Living in Spain
Information for British citizens moving to or living in Spain, including guidance on residency, healthcare and passports.
This guide sets out essential information for British citizens moving to or living in Spain.
Read about the services our consulates in Spain can provide.
This information is provided as a guide only. You should get definitive information from the Spanish authorities. Read the general guidance on moving to and living in Spain from the Spanish government. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is not liable for any inaccuracies in this information.
Read general guidance on moving or retiring abroad.
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If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021
Some parts of this guide only apply if you were living in Spain since before 1 January 2021. You should read these in addition to the rest of the guidance in each section.
You should also read our Living in Europe page for detailed guidance about citizens’ rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
Follow the advice of the Spanish Government and your local authority. You should also read the Spain travel advice.
For information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine as a UK national in Spain, read the coronavirus travel advice.
Visas and residency
You must tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad.
Check the entry requirements for Spain.
Before you move to Spain you must apply for the appropriate visa from the Spanish consulates in London or Edinburgh, or the Spanish consulate in Manchester (details available from the Foreign embassies in the UK list. You must apply for your residence document as soon as you arrive in Spain. Your children must also be registered with their own residency documents.
Read the Spanish government’s guidance on:
- moving to Spain
- the different types of residence permit available to you (in Spanish)
Visas and residency if you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021
If you have been living in Spain legally since before 1 January 2021, you and your family members have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. You must ensure you are correctly registered as a resident. Your children must also be registered with their own residency documents.
If you are registering for the first time, you will be issued with a biometric residence card called a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE). This card shows that you have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
If you registered as a resident before 6 July 2020, you will have a green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper from Extranjeria or the police. This is still a valid residency document. You do not have to exchange this document for the new TIE. However, we and the Spanish government strongly recommend that you do.
The TIE biometric card is more durable. It will also simplify administrative processes and border crossings. Read the Spanish government’s guidance on how to apply for the new TIE.
Both the TIE and the green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper, exempt you from European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and visa requirements.
If you have difficulty using your green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper, read the Spanish government’s informative note on documentation for UK nationals. This explains which documents you can use to prove your residence and Withdrawal Agreement rights in Spain. You can refer to this informative note when accessing public services and dealing with businesses that provide services.
For more information:
- see the Spanish government’s information on residency for UK nationals living in Spain before 1 January 2021
- read the Spanish government’s guidance for UK nationals living in Spain before 1 January 2021
If you need further information on how to register as a resident, you may find the information on the webpages from these organisations in Spain useful:
|Region of Spain||Website|
|Alicante, Valencia and Castellon||Babelia|
|Andalusia, Castilla la Mancha, Castilla León, Ceuta, Extremadura, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia||The International Organization for Migration|
|Aragon, Asturias, Balearics, Basque Country (Pais Vasco), Canary Islands, Cantabria, Catalonia, Galicia, La Rioja, Navarra||Age in Spain|
For details of official Spanish government and non-government organisations including in the voluntary sector, visit the Support in Spain website.
Your close family members are able to join you and settle in Spain at any time in the future. Read more information on who this applies to in the Living in Europe guidance. They should apply online before moving to Spain (in Spanish) or through a third party in Spain, such as a lawyer. Alternatively, they can apply within 3 months of arrival to Spain.
Depending on their nationality, some non-EU family members may need a visa before travel. The Spanish authorities should issue Withdrawal Agreement family reunion visas free of charge.
Read the Spanish government’s guidance for ‘UK nationals and their family members residing in Spain’. This explains how you and your close family members can apply for the TIE and how to renew your TIE before it expires.
If your request to register under the Withdrawal Agreement is refused, read the refusal letter carefully. It will set out the decision, the reasons for it, and how to appeal. You have 1 month to appeal from the date of the refusal letter.
The appeal process usually has 2 steps:
- administrative appeal, where a different administrative authority reviews the decision
- court appeal
The outcome of an appeal is final. If you want to appeal, we strongly recommend you seek independent, specialised legal advice. The British Embassy cannot get involved in individual immigration applications and we cannot provide legal advice.
