Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Spain.
Read this page in combination with the general guidance for the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
The authoritative source for Spanish market regulations is the Spanish government. This guidance links to official Spanish sources wherever possible.
Movement of goods and living in Spain
The Spanish government has legislation that applies to:
- the movement of people and goods between the 2 countries
- British people living in Spain
- Spanish people living in the UK who return to Spain
Find out how these Spanish rules may affect your business on the Spanish government’s Brexit site for business.
Spanish trade and services regulations
If you’re a UK business providing services in Spain, you will need to follow Spanish regulations about:
- getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
- complying with specific local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The Spanish e-government portal for service providers (site in Spanish) can help you to:
- find out what you need to know about providing services in Spain
- understand local regulations
- complete the relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Spain to help you comply with specific regulations.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
If you have complaints or queries about anti-competitive practices contact the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (site in Spanish).
There are also non-governmental organisations that provide advice to UK businesses operating in Spain, for example the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain.
These organisations and their views are not associated with the UK government.
VAT on sales of digital services
To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.
Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Spain
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Spain or any other EEA country.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Setting up a business
You can find out how to set up a business in Spain on these websites:
Ownership of legal firms in Spain
UK legal professionals who have investments in law firms in Spain should contact the General Council of the Spanish Bar (site in Spanish) for information on the implications for your investment.
Travel and entry requirements
See the latest information on all travel to Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation and Spanish Ministry of Work, Migration and Social Security (site in Spanish) websites have more information about:
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Social security payments for employees
Recognition of professional qualifications
To check what you need to do in Spain, read our guidance on professional qualifications in the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Spain, these sources can help you:
- Spanish NARIC (site in Spanish), the information centre for the academic and professional recognition of qualifications
- the Spanish singe point of contact on the eugo.es website
- the Spanish government’s website
- the Spanish government’s contingency plans in Royal Decree 5/2019 (site in Spanish)
- UK NARIC, the national information centre for professional qualifications
UK statutory auditors working in Spain
For UK statutory auditors, the Instituto de Contabilidad y Auditoría de Cuentas Spain (site in Spanish) should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Spain
If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Spain, using either a Spanish or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the General Council of the Spanish Bar (site in Spanish) for advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from the EEA to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.
As a sensible precaution before and during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with EEA organisations who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.
Read guidance on using data in your personal business or other organisation.