If you are starting to plan dates for coming to Spain to obtain your NIE Number in 2019 (which would involve applying for your NIE number/Certificado at the National Police Station/Comisaria de Policia or Foreigner’s Office/Oficina de Extranjeria) it is wise to remember that Spain has an above average number of both National and Local Holidays.
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)
18 Apr Maundy Thursday (National except Cantabria,Catalonia & Valencia)
19 Apr Good Friday (National)
22 Apr Easter Monday (Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Castile-La Mancha,
Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre & Valencia)
23 Apr Aragon Regional Holiday
23 Apr Castile and León Regional Holiday
1 May Labour Day (National)
2 May Madrid Regional Holiday
15 May San Isidro (Madrid)
17 May Galician Literature Day
30 May Canary Islands Regional Holiday
31 May Castile-La Mancha Regional Holiday
9 Jun Murcia (Regional Holiday)
10 Jun La Rioja (Regional Holiday)
13 Jun San Antonio
20 Jun Corpus Christi, (Castile-La Mancha)
24 Jun St John’s Day (Catalonia & Valencia)
25 Jul National Day of Galicia (Galicia)
25 Jul Saint James’ Day (Basque Country)
28 Jul Day of the Institutions (Cantabria)
5 Aug Our Lady of Africa (Ceuta)
12 Aug Eid al-Adha (Ceuta & Melilla)
15 Aug Assumption of Mary (National)
2 Sep Day of Ceuta Ceuta
8 Sep Asturias Regional Holiday (Asturias)
8 Sep Extremadura Regional Holiday (Extremadura)
8 Sep Our Lady of Victories (Melilla)
9 Sep Our Lady of Victories Holiday (Melilla)
9 Sep Extremadura Regional Holiday (Extremadura)
11 Sep National Day of Catalonia (Catalonia)
15 Sep Cantabria Regional Holiday (Cantabria)
17 Sep Day of Melilla (Melilla)
9 Oct Valencian Regional Holiday (Valencia)
12 Oct Fiesta Nacional de España (National)
1 Nov All Saints’ Day (National)
9 Nov Virgin of Almudena (Madrid)
3 Dec San Francisco Javier (Navarre)
6 Dec Constitution Day (National)
8 Dec Immaculate Conception National (except Basque Country, Canary Islands,Catalonia, Ceuta & Navarre)
9 Dec Immaculate Conception Holiday (Andalusia, Aragon, Castileand Leon, Extremadura,La Rioja, Madrid& Melilla)
25 Dec Christmas Day National (except Murcia)
26 Dec St Stephen’s Day (Catalonia)
Please note: Your Local NIE Number office will be closed on National and Local Holidays so please plan your trips around these dates.
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