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
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
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.
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
Two passport photos
A photo copy of the inside page of your passport
Your original passport
Evidence for the reason you require a NIE Number
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 bee used in all parts of mainland Spain, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Venezuela
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)
Are you Thinking about buying a property in Spain? Maybe a villa with its own outdoor pool, or a central flat in a high rise building? where should you start? The first thing you will need is a Spanish NIE Number. Here at MY NIE number Spain making your you have your NIE Number in place so you can apply for your Mortgage is our number one job.
By completing us one simple NIE Number application form in English we can get you booked in at the police station in Spain, and get all the relevant paperwork ready for you to take.
Buying a house is a huge step so proper planning at early on will help you in making the best decisions in the future as well as giving you an idea of what you have available to spend on your new dream property in the sun.
Getting a mortgage in Spain does not have to be a complicated and arranging this early on may save you some hassle and frustration later when you have found your dream property.
Interest rates in Spain are still reasonably low and there are many different packages available. Usually mortgages in Spain are arranged by mortgage brokers or lenders and the different types available include repayment, interest only, low start and construction/self build to name but a few.
So now you’ve decided you’re going to be getting a mortgage in Spain, what next? At this stage it’s a good idea to make sure you have all of the necessary documents in order. One of the first things you, and any other party to be named on the mortgage or property deeds (escritura) will be asked for is your Numero de Identificacion de Extranjero (NIE Number). This is basically your identification number and you will need it when getting a mortgage in Spain as your mortgage cannot be processed without it.
When getting your mortgage in Spain you will usually be asked as a minimum to provide your last three payslips, your latest income tax return, details of any other loans/mortgages, your contract with the seller and proof that property tax is up to date and the Escritura. What you are asked for may vary bank to bank and you may also be asked for your work contract or records of your assets. Self employed applications also require additional documentation and your individual broker will better advise you on what is required for each individual case.
Your lender will require a valuation of your chosen property as this will assist them in assessing the loan amount and term. Terms can vary from ten to twenty five years. Make sure you are aware of all the fees you may incur when getting your Spanish mortgage including the valuation fee, mortgage arrangement fee and mortgage insurance, Notary fees, Translator fees, mortgage tax and land registry fees. You don’t want any unexpected shocks later on.
When you have agreed your mortgage terms with your bank and are proceeding with your purchase, you will then visit the Notary to sign your mortgage agreement and your purchase agreement. This can be a novel experience! Now all that is left to do is to enjoy your new home in Spain!
If you need assistance in obtaining your NIE number Fast in order to speed up getting your mortgage in Spain then please contact us immediately for free advice.
Answer in simple terms: The Padron, known in Spain as the empadronamiento is similar to the electoral register in the Uk. It allows the local town hall to monitor how many people live in each town/city and directly affects the funding that town receives from the government. The British Embassy advises that it is obligatory by Spanish law to register on the padrón at the Town Hall where you reside.
Registering at your local town hall, also known as the “Ayuntamiento” in Spanish benefits your town because your local government receives funding depending on how many are registered on the Padrón. The Padrón is a good way for the Town Hall to know how many people are living in the area. Some town halls may also ask you to complete a census form which allow you to vote in local elections.
On the Padrón will be all the names of people living at the address. You can still be on the Padrón for a certain address even though your name is not on the escritura (title deeds) or rental agreement.
If you wish to apply for your certificado, register your child for school, register at your local medico (doctor), transfer an imported vehicle to Spanish plates or buy a Spanish car then you will likely need a padrón.
How do I get a Padrón?
First of all you will need to visit your local Town Hall (Ayuntamiento). You need to take with you your valid and in date passport, a recent utility bill, a copy of your escritura and your NIE number (Numero de identidad de Extranjero). If you don’t already have a NIE number then MY NIE can arrange this for you. Visit our homepage to read more about NIE Numbers in Spain
In some Town Halls they now charge a fee for processing your Padrón. It will not matter if your NIE number shows a different address however your escritura/rental agreement should be your correct address.
You will receive a certificate showing your property details as well as the names of all who reside there. This is a quick process and you will be given your certificate to take home with you.
Do I need to renew my Padrón?