- seek legal advice using the Spanish Bar Association website (Spanish with English translation) or the ‘Find a lawyer in Spain’ directory
- read about access to legal aid in Spain
- get help and advice, or make a complaint about how your registration request has been processed, free of charge, using the European Commission’s specialist assistance service
If you do not want to appeal, or do not meet the criteria to reside in Spain under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, you should consider other options:
- contact the local immigration services (servicio de atención al inmigrante) provided by your local town hall or regional government
- read the Spanish government information on general immigration routes and criteria (in Spanish) and Spanish government information on immigration if you are in exceptional circumstances (in Spanish). These circumstances include if you are a victim of domestic violence, or if you can prove strong family, work or social links to Spain
- contact organisations that specialise in migration issues, such as ACCEM (in Spanish) or Migrar.org (in Spanish) run by the Red Cross
- read information on returning to the UK
Passports and travel
Coronavirus travel restrictions may affect may affect travel to and from Spain.
You can apply for or renew your British passport from Spain. The British Embassy does not issue passports.
Check the Spain travel advice for passport validity requirements.
Always carry your passport when travelling within the Schengen area. If you have citizenship of an EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) country, in addition to your British citizenship, you should enter and leave Spain using your EU or EFTA passport.
If you stay in Spain with a Spanish residence permit or long-stay visa, this time does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit for the Schengen area.
If you visit other Schengen area countries outside Spain, make sure you do not exceed the visa-free 90 days in any 180-day period. You are responsible for counting how long you stay under the Schengen visa waiver, and you must comply with its conditions.
Different rules apply if you are travelling to other EU and Schengen countries as a resident of Spain. Check each country’s travel advice page for information on entry requirements.
If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021
When you travel, carry your residence document (the green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper or the TIE) or frontier worker permit issued under the Withdrawal Agreement, in addition to your valid passport.
You must proactively show your residence document (the green A4 certificate or credit card-sized piece of paper or the TIE) if you are asked to show your passport at border control. If you have applied for, but not yet received, your residence document, show proof that your application is in progress.
If you cannot prove that you are a resident in Spain, you may be asked additional questions at the border to enter the EU. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. This will not affect your rights in the country or countries where you live or work. If a passport is stamped, the stamp is considered null and void when you can show evidence of lawful residence.
If you have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you can enter and exit Spain with a valid passport. You do not need any additional validity on the passport beyond the dates on which you are travelling.
Children travelling from Spain
Children (under 18 years old) resident in Spain, who travel out of Spain without a person who has parental responsibility, may need a certified authorisation by that person. This is required in addition to a valid travel document.
The regulation does not apply to foreign children resident in Spain who are subject to the law of their country of nationality, or to non-resident foreign children visiting Spain.
The Spanish immigration authorities are aware that there is no similar standard regulation in the UK, and therefore British consulates do not provide travel authorisation documents.
British children do not need written permission to travel unless they are subject to a court order which states that written permission is required from those holding parental responsibility. If the child is subject to such a court order, or to ensure that an unaccompanied child will be able to leave Spain without delay, you must obtain a certified authorisation from a public notary in Spain.
If you have parental responsibility for Spanish children in Spain, you can obtain a certified authorisation at a notary, national police station (in Spanish, or at the Guardia Civil (in Spanish).
Flight discounts for residents in Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla
Read the Spanish government’s guidance on who is eligible to access discounts on flights (in Spanish), and on how this has changed for UK nationals since 1 January 2021.
Read our guidance on healthcare in Spain and make sure you are correctly registered for your circumstances.
If you are resident in Spain, you must not use your UK-issued EHIC or GHIC for healthcare in Spain, unless you are a student or a detached (posted) worker.
Travel insurance is also not intended to cover healthcare costs if you live overseas.
Read the Spanish government’s guidance on access to healthcare.
You should also read our guidance on:
Working in Spain
If you are planning to move to Spain and work, you must apply for the appropriate visa. Application processing times vary and you should only make travel arrangements once your visa has been issued.
