this was because Muezzin who led the call to prayer each day could ride his horse up the tower instead of walking. The lazy bugger. At the top is one of the best views you will ever see.
Visit the Real Alcázar
The Real-Alcazar is a UNESCO-listed world heritage site. The complex is still in use by the Spanish royal family today and used as their chambers, state rooms and halls. For a small fee you can visit the rooms inside. Can I get my NIE Number at the Real-Alcarza? Although there is a small fee to pay you do not need a nie number to visit the Real-Alcazar.
Most of the complex is deced out in the Mudéjar style and was developed by Pedro the Cruel sometime during the 14th-century. You will find amazing views of the grounds from the elevated Grutesco Gallery.
Visit the Plaza de España
The Plaza de España (Palace of Spain), a semi-circular plaza was made for thr American Exposition in 1929 within the Maria Luisa Park. Today it is mostly used for admin offices, but theres one main reason to visit.
Walk below the gallery to view busts of many important Spanish people plus theres a display area, Using typical Sevillian azulejos (painted tiles) , for each province of Spain. Like a visual history lesson each province’s story is told on painted tiles. Luckily you do not need a NIE Number to visit this palace.
On the corner La Encarnación square you will find a bizzar, waffle shaped wooden beamed building in the centre of old town. Inside is thearchaeological museum of Roman times and Moorish ruins Built 2012 by Mayer-Hermann, a German architect. The Locals know it as La Seta/The Mushroom and its prominence in the centre of the old town has always been controversial.
Some locals and many visitors say its look and design is a iconic structure. On the other hand some say it’s an eyesore, but it is without doubt an unmissable attraction in Seville. Climb to the top for some incredible views across Seville.
So you like Seville? Get your NIE Number today using our easy form at www.mynie.co.uk
Below is the current understanding of the new rules by MYNIE on the 30th December 2020. If we hear any changes to this we will update this page.
From midnight European time this Thursday (31st Dec) evening, UK passport holders become third country citizens, with regard to being able to move to Spain.
The following are the full requirements to obtain permission to live in Spain after that date. The cost of the visa to UK citizens is currently £516 UK pounds.
Note…This residence permit if granted, does NOT ENTITLE THE HOLDER TO WORK IN SPAIN.
British citizens and their family member need a visa for journey undertaken after 31st December 2020 for the purposes of residence, studies for period larger than 90 days, work, professional, artistic or religious activities.
NON-LUCRATIVE RESIDENCE VISA
This visa can be requested by third-country nationals who wish to reside in Spain without engaging in any work or professional activity.
It does not apply to EU citizens or to nationals of countries to whom EU law applies, for being beneficiaries of the rights of free movement and residence.
NEED FOR RESIDENCY PERMIT IN THE UK
It is an essential requirement to be in possession of a valid UK residence permit, and apply for a visa before moving to Spain.
In the SUBJECT they must specify the type of residence visa they wish to apply for.
The TEXT of the message should state:
– PERSONAL DETAILS of the applicant (full name, nationality, passport number and telephone number)
– TYPE OF RESIDENCE VISA you wish to apply for.
– REASONS for the request.
– DESIRED DATE for the appointment at the Consulate General (only on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS of each week, between 09:30 and 12:00). The final date and time of the appointment will be confirmed through email.
Applicants who do not intend to attend their appointment are kindly requested to notify the Consulate as soon as possible.
No applicant will be accepted without prior appointment, each appointment being only for one person, therefore, family members accompanying the applicant who wish to apply for a visa need to book an additional appointment.
The Consulate General will not accept appointments that have not been requested in accordance with the aforementioned procedure.
The visa is requested personally, the application will only be accepted through a representative with a notarised authorisation, where there is justified reason or, in the case of minors, through their parents or legal guardians.
In the case of a positive answer, the applicant must collect personally their visa within one month from the date of notification. Failure to do so, it will be understood that they have renounced the visa granted, and the procedure will be closed.
The consular office, on the basis of a substantiated reason and in addition to the required documentation, reserves the right to request additional documentation or the personal appearance of the applicant without this implying the approval of the visa.All official documents (birth certificate/death, marriage certificate/divorce, criminal record) must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised.
If your application is refused, you will not be refunded the fee you paid at the time of your application.
The non-lucrative residence visa can be applied for up to 90 days before the desired date of entry into Spain.
When applying for a visa, you must submit a photocopy of all the original documents that you want to be returned to you at the end of the procedure. This consulate does not make photocopies.
1. National visa form complete, dated and signed. It can be downloaded free of charge HERE
2. Recent passport photograph with white background. Information on the requirements to be met by photographs can be found in the ICAO document. This Consulate does not accept digital retouching on identity photographs.
3. Valid passport or travel document, recognised as valid in Spain. It must have a minimum validity of one year and at least two blank pages. Photocopy of all passport pages.
4. Valid UK residence permit and photocopy. Visa applications submitted by non-residents who are in the UK on a C-Visit stay visa will not be accepted
5. Certificate of criminal record (only in the case of persons over 18 years of age, criminal age in Spain) issued by the country or countries where the applicant has resided within the five years preceding the date of the visa application. It cannot be older than 3 months, unless the certificate itself specifies a longer expiration.
These certificates must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised. Sworn translation into Spanish is also required.
6. Public or private health insurance taken out by an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain.
7. Medical certificat. Issued no later than 3 months prior to the date of application, it must be formulated in the following terms or similarly: If the medical certificate is issued in the United Kingdom: “This health certificate states that Mr./Mrs. (…) does not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with what is stipulated by the International Health Regulations of 2005”
Certificates issued in the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish.
If the medical certificate is issued in Spain: “Este certificado médico acredita que el Sr./Sra. (…) no padece ninguna de las enfermedades que pueden tener repercusiones para la salud pública graves, de conformidad con lo dispuesto en el reglamento sanitario internacional de 2005”
The Consulate does not provide information about medical centres that issue this certificate. The applicant may contact any public or private medical centre duly accredited in the territory of the United Kingdom orSpain. Medical certificates issued in countries other than the United Kingdom or Spain will not be accepted.
8. Financial means required to cover the living expenses and, where appropriate, those of their family members, for one year, in accordance with the following amounts: – For the support of the main applicant, monthly, 400 % of the IPREM (Indicador Público de Renta de Efectos Múltiples), which in 2020 amounts to 537,84 €, being 2.151,36 € or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.
– For the support of each of the family members in charge, monthly, 100% of the IPREM, which in 2020 amounts to 537,84 € or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.
The availability of sufficient financial means will be evidenced by the submission of original and stamped documents that verify the perception of a periodic and sufficient income or the holding of an estate that guarantees the perception of that income.
If the financial means come from shares or participations in Spanish companies, mixed or foreign companies, based in Spain, applicants shall prove, by certification thereof, that they don’t carry out any work activity in such companies and will submit an affidavit to that effect.
9. Fill in the ‘Autorización inicial de residencia temporal’ fee self-assessment form 790-052, to be paid at the Consulate on the day your application is accepted.
10. Fill in the EX-01 form ‘Autorización de residencia temporal no lucrativa’.
11. Pay the relevant visa fee at the Consulate on the day your application is accepted
After obtaining the visa, the applicant has one month from the date of entry into Spain, to process the TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero at the Immigration Office or Police Station.
In the case of spouses or civil partners, it is necessary to submit, additionally, marriage or civil partnership certificate and, in the case of descendants, birth certificate.
All these documents need to be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille (except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised).
In the case of minors travelling with only one parent, a notarised authorisation from the other parent or official document proving sole custody is required, these documents must be translated into Spanish by a sworn translator.
You do not have go go inside the bank to pay your NIE number tax.
It is possible to pay your tax on a cash machine and the receipt from this is sufficient proof you have paid the tax. There are however some drawbacks from using the cash machine/point….
1.) The barcode scanner on the machine might not work and you may need to try several different machines to get this done.
2.) The machine may have run out of paper to print a receipt. Without the receipt you have lost your money… (This normally happens late on a Sunday when the banks have been closed all weekend) We suggest getting a mini stamens first to ensure the machine had paper in it.
3.) The cash machine can not give change so you will loose 0.36c
4. You will need to have a physical bank card.
5. The cash machines do no allow this operation from 11pm-2am
How to use a cashpoint/ATM/Cash machine to pay your NIE Number tax step by step guide.
3.) Enter your PIN number on the pad and click continue
4.) From the menu on the screen click
‘MORE OPTIONS’ or OTHER OPTIONS or ‘MORE TRANSACTIONS”
5.) Scroll though the list of Other services until you find
‘PAYMENT OF BILLS AND TAXES’
6.) The cash machine will then ask you ‘With payment document?’ or ‘Without payment document?’
CLICK WITH PAYMENT DOCUMENT
7.) The Barcode scanner will now glow red. You need to scan the barcode on the top right of form 790 over the area. The barcode readers are not fantasticaly sensitive so you might need to do this a few times….moving the document up and down, left and right until the machine manages to read the barcode.
6.) Once the machine has detected the barcode and accepted it it will then ask you for a Tax Payer ID. This is in Theory when you would enter your NIE Number, but clearly you don’t currently have one. So enter the following code and press continue:
999999999 **Nine Nines
If this number does not work use S2800513J to force the payment through or contact us for another number *customers only.
Please be aware some police stations will only accept the payment with 999999999.
Additional notes for valencia
If your attending the Bailen Police station in Valencia this station insists you must only pay with your passport number.
Please note if you are attending Torrevieja police station you must only pay with your passport number and not the above numbers. This is the only police station we are aware of that does not accept these codes.
7.) The machine will now say ‘This payment is not in your name, do you wish to continue?’
