Links for residents
Current status of British visitors, workers and residents of the EU
The UK government issued this information in July 2016 to clarify the status and rights of British people travelling, working and living in the EU, following the UK’s referendum decision to leave the EU.
Generalitat de Catalunya Reception Guide
Key information from the Catalan government for new arrivals in Catalunya, and those considering moving here.
Healthcare in Spain
UK government-funded advice on how British nationals – visitors and residents – can access healthcare in Spain.
Living in Spain, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on pensions, benefits, driving, working and more.
How to buy property in Spain
Advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Driving licences (pdf)
An English-language version of the Spanish Direccion General de Trafico’s interpretation of the EU driving licence laws. Check this, then check your driving licence. The police are fining foreign residents without valid licences. It’s a little difficult to understand, so there is more information about validity of driving licences on the CAB Spain website here.
Road offence fines
Advice in English from the Spanish Direccion General de Trafico on what to do if you receive a fine for a driving offence.
Citizens Advice Bureau Spain
Lots of immensely useful information, provided free by clever lawyers. Check out their fantastic Library section with information about residency, health entitlements and much more. (You can donate to help them carry on doing what they are doing.)
The British Embassy in Madrid
Explanations of how the embassy can help British nationals and links to further information.
The British Consulate General Barcelona
Provides services to British nationals in Catalunya, Andorra and Aragon.
Here are the dates for the school year from the Catalan Departament d’Ensenyament (department for education).
There’s a useful radio interview here with the Citizens Advice Bureau Spain with lots of information about being self-employed – autonomo – in Spain.
If you live in or visit the countryside, you should know when hunting is likely to take place. Here are the dates for the 2016/17 season for Terres de l’Ebre.
Mid-season (‘mitja veda’, mainly small birds): 15, 21, 28 August and 4 September 2016. More details here.
Small game (‘caça menor’, birds, foxes, rabbits): in general, on Sundays and public holidays from 9 October 2016 until 5 February 2017. More details about specific species here.
Big game (‘caça major’, wild boar, deer, etc): Sundays and public holidays from 4 September 2016 until 26 March 2017. More details here.
General information about hunting from the Catalan government is here.
Advice from the Catalan government for mushroom pickers is here.