Read the Spanish government’s guidance on:
- working in Spain as a foreign national
- immigration routes open to foreign national workers (in Spanish)
- how to get a visa
Read the guidance on visas and applying for a visa at the:
To apply for a job, you may need to provide a:
- UK criminal records certificate
- Spanish criminal records certificate (Certificado de Antecedentes Penales)
- certificate from the Spanish sex offenders registry (Certificado de Delitos de Naturaleza Sexual) to work with children
- record of your employment history in Spain from Seguridad Social (a Vida Laboral certificate)
- working or providing services in Spain
- working in an EU country
- EU guidance on working in an EU country
- guidance on how to get your UK academic or professional qualifications recognised in Spain
- the Spanish government’s guidance on the right of UK nationals to work in the public sector
If you plan to work in Spain, even if you work for a UK-based company, this may affect where you pay National Insurance-type contributions. Read the National insurance and social security contributions section for more information.
If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021
You have the right to work without a visa, under the Withdrawal Agreement.You can use your TIE or green A4 certificate or credit-sized piece of paper as proof of your right to work.
If you live in Spain and were regularly commuting to work in another EU or EFTA country before 1 January 2021, read our guidance for frontier workers.
Professional and academic qualifications
You may need to get your professional qualification recognised if you want to work in a profession that is regulated in Spain.
Read guidance on:
Recognition and legalisation of UK academic documents
If you need your UK academic qualification officially recognised in Spain, follow the Spanish Ministry of Education’s guidance (in Spanish).
Your degree certificate or other documents need to be certified by a UK notary public and then legalised by the FCDO Legalisation Office. This legalisation service is not provided by the British Embassy in Madrid, UK consulates in Spain, or the British Council in Spain.
Read guidance on getting your UK degree qualification certified and legalised in the UK.
If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021
If the relevant regulator in Spain officially recognised your professional qualification before 1 January 2021, or you started the recognition process by this date, make sure you understand the terms of your decision. You should get advice from the relevant regulator.
Studying in Spain
If you plan to study in Spain, carry out an internship or take up a placement as a language assistant, you must meet all visa requirements before you travel.
Contact the relevant higher education provider in Spain to check what fees you may have to pay.
Read guidance on:
- continuing your studies in the EU
- studying in the European Union
- immigration routes for students, internships and language assistants (in Spanish)
- visas for students, internships and language assistants from the Spanish Consulates in London, Edinburgh and Manchester
- healthcare for students in Spain
If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021
The studying in the European Union guidance includes information if you were already living in Spain before 1 January 2021.
The UK has a double taxation agreement with Spain so that you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. Ask the relevant tax authority your questions about double taxation relief.
You should get professional advice on paying tax in Spain. Some English-speaking lawyer in Spain or registered ‘gestores’ provide this service.
Read guidance about:
- tax if you leave the UK to live abroad
- tax on your UK income if you live abroad
- tax if you get a pension and live abroad
- paying income tax in Spain
- paying tax in Spain from the Spanish Tax Authority
- EU factsheet on buying goods online from UK websites
Declaring your assets
As a Spanish resident, you must declare your global income to the Spanish authorities, no matter which country it came from. If you are not a resident, you will only pay tax on income that came from Spain.
You may need to file an annual declaration of overseas assets called a Modelo 720. There are penalties if you do not file, or give incorrect or incomplete information.
National insurance and social security contributions
National Insurance-type contributions (NIC) are called ‘social security contributions’ (SSC) in Spain. Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Spain.
If you plan to move to Spain and work, even if you continue working for a UK-based company, you and your employer may need to pay social security contributions in Spain. These social security contributions would entitle you to certain benefits, such as healthcare, in Spain.
Read guidance on National insurance for workers from the UK working in the EEA or Switzerland.
Check your UK National Insurance record.
Read our guidance on entitlement to UK benefits and pensions while you are living in Spain.
Check which benefits you can claim while abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit cannot be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
You may be entitled to Spanish benefits. To find out if you are entitled to Spanish benefits and how to claim, you can:
- speak to a social worker (trabajador social) at your local town hall (ayuntamiento) (in Spanish)
- read the guidance from the Spanish Ministry of Social Rights
- read the guidance from the Institute for Senior Citizens and Social Services (IMSERSO) or contact the Institute for more information
- read the Spanish government guidance on social security benefits for workers
Read guidance on entitlement to UK benefits and pensions while you are living in Spain.
Read State Pension guidance if you have lived in Australia, Canada or New Zealand and you are claiming or waiting to claim your UK State Pension.