8.) The machine will now ask you for your first name. Enter your first name only
9.) The machine will now ask you for your first surname. Enter your Surname and press continue (no middle names are needed)
10.) The machine will now ask you for your second surname. Enter your Surname again and press continue
10.) The machine will now ask you for the amount. You need to enter 10.00 as the machine is unable to give change. You will loose 0.36c but you gain the benefit of using the cash machine. Click continue…
10.) The machine will now open up a slot for you to insert your 10 euro note. Its best to have a fresh note for this.
11.) The screen will then show a review of the information. Click continue
12.) Final and most important thing…. CLICK PRINT RECIPT AND ATTACH THIS RECEIPT TO YOUR FORM 790 AS PROOF YOU HAVE PAID 🙂
If your having problems using a cash machine try using a different one incase its a problem with that machine
Did you put your first name, continue, surname continue, surname continue? It must be done in this order
Did you type in 9.74 or 10.00? As most machines can not give change you will need to type in 10.00
Once you have your NIE Number the vast majority of legal, administrative, tax and town-hall procedures can be carried out online using the CLAVE System. However, in order to verify your identity online and formalize any legal process, you need what is called a digital certificate.
In this blog post MYNIE will show you exactly what this digital ID (DIGITAL CERTIFICATE) is and why you need one. We will show you how to obtain yours step by step without leaving your home (will need to show ID at a designated place).
Please be aware this is NOT part of our service. This is complimentary advice on our current understanding on how to obtain and install a Digital certificate. We can not give technical advice or further guidance on how to complete this procedure other than what’s on this blog post.
Why Do I need a Digital certificate?
Going to any government administration office to do your paperwork is now a thing of the past in Spain. The offices are still there but doing things online is going to be the future of administration in Spain…
Currently, the vast majority of procedures can be carried out online, be it regarding immigration, taxes, business or any other administrative issue. For example, it is possible to register as a self-employed worker (we still recommend doing this via a Gestoria and not doing your self), submit your quarterly/annual tax returns, or carry out procedures related to your residence permit/padron/TIE, all online without leaving home.
But to enjoy that simpleness you’ll need a digital certificate….
So, if you have your NIE Number via MYNIE but don’t have a digital certificate yet, we strongly recommend that you apply for one.
Obtaining a digital certificate will save you time and allow many administrative procedures you would normally have to spend hours queuing up for in an inefficient office.
If you want to avoid losing a whole morning/day because you need to request an appointment, queue up, wait, and wait… (and we all know how slow the Spanish administration can be). You need a digital certificate.
How to apply for a digital certificate online
Let’s now take a look at the step-by-step process to get your digital certificate online.
1. Select your browser
This introductory step is crucial and very important.
You can only request the digital certificatevia Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefoxbrowsers.
Firefox in its new versions will not work for you either, so you will most likely have to install an older version.
If you don’t have any of them installed, that’s the first step to take.
2. Enter the FNMT website’s
This is where you’ll do all the paperwork.
First of all, access the portal of the “Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre”, by clicking here.
3. Select the type of certificate you want to apply for
As you can see, there are different options. But you should only focus on the first two.
Generally, you will mark the option “persona física” (natural person), if you are a private individual or freelancer. This would be the most common situation.
Only in cases where you are a company administrator would you check one of the “certificado de representante” (representative certificate) options. However, in this case, you will also need the previous certificate, so the process always starts with the natural person certificate.
After clicking, select on the new sidebar “obtener certificado de software”.
4. Obtain the software certificate
To proceed, you must click on either of the two related options: either “solicitar certificado” on the left sidebar that has just been displayed, or “Solicitud vía internet de su certificado” in the center of the screen. Both options will redirect you to the same place.
5. Fill in your details
In the new screen you must include:
Your DNI or NIE if you are aforeigner/expat
Your main email
It is important to enter an email that you have access to, as you will immediately be sent a verification code.
When you have filled in the fields, do not click directly on “enviar petición”. You must first click on “pulse equipara consultar y aceptar las condiciones de expedición del certificado”, and accept the checkbox.
6. Verify your identity at any Public Administration office
Once you have finished this online procedure, you will receive an email with a verification code. With this code you will be able to attend any administration office designed for it.
Bringing your ID or passport, you will verify your image and that you are indeed the owner.
Make sure to get an appointment before attending. There are 2,400 accredited offices in Spain which you can confirm your identity. Click here to find your nearest or you can also book an appointment at most local town halls.
7. Check the code you received by email
After having gone to verify your certificate in person, you will receive an email with a link to the email address you had noted.
You will see a link to download the individual certificate. Click on it.
Now a new screen will open up, very similar to the initial one, in which you will have to introduce again your DNI or NIE, last name, and the code that you have received by mail.
You’ll have a short period of time to perform the installation, so do not leave the mail in your inbox unread for long.
8. Export the digital certificate
Then, in your browser, once installed, go to preferences, privacy and security settings, and scroll down to “certificates”. If you hit “see certificate,” yours will appear.
Click on make a copy to save it on your computer.
In this step, your browser will ask you for a password. It is very important that you save this password, because if you install the digital certificate in another PC, it will ask for it too.
With that you will already have the certificate on your desktop; and you can install it in other browsers, now you can use Chrome, for example.
And that’s it! You can start working with your certificate online now.
5 WAYS FOR UK NATIONALS TO GET HEALTHCARE IN SPAIN WITH OR WITHOUT A NIE Number
How to get state healthcare if you live, work or study in Spain without needing private insurance.
UK PASSPORT HOLDERS IN SPAIN If you are living in Spain before the end of 2020, your rights to access healthcare in Spain will stay the same for as long as you remain legally resident.
This guidance explains what you need to do in Spain depending on your circumstances. All residents in Spain need to register to access healthcare.
At the moment, UK nationals usually access the Spanish national health system in one of these ways:
1) Through entitlement to healthcare as a Permanent Resident if they’ve lived in Spain for 5 years.
2) Through entitlement to healthcare if they’re employed or self-employed in Spain
3) Paying directly into the public health insurance scheme
4) Registering a UK-issued S1 form with the social security office
5) Using a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for temporary stays
TRANSFER HEALTHCARE FROM UK The S1 form entitles UK nationals access to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen. You’re entitled to an S1 if you receive a UK State Pension or certain other benefits.
WHAT’S INCLUDED? Once registered for healthcare, basic state services are free, but there are some things that patients need to pay for. For example, you usually have to pay something towards prescriptions – either a reduced price or the full price.
WORKING OR AUTONOMOS If you’re working or self-employed in Spain, you’re entitled to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen. Your dependants are also entitled.
Register at your local health centre with your social security number. You can get a social security number from your local National Social Security Institute (TGSS) office in Spain. Your dependants need to register separately.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll get a health insurance card(SIP). Take it with you whenever you visit a doctor.
WILL BREXIT END MY HEALTHCARE? If you’re living in Spain before the end of 2020, your rights to access healthcare in Spain will stay the same for as long as you remain legally resident.
This means you’ll continue to get state healthcare in Spain from 1 January 2021 on the same basis as a Spanish resident.
You’ll also have the right to apply for a UK S1 if you start drawing a UK State Pension.
PERMANENT RESIDENCY If you’ve been a resident in Spain for 5 years or more, you can apply for permanent residency. This will give you access to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen.
Once you’re a permanent resident, you need to register for healthcare at your local INSS office. They will give you a document which you need to take to your local health centre.
If the UK pays for your healthcare, for example through an S1 form, you cannot register for healthcare as a permanent resident.
NOT WORKING If you are not a permanent resident and you are not working You can apply to join the public health insurance scheme. This is called the Convenio Especial. You pay a monthly fee to join the scheme, which gives you access to the Spanish health system.
You can apply if you’ve been registered on the ‘padrón’ (at your local town hall) for at least one year. Find out how to apply at your local health centre in Spain.
EXCEPTIONS If you’ve lived in Spain for less than one year and cannot get healthcare cover, you’ll need to buy private health insurance.
If the UK pays for your healthcare, for example through an S1, you cannot join the Convenio Especial.
FAMILY MEMBERS If you’re a dependant of someone living or working in Spain Dependants and family members are classified differently in Spain than the UK.
If you classify as a dependant of someone entitled to state healthcare in Spain (because they’re either working in Spain, a permanent resident or receiving Spanish benefits) you’ll need to apply at your local INSS office.
You’ll also need to show a letter stating that you are not covered by the UK for healthcare (documento de no exportación). You can request this by calling…
POSTED REMOTE WORKER If your UK employer has sent you to Spain temporarily (‘posted workers’) A posted worker is someone who is employed or self-employed in the UK, but temporarily sent to another European Economic Area (EEA) country.
Currently, posted workers can use an EHIC or an S1 certificate to access Spanish healthcare.
HMRC has a helpline for National Insurance enquiries from non-UK residents. They can answer questions about posted worker status and explain which documents you will need to get healthcare while posted. There will be no changes to healthcare access for posted workers in Spain before the end of 2020.
You can continue to use your EHIC or S1 form during this time.
TRANSFER FROM UK TO SPAIN : using an S1 form You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Spain and receive either:
1) a UK State Pension 2) some other ‘exportable benefits’
NOTE: Not all UK benefits that can be claimed while abroad entitle you to UK-funded healthcare. Search for ‘Claiming benefits’ if you move abroad or contact Jobcentre Plus to ask about a benefit.
You may also be entitled to an S1 form if you’re a posted worker or a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another). You must contact HMRC National Insurance enquiries to find out if you’re eligible.
When you get your S1 form, you must register it with your local social security office (INSS). This will mean you and your dependants will be entitled to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen.
HOW TO GET AN S1 FORM If you have a UK State Pension, you must request an application form by phone from the Overseas Healthcare Services. This is part of the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).
You must register your S1 at your local INSS office. The INSS will give you a Spanish social security number. Take this to your local healthcare centre to register. You’ll be given a medical card which you can use when you visit a doctor.