You may be asked for an up to date padrón ie dated within the last three months, by certain services or authorities eg the medical centre, Trafico, Social Services and if you are then it is simply a case of asking your Town Hall to reprint your padrón. Some local authorities are currently checking the accuracy of their padrón registers so you may be sent a letter enquiring as to whether you wish to remain on the padrón. If you do not answer to this, you may find yourself being removed from the padrón.
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Have you just Moved to Marbella? Or maybe thinking of buying or renting a Home in the Area? Perhaps starting a Business? The First thing you will need when you arrive off the plane in Marbella is your Spanish NIE Number.
How to get a NIE Number in Marbella
Here at MY NIE SPAIN getting you sorted out with your NIE Number,(Número de Identificación de Extranjero), the equivalent of a Spanish citizens Número de Identificación Fiscal (NIF), in superfast time is our Job.
Your only task is to arrive at the Marbella Police station at the time and date we provide you to hand in your NIE Number paperwork and show your passport.
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More information about Marbella
Marbella is situated in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca, on the Costa del Sol, in the province of Malaga. A model Mediterranean resort and huge favourite with holidaymakers from all over the globe.
Since the 1970s, Marbella has been renowned as a playground for the rich and famous. Yet underneath all the swagger, there is so much more to Marbella. It boasts a wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere and exudes charisma; attracting visitors for its many attractions: amazing beaches, warm weather, leisure facilities, including some of the best golf courses in Europe, restaurants, world-class nightlife and International luxury shopping brands.
Marbella is a charming, warm and welcoming town. So it’s no surprise that time and again, it tops the most visited city in Spain list (also tops our chart for the most NIE Numbers requested in 1 week). Who wouldn’t want a piece of the action in Marbella?
Marbella’s motto is “a way of life”, if you are looking for a holiday that offers great beaches, wonderful all-year round climate, unique leisure facilities, gastronomy and entertainment, then choose Marbella, its way of life will enchant you.
The beaches and enclaves of east Marbella through to the western municipal of San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella offers so many activities and facilities, visitors have no need to venture away from the area to enjoy a full and active holiday.
In the famous Plaza de Naranja ’Orange Square’, you can while away hours, sipping sangria, taking in the beautiful surroundings and people, visiting the charming boutiques and gift stores.
The labyrinth of tiny streets and alleys that surround Orange Square will reveal further tiny shops selling all forms of trinkets, fashion and souvenirs and there are some excellent restaurants and bars for a young and trendy crowd.
Cross the road from the Old Town and you find yourself in La Alameda Park, filled with exotic plants and trees, leading down to an open exhibition area; where you can enjoy a permanent exhibition of Dali sculptures and temporary art and media exhibitions during the year.
Down from the park is the Paseo Maritimo (Promenade); this is one of the favourite places for locals and visitors. The boulevard is filled with restaurants of all gastronomies, with terraces facing out to the beautiful Mediterranean.
Marbella’s beaches: The Marbella coastline stretches from Cabopino through to San Pedro de Alcantara. 26 kilometres of golden sandy beaches, shelving down to the calm Mediterranean Sea.
To the east, Cabopino port and beach are home to a couple of laid-back and economical Chiringuitos (Beach Restaurants), the beach right next to the port has sunbeds for hire and is a popular kite surfing spot. As you move west away from the port, the beach becomes a nudist spot. Head west to the popular area of Elviria and the famous Nikki Beach and then on to one of the most beautiful and natural stretches of beach, which joins Elviria and the urbanisation of El Rosario.
Funny Beach just outside of Marbella, is an amusement park on the beach, with go karts, parasailing, water scooters and a restaurant bar.
Marbella town’s beaches are well equipped, with water sports facilities, beach restaurants line the golden sands, cooking sardines on the spit, the waters are calm, ideal for family beach days. Head further west into Puerto Banus and you have a mix of family beach zones and hedonistic beach clubs, where you’ll likely bump into a few celebrities and paparazzi.
Finally, you reach San Pedro de Alcantara, at the western limits of Marbella. Here the wide, palm-fringed beaches are more laid-back, backed by a beautiful promenade and restaurants.
