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Whether you are Buying a property, setting up a Business here or just looking to get the best possible advise on how to conduct matters in Spain, it is always important to know who and where to turn... more
This is a scheme which allows people wishing to visit certain countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) to travel using only one visa. At the moment 24 countries within the EEA have signed... more
Those thinking about surgery for either cosmetic or corrective purposes are often drawn towards considering having the procedure in Spain due to either reasons of finance or personal privacy and... more
Skype is essentially a free piece of software for your PC that can be downloaded from the Internet. The whole process is both quick and easy, and once installed you just need to register a user... more
Not a nice subject - but one which will be much less painful if you are at least aware of the procedure in Spain... more
Obtaining the necessary building permissions and licences, with regards to your garden, is a subject that quite naturally causes confusion with people who have chosen to make Spain their home... more
Before entering this particular minefield you need to confirm whether you have ever paid any contributions in the UK. If you have, it means you may have a vested interest in continuing with the UK... more
Whilst all EU nationals have the right to find employment in spain without a work permit, finding employment may not prove to be easy if you are outside of the major towns and cities, or away from... more
As of July 1st 2009 new legistlation opens up the market with regards to the supply of electricity and enabling consumers to change electricity suppliers..... more
When the death of a loved one happens in a foreign country there can be a multitude of procedures to carry out and people to notify that you have never had to think about. It is an unfortunate... more
It is possible to arrange civil or religious marriages between two foreigners or a foreigner and a Spanish national provided that all of the required Paperwork is taken care of. In addition, the... more
The National Institute of Social Security (Spanish acronym is INSS) is the body that recognizes the right to Social Security Health Care. They have a network of offices throughout Spain that are... more
Sooner or later it will happen to most of us – whether you live here in Spain on a permenant basis, visiting relatives, or just here on Holida... more
Whether you are a family searching for an Au pair, or maybe an Au pair looking for a family to live and work with in Spain, there are a number of considerations that you need to be aware of. These... more
If you are living here legally it is your right as a European citizen to vote in Spanish Elections... more
In 2010, 73 women died at the hands of their partners in Spain, and this shocking statistic has given rise to the declaration that domestic violence in Spain is ‘the biggest cancer of Spanish... more
If you are arrested in Spain or fall victim of any crime you will be concerned to receive good legal advice and assistance. Your first point of contact should be the nearest British Consulate, and... more
All applications for your professional qualification to be officially recognised in Spain must be sent to the appropriate competent authority for the regulated profession that you wish to practice... more
It is only relatively recently that Divorce has been legal in Spain, and even now it is not an easy path for troubled relationships to persue. In many cases divorce is so expensive and such a legal... more
A maximum of five pets may accompany you on your journey to Spain. All dogs & cats (and even ferrets!) must have a microchip OR registration number tattooed on the inside of their ear before they... more
Unless you are a citizen of the USA, Australia or New Zealand then you are required to hold a Visado de Residencia (Residence visa) to be allowed to enter Spain, however if you wish to stay for... more
Despite what the scaremonger would have you believe , not everybody who may struggle from time to time to meet their mortgage repayments will fall victim to having their property repossessed -... more
The UK is currently under Investigation from Brussels as apparently being in breach of EU Duty Free regulations and the duty free allowances permitted by the EU. This is likely to be lengthy process - however until this is resolved the situation remains as follows ..... more
If you own property in Spain ( or have assets in Spain ) and are a resident here it is advisable to have a Spanish will (testamento) made. This will avoid any complications in having a will from... more
Once you and your dog have arrived in Spain you will find that the fundamentals of looking after him are not that different to the UK. There are of course a few things that you may need to consider, but on the whole you shouldn't find much of an upheaval. ... more
Moving abroad can be a mammoth task, and the success is in the planning. You might want to print off and keep this page to ensure that you have considered every aspect of your moving and your new live abroad... more
