With holidays around the corner, many short-term residents in Spain scramble to figure out what to do during dead summer months. At COMO we get loads of questions asking, “How can I extend my student visa?” or “How can I travel around Europe when my resident card expires?”, and most often the solution they’re looking for is an autorización de regreso.
At its most basic, an autorización de regreso is your legal way to exit Spain and re-enter national territory again before 90 days have passed from the initial exit date. Many times, when you renew your TIE – or if you have the misfortune of losing it -, you may need to leave Spain for travel, work or other reasons. Having this paper means you won’t be hassled coming back through customs, even if you do not hold a valid TIE card.
If you’ve still got your TIE card and it is not expired, you do not need an autorización de regreso, nor do you need to apply for one to travel within Spain. You only need this document when your current card is in the process of being renovated or extended.
But remember, an autorización de regreso is only valid for one exit and one reentry.
What to Bring
- Two copies of EX-13, filled out, signed and dated
- Printed confirmation of your appointment, if applicable
- Valid passport + 1 photocopy of the picture page
- Current TIE + photocopy of the front and back
- Título de Viaje, which can be transportation tickets or a printed itinerary of your trip
- A certificate proclaiming the need to travel, be it a wedding invitation, a death notice or something similar. Note that this document should be translated if the original is not in Spanish.
- Form 790 código 012 paid for 10,30€ at any national Spanish bank
It’s also wise to bring your stamped renewal paperwork with you, should you be asked to show proof that your documents are in the process of being renewed.
When filing out your EX-13 paperwork, pay special attention to Section 4, where you’ll be asked to explain why you need the paperwork. Mark the first box (Titular de autorización de residencia en periódo de renovación o prórroga) and use the blank space to explain your situation and why you’re requesting the autorización.
Note that if you’re leaving Spain for more than 90 days, a separate visa will be required, though most extranjerías will allow you to renew your NIE and process your autorización de regreso in the same day.
Where to Apply
You’ll have to make an appointment at your nearest extranjería office to apply – click here, choose your province from the dropdown menu and then solicitudes, if possible. Some smaller cities may not require you to make an appointment for this sort of paperwork.
Note that foreigner’s offices are usually in province capitals and other large cities.
You will not be given the autorización immediately: in most cases, you can pick it up after seven days.
If you are not asked to show the concession at customs, keep it – once granted, it’s valid for a full 90 days. That said, it’s always wise to bring supporting paperwork with you in your carry-on when you travel as proof that you’re a legal resident of Spain – Cat and Hayley have both gotten into trouble by forgetting their NIEs on the road in Ireland and Morocco and were held and questioned by the police!
More questions about completing the autorización de regreso, about NIE renewals or other Spanish paperwork? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contac us through our contact page, we’re happy to help! You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.