If you retire in Spain, you can claim:
- your UK State Pension or new UK State Pension. Contact the International Pension Centre for further information
- pensions if you’ve worked in other EU countries
Read the Money and Pension Service’s MoneyHelper guidance on pension and retirement for more information on cross-border pensions.
Life Certificates for UK State Pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you must respond as soon as possible. Your payments may be suspended if you do not.
Money and banking
Whether UK banks can provide service to customers living in the EEA depends on local laws and regulation.
Read the Money and Pension Service’s MoneyHelper guidance on banking, insurance and financial services for more information on cross-border banking.
Accommodation and buying property
Read guidance on how to buy or let property in Spain.
Driving in Spain
Read the guidance on:
You cannot renew or replace your UK, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man driving licence if you live in Spain.
If you have one of these licences, you can use it to drive for up to 6 months after becoming resident in Spain. To continue driving after this, you must apply for a Spanish driving licence.
The process for obtaining a Spanish licence depends on whether you have a UK, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man licence.
You cannot use an International Driving Permit (IDP) instead of a Spanish licence.
From 16 March 2023 you can drive using your valid UK or Gibraltar licence for 6 months. This is a temporary measure that the UK and Spanish governments have agreed.
If you have a valid UK or Gibraltar driving licence
If you were living in Spain before 16 March 2023, you can use your valid UK or Gibraltar driving licence to drive in Spain for 6 months from this date.
If you move to Spain after 16 March 2023, your valid UK or Gibraltar licence will be recognised for 6 months from the date you obtained residence.
If you have a UK or Gibraltar licence, you can exchange your driving licence for a Spanish one without taking a practical or theory test. You should do this within 6 months from 16 March or within 6 months of the date you obtain your residence, whichever is later. After this your UK or Gibraltar driving licence will no longer be valid for driving in Spain. However, you will be able to exchange it for a Spanish one.
Read the Spanish Traffic Authority (DGT) information on how to exchange your UK and Gibraltar licence for a Spanish one.
You will need to present a ‘check code’ from the DVLA, along with other documentation, at your appointment. If you have problems obtaining a check code, contact the DVLA on +44 300 083 0013 to ask for a Certificate of Entitlement.
If your licence was issued in Northern Ireland, read Northern Ireland government guidance to obtain the check code. If you have problems obtaining a check code, contact the DVA.
If your licence was issued in Gibraltar you do not need a check code.
Expired UK or Gibraltar licences
Spanish authorities will exchange your expired UK or Gibraltar licence for a Spanish one if it was valid when you entered Spain. You cannot drive on an expired UK licence.
If your licence was issued by Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
You cannot currently exchange your Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man licence for a Spanish one. You must apply for a Spanish licence as a non-EU national. This includes taking both a theory and practical driving test.
If you have a UK Blue Badge and live in Spain, you must return it to the original UK issuing authority. You can apply for a new Spanish disabled parking card. The process is different in each region of Spain. Contact your local town hall or social services department for further information.
Read the EU guidance on the EU parking card for people with disabilities.
Bringing a UK-registered vehicle to Spain
Read our guidance on taking a vehicle out of the UK.
If you register as a resident or spend longer than 6 months of the year in Spain, you must register your vehicle with the Spanish authorities and you may need to pay some taxes. You may be exempt from some of these taxes. If so you will need certificates of exemption.
Read the Spanish Traffic Authority’s guidance on registering a foreign vehicle in Spain.
Driving outside Spain with a Spanish licence
You can use your Spanish licence when visiting the UK. Keep up-to-date with the UK Highway Code.
If you return to live in the UK, you can exchange your Spanish licence for a UK one without taking a test.
To drive in another country, in addition to your Spanish licence, you may need to apply for an International Driving Permit (in Spanish with English translation).
Read the EU guidance on:
You can vote and stand in local elections in Spain once you have been resident for 3 years. To do so, you must:
- be registered on the municipal register where you live (padrón municipal)
- confirm your registration on the electoral roll (censo electoral), within the dates set by the electoral authorities before each election
You cannot register on the electoral roll at other times. You must re-register on the electoral roll before each local election.