POST 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 rights to access healthcare will stay the same from 1 January 2021 if you’re either: > receiving a UK State Pension > receiving another ‘exportable benefit’ > 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 S1 form > a UK-issued EHIC for travel > planned treatments in other EU countries via the S2 route > access to the NHS in England, Scotland and Wales when you’re visiting the UK
STUDYING IN SPAIN You can apply for a student EHIC. This is different from a normal EHIC and entitles you to cover for longer. Your EHIC gives you access to emergency or necessary state healthcare in Spain on the same basis as a Spanish resident.
An EHIC is not a replacement for travel insurance. You should have both to cover the duration of your course.
If you started studying in Spain before the end of 2020, your EHIC will be valid for the rest of your course.
MOVING BACK TO THE UK If you return to the UK permanently you will be able to use the NHS like any other UK resident.
What is the TIE FOR British citizens and how do I apply for one?
The Withdrawal Agreement will only apply to those nationals of the United Kingdom legally resident in Spain on 30 December 2020 (end of the transitional period) and their family members. The existence of a transitional period extends the effective exit of the United Kingdom, at least in this area of citizens’ rights, until 31 December 2020.
Nationals of the United Kingdom and their family members who wish to reside in Spain after that date must comply with the provisions governing the “future mobility framework”. This framework has not yet been negotiated, although aPoliticalDeclaration has been signed.
The existence of a cut-off date, 31 December 2020, means that the documentation of nationals of the United Kingdom resident in Spain before the end of the transitional period becomes important.This may lead to different legal statutes depending on when they start their residence in Spain(before or after that date).
The Government of Spain will not require nationals of the United Kingdom residing in Spain before the end of the transitional period as well as their family members to undergo a new documentation process. It should be noted that they should already have a registration certificate (or a Residence card of a family member of a Union Citizen, in the case of family members) documenting their situation.
However, under Article 18.4 of the draft withdrawal agreement, work is in progress on a document stating that it has been issued in accordance with the withdrawal agreement. This document will have a uniform format (“Foreign Identity Card” TIE, for its acronym in Spanish) in which this will be evidenced.
This document may be requested during the transitional period, although a planning of the applications may be established in order to avoid all of them being submitted at the same time.
All British nationals and their family members will be well advised to have a TIE format document stating that they are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement.
All nationals of the United Kingdom and their family members may benefit from a TIE format document that explicitly states that they are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement.
If you are a national of the United Kingdom resident in Spain before the withdrawal of the United Kingdom: : the residence certificate will be a valid document proving your legal status in Spain. You may, however, in accordance with Article 18.4, request the Uniform Format Document (TIE) certifying that it has been issued in accordance with the withdrawal agreement
If you are a third-country national who is a relative of a United Kingdom national, resident in Spain before the United Kingdom’s withdrawal: : the Residence card of a family member of a Union Citizen will be a valid document proving your legal status in Spain. You may, however, in accordance with Article 18.4, request the Uniform Format Document (TIE).
If you are a national of the United Kingdom arriving in Spain during the transitional period: the Uniform Format Document (TIE) will be issued directly to you stating that it has been issued in accordance with the withdrawal agreement. The same requirements as for the registration certificate will be verified.
If you are a third-country national who is a relative of a United Kingdom national arriving in Spain during the transitional period: a Residence card of a family member of a Union Citizen will be issued directly to you stating that it has been issued in accordance with the withdrawal agreement. The same requirements as for obtaining a Residence card of a family member of a Union Citizen will be verified.
• If you are a national of the United Kingdom who has already obtained Spanish nationality: you do not need to complete any formalities.
The European Commission has produced a document with the frequently asked questions and their answers (FAQs) on the rights of EU and UK citizens after Brexit if there is an agreement. Do not hesitate to consult it for more information.
It should be remembered that, in Spain, citizens of the Union, including British citizens, must, when they wish to reside in Spain for more than three months, register in the Central Register of Foreigners.
This application must be submitted within three months from the date of entry into Spain, and a registration certificate will be issued immediately, stating the name, nationality and address of the registered person, his/her foreigner’s identity number (NIE), and the date of registration.
Given that it is not known whether there will be a withdrawal agreement and that this process depends on decisions by the United Kingdom, it should be remembered that when the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union becomes effective, having a valid registration certificate will guarantee recognition of your rights as a resident in Spain. In the event of departure with an agreement, this certificate will allow you to prove that you are a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.
In the event of departure without agreement, this document will allow you to continue residing in Spain and obtain the documents corresponding to your status as a third-country national.
In case you do not yet have a registration certificate as an EU citizen, it is advisable to obtain this certificate before the date of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union by requesting an appointment for the “EU Certificates” procedure at the Police stations of your province.
NOTE: not all Police Stations have appointments available to carry out this procedure before the aforementioned date.
In the event that you are unable to obtain such certificate before the date of withdrawal, you may access the new procedure established for this purpose through the “Procedure for documentation of nationals of the United Kingdom”, provided that you can prove, among other things, that you were resident in Spain on the date of withdrawal (for example, through your registration certificate.
Where do I go to get a NIE Number in Estepona? Do I need an appointment?
Your NIE Number appointment will be held at Estepona Police station. You will need an appointment and all the appropriate paperwork to be apply to get your NIE Number certificate. Don’t worry thought, we will book the appointment for you and complete all your paperwork.
When will I get my NIE Number certificate and will it be a card or the White A4 number?
Normally your NIE Number certificate is issued the same day. You maybe asked to come back a few hours latter to collect it. If a senior officer is not on duty or there is a backlog you maybe asked to come back the next day.
Your NIE Number will be given to you on a white A4 Certificate. the green card is issued when you apply for Residency in Spain.
Will my NIE Number expire?
Your NIE Number will not expire nor does it have to be renewed. You may read online that NIE Numbers used to expire. This no longer happens.
If I get my NIE Number in Estepona can I then used that in other parts of Spain? For example Alicante?
Once you are issued with your NIE Number you can use it anywhere in mainland Spain, plus the canary and Balearic Islands. If you apply in Estepona you should have an address in Estepona on your paperwork.
Can I get my NIE Number in Estepona if I live in Central Malaga?
If you live in central Malaga you will need to get a NIE Number in malaga. Estepona police station will only see people who live within the Estepona catchment area.
Can someone else go to my appointment on my behalf?Will I need a translator with me?
No, you must attend your own NIE Number appointment with your original passport. The only exception to this is if you have signed power of attorney (POA) to a solicitor or relative to act on your behalf.
You should not need a translator with you, but if you feel more comfortable we can put you in touch which a translator in Estepona who can go with you.
What will I need to take with me to the appointment?
We will email you your Cita Previa appointment card along with your NIE Number forms 790/EX-15 which will be fully completed for you.
You will need to also take:
Your original passport with at least 3 months remaining before it expires
Estepona is a resort town on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. A palm-lined promenade, the Paseo Marítimo, runs next to the Playa de la Rada beach. Nearby are the restaurants and water sports facilities of Puerto Deportivo, plus a fishing port and the cove of Playa del Cristo.
The whitewashed old town centers on the flower-filled square of Plaza de las Flores, home to the eclectic artworks of the Colección Garó.
Here at MYNIE we have had had countless amount of messages asking about the lockdown here in Spain. So we have spent hours looking at the BOE (Official State Bulletin), the Royal Decree, Home Office, La Moncloa, Pedro Sánchez’s twitter, Ministry of Health, Unemployment office, Tax office(AEAT) and the police.
There is little difference in the rules between those who have a NIE Number to those who do not.
The state of alarm decreed to contain the coronavirus pandemic forces people to stay at home and only leave their homes in the exceptions contemplated by the Government.
These are detailed in the BOE, and have been updated several times.
Under what circumstances can you go outside? According to the Royal Decree, the movement of people is limited and it is only possible to go out in the streets and public spaces to carry out the following activities.
Travel to the place of work to carry out their work, professional or business activities
Acquisition of food, pharmaceutical products and basic necessities.
Assistance to health centres, services and establishments.Return to the place of habitual residence.
Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependants, persons with disability or particularly vulnerable persons.
Travel to financial and insurance entities. Due to force majeure or a situation of need.
Any other activity of a similar nature to be carried out individually, unless accompanied by persons with disabilities or for another justified reason.
Do I have to go to work?
On March 29th, a new regulation was published in the BOE that requires the cessation of all non-essential activity in order to further reduce travel. If you do need to go to work you will need a NIE Number.
In this way, essential work is considered:
– The activities involved in the market supply chain: food, drink, animal feed, hygiene products, medicines, health products or any product for the protection of health.
– Hotel and restaurant business home delivery.
– Production and distribution of goods, services, health technology, medical material, protection equipment, health and hospital equipment.
– The essential activities of the manufacturing industry that offer supplies and material for the development of the activities contained in this decree.
– Transport of persons and goods.
-Prison institutions, civil protection, sea rescue, fire protection, mine and traffic safety and road safety. Also private security.
-The indispensable ones to maintain the material of the armed forces.
-All the activities of health centres, the care of minors and the elderly, disabled and dependent people and those related to the activity against COVID-19. Also funeral services and related activities.
-Animal health care.
-Media and press sales.
-Banking, financial and insurance services
-Telecommunication, audiovisual and essential computer services companies
-Activities related to the protection and care of victims of gender-based violence
-Lawyers, solicitors, interpreters and psychologists who attend to non-suspended judicial activity.
-Activities related to the prevention of occupational risks in urgent actions.
-Notes and records to comply with the minimum established services.
-Cleaning, maintenance and repairs of urgent breakdowns, collection and management of hazardous and urban waste.
-Centres for the Reception of Refugees and Centres for the Temporary Stay of Immigrants and private management entities subsidised by the Secretary of State for Migration that operate in humanitarian action.
-Water supply. Gas and electricity.
-The essential ones for weather forecasting.
