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How To Register for Autonomo

How To Register for Autonomo

How To Register for Autonomo - What is Autonomo?

Autonomo status is the Spanish equivalent of self-employed or freelance and in addition covers people operating (unincorporated) small businesses. Anyone engaged in any of these activities is obliged to legalise them with respect to registration, paying the taxes and charging IVA (VAT).

Autonomo will set you back costs of just under €300 monthly in social security payments, this figure is dependant upon age. This figure stays the same, it does not matter how much or how little you earn each month, (there’s a discount during the first two years), as well as 9-21% of your net profits in income tax. And don’t forget about VAT.

 

How To Register for Autonomo

Information updated January 2021

If you do not have residency in Spain, from January 2021 you now need to apply for a SELF-EMPLOYMENT WORK VISA.

It does not apply to EU citizens or to nationals of countries to whom EU law applies, for being beneficiaries of the rights of free movement and residence.

NEED FOR RESIDENCY PERMIT IN THE UK It is an essential requirement to be in possession of a valid UK residence permit, and apply for a visa before moving to Spain. You must not be irregularly in the Spanish territory or within the period of no return to Spain that the foreigner has assumed when voluntarily returned to their country of origin.

JURISDICTION OF THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF SPAIN IN LONDON You can check if your place of residence is under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in London through this website: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/es/Consulado/Paginas/Demarcacion.aspx

APPOINTMENT REQUESTS Applicants must request their appointment through the following procedure: Sending an email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the SUBJECT they must specify the type of residence visa they wish to apply for. The TEXT of the message should state: -

PERSONAL DETAILS of the applicant (full name, nationality, passport number and telephone number) -

TYPE OF RESIDENCE VISA you wish to apply for. -

REASONS for the request. -

DESIRED DATE for the appointment at the Consulate General (only on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS of each week, between 09:30 and 12:00).

The final date and time of the appointment will be confirmed through email. Applicants who wish to cancel their appointment are kindly requested to notify the Consulate as soon as possible. No applicant will be accepted without prior appointment, each appointment being only for one person, therefore, family members accompanying the applicant who wish to apply for a visa need to book an additional appointment. This Consulate General will not accept appointments that have not been requested in accordance with the aforementioned procedure. Both, the request for authorisation for self-employment work and the subsequent visa, must be applied personally, the application will only be accepted through a representative with a notarised authorisation, where there is justified reason or, in the case of minors, through their parents or legal guardians.

In the case of a positive answer, the applicant must collect personally their visa within one month from the date of notification. Failure to do so, it will be understood that they have renounced the visa granted, and the procedure will be closed.

The consular office, on the basis of a substantiated reason and in addition to the required documentation, reserves the right to request additional documentation or the personal appearance of the applicant without this implying the approval of the visa.

All official documents (birth certificate/death, marriage certificate/divorce, criminal record) must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised. If your application is refused, you will not be refunded the fee you paid at the time of your application.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE The visa can be applied for up to 90 days before the desired date of entry into Spain.

REQUIREMENTS When applying for a visa, you must submit a photocopy of all the original documents that you want to be returned to you at the end of the procedure. This consulate does not make photocopies.

I. APPLICATION FOR AUTHORISATION FOR RESIDENCE AND SELF-EMPLOYMENT: 1. Fill in the EX-07 form of ‘Autorización de residencia temporal y trabajo por cuenta propia’.

2. Fill in the ‘Autorización inicial de residencia temporal’ fee self-assessment form 790-052, to be paid at the Consulate on the day your application is accepted.

3. Fill in the ‘Autorización inicial de trabajo por cuenta propia’ fee self-assessment form 790-062, to be paid at the Consulate on the day your application is accepted.

4. Valid passport or travel document, recognised as valid in Spain. It must have a minimum validity of the duration of the stay and at least two blank pages. Photocopy of all passport pages.

5. Work Permits or Licenses that sanction the building, opening and operation of the planned project or the professional activity, including the information regarding the stage of the process and, if corresponding, certificates of applications filed with competent authorities.

6. Business Plan of Activities that will be carried out, with the anticipated investments shown, your projected profits and the possible amount of jobs created and proof of sufficient economic funds, or contracts of investments or loans from financial institutions. There must be evidence of sufficient funds to establish and maintain employment indefinitely.

7. Proof of having the legally required professional qualification or sufficient experience of carrying on professional activity, as well as professional registration when required.

8. Proof of having sufficient economic funds for covering maintenance and accommodation costs. If the origin of these funds is the self-employed professional activity, it will be evaluated after discounting the necessary costs to cover the maintenance of professional activity.

II. VISA APPLICATION: In case the authorization for residence and self-employed work is granted, the applicant must personally apply for visa within ONE MONTH from receiving the notice of the authorization grant, providing the following documents: 1. National visa form complete, dated and signed. It can be downloaded free of charge on the website: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Documents/Solicitud%20nacional%20ES.pdf

2. Recent passport photograph with white background. Information on the requirements to be met by photographs can be found in the ICAO document. This Consulate does not accept digital retouching on identity photographs.

3. Valid passport or travel document, recognised as valid in Spain. It must have a minimum validity of the duration of the stay and at least two blank pages. Photocopy of all passport pages.

4. Valid UK residence permit and photocopy. Visa applications submitted by non-residents who are in the UK on a C-Visit stay visa will not be accepted.

5. Certificate of criminal record (only in the case of persons over 18 years of age, criminal age in Spain) issued by the country or countries where the applicant has resided within the five years preceding the date of the visa application. It cannot be older than 3 months, unless the certificate itself specifies a longer expiration.

These certificates must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised. Sworn translation into Spanish is also required.

6. Medical certificate, issued no later than 3 months prior to the date of application, it must be formulated in the following terms or similarly:

If the medical certificate is issued in the United Kingdom: “This health certificate states that Mr./Mrs. (…) does not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with what is stipulated by the International Health Regulations of 2005” Certificates issued in the United Kingdom must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish.

If the medical certificate is issued in Spain: “Este certificado médico acredita que el Sr./Sra. (…) no padece ninguna de las enfermedades que pueden tener repercusiones para la salud pública graves, de conformidad con lo dispuesto en el reglamento sanitario internacional de 2005” The Consulate does not provide information about medical centres that issue this certificate.

The applicant may contact any public or private medical centre duly accredited in the territory of the United Kingdom or Spain. Medical certificates issued in countries other than the United Kingdom or Spain will not be accepted.