Shopping in Marbella: If you want to combine a beach holiday with a shopping trip, Marbella is an excellent choice. Between Marbella town and Puerto Banus you have an impressive mix of independent boutiques, luxury brands and international Spanish high street brands, such as Zara and Mango.
The luxury Puerto Banus is crammed with designer boutiques, if you have a few hundred pounds to spend on a tshirt, bikini or pair of shoes, then this is the place to shop. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, then Marbella Old Town is a good shopping destination and La Cañada Shopping Centre on the highway above Marbella, is home to chain stores, boutiques, supermarkets, DIY stores. Here you’ll find the largest Apple store in Spain, Habitat and Marks & Spencer!
History of Marbella: Although Marbella is a fairly modern town, it still has an interesting history and a significant architectural heritage.
Some experts believe the first settlement in the Marbella area dates back to the Phoenician occupation in the 7th century, although there is no conclusive evidence of this. The Casco Antiguo (Old Town) dates back to the Roman occupation and was originally called Salduba (Salt City).
Festivals: Starting around June, the summer season in Marbella gets going and with it comes a host of festivals and parties. Events include a weekend of pure luxury, at the Marbella Luxury Weekend and the annual Marbella Feria, a week of flamenco, flounce and frivolity.
The summer solstice is celebrated on the beach for La Noche de San Juan, where bonfires are lit all along the beaches of Marbella. These three events take place in June. The world-renowned Starlite Festival comes to Marbella in August, bringing together musicians and artists from around the world in a series of concerts to raise money for charity.
Finally, the eco-holistic Arte Sano festival, which takes place in July and November in San Pedro de Alcantara is a fun, free and sunny weekend of healing arts, eco market, children’s workshops and music.
Museums in Marbella: Marbella might not be a big city, but it has its fair share of cultural attractions. If the day is overcast and you don’t fancy shopping, then we recommend a trip to the Bonsai Museum (Museo de Bonsai), which houses a wonderful collection of Bonsai trees from all around the world, in it’s fantastic garden-museum.
Art lovers have the choice of the Ralli Museum, a contemporary art space, with works from Latin American artists; the Poligono Gallery, a wonderful space created to emulate the art district in Beijing. The Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo houses exhibitions of engraving and art works from national artists.
Golf in Marbella: There are 10 golf courses in the Marbella area alone and over 50 in the region of the Costa del Sol. Local courses include: Rio Real, Los Naranjos, La Quinta, Marbella Club and Aloha Golf.
Places to visit in Marbella: In the famous Plaza de Naranja ’Orange Square’, you can while away hours, sipping sangria, taking in the beautiful surroundings and people, visiting the charming boutiques and art galleries.
The labyrinth of tiny streets and alleys that surround Orange Square will reveal further tiny shops selling all forms of trinkets, fashion and souvenirs and there are some excellent restaurants and bars for a young and trendy crowd.
Cross the road from the Old Town and you find yourself in La Alameda Park, the park is filled with exotic plants and trees and you will feel like you have arrived to a tropical forest in the centre of Marbella. During many weeks of the year there are exhibitions on show in La Alameda.
Down from the park is the Paseo Maritimo (Promenade); this is one of the favourite places for locals and visitors. The boulevard is filled with restaurants of all gastronomies; all look to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
There are heaps of activities to keep a family occupied in Marbella, but if you want to venture out of town, pop down the road to Puerto Banus, making sure you stop off to visit some of the cool cafes and restaurants on the Golden Mile (Milla de Oro).
Puerto Banus is notoriously known across the globe for its glitz and glam, chic and showy boutiques, clubs and yachting port. And it’s not far off the mark. If you have the cash to dash for a shopping spree, then here you can shop Gucci, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, the designer list is endless.
If you don’t have a spare couple of grand to go shopping, you still need to experience the port. During the day you can enjoy a stroll to the end of the portside, rhapsodize over the luxury yachts and then enjoy a Cosmopolitan cocktail at one of the portside bars, where you can sit on the terrace, watching the world glide by in their Ferrari.
The neighbouring town of San Pedro de Alcantara combines a traditional old-town, with a more modern seafront. There are some superb restaurants and a long, clean stretch of family-friendly beach.