-Sectors and sub-sectors involved in the import and supply chain of medical equipment
-Distribution and delivery of products purchased over the Internet or telephone
-All those that would have been considered essential in the state of alert decree.
The rest of the workers who were not previously teleworking or in other circumstances such as sick leave, must take advantage of the recoverable paid leave included in the Royal Decree.
If I have to go to work, do I need a pass?
All workers who have to go to work because they are considered essential services must go to the workplace with the certificate issued by the government.
The BOE has published the model declaration of responsibility that must be submitted to the State security forces if requested.
This ‘laissez-passer’ contains the details of the company and the employee carrying the certificate. In this way the worker will be able to make the necessary trips to fulfil the work purpose and avoid a possible sanction for being on the street in case the security forces demand it.
What does the document look like? Who should issue it?
According to the additional provision of the BOE of Monday 30 March, it is “the company or employing entity” that must issue “a responsible statement” that acknowledges that the workers comply with the circumstances required to travel to the workplace. (The model for the document in images).
Can I get a NIE Number during the coronavirus Lockdown?
All police stations in Spain have currently suspended issuing NIE Numbers in Spain. Here at MY NIE we are still taking bookings and these bookings will be given priority once the police station is reopen. Click here to book a NIE Number appointment online.
Do you need a pass to go shopping?
No, you do not need a permit to go shopping or to the pharmacy, as these are considered essential activities and are permitted by the Royal Decree.
Should I keep the receipts from the purchase or the pharmacy in case I get stopped?
It is not obligatory and there is no automatic penalty if you do not carry them, although it is recommended. In the event that you are stopped by the security forces and they make the pertinent checks to see if you comply with the requirements to be on the street, it will be easier to prove that you are not committing an infraction if you carry the receipts, prescriptions, bank receipt, etc. that prove it.
Can I go shopping with someone else?
To go shopping and in any of the cases in which it is allowed to go out to the street you must go alone. You can only accompany disabled people, minors, senior citizens, or “for other justified reasons”. As we see, these “other justified causes” are not detailed, but it is understood that they must be causes of force majeure to be considered exceptional.
This was one of the modifications that were included from the drafting of the first decree, which at first did not contemplate that it was possible to go out accompanied by small children, which was a problem for those who had to leave them alone at home.
Can I have company in the car?
The decree establishes that private vehicles will be allowed to drive on public roads to carry out the permitted activities or to refuel at petrol stations or service stations.
As stated in the RD, these journeys must be “made individually, unless accompanied by disabled persons, minors, the elderly, or there is another duly justified reason”.
On 25 March, the Government clarified the decree and added the following text
“Public, private complementary and private transport of persons in vehicles of up to nine seats, including the driver, carried out within the framework of the cases of travel authorised in article 7 of Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, in which more than one person must travel in the vehicle, shall respect the fact that there is a maximum of one person per row of seats, maintaining the greatest possible distance between the occupants”.
In other words, two people are allowed to travel in one car, the driver and one person in the opposite rear seat, and provided that the journey is made for one of the reasons set out in the decree of the alarm state. These journeys can also be made in rented vehicles.
As the concept of “duly justified cause” is left wide open in the wording of the decree, it is likely that the security forces will have to deal with situations not specified in the RD on a case-by-case basis.
How long should the walk with the dog last?
Walking the dog is one of the exceptions provided for in the state of alert decree. When they were detailed in a press conference, the director of the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simon, clarified that “they have not been limited to a longer or shorter time, but the usual time.
Even so, from the General Directorate of Animal Rights, they dictate the following recommendations:
Take short walks, just to cover the physiological needs. Avoid contact with other animals or people. Carry a bottle of water with detergent to clean the urine and bags for poo.
Give priority to walks at times when there are less people in the street.
Can I leave the house to go care for a family member or dependent or run errands for them?
This is one of the cases covered by the Royal Decree: “assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, disabled persons or particularly vulnerable persons”.
It is important that you comply with safety recommendations to avoid infecting people at risk by minimizing contact.
Those who must change the custody of minors can also be moved to attend to them. This was confirmed by the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, assuring that the custody and visiting regimes of separated parents “will have to continue to be complied with” during the state of alarm, assuring that “the return of the child to the habitual home is one of the exceptional causes” in the decree approved by the Government.
Can I go outside to accompany a person with a disability?
On March 20, the Ministry of Health signed an instruction that explicitly authorizes “people with disabilities who have behavioral disorders, such as people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and disruptive behavior, which is aggravated by the situation of confinement resulting from the declaration of the state of alarm, and an accompanying person, to circulate on public roads, provided that the necessary measures are respected to prevent contagion.
Do I need to provide documentation that I am accompanying a person with a disability?
The rule does not establish that documentation has to be carried. However, both the Confederación Autismo España and CERMI recommend that the following documents be carried
Official certificate of recognition of disability. In the case of having the disability recognized.
Prescription of a health or social professional, if available. Copy of the Instruction of 19 March 2020, from the Ministry of Health, establishing interpretative criteria for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19.
Complementary medical, psychological or social reports describing individual needs and/or the existence of behavioural difficulties, if available.
Do people with disabilities have to identify themselves in any way?
No. Although there are several initiatives that encourage people to wear some kind of badge to avoid being shouted at from the balcony when these therapeutic walks are taking place, there is no obligation to ‘mark’ people with any kind of disability who need to go out. The Confederación Autismo España warns that this may be counterproductive.
Can I get a fine?
The Criminal Code and the Law on Citizen Security include the crimes and administrative infractions that may be incurred by citizens who do not respect the state of alarm, as it appears in the order by which the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, regulates the actions of the Security Forces in the current scenario.
The crimes of “failure to comply with or resistance to orders of authority” are punished, in their most serious form, with up to four years in prison, while the application of the Law on Citizen Security implies a penalty for serious misconduct with fines of between 600 and 30,000 euros.
The same Law on Citizen Security establishes that “for serious infringements, the minimum degree will include the fine of 601 to 10,400 Euros, the average degree from 10,401 to 20,200 Euros, and the maximum degree from 20,201 to 30,000 Euros”.
SEPE (unemployment office)
The deadlines for the submission of applications are suspended and the rights are not reduced for late submissions. Unemployment protection measures have been adopted for workers affected by suspensions of contract and reductions in working hours (ERTEs).
If you are already receiving unemployment benefits or subsidies As regards registration as a job seeker: check the instructions of the public employment service of your Autonomous Community for the renewal or registration of the demand for employment. Follow the instructions on the website.
You do not have to apply for an extension of the allowance, the payment will be maintained after six months.
The payment of unemployment benefit will not be interrupted by failure to submit the Annual Income Tax Return for persons receiving the benefit for workers over 52 years of age.
Tomorrow, April 1st, begins the deadline for the presentation of income and assets declarations for 2019, an atypical campaign that starts in full confinement due to the coronavirus epidemic.
According to this calendar, taxpayers will be able to file their returns online through the Tax Agency’s web income program or mobile application from April 1st.
Those who wish to file their returns by phone through the program “Le llamamos” (We call you) may request it from May 5 so that the Agency can call you from May 7, as soon as possible, but without the possibility of choosing a time slot as in previous campaigns.
With regard to the face-to-face attention in offices -which are currently closed-, the Agency maintains the start on May 13, with previous appointment that can be requested from May 5. The campaign for income and assets will be extended until 30 June, except for the declarations to be paid by direct debit, which must be presented by 25 June at the latest.
People who have the old permanent residency certificates in A4 will not be able to book appointments online as it asks for the support number, and as these are old (although still valid), it doesnt accept those numbers. You either have to book the appointment over the phone or when they are open you can request a pin (cl@ve) at the desk. (Example of a4 certificate support code in images).
SOCIAL SHIELD AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS Social measures not to leave anyone behind.
All evictions without alternative housing are suspended, the contracts for 6 months and is supported by microcredits to people in vulnerable situations. Moreover, if they remain in this situation after the crisis, the State will take care of the debt. The large homeowners will have to perform a 50% discount or debt restructuring in 3 years.
Extension of the mortgage moratorium. Extension of the moratorium on payment of mortgages also to the premises and offices of the self-employed and the criteria for vulnerability.
Cutting off supplies of any kind in the usual dwelling is prohibited as long as the alarm state is in effect. In addition, the social bonus is extended so that the people who have become vulnerable are eligible for it, it applies a moratorium on the payment of supplies for the self-employed and SMEs and these may adapt their contracts to their new consumer realities, without penalty.
New labour measures
Allowance for domestic workers. A subsidy is created for temporary unemployment that they can apply for if they become unemployed or have their working hours reduced.
Extraordinary unemployment benefit for workers and temporary workers whose contract ended after the declaration of alarm that do not have the necessary contribution to access another benefit or subsidy. Equality.
Care services for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Safe alternative housing is guaranteed for victims of male violence, through hotel accommodation if host services are not available. Compliance with precautionary measures and prohibition penalties is a guaranteed approach to gender-based violence.
Mechanisms are set up so that town councils and Autonomous Regions can allocate the execution of the State Pact funds for gender-based violence.
Restriction of online game advertising for the duration of the state alarm system.
Moratorium on Consumer Credit Payments for Vulnerable People economic for three months, which can be extended. In the case of cancelled package tours, a voucher can be issued to be used in a year by the consumer. If it is not used, return of the paid amount.
Can I get residency in Spain during the Coronavirus lockdown?
Your Torrevieja NIE number will start with a letter, followed by seven numbers, finished with another letter. (For example C – 6765654 – Z). Your NIE number is unique to you and it is neither transferable nor does it expire.
You will need a NIE Number in Torrevieja to complete the following tasks:
Get free health care in SpainBuy a property in Spain
Get a mobile phone contract in Spain
How can I get a NIE Number in Torrevieja Fast?
Here at MYNIE getting you your NIE Number fast is our job. We will book your appointment at Torrevieja police station, Complete your NIE Number paperwork and email over to you to print along with our handy guide on what to do on the day of your appointment.