7. Pay the relevant visa fee at the Consulate on the day your application is accepted. (ENTREPRENEUR VISA - £966)

NOTICE: This information is intended to serve as a guide for visa applicants. While we try to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, Benidorm Seriourly does not assume any legal or other liability for its accuracy and refers to existing Schengen and national regulations.

How to register for Autonomo

How To Register for Autonomo

When do you have to register as autonomo?

If you are earning money in Spain and are not employed or conducting the business through a company.  If the business is incorporated and is a "one person" company, then the sole director (administrador) will be classified autonomo in any case.  If you are working for a Spanish company owned by someone else, then you should either have an employment contract with it or be invoicing the company for your services, which will require autonomo registration.

Unfortunately the rules are quite strict and for any earnings, autonomo registration is required.

Naturally enough this strict interpretation leads many people to accept cash in hand payments rather than register.  The question then arrises - is it possible to declare the income for tax?  The answer is no - unless you comply with the autonomo registration obligation to begin with, it is not possible to declare the income in your annual tax return.  Nor is it possible to provide an invoice to the customer for your service and then for them to deduct the expense against their taxes.  This is because there is no IVA threshold in Spain - all businesses and self-employed must charge IVA (though some activities and goods are exempt - and only registered businesses, autonomo or companies, can issue proper IVA invoices.  In summary, there is no grey area, earnings are either fully legal or fully "black" - not invoiced and subject to IVA, unregistered and undeclared.

How To Register for Autonomo

What's involved?

FEEL this is all a bit too complex to handle on your own get a professional to help you with the process.

Registering autonomo is essentially a two step process: registering as self-employed with the tax office (Agencia Tributaria) and joining the autonomo social security system (Regimen Especial de Trabajadores Autonomos RETA).  Both are reasonably straightforward and the only real requirements are -

There are no requirements to show any business plans, capital or prove professional qualifications.  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 is the bare minimum requirement for registering as self-employed 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).  In practice hiring a private tecnico to assist with this process is normally required.  It is important to note that the licensia does not belong to the building but to the person who took it out; therefore if you buy a business you will need to reapply for a licensia even if nothing has changed and you are operating from the same premises.

And then there are the ongoing obligations applicable to all autonomos,

How To Register for Autonomo

tax and VAT (IVA) returns on a quarterly basis

keep up social security payments (monthly)

issue properly drawn-up invoices, including IVA and - where appropriate - income tax retentions. 

keep accounting records according to the legal standard including income accounts, expense accounts, supporting invoices for expenses and accounts of capital items, being goods used in the business with a life more than 1 year and which can be depreciated (expensed) over a period of time.  These accounting records will be absolutely essential if you are selected for inspection by the tax.

How To Register for Autonomo

Choosing the right classification

There are two types of autonomo - commercial and trading businesses (autonomo empresarial) and professionals or freelancers (autonomo profesional).  Within these broad classifications there are individual sub-classifications depending on the type of business or professional activity being undertaken.  The Agencia Tributaria and Social Security offices both have their own classification systems. Many prospective self-employed people could choose which classification they are to be and they can have some important effects on the timing and structure of tax payments.

Deregistering / winding up

One of the positive things about the autonomo classification is that it is relatively simple to de-register.  Use the same forms for registering (dar la alta in Spanish) to de-register (dar la baja), being the modelo 36 or 37 in the case of the Agencia Tributaria and the TA 521 for social security.  As with registration, do the Agencia before the social security office who will want to see the de-registration for tax purposes before they will take you out of RETA.  Failing to leave RETA properly by filling in the forms will expose you to continuing social security liabilities (just cancelling the standing order is not enough). Also remember that you will still have to do an annual income tax declaration (la Renta) in the year following your last year as an autonomo.

NOTE: once you de-register from RETA your health system card should still be valid for 3 further months.

How To Register for Autonomo

A BASIC STEP BY STEP GUIDE - if unsure employ a Spanish Accountant/Gestor

1) Getting the appointment: Cita Previa. Here, the system will guide you through the following steps:

(You should click on the link to understand these steps better)

  • First they’ll ask you for identification – Identificación
    • NIE number – IE: X-1234567-D
    • Family Name – Primer Apellido (Spaniards have two)
  • Then they’ll ask you to select a procedure – Selección Procedimiento. You’ll have to choose the option of Economic Activity Tax or Impuesto de Actividades Económicas (IAE), first by clicking on: Gestión Censal y acreditación certificado digital; and then: 036/037. IAE. NIF. Etiquetas y cambio de domicilio
  • Now you have to choose your area – Selección Zona. You only need to enter your Post Code number (5 digit code. For example, Benidorms code is 53053.
  • Finally, confirm your appointment! To set up your appointment with Hacienda, you’ll have to follow three more easy steps:
    • Select a date – Selección Fecha
    • Select a time – Selección Horario
    • Click on: Confirmation – Confirmación

2) Signing up in Hacienda for Impuesto de Actividades Economicas (IAE)

Signing up for IAE used to be a tedious task. Today, but it’s surprisingly fast. You just need to show up with your ID and tell the civil servant that you want to become an autónomo. During this step, you are letting Haciendaknow that you would like to register as a freelancer by filling out Modelo 036 / 037.

The funcionario or civil servant will ask you two questions: when you would like to start your activity and what service you are going to offer. Then, he or she will provide you with an “Activity Code” (each profession has a category or code). If your Spanish is good enough, we suggest asking for specific information regarding your activity—IVA, specific retention, etc.

Here are the documents you must bring:

  1. NIE Document
  2. Social Security Number
  3. Bank Account Number

B) Obtaining your Electronic Certificate (Certificado Electrónico)

This will allow you to interact with Hacienda (pay taxes).

https://www.agenciatributaria.es/AEAT.internet/Ayuda/obtener_certificado_electronico.shtml

How To Register for Autonomo

What you need to do:

  • Install the FRMT certificates.
  • Then apply for your User Certificate. They will send a Code to your email.
  • Prove your identity. Once you receive your code in your email, present your ID card at a Seguridad Social office.
  • Finally, you will be able to download your User Certificate.

C) Becoming Autónomo in Seguridad Social’s eyes.

Last step — registering at Seguridad Social — isn’t as easy as it is with Hacienda. But not to worry; when it comes to getting paid, Spain is highly efficient.