If you are planning to visit Spain you may like to read this article and get the facts on Travel Insurance to Spain and it's importance... more
The good news is that the EU does recognise certain circumstances when you are entitled to be awarded compensation in the event of your flight being cancelled or delayed. This is covered under the... more
It is far from being a Spanish state secret, but many Expat Pensioners living here in Spain are often unaware of the fact that they are entitled to a yearly holiday, subsidised by the Spanish... more
Changes to the 'Quarantine method of bringing your pet back to the UK have been advised, which will take effect from January 2012... more
For a long term cost saving plan consider owning your electric meter, rather than renting it. That is the advice given by Tony Poole from Sparks In Spain, our Guru on all things electrical... more
If it is not possible for you to wait to make an appointment your registered GP, there are other ways to seek treatment for your conditio... more
There has understandably been much confusion and many questions arising from the recent changes made by the Central Government to the Prescription charges which apply in Spain. The simple truth is... more
If you are a dog owner considering bringing your pet into Spain, or even if you live in Spain already but are thinking of buying or adopting a larger dog, there are a number of considerations that... more
Up until relatively recently avoiding the payment of taxes has been regarded as almost a national sport by most Spaniards, and they have traditionally looked upon those Foreigners who diligently pay their due taxes with a bit of bewhilderment... more
Few people can lay claim to looking forward to visiting their Dentist, and after relocating Spain registering with a reliable and professionally qualified Dentist is often way down the list of... more
When you move to a new area in Spain you must register on the Padrón at the town hall as soon as possible. This is similar to the electoral role, but has much wider useage in Spain than in the... more
Weddings in Spain – just as they are in most other countries – can be deeply personal events, and as such it would be difficult to give a cast-iron Guide as to the etiquette to be followed for each... more
It is a rarely spoken truth that a high number of those moving overseas to start a new life, will move back to the UK due to Legal, Financial or Personal reasons after a given period of time. Not... more
What is a "Lifetime Loan" and am I eleigible to apply for one ... more
It is always useful to be familiar with various words and phrases that can occur wherever and whenever you are faced with any kind of bureaucracy in Spain. You might want to print our this page and keep it with your legal documents... more
The subject of electricity suppliers and their take on ICP's is discussed regularly on the expat forums - including our own... more
As more and more expats move to Spain and integrate into the wider Spanish community, it is a sad but inevitable truth that more and more of us will have cause to attend a Spanish funeral... more
From time to time problems can and do occur in Spanish Banks, just as they do in other countries. Quite often any grievance can be sorted out at a branch level simply by speaking with the manager... more
On 10 July 2012 the Spanish Government introduced details of the new residency requirements for all EU citizens, including British nationals... more
To an outsider the traditions and procedures surrounding the various Spanish lotteries may seem complex and confusing. It doesn't have to be that way ... more
It can be a little confusing to most newcomers to Spain, that there are three separate Police Forces that operate, with varying responsibilities... more
For many generations smoking in Spain has formed part of Spanish culture and it has been accepted as the norm for teenagers through to grandparents across the country to be able to smoke openly and... more
Regardless of your nationality, you are required to prove your resident or non-resident status when you wish to open a bank account in Spain... more
The railways in Spain are a public body responsible to the Ministry of Development, and officially titled 'Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles' - RENFE. The network currently covers some... more
Infuriating to many Spanish and British alike, Spain seems to close down completely for a Fiesta and it is often impossible to get anything done - quite often nobody seems to know exactly when many of the Fiestas are... more
The various expat forums have recently been awash with confusion surrounding the introduction of a new law to take effect from the 1st of June 2013, whereby property owners must legally obtain a... more
Industry insiders love to use jargon, and often this can only serve to confuse the rest of us - here are just a few of the common terms and phrases that you may come across..... more
According to Spanish consumer association FACUA, the 2 most common causes for consumer complaints by the general public in Spain are those to Electricity providers and Telecoms operators... more