Your only job will be to arrive at Torrevieja police station at the time and date we provide you to hand in your paperwork and show your passport to collect your NIE Number.
Do I go to the town hall or police station for my appointment?Can I try turning up without an appointment?
Your appointment will the held at Torrevieja police station. We will make your appointment for you with the police and provide you a CITAS PREVIA (booking recipt) which will your your appointment time, date and location. Without an appointment you will not be seen under any circumstances.
Can someone else go to my appointment on my behalf?Will I need a translator with me?
No, you must attend your own NIE Number appointment with your original passport to show who you are. The only exception to this is if you have signed power of atorney (POA) to a solicitor to act on your behalf.
You generally will not need a translator with you, but if you feel more comfortable we can put you in touch which a translator in Torrevieja who can go with you.
What will I need to take with me to the appointment?
We will be emailing you your Cita Previa certificate which is your appointment card. We will also be emailing your NIE Number forms 790/EX-15 which will be fulled completed for you.
You will need to also take:
Your original passport with at least 3 months remaining before it expires
If I get my NIE Number in Torrevieja can I then work/live in another area of Spain?
Yes, your NIE Number will cover you for the whole of spain plus the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. You don’t need a NIE Number for each different region of spain one number covers you for all area’s. Read MYNIE Reviews.
Will I get a white NIE Number certificate of a green card?
Your NIE Number will come on a white A4 piece of paper. This is your first step number. Once your ready to apply for residency you will be issued a green Spanish residency card.
Do I need to be signed onto the Padron in Torrevieja to get a NIE Number in the town?
No, you wont need to be on the padron but you will need to have an address in the Alicante region on your paperwork.
What happens if I ask turned down for a NIE Number in Torrevieja?
If your NIE Number application is refused in Torrevieja please call our office and we can help you work through the problem. Its likely you attended your appointment without the correct paperwork.
Should I pay my NIE Number tax before or after my appointment at the police station?
You need to take your form 790 to the bank to pay the NIE Number tax before your appointment. Your application will not be processed unless you have a bank stamp on the form 790.
Do I need private health insurance to get a NIE Number in Torrevieja?
If I want to work in Spain will I need a NIE Number only or social security number as well?
To work in Spain you will need to have both a NIE Number and a Social security number. We offer a social security number package open our booking form.
When will I be issued with the NIE Number certificate? Will I have to come back on another day?
Normally you are issued your certificate the same day as your appointment. Your normally directed to come back to the police station at 2pm. Sometimes, if a senior officer is not on site to sign your certificate you maybe asked to come back another day.
Torrevieja isn’t a resort in the package holiday sense. There are only a few hotels and the area is much loved by the Spanish who flock here during the summer months for their holidays. The town is surrounded by excellent urbanisations, all with pools and beautiful gardens and the whole area enjoys fabulous beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters.
Thousands of people from the north of Spain and northern Europe have set up home permanently in the town. The local people, are friendly and welcome both national and international tourism. English is widely spoken.
Your Alicante NIE number will generally start with a letter, followed by seven numbers, finished with another letter. (For example T – 5454321 – Z). Your NIE number is unique to you and it is neither transferable nor does it expire.
You will need a NIE Number to complete the following tasks:
Open a Spanish bank account
Work in Spain
Start a company or register as self employed
Buy a business in Spain
Buy a property in Spain
Get a mobile phone contract in Spain
Get free health care in Spain
Stay in Spain for longer than 90 days
Connect to home wifi
What does an Alicante NIE Number look like?
Your NIE Number will be issued to you by the Spanish police on a white A4 piece of paper (not a card). The certificate will have your full name, Passport number, date of birth and NIE Number printed onto it and will state the police station which issued it.
I need my NIE Number in Alicante, How soon can you help me?
MY NIE is Spains number one online NIE Number service.
We can organise your whole NIE Number experience online. We will book your appointment at Alicante police station at a time and date that suits you, plus complete all your paperwork and email over to you to simply print.
Your only task will be to arrive at the police station in Alicante at the time and date we provide you and Show your passport and hand in the paperwork we provide you.
How soon after my NIE Number appointment will I get my NIE Number certificate?
Once you have attended Alicante police station, handed in your NIE Number paperwork, along with your two passport photos, and shown your passport you will normally be issued with the NIE Number certificate the same day. There are 7 police stations in the alicante region stretching between Denia and Murcia.
However, some times if there is not a senior officer on site to sign your certificate you maybe asked to come back another day to collect your NIE Number certificate.
What will I need to take with me to the appointment. Will I need a translator with me?
You will need to take the following items with you to your Alicante NIE Number appointment.
The paperwork we provide you via email EX15 and paid form 790
Two passport photos
A photo copy of the inside page of your passport, or every page for non eu passport holders
Your original passport with at least 3 months left before it expires
Evidence for the reason you require a NIE Number such as estate agent details, proof of inheritance. Call our office to discuss this.
At your appointment you are simply handing in paperwork which will all be correct as our expert NIE Number team have completed it for you. its very unlikely you will need a translator but you are welcome to take your own if you feel more comfortable.
Can I have one NIE Number appointment for both my self and my partner/friend at the same time?
No, each person visiting Alicante police station for their NIE Number will need a separate appointment and own paperwork.
We are generally able to give you two appointments within 10 minutes of each other but please ensure you use the ‘other notes’ section on our booking form to tell us you would like the same date and time as your partner.
If I get my NIE Number in Alicante can I then use it in an other part of Spain?
Your Spanish NIE Number can be used in all parts of mainland Spain not just Alicante, plus the Canary and Balearic Islands. One Number covers you for the whole of Spain there are not different types for different areas of Spain.
Can I go to Alicante police station if I live in another area of the province?
Yes, you can go to Alicante police station to get your NIE Number if you live anywhere in the Alicante Province stretching from Denia to Murcia.
Can I get my NIE Number in Alicante without an appointment?
Years ago you were able to turn up at your local police station and wait in line to be issued a NIE Number. These days the police have an online booking system and you will not be seen under any circumstances without a NIE Number appointment. Please do not try attending the police station without an appointment as the police will not even let you into the police station.
Is it possible to get my NIE Number without visiting the police station?
Unfortunately not. You must attend the police station in person to be able to show your passport and collect your NIE Number. There is no online only NIE Number system at the moment.
Where will my NIE Number appointment be in Alicante?
The main police station/Forgieners office can be found at: Calle de la Ebanistería, 4, 03008 Alicante. You need a NIE Number booking to be able to attend the police station. You will not be seen unless you have the correct booking and paperwork. There are 7 police stations in the alicante region for NIE. They are Denia, Benidorm, Alicante central, Elche, Orihuela Costa, Orihuela Sol, Torrevieja.
How long will my NIE Number Alicante appointment take? Will I be there all day?
You will be given a set time and date for your appointment. Generally the police stations run on time but its always best to arrive at least 30 minutes early so you can be seen sooner if possible.
Your actual appointment will last not much more than 2 minutes. The officer will check your paperwork then either issue a NIE Number there and then, or Ask your to come back latter. In Alicante it is almost always issued straight away.
What will happen if I am refused a NIE Number in Alicante
In the usual event that your application is refused please call our office on 0034 665556070 as soon as possible. its likely you have forgotten to take some paperwork or something we asked you to take in the instructions we sent you.
Should I pay my NIE Number tax before or after my Appointment?
Should I print the NIE Number forms in colour or black and white?
The police in Alicante will accept your forms in either full colour or black and white but must be printed single sided.
Ive been told there is a long waiting list for appointments in Alicante. Can you get me a earlier appointment?
We have an excellent relationship with the Spanish police are are generally able to obtain cancelation appointments for the same week. Please feel free to call our NIE Number helpline if you would like to discuss you exact requirements.
Do my children need a NIE Number in Alicante?
As a general rule Children are not issued the white NIE Number certificate. Children under 16 are usually issued their NIE Numbers when they apply for residency. This is printed onto the green residency card. If you have a special reason for a child needing a nie such as inheritance the police will issue them if you have a copy of the Childs birth certificate translated into Spanish.
Here at MY NIE we like to go traveling in and around Spain finding activities you can do with or without a NIE Number.
This week we decided to jump in the MYNIE Jeep and Visit Alicante for the day.
Where is Alicante?
Alicante is a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca, and the capital of the Alicante province. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets, colored houses and a nightlife scene. From here, an elevator or a steep climb leads to medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara, set on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast.
For most activities in Alicante you wont need a Spanish NIE Number.
Traveling to and around Alicante
Alicante has an excellent airport. Located just outside the main city Alicante Airport is a main international hub and flights can be brought at a reasonable price for most of the year. there are excellent bus links from the airport going to all lost all places in the Alicante Province and beyond.
Alicante City has got a very modern bus station located in Muelle de Poniente S/N – close to Alicante harbour. From here you can get a bus as far as Madrid or Malaga or as close Benidorm.
Alicante is a central hub for train travel. Alicante Train Terminal is the central railway station of Alicante, Spain. Commonly referred locally as the RENFE station, the station is part of Adif system, and is a terminal station.
The good news is you don’t need a NIE Numbers to use any public transport in Spain. If you are asked for one you can give your passport number or ID card number if you have one.
What to do in Alicante
The trip advisor website has a great list of things to do in Alicante but we have put our top 5 below for you to check out. You wont need a Spanish NIE Number to visit any of these places in Alicante.
1.)TheCastle of Santa Barbara
The Castle of Santa Barbara can be found in Alicante sitting a top the Benacantil mountain. This giant rock rising above the Alicante sky line is a fortress with medieval Arab origins.
The most recent renovations took place during Spain’s Golden Age in the 1500s, but if you look closely you’ll find little fragments from Moorish times.