By becoming autónomo in the Seguridad Social and starting to cotizar (‘to pay for social security’ in English), you will be covered by Social Security and you have access to the public health system.

What you need to do:

  • Find your closest offices here.
  • Fill out Modelo TA0521. There are workers at the info desk that will give you the form. Just let them know that you’d like to become an autónomo. They will also give you a piece of paper with a number.
  • Once you see this number on the screen, you only have to give them the following information:
    • Your Social Security Number
    • Your ID card
    • A copy of Modelo 036 / 037 (from Hacienda)
    • FNMT-RCM code to prove your identity (the code that you received in the previous step)

For other information on Paperwork required to live in Spain, check out this section of the website

NIE paperwork

HOW TO GET YOUR NIE NUMBER

How to get your NIE number  You now need to make an appointment on line, and you can now print and fill in the forms online using form 790, some people are still being sent to Alicante and some to the Benidorm Police office.  Use this link -  https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.html   Please NOTE, this link does not work correctly from mobile devices.

You can of course pay someone to do all the hard work for you - 'Book your NIE Number Appointment today'  https://mynie.co.uk 

Once you have your appointment and paid the correct fee of  9.54€  (this fee has recently risen) the procedure below will still be the same.

WHAT IS A SPANISH NIE NUMBER - Please note this is NOT Residency, which is now the TIE CARD

Spanish NIE

The Spanish NIE number, short for Numero de Identificacion de Extranero, is a Foreigner Identification Number issued by the Administracion General del Estado (General Administration of the State) and is a fiscal identification number for foreigners who want to stay more than 3 months in Spain, or in order to be able to process certain transaction in Spain like buying/renting a property.

The equivalent of NIE for Spaniards is the NIF (Numero de Identificacion Fiscal)

The NIE number is different from the Empadronamiento or Padron Municipal which is about getting registered in your living community.

The Spanish NIE number starts with a letter, followed by seven numbers and another letter in the end (example X – 1234567 – B). Each NIE number is dedicated to one person and it is neither transferable nor does it expire.

Why it is important?

The Spanish NIE number is basically used as a code to serve people who don’t have Spanish Nationality. It is of essential for virtually every activity that requires your identification. Many people are not aware of the real importance of the NIE number. For example, your very first steps after moving to Spain, like opening a bank account and getting internet/phone contracts, will require a NIE.

The Spanish NIE number is important for those who have a professional or economic interest in Spain.

WHAT YOU NEED YOUR NIE NUMBER FOR

Housing
o Buying or selling a home.
o Signing a mortgage loan.
o Property register and Notaries Public Offices.

Administration
o Local: census; certificates of occupancy of the home; property tax; vehicle tax; capital gains; works licences, business opening licences, etc.
o Justice: civil register, free legal assistance, etc.
o Health: health care card.

Social security
o Obtaining a social security number.
o Applying for services from the INEM (Spanish employment institute).
o Exportation of unemployment benefits from a Member State of the European Economic Space.

Economic relations
o Opening an account in a bank.
o Setting up a business or enterprise.
o Settling state and regional taxes: Income tax for non-residents (IRNR); corporate tax (IS); value-added tax (IVA, VAT); inheritance and gift tax (ISD), etc.
Others
o Buying a vehicle.
o Driving licence.
o Schools for minors, academic studies or university studies.
o Approval and certification of titles and studies.
o Grants and subsidies for studies.
o Electricity and water supply contracts.

How to get NIE number – step by step

Step 1: Make an appointment online.

You have to make an appointment online first before coming in person; otherwise you will not be served. To do that, click on this link and choose “Acceder al Procedimiento” at the bottom.

  • In PROVINCIAS DISPONIBLES choose ALICANTE.
  • In TRÁMITES DISPONIBLES PARA LA PROVINCIA SELECCIONADA choose CPN Asinacion de NIE
  • Click Aceptar
  • Click Entrar
  • Fill in your information:
    • Choose PASAPORTE and enter your passport number below
    • Nombre y apellidos = name and surname
    • País de nacionalidad = your nationality
    • In Caracteres enter what you see on the picture above
    • Click Aceptar
    • choose your date and time
    • add your email address, you will get a confirmation email sent to you with the time and date, print this off and take it with you

Step 2: Fill in form 790 HERE 

Print all 4 pages and pay the necessary fee of 9.64 at the bank. Take your passport with you in case they ask for extra ID.

This form can now only be filled in online and printed out to take to the bank. It is no longer given out at police stations nor immigration offices and cannot be filled in by hand.

The form is very quick to complete and can be filled in by clicking here. You complete it then press the blue button at the end to get a copy you can print out and sign.

Guidance notes: As the form is in Spanish, below  is some advice in English for guidance only (as at March 2018 and subject to change).

Step 3: Fill in the application form

The Spanish NIE number application form you need to find is called EX – 15 Solicitud de Numero de Identidad de Extranjero NIE y Cert .

The form will obviously be in Spanish.

HOW TO FILL IN THE N.I.E. APPLICATION FORM
1 DATOS PERSONALES means PERSONAL DETAILS

1er Apellido: Surname
2º Apellido : (second Surname) Write three chiffons instead (---)
Nombre : Christian Name (make sure to use same as in passport)
Fecha de Nacimiento: Date of birth (use two digits for day and month)
Lugar de nacimiento: Place of birth
Sexo : Gender “H” for Male (Hombre) and “M” Female (Mujer) . X cross the one applicable
Estado Civil: Status. S for single C for married. V for widow and D for divorced
País de nacimiento: Country of Birth
País de nacionalidad: Current Nationality
Nombre del padre: Father´s name
Nombre de la madre: Mother´s name
Domicilio en España: Address in Spain (if you have one, otherwise leave blank) - Localidad: Town, CP: Postcode, Provincia: Province

SECTION 2
Reasons for application:
Economic, Professional or Social (Tick professional for work reasons or social for house purchase)

3) DOMICILIO A EFECTOS DE NOTIFICACIONES
Leave blank

Sign the form at the bottom, under 'firma de solicitante'.