Head up into the mountains behind Marbella to enjoy day visits to some of the inland, whitewashed pueblos of the region. The closest village is Ojen, around 10 minutes drive from the coast, nestled between the Sierra Blanca and the Sierra Alpujata and just five minutes from the stunning Sierra de las Nieves natural park. A charming town, small but perfectly formed.
Slightly further inland you have the villages of Monda and Coin, and Istan is reached heading inland from the Golden Mile. Many foreign residents have settled in these parts, but the villages still retain an air of the past and are worth a visit. You can spend a day out visiting several of the local interior villages, to get a feel of Andalucian life.
Gastronomy & Nightlife in Marbella: Whether you enjoy fine dining or traditional tapas, some of the best restaurants on the Costa del Sol can be found in Marbella, East Marbella, Puerto Banus and San Pedro de Alcantara. Traditional tapas bars, jostle with fish and seafood restaurants, beach bars, Michelin-star establishments and international diners. Whichever way you turn in Marbella, you’ll come across a restaurant. Head to the old fishing port for a plate of fried fish, clams sardines. The Old Town combines budget tapas with some real fine dining establishments.
If you want to eat and then party, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Marbella. Glamourous beach clubs, stylish cocktail bars, rowdy tapas until the early morning. You choose.
Travel Tips in Marbella: Marbella has an exceptionally mild micro climate, protected by the impressive Sierra Blanca mountain range, the winters are mild and the summer months reach 32-35 degrees. You don’t need a car, but if you want to get out of town and visit some of the region’s beaches and villages, then it’s advisable. Click here to check the weather in Marbella.
Have you just Moved to Tenerife? One of the first things you will need is a Spanish NIE Number. You will need your NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero), the equivalent of a Spanish citizens Número de Identificación Fiscal (NIF), to be able to rent or buy property, work, connect to important services such as electricity, water and internet and pay taxes.
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Here at My NIE Number, Spain’s no.1 NIE Number online service, getting your documentation and NIE Number booking in place is our Job.
We will book your appointment at the Police station in Tenerife and complete the forms you require. Your only job with be to arrive at the Police station at the time and date we provide you to hand in the paperwork we provide you along with your Valid Passport.
Before you attend your appointment in Tenerife you will be required to pay the applicable local NIE Number tax of 9.64 euros in advance at any mayor bank. (We will provie you with the tax form for this)
The island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canary archipelago and is known as the island of eternal spring because of its all year round excellent climate. The island is full of stark contrasts and has a variety of scenery which changes through the regions.
A mountain chain runs through its centre from Anaga to Teno and on both of its slopes there are large, exuberantly fertile valleys, among them especially La Orotava and Gumar. In the heart of the chain there is a gigantic, natural crater, called Las Cañadas del Teide, which is 29 km across and has officially been declared a National Park.
It lies over 2,000 m above sea level. North of the crater stands El Pico del Teide (Mount Teide), a 3,718 m high mountain, which is the highest point in Spain. It is snow covered in the winter and marks the island with its unique silhouette.
Like the rest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife dates back around to 8-11 million years ago, when its volcanic mountains developed in the Atlantic.
It is thought that there were originally three islands, with the mountain ranges of Anaga, Teno and Valle San Lorenzo, but at some point, with massive volcanic activity, the areas merged together and became Tenerife as we know it today.
The original inhabitants of the island, were known as being the most fearless of all the Canary Island inhabitants; it is believed that the first people were aboriginal and of the northwest African origin, they were named Guanches. They were conquered by the Spanish over 500 years ago, not without putting up a great fight.
Tenerife has an extremely varied plant and wild life; large, wooded mountains, extensive areas where banana, tomato, potato and other agricultural products are grown. Its coast is rocky and lined by cliffs in some places, while in others there are beaches with soft, clean sand, which are sometimes black and sometimes golden.
Tenerife’s Resorts Tenerife’s all year round agreeable climate brings thousands of tourists every year to the popular seaside resorts of the island.