The best time to visit the castle is early in the morning before the sun is at its hottest. If walking up sounds liker just to much hard work the secret is there’s also a lift that runs from just behind Postiguet Beach.
Theres no charge to visit the castle or use the lift and you wont need a NIE Number to visit.
2.) Archaeological Museum
If Archaeology is your thing you will love this museum which will explain about Alicante’s origins. There is a small charge to enter the museum but you wont need a NIE Number to visit the Alicante Archaeological Museum.
The museum start in prehistory with the hunter gatherers and see the first hand-crafted metallic items forged around Alicante.
Then there’s the Iberian room, devoted to the many pre-Roman archaeological sites close by that have yielded wonderful pieces of sculpture and ceramics.
One of the most thrilling of displays cover medieval times, when for a brief period, Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures existed side-by-side. the museum is great attraction to take children interested in history.
3.) Contemporary Art Museum
The contemporary Art museum can be found housed in Alicante’s oldest secular building, a former granary constructed in 1687 next to the Santa María Basilica. It was founded in 1976 by the Alicante sculptor Eusebio Sempere, displaying his private collection.
The museum boasts 800 pieces including many from the most celebrated 20th-century artists, including Picasso, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.
Only a third of the works can be displayed at any time, and the display is rotated throughout the year, so no two visits will be the same.
4.) Rio Safari Park, Alicante
The Rio Safari Park Alicante is an animal park at Santa Pola-Elche road, in Costa Blanca.
It is located within an oasis with more than 4000 palm trees. An ideal place for families with children.
Visitors to the park can enjoy a nice journey and relax, meeting more than one hundred animal species. Enjoy Splash Park during summer, the new water park of Rio Safari Elche with pools, many toboggans, water falls, children playground, baby area and restaurant.
Swimming with sea lions, encounters with lemurs, chimpanzees and orangutans; shows and multi-adventure area are other activities people can enjoy at Rio Safari Elche. You won’t need a NIE Number to visit the Safari park but you might well need a bank loan… The price of food in the park is very expensive.
5.) Take a boat trip around Alicante or visit Tabarca
In the port at Alicante you will find many companies that provide boat trips. Choose between a catamaran cruise in the sea next to the city or a trip to Tabarca Island.
Tabarca is a small, walled community on with the same kind of whitewashed houses and blue shutters you’ll see in Alicante’s old-town. Only here there’s no need for cars or any other modern conveniences!
If you get a chance check out the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and walk through the island’s sparse landscape to see the lighthouse.
What is the weather like in Alicante?
August is Generally the hottest month in Alicante with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F)and the coldest is January at 12°C (54°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11 in July.
The wettest month is October with an average of 66mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 26°C(79°F).
Congratulations on starting your new life in the Sun in Murcia, Spain. One of the first thing you will need is a Spanish NIE Number in Murcia. Here at MY NIE getting you your NIE Number fast is our number one aim.
What is a NIE Number Murcia?
Your Murcia NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a Spanish tax identification number given by the Spanish Police to any foreigner. You will need it to work, buy property and open a bank account in the Murcia area of Spain.
What does a NIE Number in Murcia look like?
Your NIE number will start with a letter, followed by seven numbers and another letter in the end (an example of how a NIE Number might look: Y – 7654321 – A). Your NIE number is unique to you and it is neither transferable nor does it expire. Your NIE Number will be issued on a white A4 piece of paper similar to the photo above.
How do I get MY NIE Number in Murcia?
Here at MY NIE Number Spains we are able to organise your NIE Number in Murcia is Super fast time.
Here at MY NIE Spain we like to get out and about and visit places in Spain to give our customers top tips for when they are visiting to get a NIE Number.
This week we visited Murcia to bring you the very latest dude on what do do while you are in Murcia. if you have any tips of your own please contact us to let us know.
Where is Murcia?
Murcia is located inland on the Costa Blanca, just south of Alicante, on the Segura river. It generally has a pleasant, warm/dry climate, with mild winters and warm summers, with excellent beaches of the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida within easy reach.
Murcia is famous as Europe’s orchard due to its long agricultural tradition and fertile soils: flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown here and exported all over Europe. Especially well-known are its tomatoes, lettuces, oranges and lemons.
Murcia is a city which prizes highly the much-valued customs of traditional life: the paseo, tapas, plazas. With about half a million inhabitants, Murcia has excellent nightlife, mostly around the university area, and good shopping opportunities, with plenty of fashion boutiques and interiors stores.
Museums in Murcia
Murcia has a highly diverse culture, and the best way to explore this culture is by visiting one of the many museums dotted around the city. The good news is you won’t need your NIE Number to obtain access to any of Murcia’s museums.
Discover classical and contemporary art, get to know the customs and traditions of Murcia region or visit one of the more quirky museums.
Our top 5 Museums to visit in Murcia with no NIE Numberrequired
1.) Museo Salzillo: Museum showcasing the art of 18th-century baroque sculptor & Murcia native Francisco Salzillo.
Fun and Entertainment in Murcia which doesn’t need a NIE Number
Murcia certainly wont disappoint you when it comes to entertainment and fun things to do. Murcia has vibrant busy shopping streets, a bustling mixture of nightlife and creative theatres. With so many options to choose from, you will never have to worry about what to do in Murcia anymore if you have a NIE Number or not.
Our top 3 fun entertainment venues in Murcia you can visit with or without a NIE Number
1.) Romea Theatre: Romea Theatre, which dates back some 150 years opened in 1862. The theatre was named after the actor Julian Romea. It is a museum with an excellent exhibition on display. Until 1868, the Theatre was known as ‘Theatro de los Infante’.
The Theatre building is a remarkable example of Roman architecture. The theatre has a blissful ambience with a perfect combination of red and gold color. All in all Teatro Romea is an entertaining visit for both adults as well as kids. You don’t need a NIE Number to visit any museums in Murcia.
2.) Terra Natura, Murcia: Aqua Natura is located on a hillside Murcia. Terra Natura is kitted out with a variety of different slides, children’s area’s, a splash pool, pool for adults and kids, water games, water drum, water jet, lazy river and more.
Terra Natura is a good escape from the hot and humid climate of Murcia. The exciting water rides and the restaurants and terrace bar can easily turn a boring day into the most amusing one with the snap of a finger. There are feeding sessions of the animals which are very educational. Terra Natura allows its visitors to learn about their habitats, reproduction, feeding and origins. You can also experience swimming with sea lions at an additional charge.
Terra Natura is a must visit on your trip to Murcia. There is a small souvenir shop at the entrance of the park where you can do some shopping and find that keepsake to take home. It is one of the best ways of treating yourself to some Murcia fun. The good news: You will not need a NIE Number in Murcia to get access to the park, just a ticket.
3.)La Puerta Falsa, Murcia: The La Puerta Falsa is jazz bar in the city of Murcia. The ambience and décor of the bar is exquisite. The bar regularly hosts live activities, musical performances, readings, talks and more. The live band performances, salsa music, dance and enthusiastic atmosphere the bar creates keeps its customers coming back for more. Moreover, the bar is pretty reasonable with prices and has amicable staff. La Puerta Falsa is located on Calle San Martin de Porres, right next to the University of Murcia. This bar is sure to give you a good taste of the nightlife of Murcia.
Murcia is famous for having some of the best shopping on the Costa Blanca.
Murcia is the largest city of the province of Murcia and to the north of the city, just south of the Costa Blanca there are many shopping malls and developments with many people driving hours and hours in order to take a day trip to go shopping in Murcia, such is the great variety of major retailers in one place and location.
If the Murcia weather is raining and cold this is a great day out if you are on holiday. the good news is you wont need a NIE Number to go shopping in Murcia.
The reason so many people travel all the way to Murcia is the fact that these retailers and shops are unique, most notably the Primark and IKEA which you won’t find anywhere else for hundreds of kilometres.
Finally there is an alternative in Murcia for the many people who fly back to the United Kingdom specifically to enjoy the familiar shops and English and British products that they previously could not buy or find in Spain.
A new shopping mall in Murcia is situated on the north side of the city approximately one hour’s drive south of Alicante. The shopping centre is called the Nueva Condomina.
One of the main reason British people like to go to the Nueva Condomina Shopping Mall is to visit the retailer Primark. Just like in the U.K. this discount retailer sells large volumes of men’s, women’s and children’s clothes at fantastically low prices.
Other shops include H & M, Disney Store, Eroski, Gerry Weber, Geox, Esprit, Etam, Berschka, Mothercare, Mango, Levi, Kid Club and many more. To see a full list of the shops represented in the mall and see the opening times have a look at the Nueva Condomina website.
If your flying into Murcia for your NIE Number appointment you might well use the main Murcia Airport.
Región de Murcia International Airport, informally also known as Murcia-Corvera, is an international airport replacing Murcia–San Javier Airport. It is situated between the villages of Corvera, Los Martínez del Puerto and Valladolises within the municipality of Murcia.
If your flying in Especially for your NIE Number appointment pleas let us know in advance so we can work around your flight dates and times.
MYNIE REVIEW: Julie, Murcia
Julie lives in Cartagena, Murcia and required her NIE Number urgently to buy a property in the city. Julie said:
‘Thank you to Lisa and the team at MY NIE. Very easy process using the NIE Number order form and I got my NIE Number from Cartagena police station very quickly once I was booked in. I certainly rec emend you to my friend ds in Murcia who need a NIE Number.
The simple answer to this question is: NO. Although a NIE Number is refered to as a tax reference number sometimes, applying/having a NIE Number does not automatically mean you should or have to pay tax in Spain.
Tax in spain can be a complicated issue because if you fail to make a declaration or don’t pay the correct amount you can end up with a severe fine. The Spanish government frequently change their tax regulations, which makes if very difficult for both residents and non residents to keep up to date.
The key points when thinking about tax matters in spain are:
The Spanish tax year runs from January to December.