Step 4: Prepare all the necessary documents (checklist)

  • Passport and copy of all pages
  • Address in Spain
  • Completed EX-15 formula
  • 2 recent Passport photos
  • copy of form 790 proving you have paid the fee
  • Document proving why you need a Spanish NIE number, which differs depending on your intentions. In most cases it is:
    • a contract showing that you’re going to buy a property in Spain like real estate, car, etc. or
    • employed:  job contract from the Spanish company or
    • self-employed: a company ownership certificate or
    • persons with sufficient funds: proof that you can live in Spain without working or
    • students: acceptance letter from the school or
    • job seekers: you can go only with passport, but you will be issued a temporary NIE number valid only for 3 months.
  • non-EU citizens will need the additional proof of legal entry into Spain (for instance a landing card, known in Spanish as a declaración de entrada)

Step 5: Go to the authorized office 

You can apply for NIE number at police stations with a Oficina de Extranjeros (Foreigners Office).

Benidorm Police Station -

Carrer Apolo XI, 31, 03501 Benidorm,  Map HERE

Alicante Police Station -

Address: Calle de la Ebanistería, 4-6, 03008 Alicante

Phone: 965 01 93 00

Opening Hours:

Tuesday 9AM–2PM
Wednesday 9AM–2PM
Thursday 9AM–2PM
Friday 9AM–2PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 9AM–2PM

#Useful tips:  Get there early, even with the appointment system, as they will only allow so many NIE applications in one day. It is possible you will have to wait in the queue for hours until your turn at the office, so bring something that can keep you occupied for example a book or a magazine.

Step 6: useful Spanish terms

Some simple Spanish phrases that you might need:

Hello! I would like to apply for NIE number = Hola ! Me gustaría obtener mi número de identidad de extranjero (NIE) .

Where can submit my NIE application? = ¿ Dónde puedo inscribirme?

I have an appointment to get my NIE = Tengo una cita para obtener mi número de identidad de extranjero (NIE).

Step 7: keep calm and wait for it

After submitting all the documents, a photocopy of the application, a paper indicating when the card is available (keep it safe, you will need to show it to them later when you pick up your NIE card) and your passport will be returned to you. Usually after two weeks the NIE card should be available to pick up, but the process can sometimes take as long as 6 weeks. So stay patient! Generally in this area they take 1 week. Some NIE number are now being giving on the same day and you are requested to come back at a certain time. 

Apply for NIE number before you come to Spain

It is also possible to apply for Spanish NIE number before coming to Spain, either by asking the Spanish consulate in your country or using a specialised agency of which many are available online, and the fees vary as well. But since you have read our guide, getting it all on your own won’t be such a pain.

What happens if I lose my N.I.E.?

Your N.I.E. is your life time number so it does not have to be renewed but if you lose it a duplicate must be obtained and you have to apply again in person. The procedure is the same as for a new application. Keep the original document in a safe place and have copies for everyday use. It is seldom that the original is requested

If I change my surname do I have to change my N.I.E?

If your surname changes due to marriage or divorce the N.I.E. must be re-applied for presenting your new passport or I.D. document at the National Police office in your locality. You will retain the same number but a new, correct, document will be issued.

If I change my address in Spain do I have to change my N.I.E?

NO - it is not necessary to change your actual N.I.E. document at the National Police office.

How to get your Padron

What is a “Certificado de Empadronamiento”?

The Empadronamiento, also known as the Padrón Municipal de Habitantes, is a municipal register or census record, similar to an electoral roll. To register on the Padrón is to “empadronarse“. Registering on the empadronamiento places a resident of a town on the list of local inhabitants.

 UK nationals who plan on living in Spain for more than 3 months must register as a resident and on the padrón at their town hall.   Residents may register individually or as a family. To be registered is to be “empadronado“.

How to get your Padron

Register on the padrón

If you live in Spain you must register on the padrón municipal, which is a list of all the people who live in a certain town.

You must register at the address where you normally live. You cannot be registered on the padrón (“empadronado”) at more than one address.

You do not need to own a property to register, you can still register if you are renting or live with others.

Registering on the ‘padrón municipal’ where you live is not the same as registering as a resident in Spain, which is a separate national register called the ‘Registro Central de Extranjeros’.

How to register for your Padron

In Benidorm you now have to call to make a prior appointment +34 965 855 500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or try booking an appointment online (good luck) 

Padrón registries are managed by municipal authorities and town halls across Spain. The registration process may vary between regions. You may have to:

  • request an appointment online (“cita previa”) to register in person
  • submit your application online

You register on the padrón at your local town hall by filling in the form they provide (“solicitud de alta”). This form may be available to download on your local authority’s website.

How to get your Padron

Documents for the padrón

When applying in person or online, you will need to present official identification and documentation which shows you live at the stated address such as:

  • a passport
  • your NIE or residence certificate / card
  • the deeds to your house or a copy of your rental contract
  • a recent utility bill in your name or ‘Impuesto de Bienes Inmuebles (I.B.I)’

Your town hall will issue you a certificado de empadronamiento. You may have to return to collect your certificate, but the authorities will complete your registration on the same day.

Some town halls may charge a small fee (for example 1.20 euros in Palma de Mallorca).

Benefits of padrón registration

By registering you can:

  • access public services and discounts
  • access income-related benefits and social care
  • receive a reduction in taxes
  • get discounted travel for residents on Spanish islands
  • vote in local elections
  • register for local healthcare
  • enrol children in school
  • register a car with a Spanish number plate

Keeping your padrón up to date and de-registering

If you move house within the same municipality, you should request an appointment with your local town hall and update your details by requesting ‘cambio de domicilio’.

If you move to a different municipality, you can register (“alta”) at your new address without needing to de-register from your old addressing (“baja”) as it will be processed automatically by your new local authority.

If you decide to leave Spain, you should de-register by requesting ‘Baja por residencia’. Please refer to your local town for further information regarding de-registering procedures.

How to get your Padron

How to request a duplicate copy

Once registered, you may find that you need to present a duplicate copy of your padrón certificate issued within the last 3 months when carrying out administrative processes in Spain (e.g. civil registries, social services, local education authorities etc.). We are aware that this is a requirement in some Extranjería offices in Spain when applying for residency.

There are many ways to request a duplicate padrón certificate:

  • in person at your local town hall
  • by completing an online form requesting the certificate be sent by post to your registered address
  • instant online access if you have some form of official digital ID such as a ‘certificado digital’ or by using the ‘Cl@ve’ app.

You should check with your local authority for information on the options available to you.

Padrón status checks

You must confirm your padrón status every 2 or 5 years in order to remain registered.

If you have a certificate of residence your town hall will contact you every 5 years from the date you register to confirm that you still live in the town and wish to remain on the padrón.

