Ex-Patriot Information


Lost or Stolen Social Security Health Cards

When you register for Spain’s Social Security Health facilities, you will be given a Health Card. This card is very important, because it will enable you to be identified by Andalusia’s Public Health System. It also provides access to electronic medical records, enabling you to obtain drugs from a pharmacy. So, what happens if your card is lost or stolen?

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Disabled access in Marbella

What is Marbella like for disabled access? Are hotels and rental properties disabled friendly? What about the beaches? We look at these and answer a number of other questions below. You can trust MarbellaAzul.com’s information about disabled access because it is written from a disabled person´s point of view by a disabled person.

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Don’t let your dog get too hot!

Well, summer is almost here. And if it’s anything like last year, it will be another hot one! Extremely hot weather can be a problem for humans, but it’s an even worse problem for our dogs.

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How to apply for an NIE

A NIE is required for any type of process in Spain if you live here, do business or own a property, (such as opening a bank account, registering for a doctor etc.). It does not mean you are resident, (you can have a NIE but still live full-time in another country), and does not affect your tax resident status.

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How to renew your EHIC

You can obtain or renew an EHIC online Here. Please note, an EHIC may be required even if you live in Spain (eg. if you require treatment when visiting your home country).

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How to renew a UK Passport

You can now apply for, renew or update your passport and pay for it online Here. Read the notes first, click on “START NOW” and follow the instructions.

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How to report a crime

The province of Málaga has recently launched a new system for foreign tourists to report a crime to the police. We have provided details here for your information.

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Registering for Social Security

If you are in receipt of a UK pension and you live in Spain, you should obtain an S1 form (previously E121). This form is required to register with a state doctor here in Spain. You should then take it to the INSS office in your area (in central Marbella, this is in Plaza Leganitos 5) along with the following documents (with copies of each):

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Residency requirements in Spain

Please find below regulations for residence certificates, non-residence certificates, European Union (EU) certificates, general registration, return authorizations, letters of invitation, nationality reports, student cards and other trades & NIE:

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