The resort of Playa de las Americas, popular with the younger tourists, has developed into a vibrant playground of clubs and bars, and is definitely not for the fainthearted! Its neighbour Los Cristianos, however, offers a slightly more laidback destination, although it is still bursting with attractions and amenities for the holidaymaker.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital city of the island is also an upbeat and buzzy holiday destination; whereas the resort of Puerto de la Cruz is definitely a destination for the more discerning holidaymaker; a lot more peaceful and more popular with an older crowd.
The coastal village of Adeje has been described as “heaven on earth”, in an article written for the British newspaper, Daily Telegraph. The area has a rugged be
Playing golf on Tenerife The all year round warm weather makes Tenerife a popular destination for golf holidays. There are a host of excellent courses across the island, including the Playa Las Americas course, Golf del Sur, Los Palos Golf, Golf Adeje, Amarilla Golf and Golf Club Real.auty, with beautiful clean beaches and ample facilities.
Beaches on Tenerife Due to its volcanic nature, many of Tenerife’s beaches are not natural, but man-made. Those that are natural have their characteristic black sand.
However, the increasing popularity of the island as a tourist resort, led to the development of Tenerife’s man-made golden sand beaches.
Climate On Tenerife The Canary Islands enjoy practically all year round good weather. They are nicknamed the Islands of Eternal Spring and temperatures rarely drop below 16ºC and rise to around 30ºC in the summer. The climate is influenced by the island close proximity to North Africa.
Cultural Attractions on Tenerife The town of La Orotava, which is set within a valley of banana plantations, is a wonderful historical old town, which houses some interesting monuments and has been designated a monument of artistic national interest.
La Laguna is the old capital of Tenerife, and the island’s cultural and religious epicentre; situated in the Aguere Valley in beautiful natural surroundings, La Laguna is full of outstanding architectural buildings and monuments.
Outdoor pursuits on Tenerife Tenerife is a great destination for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. The mountainous and volcanic island has many interesting routes, normally heading up a mountain, and you don’t have to be a skilled mountain climber to tackle Tenerife’s mountain ascents.
In the town of Adeje you can take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins or visit the Black Pyramids of Guimar, in the town of Guimar, which is located 26 kilometres from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
In Corralejo there is a professional dive centre where you can enjoy a scuba diving experience to the underwater volcanic rock formations. Here you can take PADI Certificate courses.
Food and Cuisine on Tenerife Fish plays an important role in the gastronomy of Tenerife, naturally being an island. Especially delicious are Langoustines, Mussels, Octopus, Atlantic Mackerel, and Sardines.
Meat dishes are popular, but most meat tends to be imported in, as there is not much livestock on the island. The exception to this is rabbit, which is reared in Tenerife: a speciality rabbit dish is Conejo al salmorejo (Rabbit in Salmorejo sauce).
If you are visiting the seaside resort of Adeje then you should try the local speciality of Spicy Canarian Chicken.
A special accompaniment to many dishes is called Papas Arugadas, which literally translates to Wrinkly potatoes. The potatoes are boiled in their skins with sea salt, which leaves a fine crust and served with delicious Mojo sauce.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE PAYING YOUR NIE NUMBER TAX UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!! Please don’t be the person phoning us an hour before your appointment and unable to find a bank to pay.
PLEASE ENSURE THIS IS PAID AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. This is not always an easy task…..
(if you have a short notice appointment you can pay on the day before your appointment)
For each new NIE Number application, or replacement NIE Number application there will be an applicable tax payable in advance to the Spanish Government.
The amount owed will be shown on your Form 790 we sent you via email. You need to take this form, which comprises of 3 pages (two identical), to a bank to pay the Tax. This needs to be done before your NIE Number appointment. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE AS IT CAN SOMETIMES NOT BE SO EASY…
You may need to try several banks before you will find one which will allow you to pay your NIE Number Tax. In general all Bank Sabadell will accept your form.
Some banks will only accept payments if you hold an account with them, but most national banks will accept your form and payment without an account.
Recently we have found that due to the long ques that processing many NIE Number tax certificates causes some banks will only accept payment on certain days of the week, for example Tuesdays and Thursday.
NIE Number tax Questions and Answers
Q: How much is the NIE Number Tax?