If you don’t have a certificate of residence your town hall will contact you every 2 years. Your town hall will remove you from the padrón register if they are unable to confirm you still live in the town.

You can check with your town hall that you remain on the padrón register at any time.

Births, deaths and change of address

A change in status (birth, marriage, move to a new location) must be reported to the Padrón Municipal.

  • When moving house within the same community details must be updated by notifying the Padrón Municipal
  • When moving to a different municipality, repeat the registration process in the new community. Once registered, the current community should notify the previous community of the change
  • When moving away from Spain, the town hall or Junta Municipal should be notified so the Padrón can be updated.

Find information on all paperwork required to live in Spain in this section of the website

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Applying for Spanish Residency

Official guidance on applying for Spanish Residency.  This information has been proved by the UK.GOV and is correct at the time of publishing. Updated 1st January 2021

We know that many of you, who may have recently moved to Spain and are finding it difficult to get a residency appointment, are concerned that you will not manage to get your TIE before the end of the Transition Period. We understand that this is concerning, but wanted to reassure you on an important point: If you are unable to complete the registration process before 1 January, you will still be protected by the Withdrawal Agreement, as long as you were legally living in Spain before the end of 2020.

When we say “legally living” we mean that you were living here and meeting the current EU free movement rules of working, being self-employed, or having sufficient income and comprehensive healthcare cover to support you during your retirement or studies.

register your residency

This guide explains the registration processes you must complete as a UK national living in Spain. You must register both on the central register of foreign nationals (‘registro central de extranjeros’) and with your local town hall (‘padrón municipal’). Children must also be registered on both systems.

UK nationals who plan on living in Spain for more than 3 months must register as a resident and on the padrón at their town hall.

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If you are not already in Spain and planning the move you need to apply for a visa to obtain permission to live in Spain.  

The cost of the visa to UK citizens is currently 516 UK pounds. 

Note...This residence permit if granted, does NOT ENTITLE THE HOLDER TO WORK IN SPAIN.

British citizens and their family member need a visa for journey undertaken after 31st December 2020 for the purposes of residence, studies for period larger than 90 days, work, professional, artistic or religious activities.

Find more information on Visas HERE

UK nationals living in Spain before 1 January 2021

On 6 July 2020, the Spanish government introduced a new residence document for UK nationals living in Spain who have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement - the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE). This biometric card explicitly states that it has been issued to the holder under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.

All UK nationals legally resident in Spain before 1 January 2021 have the right to request this card.

UK nationals who register as resident after 6 July 2020

If you register as resident after 6 July 2020 and are living in Spain before 1 January 2021, you must follow a two-step process to obtain your TIE. If you meet the requirements and your

If you register as resident after 6 July 2020 but were living in Spain before 1 January 2021, you must follow a 2-step process to obtain your TIE. If you meet the requirements and your application is approved you will be issued with the TIE. Children must also be registered and obtain their own TIE.

Read the Spanish government’s residency Q&A for further information on the residency process.

Applying for Spanish Residency

Step 1: Submitting your residence application

You must submit your residence application to the immigration office (Oficina de Extranjeros) in the province where you live.

You can do this electronically (if you have a digital signature ‘firma digital’), in person by appointment at the immigration office or via a third party representative who can submit your application, electronically or in person, on your behalf.

You will need to provide the following documentation:

  • application form EX20
  • passport
  • documentation which demonstrates your residence in Spain before 1 January 2021
  • documentation which demonstrates you meet the EU residence criteria on income and healthcare

Make sure you read the specific instructions provided when submitting your application online or when booking an appointment, on any additional documentation required in your province.

If you submit your application in person, many immigration offices will also require you to provide photocopies of official documents, such as your passport, at your appointment.

Submitting your application electronically

You can submit your residency application and supporting documents using the Spanish administration’s online platform (Sede electronica) as long as you have a digital signature:

  • enter the online portal
  • click ‘continuar nueva solicitud’
  • choose ‘EX-20 - Documento de residencia Artículo 50 TUE para nacionales del Reino Unido (emitido de conformidad con el artículo 18.4 del Acuerdo de retirada)’

Submitting your application in person

To submit your application and documents in person, you must first request an appointment at the immigration office. In many provinces you must do this online via the public administration website:

  • choose your province
  • select ‘trámites oficinas de extranjería’ (if this option is available)
  • choose the option ‘Trámite para la documentación de nacionales de Reino Unido (Brexit)’

In some regions this last option is not available and first time applicants should choose ‘solicitud de autorizaciones’ to request an appointment.

However, in the following regions you must contact the immigration office by telephone or by email.

  • Malaga - call +34 95 298 04 60 and select OPTION 5 to request your appointment
  • Seville - call +34 955 56 94 96 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request your appointment
  • Barcelona - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request your appointment
  • Madrid - email the appointment request form, the EX20 application form and your supporting documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Valencia - email the EX20 application form and your supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are not sure how to request an appointment, contact the immigration office in your province.

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Step 2: Applying for your TIE

Once your residency application has been approved by the immigration office you will need to obtain the TIE from the national police.

You must apply for an appointment online.

  • choose your province
  • then “trámites cuerpo nacional de policía” (if this option is available)
  • then “Policía Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares”

You must attend this appointment at the police station in person with the following documentation:

  • application form EX23
  • passport
  • proof you have paid the fee (via form ‘modelo 790, code 012’ – choose option ‘certificado de registro de residente comunitario’)
  • photograph (you must ensure this meets the Spanish administration’s requirements)

Many police stations will also require you to provide photocopies of official documents such as your passport at your appointment.

You will need to return to the police station with your valid passport to collect the TIE once it is ready.

Read the Spanish government’s residency Q&A for full details of the application process and documentation required.

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UK nationals who registered before 6 July 2020

If you registered for residency before 6 July 2020 and have a green paper residence certificate, you do not have to take action. Your green certificate (A4 or credit card-sized) remains valid and proof of your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

You may exchange it for the new TIE if you want to. The Spanish government recommends obtaining the TIE at it is more durable and may simplify some administrative processes. If you want to exchange your green paper certificate for the TIE there is no deadline for doing so.

To start the process you must apply for an appointment online.