In spain both residents and non residents are required to pay tax.
Every non resident must make their annual non-resident tax declaration by December 31st.
Am I a tax resident in Spain now I have my NIE Number?
You are a resident for tax purposes in Spain if:
1.) You spend more than 183 days in Spain in any calendar year , regardless of it you are registered or have a NIE Number.
2.) You are self employed or otherwise employed in spain
3.) Your spouse or children live in spain and you are not legally separated even though you may spend less than 183 days in Spain.
This is a basic guideline and MY NIE recommend seeking professional tax advice.
Spanish tax residents are liable to pay income tax on tier world wide income, which is split into two category’s.
1.) Income from general activities- This includes incomes from employment, pension, and rental income
2.) Income from savings- This includes interest from savings, Dividend payments, income from life insurance policies, and gains made from the disposal and sale of assets.
Tax allowances with and without a NIE Number
Tax allowances- As a resident you will receive your personal allowance for your Spanish income tax. (from both savings and general income). These allowances include age allowance, married couple allowance and disabled allowance.
Since 2013, If you are a tax resident in spain and own assets in access of 50,000 euros outside spain, you are required to declare these assets under Spanish law.
An example of this assets include:
Assets held in any bank account
life insurance policys
Non Residence with a NIE Number Tax
If you own a property in Spain you must pay two taxes:
IBI or council Tax-This is a council tax based on the rateable value of your property
National income tax or rental income tax. income tax is paid by non residents who own a property heater rented out or not.
Tarragona city can be found on the Mediterranean coast, some 60 miles southwest of Barcelona, in the region of Catalonia. Tarragona is the smallest of the four province capitals of the region, yet it has the historical and cultural appeal of a larger city.
HOW TO GET YOUR NIE NUMBER IN TARRAGONA
If you have just arrived in Tarragona to work or live one of the very first things you will need is a NIE NUMBER. Here at My NIE our main priority is to get you sorted out with a NIE Number as soon as possible. continue reading or click the book now button below to order our NIE Number service today.
In Tarragona you must get your NIE Number in the police station that covers the catchment area of your address. See which catchment area your town is in below:
To obtain your NIE NUMBER in the central Tarragona police station you must live in one of the following towns:
AIGUAMÚRCIA, ALBINYANA, ALCOVER, ALIÓ, ALTAFULLA, ARBOÇ (L`), BANYERES DEL PENEDÈS, BARBERÀ DE LA CONCA, BELLVEI, BISBAL DEL PENEDÈS (LA), BLANCAFORT, BONASTRE, BRÀFIM, CABRA DEL CAMP, CALAFELL, CANONJA (LA), CATLLAR (EL), CONESA, CONSTANTÍ, CREIXELL, CUNIT, ESPLUGA DE FRANCOLÍ (L`), FIGUEROLA DEL CAMP, FORÈS, GARIDELLS (ELS), LLORAC, LLORENÇ DEL PENEDÈS, MASLLORENÇ, MASÓ (LA), MILÀ (EL), MONTBLANC, MONTFERRI, MONTMELL (EL), MONT-RAL, MORELL (EL), NOU DE GAIÀ (LA), NULLES, PALLARESOS (ELS), PASSANANT I BELLTALL, PERAFORT, PILES (LES), PIRA, PLA DE SANTA MARIA (EL), POBLA DE MAFUMET (LA), POBLA DE MONTORNÈS (LA), PONT D`ARMENTERA (EL), PONTILS, PUIGPELAT, QUEROL, RENAU, RIBA (LA), RIERA DE GAIÀ (LA), ROCAFORT DE QUERALT, RODA DE BERÀ, RODONYÀ, ROURELL (EL), SALOMÓ, SALOU, SANT JAUME DELS DOMENYS, SANTA COLOMA DE QUERALT, SANTA OLIVA, SARRAL, SAVALLÀ DEL COMTAT, SECUITA (LA), SENAN, SOLIVELLA, TARRAGONA, TORREDEMBARRA, VALLCLARA, VALLFOGONA DE RIUCORB, VALLMOLL, VALLS, VENDRELL (EL), VESPELLA DE GAIÀ, VILABELLA, VILALLONGA DEL CAMP, VILANOVA DE PRADES, VILA-RODONA, VILA-SECA, VILAVERD, VIMBODÍ I POBLET
To obtain your NIE NUMBER in the Rues, Tarragona police station you must live in one of the following towns:
ALBIOL (L`), ALEIXAR (L`), ALFORJA, ALMOSTER, ARBOLÍ, ARGENTERA (L`), ASCÓ, BELLMUNT DEL PRIORAT, BENISSANET, BISBAL DE FALSET (LA), BORGES DEL CAMP (LES), BOTARELL, CABACÉS, CAMBRILS, CAPAFONTS, CAPÇANES, CASTELLVELL DEL CAMP, COLLDEJOU, CORNUDELLA DE MONTSANT, DUESAIGÜES, FALSET, FEBRÓ (LA), FIGUERA (LA), FLIX, GARCIA, GINESTAR, GRATALLOPS, GUIAMETS (ELS), LLOAR (EL), MARÇÀ, MARGALEF, MASPUJOLS, MASROIG (EL), MIRAVET, MOLAR (EL), MONTBRIÓ DEL CAMP, MONT-ROIG DEL CAMP, MÓRA D`EBRE, MÓRA LA NOVA, MORERA DE MONTSANT (LA), PALMA D`EBRE (LA), POBOLEDA, PORRERA, PRADELL DE LA TEIXETA, PRADES, PRATDIP, RASQUERA, REUS, RIBA-ROJA D`EBRE, RIUDECANYES, RIUDECOLS, RIUDOMS, SELVA DEL CAMP (LA), TIVISSA, TORRE DE FONTAUBELLA (LA), TORRE DE L`ESPANYOL (LA), TORROJA DEL PRIORAT, ULLDEMOLINS, VANDELLÒS I L`HOSPITALET DE L`INFANT, VILANOVA D`ESCORNALBOU, VILAPLANA, VILELLA ALTA (LA), VILELLA BAIXA (LA), VINEBRE, VINYOLS I ELS ARCS
To obtain your NIE NUMBER in the Tortosa, Tarragona police station you must live in one of the following towns:
ALCANAR, ALDEA (L`), ALDOVER, ALFARA DE CARLES, AMETLLA DE MAR (L`), AMPOLLA (L`), AMPOSTA, ARNES, BATEA, BENIFALLET, BOT, CAMARLES, CASERES, CORBERA D`EBRE, DELTEBRE, FATARELLA (LA), FREGINALS, GALERA (LA), GANDESA, GODALL, HORTA DE SANT JOAN, MAS DE BARBERANS, MASDENVERGE, PAÜLS, PERELLÓ (EL), PINELL DE BRAI (EL), POBLA DE MASSALUCA (LA), PRAT DE COMTE, ROQUETES, SANT CARLES DE LA RÀPITA, SANT JAUME D`ENVEJA, SANTA BÀRBARA, SÉNIA (LA), TIVENYS, TORTOSA, ULLDECONA, VILALBA DELS ARCS, XERTA
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Spain’s national government have drawn up plans to grant residency to the roughly 400,000 British ex-pats living in Spain, subject to the UK giving similar help to Spanish Citizens living in the Uk.
The measures come as part of contingency plans being drawn up by Madrid to soften the effects of a possible no deal Brexit. They were unveiled following a council of ministers cabinet meeting today (1/03/19)
British ex-pats will be required to apply for a foreigner identity card before January 2021 under the plans. They will have to prove there legal residency status, with British citizens who have permanent residency set to switch over automatically to the new scheme.
ETIASis a new Visa entry system into The EU area due to be launched in 2021. It is unclear at present if the British will need a ETIAS to holiday, work or live in Spain.
A ETIAS is not a NIE Number, nor does it entitle the holder to Spanish Residency.
There are many countries who are not in the European Union (EU) whose citizens can enter the EU Schengen Zone without needing a visa. Specifically, there are currently 61 countries who are not in the EU, but are visa free.
Citizens of these countries are allowed to go into countries in the Schengen Zone for business or travel purposes for up to 90 days. During these 90 days, these visitors are not allowed to work or study, but can engage in business and tourism activities.
In addition, recent security concerns with terrorism and the migrant crisis have called for a better management of who is entering EU borders. The EU has continuously declared its goal of making travelling within its borders a more secure experience.
To reduce procedures and wait times, as well as address the security concerns, the European Commission (EC) has come up with a solution – ETIAS.
This article will contain all the information you need regarding this new system and whether you qualify for it.
What is ETIAS?
ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is a completely electronic system which allows and keeps track of visitors from countries who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Zone. In a way, it resembles the U.S Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which serves a similar purpose. The legal procedures to pass the ETIAS have started in 2016, and the system is expected to be in place by 2021.
The ETIAS will undergo a detailed security check of each applicant to determine whether they can be allowed to enter any Schengen Zone country. Since citizens of countries who do not need a visa for travel purposes of up to 90 days in the EU do not need to go through a long process of applying for the visa, the ETIAS will make sure that these people are not a security threat.
This travel authorization system will gather, keep track of, and update necessary information regarding visitors to determine whether it is safe for them to enter Schengen countries.
The ETIAS, besides being used for business and tourist purposes, will also allow people to visit the Schengen countries for medical and transit reasons.
In addition, it will be mandatory for all countries who are Schengen visa-free.
Why ETIAS Authorization?
In his 2016 State of the Union Address, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has said the following: We need to know who is crossing our borders. This way we will know who is travelling to Europe before they even get here.
The main reason for the approval of the ETIAS authorization is security. With the increased risk of travelers worldwide, the EU wants to ensure safe travels in its countries. The ETIAS will decrease security concerns substantially through its information and data gathering systems.