- the Spanish government’s guidance on voting in local elections
- the entry in the Official State Gazette, which confirms the process for registering on the electoral roll (in Spanish)
To stand as a local election candidate, read Spanish organic law 5/1985 (in Spanish) or consult with your local Oficina del Censo Electoral.
Voting and standing in the local elections in May 2023
If you wish to participate in the next local elections, check you are correctly registered on the municipal register (padrón).
The Electoral Census Office (Oficina del Censo Electoral) will write to UK nationals who, according to the relevant databases, have the right to vote. They are due to send these letters at the end of November 2022.
If you receive a letter, follow the instructions to complete your registration either by post or online. If you do not receive a letter but believe you meet the requirements to vote, contact your town hall. They can inform you of the local process to follow to register on the electoral roll.
To vote in the local elections in May 2023, you must register on the electoral roll between 1 December 2022 and 15 January 2023.
Read the guidance from the Spanish electoral authorities on registering to vote in the local elections on 28 May 2023 (in Spanish).
You cannot vote in general or regional elections in Spain or European Parliamentary elections.
You may be able to vote in some UK elections. You can:
Births, deaths, marriage and civil partnerships
If your child is born in Spain, you must register your child as a resident in Spain. You can also register the birth with the UK authorities in addition to registering locally. If your child has British nationality, you do not need to register the birth with the UK authorities to apply for a British passport.
If someone dies in Spain read our guidance on:
- what to do after someone dies abroad
- what to do after a British person dies in Spain
- finding English-speaking funeral directors in Spain
Find out how you can get married or get a civil partnership abroad.
You may also need notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Spain.
If you’re moving to Spain with your pet, read the guidance and ensure you comply with the regulations:
To visit other countries with your pet, check the rules for the country you’re travelling to. Contact your vet to get the travel documents your pet needs.
Read guidance on:
- bringing your pet to Great Britain. Check that your pet’s rabies vaccinations are up to date. Vets in Great Britain cannot enter rabies vaccination details in non-UK issued pet passports
- travelling to Ireland with your pet
- travelling with your pet in the EU
Dial the European emergency number on 112 in Spain for the police, ambulance or fire brigade, or dial:
- 091 for police
- 061 for health emergencies
- 080 for firefighters
- 092 for local police
Dial the EU 116 000 hotline to report a missing child in the EU country where you live or in another EU country.
Read the guidance if you have been the victim of a rape or sexual assault in Spain.
If you’re the victim of crime, have been arrested, or are affected by a crisis abroad, contact the British Embassy Madrid or nearest consulate.
If your child is at risk of being, or has been, abducted, read:
- guidance on international parental child abduction
- Spanish Ministry of Justice’s official protocol document on child abduction (in Spanish)
- EU guidance on child abduction
- EU guidance on child abduction to another EU country
Returning to the UK
Check the COVID-19 travel guidance for entering the UK.
Tell the UK and Spanish authorities if you are returning to the UK permanently.
To help prove you are now living in the UK, you should deregister with your:
- local town hall (padrón)
- the Spanish National Police (Residencia) (in Spanish)
- your local health centre
If you get healthcare in Spain through the S1 form, you must contact the Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 (0)191 218 1999 or Seguridad Social to make sure your S1 is cancelled at the right time.
To move your pension or benefits payments to the UK, tell the International Pension Centre and the Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social.
Read the guidance on returning to the UK permanently which includes information on, amongst other things, bringing family members, tax and access to services.
List of useful websites for UK nationals living in Spain.
Support for British nationals abroad: a guide sets out how to stay safe abroad, and explains how the FCDO can support you if you get into difficulty.
Last updated 16 March 2023 + show all updates
The UK and Spanish governments have agreed new temporary arrangements for exchanging UK and Gibraltar driving licences in Spain (from 16 March 2023).
Voting section updated with information for UK nationals who wish to vote in local Spanish elections in May 2023
Driving section updated: from 1 May 2022 UK driving licences will no longer be valid for driving in Spain if you have been resident for more than 6 months.
Important information in the Working in Spain, and National insurance sections if you work in Spain, even if it is for an employer based in the UK.
Voting section updated with information about participating in local elections including standing as a candidate.
Updated 'Driving in Spain' section: extension to the grace period for residents to drive in Spain using a valid UK licence.