  • select your province
  • then ‘trámites cuerpo nacional de policía’ (if this option is available)
  • then ‘Policía Exp tarjeta asociada al Acuerdo de retirada ciudadanos británicos y sus familiares’

You must attend this appointment at the police station in person with the following documentation:

  • application form EX23
  • passport
  • proof you have paid the fee (via form ‘modelo 790, code 012’ – choose option ‘certificado de registro de residente comunitario’)
  • photograph (you must ensure this meets the Spanish administration’s requirements)

Many police stations will also require you to provide photocopies of official documents, such as your passport, at your appointment.

You will need to return to the police station with your valid passport to collect the TIE once it is ready.

Read the Spanish government’s residency Q&A for full details of the application process and documentation required.

Applying for Spanish Residency

Validity and renewal of residence documents

If you apply for the TIE and have been resident in Spain for less than 5 years, you will be issued with a temporary TIE, valid for 5 years. You can apply for a permanent TIE as soon as you reach 5 years total legal residence in Spain. You do not have to wait until the original card has expired.

If you apply for the TIE and have been resident in Spain for more than 5 years, you will be issued with a permanent TIE, valid for 10 years.

You must renew your TIE card if it is about to expire. You must do so in the month before or within 3 months after its expiry date.

Read the Spanish government’s residency Q&A for full details of the application process and documentation required.

How long can you stay out of Spain without risking your residency?

Did you know that under the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) there is a limit to the amount of time you be absent from your host state without losing our residence rights.

If you have permanent residence the permitted absence period is 5 years.

If you hold ordinary residence then the basic permitted absence is a total of 6 months in a 12-month period. This can be extended to “one absence of a maximum of twelve consecutive months for important reasons such as pregnancy and childbirth, serious illness, study or vocational training, or a posting in another Member State or a third country.” These are just examples and are not exclusive, if in doubt take legal advice from the consulate.

Register on the padrón

If you live in Spain you must register on the padrón municipal. This is a list kept by the town hall of all the people who live in that town.

You must register at the address where you normally live. You cannot be registered on the padrón (‘empadronado’) at more than one address.

You do not need to own a property to register, you can still register if you are renting or live with others.

Registering on the padrón municipal where you live is not the same as registering as a resident in Spain, which is a separate national register called the Registro Central de Extranjeros. See information in the sections above.

How to register on the padrón municipal

Padrón registries are managed by municipal authorities and town halls across Spain. The registration process may vary between regions. You may have to:

  • request an appointment online (cita previa) to register in person
  • submit your application online

Ask at your town hall or consult their website for information on the process to follow in your area.

You register on the padrón by filling in the form provided by your town hall (solicitud de alta). This form may be available to download on your town hall’s website.

Documents for the padrón

When applying in person or online, you will need to present your valid passport as official identification, as well as documentation which shows you live at the stated address such as:

  • your NIE (numero de identidad de extranjero) or residence certificate / card
  • the deeds to your house or a copy of your rental contract
  • a recent utility bill in your name or proof of payment of municipal taxes

Your town hall will issue you with a certificate confirming your registration (certificado de empadronamiento). You may have to return to collect your certificate, but the authorities will complete your registration on the same day.

Some town halls may charge a small fee (for example, the fee in Palma de Mallorca is 1.20 euros).

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Benefits of padrón registration

By registering you can:

  • access public services and discounts
  • access income-related benefits and social care
  • receive a reduction in taxes
  • get discounted travel if you are resident on a Spanish island
  • vote in local elections
  • register for local healthcare
  • enrol children in school
  • register a car with a Spanish number plate

Keeping your padrón up to date and de-registering

If you move house within the same municipality, you should request an appointment with your local town hall and update your details by requesting ‘cambio de domicilio’.

If you move to a different municipality, you must register (‘alta’) at your new address but you do not need to de-register from your old address (‘baja’) as it will be processed automatically by your new local authority.

If you decide to leave Spain, you should de-register by requesting ‘Baja por residencia’. Please refer to your local town for further information regarding de-registering procedures

How to request a duplicate copy of your padrón certificate

Once registered, you may find that you need to present a duplicate copy of your padrón certificate issued within the last 3 months when carrying out administrative processes in Spain. It is a requirement at some Extranjeria offices when registering as a resident. It may also be required at civil registries, social services, local education authorities etc.

There are many ways to request a duplicate padrón certificate:

  • in person at your local town hall
  • by completing an online form (if available on your town hall’s website) and requesting the certificate be sent by post to your registered address
  • instantly online, if you have some form of official digital ID such as a certificado digital or by using the Cl@ve app.

You should check with your local authority for information on the options available to you.

Padrón status checks

You must confirm your padrón status every 2 or 5 years in order to remain registered.

If you have a green paper residence certificate (A4 or credit card-sized) or the TIE, your town hall will contact you every 5 years from the date you register to confirm that you still live in the town and wish to remain on the padrón.

If you don’t have a green paper residence certificate (A4 or credit card-sized) or the TIE, your town hall will contact you every 2 years. Your town hall will remove you from the padrón register if they are unable to confirm you still live in the town.

You can check with your town hall that you remain on the padrón register at any time.

Disclaimer

Please note this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Spanish authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) nor Benidorm Seriously is not liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

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Spanish Healthcare System

The Spanish Healthcare System for UK nationals Living in Spain

Spanish Healthcare System -  How to get state healthcare if you live, work or study in Spain.

Sanidad makes the 'Patient Portal' available to citizens on its website -

With a single click you can access services that will avoid travel and waiting - Pending appointments can be consulted not only in Primary Care, but also with each specialist

The Department of Universal Health and Public Health has developed a section on the website called 'Patient Portal', which collects, on a single page, the sections most consulted by citizens  that have to do with the health care they receive .

The 'Patient Portal' offers a much more visible and accessible usability experience. With a single click you can access from the home page of san.gva.es (see here: http://www.san.gva.es/web_estatica/index_va.html) to information and services that will avoid travel or waiting.

In the portal you can find different sections such as, for example, consult a medical appointment at the health center. In addition, this new version incorporates two outstanding novelties in the service through the web. For the first time, pending appointments can be consulted not only in Primary Care, but also with each specialist. A section with information on video consultations has also been incorporated: the temporary solution that the Ministry is implementing to improve communication with the patient, above all, with the reduction of presence due to COVID-19.

You have direct access to the 'SIP Health Card' section, where there will be the different procedures that will allow, in an agile and simple way, to register and also request the renewal of the health card or the modification of the contact information, as well such as the recording of communication preferences dependent on hearing ability.