What this means, is that the ETIAS will detect if a person is a threat in any way to the security of Schengen countries. This will lead to the person being denied entry and avoiding the threat from being present inside EU borders. It will basically deal with a problem before it is even there
However, besides making travelling more secure, the ETIAS authorization will also assist the EU countries and all travelers in the following ways:
-Reduce procedures and application times
-Improve the management of EU country borders
-Assist in detecting and decreasing crime and terrorism
-Impede irregular migration
-Reinforce the visa liberalization policy of the EU
-All in all, the ETIAS authorization will make travelling to the EU less of a hassle -and a much safer experience.
Who will need ETIAS?
As mentioned, the ETIAS targets citizens of countries who can enter the EU zone visa-free. As such, the following 61 countries will need to get the ETIAS authorization:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia
Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras
Hong Kong S.A.R, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao S.A.R*, Macedonia, Malaysia
Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova,Monaco,Montenegro
Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua,Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu
Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu
Until the launching of the system by 2021, more countries might be added to the list, but at the moment, all citizens of the above mentioned countries, will be obliged to obtain ETIAS authorization before entering any EU country.
How much will ETIAS cost?
The ETIAS will not burden your finances a lot. It is planned to have the ETIAS cost only €7 for each application. This is only valid for adults over 18 years old, as those under 18 will not have to pay any fees. You can pay the fee by debit or credit card. Immediately after you complete the payment, the ETIAS authorization will start processing.
How long is the ETIAS valid?
If approved, the ETIAS might be valid for 3 years or until the end of validity of the travel document registered during application, whichever comes first. Whether you will get the first period of validity or the second depends on the system’s evaluation of your information and risk.
What if my ETIAS application is denied?
Within minutes of your submission of the application, you will get a response on the status of your ETIAS. If it is approved, congratulations! If not, though, you will get the denial message. In the denial message, you will also have a reason as to why the ETIAS was denied. You could appeal to this decision or based on the denial reason, you can adjust your application and try again.
What documents do I need for the ETIAS authorization?
The only document you will need to apply for the ETIAS is your valid passport. Your passport might be required to have this information:
Your digital photograph which is not glued on the passport
A machine readable passport – which is found below your passport picture and has two lines of numbers, letters, and symbols
Electronic passport chip – which is not necessarily mandatory, but would be an advantage. This chip can be found in the cover page of your passport at the bottom.
Can I enter into any EU country with the ETIAS authorization?
To use the ETIAS authorization correctly, you must first pass through the first country you stated in your application. If you were planning to go through Germany, Belgium, and Austria, and you stated in your application that the first country you will visit is Germany, you must go through it before you visit Belgium and Austria. After you enter your first country, you can visit any other country in the Schengen Zone for 90 days.
However, just because you have the ETIAS does not necessarily guarantee you entry into the EU countries. This is at the discretion of the border authorities.
There are countries in the EU, which are not in the Schengen Zone, and you cannot enter them with the ETIAS authorization.
How does ETIAS check my information?
ETIAS will be connected to many databases which can verify your information within minutes. That is why it’s important for all applicants to give honest responses and not try giving false information. If you are caught giving fraudulent information to the ETIAS system, you will be denied the authorization. In addition, if your ETIAS is approved, but you are later found with incorrect or false information, your ETIAS will be revoked.
How long can I fill the ETIAS application?
As stated, the ETIAS application is expected to only take about 10 minutes to fill. After 10 minutes, you will receive a notification that your session has timed out and you might be asked to start from the beginning. To avoid this, try to go through the application carefully and save your information.
What if I am not eligible for the ETIAS?
All citizens of countries in the table above (countries which can enter the EU without visas) are eligible to apply for the ETIAS. If you are not eligible for this travel authorization, it means that you are not a citizen of those countries. This means that you must obtain a Schengen Visa to enter the EU countries.
Do I need ETIAS if I have a Schengen Visa?
No, if you have a Schengen Visa, then you will not need an ETIAS authorization. You can present your visa to the border authorities when you enter the Schengen Zone countries. When your visa expires, you can apply for the ETIAS if you are eligible.
Will British citizens be required to have the ETIAS authorization?
Since the UK is going through the Brexit procedures, it is still unclear of what the conditions for Britons wishing to enter the EU will be. However, the British are very likely to fall under the ETIAS program.
As the negotiations for the UK leaving the EU proceed, the situation will be clarified and British citizens will understand whether they have to get the ETIAS or not.
How many times can I enter the EU with an ETIAS?
You can enter the Schengen member states for as many times as you want, for as long as your ETIAS is valid, and you have not stayed more than 90 days in a 180 days period.
Are ESTA and ETIAS the same? What are their differences?
ESTA is the US equivalent of the EU ETIAS. While ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization , ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
You will not be able to enter the US with an ETIAS, just the same like an ESTA holder is not permitted to enter the EU without having an ETIAS or Schengen Visa. US citizens, who are permitted to enter Europe visa free, after 2021 will have to obtain an ETIAS prior to their trip to the Schengen Zone.
What is the difference between a Schengen visa and an ETIAS travel authorisation?
A Schengen visa is a sticker affixed to your passport, which specifies the amount of time you are permitted to remain in the Schengen Zone, whereas a travel authorization is an electronic permit which serves for the same purpose. While you will have to follow a weeks-long procedure, which includes gathering a lot of documents and attending an interview, you will be able to complete the application process for an ETIAS within minutes.
Do I also need an ETIAS if I have a Schengen Visa?
If you have a Schengen Visa, that means you are not part of the list of the countries, which are visa-exempt. Therefore, you will not need an ETIAS authorization. You can present your visa to the border authorities when you enter the Schengen Zone countries. When your visa expires, you can apply for the ETIAS if you are eligible.
Do I need an ETIAS visa if I already have a long-term visa from one of the Member States?
Since a long-term visa issued by one of the member states gives you the right to move throughout the whole Schengen, you will not need to obtain a travel authorization for as long as you have the visa. An ITIAS is not the same as Apply EU Settled Status.
Do infants and children need ETIAS?
Every traveler, even infants and elders will need to present a travel authorization upon their arrival in Schengen in order to be permitted to enter. However, people under the age of 18 are exempt from paying the fee.
Can a travel authorization be revoked?
Yes, a travel authorization can be revoked or annulled if the conditions for issuing the travel authorization no longer apply, or if the travel authorization holder is found to have violated any of the ETIAS rules.
What is the ETIAS watchlist?
This is a list that consists of data on people who are suspected to have committed, or been part of a criminal offence (as terrorism). The ETIAS watchlist will be established based on the information provided by Member States and Europol.
When will ETIAS be implemented?
It is believed that the ETIAS will be operational in January 2021.
If your thinking of moving to Spain its likely your main priority will be to find your dream home, perhaps a villa with a pool, or secure a new job. It’s important to know in the early stages the Importance of Obtaining your NIE Number and all the reasons why you may be asked to present it.
Why do I need a NIE Number?
The Main reason people find from reading the endless blogs, websites and forums is that it is required for Buying, Selling and Renting property. Regardless of whether you plan to live in Spain permanently, rent for a short period of time or just buy a holiday home you must first obtain your NIE number. Usually it helps to know that wherever taxes are to be paid – it is required!
It makes no difference if your coming to Spain To Study, a Work Placement, Start at a new job or are planning to Set up your Own Business you must get your NIE number.
Once our living here in Spain you will find that the list of things to sort out is never-ending at first.
Everybody needs a bank account so one of the first places to visit is the Bank. Which ever bank you choose is likely to request a copy of your nie certificate when opening up a new bank account for you, setting up a Mortgage Offer or approving your request for a Loan.
All Loan and Mortgage agreements have to be written and signed in the presence of a Notary. It’s here at the Notary that the Notaire will request to also see your NIE Certificate!
Another item you might have top of your list when moving to Spain is Buying a Car. When purchasing a new or second hand vehicle the garage will need your nie number in order to legalise your car documentation and transfer the ownership into your name. If you buy privately it is usually agreed between the buyer and the seller as to who will be responsible for the transfer of ownership, either way your nie certificate is one of the documents that the Tráfico department will require to complete this request.
In the meantime organising Car Insurance (and no doubt Household Insurance too) will be a priority too so yet again, have your NIE number close to hand.
Once your settled in your new dream home you will want to set up your household utilities. We all need Electricity, Water, Telephones and Internet.
Each provider will need your NIE Number to set up a new supply contract. When getting a Mobile phone either on a contract or Pay as you Go – and lets be honest; however did we manage without one? – You will need to show your NIE Certificate at the point of order. In this case it is also quite common to also be asked for your Padrón. To apply for a Padrón you will also need your NIE.
During these times the Police stations will be closed and you will not be able to obtain your NIE Number.
Spain’s National holidays are celebrated on the same date each year, regardless of whether they fall on a weekend or a week day when the whole of Spain will be on holiday unlike the Regional holidays when it will only be the that particular province.
It is important to take these dates into account because most Government offices and some Police Stations responsible for issuing your NIE numbers/Certificados will be closed. They may also close for what the Spanish call their “Puente” days or as we would say, a “bridge” day.
This is when the holiday falls for example on a Tuesday or Thursday and the Monday or Friday is then taken as holiday as well, giving a nice long weekend! Only in Spain!
As well as the Police Stations and town halls , shops, banks and many other businesses will close for the National Holiday. The majority of restaurants and bars will remain open.
Check out our list of National Holidays below before booking your NIE Number appointment to avoid disappointment.
1 Jan New Year’s Day (National)
6 Jan Epiphany (National except Basque Country & La Rioja)
7 Jan Epiphany (Holiday Andalusia, Aragon, CanaryIslands, Castile and
Leon, Ceuta, Extremadura,Madrid, Melilla &Navarre)
28 Feb Andalusia Regional Holiday
1 Mar Balearic Islands Regional Holiday
19 Mar St Joseph’s Day Basque Country, (Castile-LaMancha, Murcia, Navarre)