Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab writes an open letter to UK nationals living in Spain

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14th October 2019

Stay up to date, go to the Living in Spain Guide at gov.uk/livinginspain In less than a month, the will of the British people will be delivered and the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. This, of course, will be a time of transition. But for those living in Spain, I want to assure you that as Foreign Secretary, I am working to ensure that your rights and access to services remain as strong…

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Will the EHIC be valid for Britons after Brexit?

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11th October 2019

If you are planning a holiday in a country in the European Union (EU) you may be wondering whether your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will still be valid after Brexit. The EHIC currently entitles you to state-provided medical treatment if you fall ill or have an accident in any EU country, or in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, where the scheme also applies. The UK has issued 27 million EHIC cards . They cover…

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Size of medical bill for travel insurers rises to £209m

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20th August 2019

Travel insurers are now dealing with one new claim every three minutes typically from UK travellers needing emergency medical treatment while overseas. Some 153,000 travellers needed emergency medical treatment abroad last year – equating to 420 people every day, or one person every three minutes, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said. The total medical bill paid by insurers in 2018 was £209 million – the highest figure since 2010. This meant that medical claims…

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Portuguese roads: the best and the worst

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7th August 2019

While one road in Portugal has been voted as the best in Europe for driving, the worst road in Portugal has also been revealed in another study which highlights poor signage and an increase in pedestrian deaths. Portugal´s EN304 may just be Europe´s greatest driving road. In a series that aims to find “Europe´s Greatest Driving Roads” Portugal´s EN304 scored the highest score so far with 57/60 across six categories, with maximum scores for hospitality,…

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New car document arrives in Portugal

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2nd August 2019

All new registration cars delivered from today (1/8) onwards are to have a new Single Car Document (DUA) in a simple format that is more “resistant and safe,” the justice ministry said. The new DUA, which looks like a citizen’s card, will first apply to new registrations, and in 2020 to all cars. The ministry said the DUA was easier to handle and store in the wallet” and therefore less likely to be left in…

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Permiso de Circulación in Spain

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27th June 2019

From now on, if your ‘Permiso de Circulación’ (logbook of the car & proof of ownership) is lost, stolen or just damaged, you can request a duplicate in any post office in Spain. You don´t need to make an appointment and go to a Traffic Office any more. You only need to take your ID to the nearest Post Office and a provisional Permiso de Circulación will be issued. Source: Dirección General de Tráfico –…

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Government tightens property regulations in anti money laundering move

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24th June 2019

Real estate dealers operating in Portugal will face new legal regulations from 26 June in a Government bid to get tough on money laundering. These legal requirements affect the way properties for sale or rent are identified/described and govern how the control and communication of sale procedures are conducted. The new regulations have been introduced to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism and encompass all development and estate agency activities involving the buying,…

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The New Mortgage Law Comes into Force

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19th June 2019

The new mortgage law is in force from June 17. The law obliges the Notary and the bank to explain the content of the mortgage contract days before the signature. On another hand, and with regards the mortgage set up costs, by law the payments would be as follows: – Notary fee. Is paid by the bank. – Gestoría fee: Is paid by the bank. – Stamp Duty tax .AJD: Is paid by the bank….

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Property sales in Portugal ‘have never been at this level’

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28th March 2019

Statistics institute INE has released figures showing house sales in Portugal reached ‘a new maximum’ in 2018 “even with prices continuing to rise’. Exactly 178,691 transactions took place, representing the highest number since ‘records (of this type) began’ in 2009. The figures translate into an increase of 16.6% on sales for 2017 and 48% on sales for 2009. The value of transactions came to €24.1 billion, which translates into millions in taxation revenue. The ‘good…

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Update – No Deal Brexit – Driving in Spain

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22nd March 2019

The United Kingdom Government and the Government of Gibraltar have this morning sought further clarification from the Government of the Kingdom of Spain in respect of the continued use of existing driving licences by UK and Gibraltar motorists. This follows a degree of ambiguity in the substance and the recitals of the Spanish Royal Decree that was published earlier this month. The Spanish Government have confirmed the following: 1. Spain will continue to accept existing…

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Buyer-seller expectation gap widens to 22 per cent in Portugal

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18th March 2019

The average price of property rocketed by 15.4 per cent in the space of a year in Portugal. But while real estate continues to result in relatively decent profits for sellers, new data also indicates that their expectations of the property’s worth and its actual selling price have widened further this past year. Expectations in Portugal are usually that a potential buyer of property will offer less than the price listed by the seller. A…

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Validity of the UK driving licences in Spain after Brexit

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11th March 2019

Here is the section from the Spanish Royal Decree that covers UK Driving Licences, translated: Within section 4, the purpose of Article 22 is to find an adequate alternative for citizens residing in Spain and holders of a British driving licence, which is currently valid for driving in our country as it is a permit issued by a Member State of the European Union, but that will cease to be so with the withdrawal of…

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