Guidance reviewed and updated with new information, including in the visas and residency section.
The grace period when UK driving licences will be recognised for driving for residents in Spain has been extended to 28 February 2022.
Driving in Spain section updated: your valid UK driving licence will be recognised for driving in Spain until 31 December 2021.
Visas and residency section updated: the additional support provided by the UK Nationals Support Fund to UK nationals making their residency application, will end on 31 December 2021. Contact the relevant implementing partner before this date if you need this additional support.
Guidance reviewed for Passports and travel, Healthcare, Working in Spain, Studying in Spain, Emergencies, and Returning to the UK sections
Guidance reviewed for Money, tax and banking, Benefits, Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, and Useful information sections.
New guidance on professional and academic qualifications.
Working in Spain section updated: new guidance for frontier workers
Driving section: the deadline has been extended so you can now use your UK licence to drive in Spain until 31 October 2021, if you were resident in Spain before January 2021.
Additional support section updated with link to guidance on UK Nationals Support Fund; healthcare section updated including guidance on the S1 form and applying for EHIC and GHIC cards; working in Spain section updated with links to Department for International Trade (DIT) guidance on working or providing services and DIT guidance on recognition of professional qualifications.
Driving section updated on how to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one.
Coronavirus section updated with a link to guidance on vaccines.
Visas and residency section updated with information on accepted residency documentation for UK nationals.
Updated as the transition period ends with new information on driving, pet travel and moving to Spain.
Passports and travel section updated on carrying proof of residence when travelling.
UK Nationals Support Fund section updated with expanded geographical coverage for Spain
Updated with latest information on exchanging UK driving licences.
Healthcare section updated on how to apply for a new UK EHIC as a student or S1 holder. Working section updated with information on frontier workers.
Passports and travel section updated to include information on passport validity and entry requirements when travelling to other European countries from January 2021.
Addition to the UK Nationals Support Fund section regarding the provision of assistance with residency applications in Valencia and Castellon regions (Babelia Association).
Visas and residency section updated to include information about how to access the UK Nationals Support Fund for those who may find it harder to complete their residency application.
Driving section updated with additional guidance on how to exchange your UK licence for a Spanish one.
Visas and residency section updated with information about the new residency document - Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE)
Brexit update: includes further details on passport validity, healthcare rights and State Pension uprating if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.
Updated information on children travelling from Spain.
Brexit update: Driving section updated to include latest information on the process of exchanging driving licences.
Updated information on children travelling from Spain.
Brexit update: healthcare section updated to reflect transitional arrangements announcement.
Brexit update: Pensions section updated to include further details on State Pension uprating.
Information on new requirements for minors travelling from Spain from the 1 September in the passports and travel section
EU Exit update - additional information added to the passports and travel section.
Information on voting in the European Parliament elections.
EU Exit update: Added in new information on EU Exit in pensions, passports, healthcare and returning to the UK section.
EU Exit update: updated information added to the visas and residency section.
We have updated this guidance with what you should do to prepare for EU Exit and what the Royal Decree means for UK nationals.
We have updated the contact details you need to apply for an S1 form.
EU Exit update: links added to Spanish governments' brexit website and Spain's no-deal contingency measures as published in the Royal Decree
Updated information on passports: you must use the checker tool to see if your passport is still valid for your trip
EU Exit update: updated information on double taxation
EU Exit update: updated information on access to healthcare
EU Exit update: New information on voting in local elections in Spain added to the voting section
EU exit update - updated information on pensions and driving
We have added the latest information with the new website of the Spanish Government for UK Nationals in Spain
EU Exit update: Added information about the Spanish government announcement on EU Exit in the Visas and Residency section.
EU Exit update: New information on voting in local elections in Spain.
EU Exit update: New information in residency and visa section on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU. Plus information on travelling with pets in Europe in Pets section.
Brexit update: Added in information about citizens outreach meetings across Spain
Updated March 2018
Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
Updated hyperlinks and corrected a grammar error.
Taxation information updated.
Updated the information on UK benefits abroad
Information added on returning to the UK
Updated Life Certificate information
Updated to include details of the double taxation treaties between Spain and the UK
updated arrangements for signing of life certificates in Spain
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