Other functionalities are to be able to access the Electronic Health History or to solve the most frequent doubts through 'Your SAIP responds'. The general director of Planning, Technological Efficiency and Patient Care, Llanos Cuenca, stressed that "we continue working to simplify the procedures that citizens carry out with those issues related to their health, while we bring them closer to health by eliminating all kinds of barriers , even those that come to us due to circumstances such as the pandemic. 

You can consult the 'Patient Portal' at the following link: consult here

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19 symptoms, or if I’ve been in contact with someone infected?

First, avoid all physical contact with other people. Next, inform the local healthcare authorities immediately via the information helpline.  The number for the Valencian region is 900 300 555

Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

Information updated 1st January 2021 - General information

The Spanish Healthcare System

You need to make sure you are correctly registered for the Spanish healthcare system as a resident in Spain.

All residents in Spain need to register to access healthcare.

At the moment, UK nationals usually access the Spanish national health system in one of these ways:

Through entitlement to healthcare as a permanent resident if they’ve lived in Spain for 5 years (resident before 2012 were/are legally entitled to free healthcare)

Through entitlement to healthcare if they’re employed or self-employed in Spain

Paying directly into the public health insurance scheme (Convenio Especial)

Registering a UK-issued S1 form with the social security office

Using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) for temporary stays

Once registered for healthcare, basic state services are free, but there are some things that patients need to pay for. For example, you usually have to pay something towards prescriptions – either a reduced price or the full price.

Spanish Healthcare system if you live and work in Spain

Healthcare if you live and work in Spain

If you’re working or self-employed in Spain, you’re entitled to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen. Your dependants are also entitled.

Register at your local health centre with your social security number. You can get a social security number from your local National Social Security Institute (TGSS) office in Spain.

Your dependants need to register separately.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll get a health insurance card. Take it with you whenever you visit a doctor.

You may be entitled to a Spanish EHIC for travel, including visits to the UK.

You may also have the right to apply for a UK S1 if you start drawing a UK State Pension.

Spanish Healthcare system if you’re a permanent resident

If you’ve been a resident in Spain for 5 years or more, you can apply for permanent residency. This will give you access to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen.

Once you’re a permanent resident, you need to register for healthcare at your local INSS office. They will give you a document which you need to take to your local health centre.

If the UK pays for your healthcare, for example through an S1 form, you cannot register for healthcare as a permanent resident.

If you are not a permanent resident and you are not working but need healthcare in Spain

You can apply to join the public health insurance scheme. This is called the Convenio Especial. You pay a monthly fee to join the scheme, which gives you access to the Spanish health system.

You can apply if you’ve been registered on the ‘padrón’ (at your local town hall) for at least one year.

If you’ve lived in Spain for less than one year and cannot get healthcare cover, you’ll need to buy private health insurance.

If the UK pays for your healthcare, for example through an S1, you cannot join the Convenio Especial.

Spanish Healthcare System

The Convenio Especial

The Convenio Especial is a pay-in scheme which allows you to access state healthcare in Spain.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

You will pay a monthly fee of 60 euros (under 65 years old) or 157 euros (over 65 years old).

Be aware that your prescription costs aren’t subsidised on this scheme, so you will pay full cost for prescription medicine. You won’t be eligible for a European Health Insurance card

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE CONVENIO ESPECIAL?

You can apply for this scheme if you aren’t eligible to access to state healthcare, for example as a worker or pensioner.

You need to have been living in Spain for a minimum of 12 months, and have been registered for 12 months with the town hall (padrón).

You are still eligible for the Convenio Especial if you have pre-existing conditions, so if you can’t get private health insurance because of your medical history then this is a good option for you.

If the UK pays for your healthcare, for example through an S1, you cannot join the Convenio Especial.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can find out how to apply in your region below. If your region isn’t listed, please check with your nearest health centre. For further information about the application process, please contact the authorities in your region (via the links below).

Spanish health care system, SIP card

Spanish Healthcare System if you’re a dependant of someone living or working in Spain

Dependants and family members are classified differently in Spain than the UK.

Find out who’s considered a dependant under Spanish law.

If you classify as a dependant of someone entitled to state healthcare in Spain (because they’re either working in Spain, a permanent resident or receiving Spanish benefits) you’ll need to apply at your local INSS office.

You’ll also need to show a letter stating that you are not covered by the UK for healthcare (documento de no exportación). You can request this by calling NHS Overseas Healthcare Services.

NHS Overseas Healthcare Services
Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday, 9am to 3pm

Spanish healthcare system - If your UK employer has sent you to Spain temporarily (‘posted workers’)

A posted worker is someone who is employed or self-employed in the UK, but temporarily sent to another European Economic Area (EEA) country.

UK posted workers can access healthcare in Spain using a UK-issued EHIC or an S1 form if Spain opts in to posted worker arrangements as a part of the agreement with the EU. Spain will need to confirm this by the end of January 2021.

If Spain does not opt in to posted worker arrangements, you may need to do one or more of the following:

  • join a local healthcare scheme
  • cover the cost of your healthcare with private health insurance

HMRC has a helpline for National Insurance enquiries from non-UK residents. They can answer questions about posted worker status and explain which documents you will need to get healthcare while posted.

UK-funded healthcare: using an S1 form in Spain

There’s different guidance if you’re a posted worker.

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you’re a Spanish resident and receive a UK State Pension.

You may also be entitled to an S1 form if you’re a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another). You must contact HMRC National Insurance enquiries to find out if you’re eligible.

If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021, you may also be entitled to an S1 if you receive some other ‘exportable benefits’.

Not all UK benefits that can be claimed while abroad entitle you to UK-funded healthcare. Read more about claiming benefits if you move abroad or contact Jobcentre Plus to ask about a benefit.

When you get your S1 form, you must register it with your local social security office (INSS).

This will mean you and your dependants will be entitled to state healthcare on the same basis as a Spanish citizen.

You’ll also get:

  • a UK-issued EHIC for travel
  • planned treatments in other EU countries

If you moved to the EU before 1 January 2021, you’ll have access to the NHS in England when you’re visiting.

How to get an S1 form

If you have a UK State Pension, you must request an application form by phone from the Overseas Healthcare Services. This is part of the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).

NHS Overseas Healthcare Services
Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday, 9am to 3pm

How to use an S1 form in Spain

You must register your S1 at your local INSS office.

The INSS will give you a Spanish social security number. Take this to your local healthcare centre to register.

