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Advice from the British Embassy on living in Spain after Brexit

As you all know the UK has now left the EU and there are many different pieces of information out there on where this leaves the thousands of British residents living and working in Spain. Many of our long-term rental tenants are asking us about this issue, so we wanted to share information from the British Embassy on what you need to do and when, to ensure you are protected and can continue living in Spain.

What happens now?

There is a year long transition period where nothing really happens in practice. This gives the politicians and also British nationals living in Europe time to get everything in place for when the new rules apply, on the 1st of January 2021.

What do I have to do if I’m in Spain?

Nothing immediately! You can continue to live and work as normal in Spain for the whole of 2020 and as long as you are officially resident by the end of the year, your rights will be protected. So, this means you need to get your residency and all the official paperwork in place over the course of this year.

How to Register your residency

There is very detailed guidance about how to become a Spanish resident on the British Embassy website, including a summary of the documents you need to bring. You will need to book in for an appointment at your nearest Foreign Residents Office or Police Station and ensure you have all the relevant paperwork depending on your situation. The paperwork generally includes; evidence of where you live, proof of healthcare cover and proof of income. You need to have three key documents to ensure you are properly registered to stay; your NIE, your Residency Certificate and the Padron certificate, or registration with your local council. Here’s a great video from the British Embassy in Madrid which explains this very clearly and what you need to do.

Changing your driving licence from UK to Spanish

As the UK left the EU with a deal, you also have until the 31st of December 2020 to exchange your UK driving license for a Spanish one. Book an appointment on the website www.dgt.es to change your licence over at some point this year. The advice is to do it sooner rather than later to avoid problems as we approach the end of the transition period.

Healthcare cover for pensioners

There has been a lot of concern on whether UK state pensioners, which are referred to as S1 form holders, will be covered for healthcare moving forward. In January the British Embassy in Madrid stated that “S1 form holders who have moved to Spain before 31st December 2020 will continue to have life-long healthcare rights provided they remain registered as resident in Spain. This means access to healthcare in Spain will not change for those S1 form holders for as long as they remain resident in Spain and if you visit the UK you will still be able to access free NHS care when temporarily visiting England, Scotland and Wales, as you can now.”

Renewing passports

If your passport runs out during the transition period, you can still renew your British passport from Spain as before. During this period, you will also be able to travel as before throughout the EU using your UK passport.

 

Help from HomeRentalontheWeb

We’re here to help our tenants to find the right long-term rental property on the Costa del Sol and can also offer advice and information about living in Spain. Our helpful team have all lived and worked here on the coast for many years, bringing up families and integrating into the Spanish lifestyle. You can find information about education, healthcare and bringing pets to Spain on our website. If you have any questions about making the move over to Spain and renting long-term, or staying here once the transition period has come to an end, please get in touch.

 

More information

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain

https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

Living in the EU and update on your rights as a UK national

Registering as resident in Spain

Residents of the Costa del Sol – Guide to surviving the summer

summer trafficWhen you relocate to the Costa del Sol you think of the summer as the best time of year to be here and your first summer can be a blur of parties, days at the beach and drinks round the pool. However, when you’ve found your long term rental or bought somewhere, got a steady job and have a routine of work and normal life the peak summer season can really start getting you down.

Here are a few tips for coping:

 

  1. Leave plenty of time to get to meetings and appointments – traffic gets bad, particularly around junctions such as the Puerto Banus-San Pedro tunnel and can lead to jams. If you’re in a hurry, take the toll road, there are rarely hold ups there.
  2. Get ready for the long school holidays – If your kids are in Spanish school they have very long holidays, from 23rd June to the second week in September this year. However, there are a plethora of summer camps to choose from which are both fun and educational and can leave you to work or lead a normal life during July and August but book ahead as they can get booked up.
  3. Don’t expect to find parking easily – In the popular towns such as Marbella and tourist areas like Puerto Banus parking can be very difficult to find, but there are now metered on-street parking which is affordable and you can even sign up to top up the meter via your mobile
  4. Drink plenty of water and remember the sunscreen even if you’re just out and about shopping or having a drink with friends – it can really catch you out!
  5. Remember to enjoy the fun and take part – Go to your town’s local feria, join your friends onto the beach, enjoy your community pool and remember that as a long term rental tenant you are enjoying a wonderful summer in a brilliant place, at the fraction of the cost that holidaymakers are paying

If you haven’t found your perfect long term rental property on the Costa del Sol yet please let us know. There is less availability during the summer season as many owners will rent their property short term, but we can let you know what will be available in September if you can give us your requirements or tell you what’s available if you need a long term rental now.

Things to consider before moving to Spain

People often talk about “living the dream” when they reflect on life in Spain. For those of us lucky enough to live here, there are certainly those moments when you pop down the shops and end up strolling along a palm tree lined beach, or go to a business function by the pool, or enjoy your morning coffee on the terrace in December and you think – wow, what a place! However, like with any place, if you live and work here, you have take the good with the bad. Before coming to find a “dream” in Spain, be realistic that you aren’t moving to be permanently on holiday and that living in another country can be tough.

I would never try to put people off from moving here, it’s a stunning country, with a wonderful lifestyle and I am incredibly glad I came. However, it’s sad to see people come here with unrealistic expectations and then be disappointed, so here are a few things to prepare for. Continue reading “Things to consider before moving to Spain”