A: Each region of spain is able to set its own fees for your NIE Number tax. This amount will appear on your form 790 and on average is between 9-13 Euros per person.
Q: I’ve gone to the bank but they have said you have completed the form wrong. They say my NIE Number should be on the form.
A: We complete this form over and over again, day after day. We can confirm your form has NOT been filled in wrong.
Not all cashiers are trained in what should be on your form. If you have problems try another bank and another cashier. We can not put your NIE Number on the form as you currently don’t have one.
If you can not find a bank that will accept the form with your passport number put a cross through the number and write in black pen under it:
Ideally you need to pay your tax over the counter inside the bank and get a manual stamp, but sometimes some banks are asking people to use the automated ATM machines. In this case instead of the passport number we have put on your form you will need to use the following code when prompted for your Tax number/NIF by the machine:
You will need to get a receipt from the cashpoint and attach this to your form 790 to show you have paid the fee. We strongly recomend paying your NIE Number tax as early as possible, using the over the counter manual service. We are unable to give instructions on how each individual cashpoint works. DO NOT leave paying your tax until the day of your appointment.
Q: I paid my NIE Number Tax, but when I arrived at the police station they said it was the wrong amount and sent me back to the bank to pay more. Why didn’t you tell me?
A: Each region has the ability to set its own Tax Rate. Where possible we try and issue forms with the correct tax rate, however, since the time we issued you the paperwork the police may have changed this amount, which they are not required to notify us or anyone about. The amount may be as little at 10c. This will not affect your NIE Number application but in certain circumstances may require you to revisit the bank to pay the extra amount owed.
Q: I seem to be going around in circles, the bank will not accept my form 790 tax without a NIE Number and the Police will not give me a NIE Number without paying the form 790 NIE Number Tax. What do I do?
A: Welcome to Spain! This type of situation is not uncommon in Spain. The only answer is to keep trying different banks until one says yes. Crazy? Absolutely! Alternatively cross out the passporrtrt number on your paperwork and write in black pen the following number: Y6453625Z
Q: I have been refused a NIE Number. Have I lost the Tax I paid or can I use it for my new appointment?
A: If your application for a NIE Number was not successful you can still keep the paid form 790 for 1 year from the date you paid the fee and use this at another appointment.
Q: My region only offers joint NIE and residency applications. Why have you still sent me a 790 Tax Form?
A: If you are lucky enough to live in one of the regions which offers a joint NIE Number and residency application system your tax will be slightly higher. The police station will issue you with a new form 790 to pay on the day if this is the case.
We have said it above but to be sure once again…. Please pay your NIE Number tax as early as possible. Do not leave it until the day of your appointment to pay the Tax. Your appointment will fail if you have not paid the tax in advance.
Being Autonomo in Spain is the equivalent of being self-employed or a freelancer in the UK. Any person carrying out business in Spain is required by law to legalise them self with respect to registration, paying taxes and charging IVA (VAT).
How to Register as autonomo in Spain once you have your NIE Number.
Registering as autonomo in Spain is a two step process:
1.)Registering as self-employed with the tax office (Agencia Tributaria)
2.) Joining the autonomo social security system (Regimen Especial de Trabajadores Autonomos RETA).
Both are straightforward and the main requirements to register as Autonomo are:
A NIE Number
Bank account (for the social security charges)
work permit if your coming from outside the EU
You are not required to show a business plans, proof of funds or prove professional qualifications to become autonomo in Spain, although you must show your NIE Number.
Joining the autonomo social security system RETA does require that you are already in the social security system and this involves another fairly simple registration process. Similarly the Agencia Tributaria would expect you to be registered as a resident taxpayer which involves completing a another form (Modelo 30).
That are bare minimum requirement for registering as self-employed in Spain but there may be other steps to go through, depending on the type of business.
For example anyone opening premises to the public will require an opening licence called a “licensia de apertura”. This is obtained from the local town hall and will be granted according to local by laws, after passing an inspection by a municipal expert (“tecnico”), payment of fees, presentation of other documentation and certificates and undertaking any other remedial work demanded by the town hall (e.g. sound proofing, emergency exits, hygiene facilities).