Support to the British nationals based in Spain (UKNSF)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing practical support to UK Nationals who may find it harder to complete their residency applications to secure and maintain their residency rights in EU countries now that the UK has left the EU. In Spain, the Project will support UK nationals residing in Spanish territory with a special focus on the Community of Madrid, the Community of Andalusia, the Region of Murcia, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León and Extremadura and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.

IOM, through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), aims to reach 30,000 at-risk UK Nationals over the next year through information activities and practical support in France, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Italy and Portugal.

IOM, together with its partners, is raising awareness among UK Nationals living in the seven EU Member States, share accessible information on residency requirements, and provide direct practical support in completing applications for those in situations where access to information and application processes are difficult.

Although people interested is able to find general information online in the British Government’s guide on living in Spain, in the Spanish Government website and , OIM will be providing individual support to people facing specific challenges, such as people living with disabilities, those grappling with chronic illnesses and those facing specific barriers related to language, literacy or access to technology.   

For more information, please click here to access the infosheet of the project or contact our team:

[email protected] 

Madrid, Castilla Léon, Castilla La Mancha, Extremadura: (0034) 699 581 855

Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla: (0034) 650 339 754 / 616 825 704

Murcia/Almeria: (0034) 648 642 543


If you arrived in Spain before the 31st December 2020, are struggling to register in Spain or need to exchange your TIE document, fill in this form and our legal team will contact you!


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The FCDO advises of the entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):

Additional requirements for UK nationals resident in Spain

The Spanish government has formally confirmed to the UK government that UK nationals who were legally residing in Spain before 1 January 2021, and as such are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement, can use any of the following documents to prove their residence status when entering Spain:

  • Residence card issued under Article 18.4 of the Withdrawal Agreement (the TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero)
  • Temporary or permanent EU residence certificate (Certificado de Registro de Ciudadanos de la Unión)
  • Receipt of application for the TIE (Resgaurdo de presentación de la solicitud de la tarjeta de residencia)
  • Confirmation of the positive outcome of your residence application (Resolución favorable por la que se concede la tarjeta de residencia)
  • In the absence of any of the above documents, other documents that credibly evidence your legal residence in Spain before 1 January 2021, such as a padrón certificate (issued by your town hall), a work contract, a rental contract, or proof of property purchase
  • In the case of students, documentation that demonstrates enrolment in an on-site or in-person course and proof of accommodation.


Students enrolled in on-site or in-person courses starting after 1 January 2021 will be permitted entry, providing they can present documentation that demonstrates enrolment and proof of accommodation. If you are intending to study in Spain for more than 90 days in a 180 day period, you may require a visa to enter. Specific exemptions may apply. You should check possible visa requirements with the Spanish consulate in the UK prior to travel.

You must also show a valid passport when you travel and comply with the other documentation requirements, such as a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival, as set out in this travel advice.

The above list of documentation has also been communicated to airlines and other operators.

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact the British Embassy website who has up to date information on travel restrictions and requirements to enter Spain.