You’ll be given a medical card which you can use when you visit a doctor.

Spanish Healthcare System if Studying in Spain

You can use an EHIC or GHIC to get medically necessary healthcare until the end of your study period.

Moving back to the UK

If you return to the UK permanently you will be able to use the NHS like any other UK resident.

Going to the doctor in Spain

In Spain, you get primary heath care through a health centre (centro de salud or centro de asistencia primaria or CAP), or a general doctor (médico de cabecera). Before you can see a doctor, you’ll need to register (see above).

Find your local health centre. The health centre will probably have around six doctors and you may not see the same one each time you visit, although in some centres you can book to see the same doctor, particuarly if you are in ongoing treatment. Find a doctor with his or her own practice through the phone book or by personal recommendation.

Doctors may offer both private and state healthcare; make sure you are clear which type of healthcare you want. There may be separate surgery times for private and state patients. You should be given a leaflet called Carta de Derechos y Deberes (Charter of Rights and Obligations) that sets out your rights as a patient. You usually make an appointment to see a doctor at a health centre although doctors with individual practice may offer a first-come-first-served basis. You have the right to be accompanied by a friend or relative during consultations. You can change doctors easily, just by re-registering.

Centro de Saluds in Benidorm

Going to see a specialist

If you want to be seen by a medical specialist in Spain you’ll need to be referred by a family doctor. If you have private health insurance, you’ll be able to see a specialist much faster than going through the public system.

Hospitals

In an emergency you can go straight to a hospital A&E or ER (Urgencias).

If you want to get any other type of hospital treatment, you’ll need a referral from a doctor. There are public and private hospitals. Only the public hospitals provide free treatment. Some hospitals offer both private (privado) and state healthcare services (asistencia sanitaria pública), so make sure the staff knows which service you want.

When you go to hospital you’ll need to show your social security card or proof of private insurance.

If you are discharged from a hospital and need medication, you have to take the hospital medical report to a pharmacy for the prescription to be fulfilled, as hospital doctors don’t issue prescriptions.

Pharmacies in Spain

You can take a prescription to any pharmacy (farmacia). Look for a shop with a large green cross sign outside.

Pharmacy opening hours
Pharmacies are usually open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 2pm and 5pm to 9.30pm, and Saturdays 9.30am to 2pm. There’s usually a notice on the pharmacy window or door with details of the nearest 24-hour pharmacy (farmacia de guardia) – or you can find a list of pharmacies online.

Prescription charges in Spain

You have to pay a percentage of the cost of prescription medicines, and the cost is non-refundable. How much you pay depends on your income and whether you are of working age or a state pensioner. For example.

If you are a pensioner with a non-contributory pension or have a minimum income, you will not have to pay anything for your medicines.

If you earn less than 18,000 euros per year, you will pay 10 percent of the price of medicines, with a maximum of 8 euros per month.

If you earn more than 18,000 euros per year, the maximum will be 18 euros per month. 

Pensioners with an income of over 100,000 euros per year will pay 60 percent of the medicines, with a limit of 60 euros per month.

If you are working and you have an annual income of less than 18,000 euros, you will have to pay for 40% 

If your income exceeds 18,000 euros but is less than 100,000 euros, you will pay for 50% 

If you earn more than 100,000 euros a year, you will pay 60% 

If you are unemployed you will no longer have to pay any the drugs.

You can find out more about this co-payment system, in Spanish, here.

Registered pharmacists can also provide health consultations and guidance on health matters.

Visiting the dentist in Spain

Dental treatment is not covered by the state healthcare system unless in an emergency. You must either pay for dental treatment unless you have private health insurance. Find a dentist by looking in the phone book or by personal recommendation. Just call up and make an appointment.

Pregnancy and birth in Spain

The standard of care for pregnant women in Spain is highly regarded in both the private and public sectors. The degree of medical contact is reasonably high, with an initial appointment with a doctor or midwife (comadrona/llevadora) to confirm the pregnancy, antenatal appointments and hospital scans. Most births take place in a hospital although home births are becoming increasingly popular. A word of warning: if you wish to give birth at a private clinic, it’s advisable to take out medical insurance well ahead of getting pregnant otherwise it might be hard to find an insurer.

In an emergency

In a serious, life-threatening emergency, call the number 112 free of charge from any mobile/cell phone or landline. The Spanish word for A&E or ER is urgencias.

Other emergency numbers include:

  • 060 for an ambulance (ambulancia)
  • 961 496 199 – emergency dentists
  • 963 600 313 – on duty pharmacy

Useful Spanish phrases in an emergency

  • Accident: Accidente
  • Emergency: Emergencia/Urgencia
  • I need an ambulance: Necesito una ambulancia
  • I need a doctor: Necesito un medico
  • Heart attack: Ataque cardiaco/Infarto
  • Stroke: El accidente vascular cerebral
  • I need a dentist: Necesito un dentista

The above information has been provided by the UKGOV and is up to date at the time of publication.

Spanish Healthcare System General Questions and Answers

Where do I get my SIP card from?

Your SIP card is issued at your local Medical Centre.

How do I find out which Medical Centre I should be registered with?

You should call Infosalut on 900 161 161.

How do I change personal details or address.   Where do I contact for a new card if lost, stolen, damaged etc

Visit your Local Medical Centre or call the Information Help Desk on 900 662 000

Who do I notify of changes in circumstances ie from working to retired?

Visit your local Medical Centre, and present an updated photocopy of Annex I, which will have been provided by the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS). In the case of a different accreditation change, please provide the supporting documentation.

Where do I notify a change of registration (Empadronamiento/Padron)?

Visit your local Medical Centre and present the new Certificate of Registration.

I am contributing to Social Security and I am going to travel outside of Spain (to a European Union country). Where do I apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

You can call the INSS Information Telephone Number on 900 166 565 or visit the CAISS Social Security Information Centre.

Could I be refused medical care in Spain if I'm not registered as a resident and have no health card?

If under the age of 18, you are entitled to the same attention as any Spanish citizen. Assistance in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum is also guaranteed.

People who are not entitled to the card will be attended to in case of emergencies due to illness or accident.

If you are refused treatment at your local health center or public hospital when underage, pregnant or in the event of an emergency, you can make a formal complaint in writing by asking for the “Hojas de Reclamaciones”,  (book of complaints).

For general questions about my Health Insurance, where can I call?

Please contact the Help Desk on 900 66 2000.

 

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