How to Get an Autorización de Regreso

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.

How can I do an Autorizacion de Regreso Sevilla Madrid Barcelona

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.

How to Fill Out EX-13 Spain

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 hola@comoconsultingspain.com or contac us through our contact page, we’re happy to help! You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Author: Como Consulting Spain

Cat and Hayley are relocation specialists who can help you move to, live in and work in Spain. We'd love to hear from you! hola@comoconsultingspain.com

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  1. Hi! I have an Autorización de Regreso to return to Spain in August, however my flight lands in Portugal and I’ll be travelling to Spain by car from there. Do you know if the Spanish regreso will be accepted at the Portuguese border? To make things more complicated, my TIE was stolen so I only have a police report and my renewal paperwork as supporting documentation for the regreso. Thanks for your help!

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    • Hi Kelly,
      It sounds like you’ve got everything you need in order. Your best bet is to simply present your passport on arrival in Portugal and hope that’s all there is to it. Should they start asking questions, you should have copies of all of the document mentioned and that should do the trick. Our fingers are crossed for you!

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      • Thanks so much for your help!

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    • Hi Kelly – Did the regresso work for you in Portugall? I flew home for xmas and went through immigration in France and had problems with the regresso.

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      • Hi Kameka , may i know what problem did you face in France immigration , because on 25 april 2016 am going to India ,via France.
        please reply me asap , or message to whats app 0091 8805200558 , email kpdandage@gmail.com

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  2. I am applying for my NIE renewal in Madrid even though I am renewing in Andalucia (since I am with BEDA and am technically a student in Madrid, we have this option). I’m going to be down in Granada for part of July, before I go home for the rest of the summer. Do I have to apply for my regreso here in Madrid, or can I do it in my “new region”? I’d rather do it down south if I can, since that will buy me more time before the 90 days begins.

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    • With issues like these you are often times at the whim of the funcionario who attend to you. If you’ve got all of the correct documentation you can always try and get your autorización in Granada. Maybe you’ll get lucky! Worst case scenario they’ll tell you that you’ll have to process it in Madrid. Best of luck!

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      • Hey,

        I wanted to ask whether I need to issue the regreso if I want to travel within Spain. My NIE expires end of this month and I need to travel to one of the Spanish cities by plane from Barcelona. Usually, I am Lebanese and usually to enter the schengen area I need a tourist visa but I heard that I have 90 days after my NIE expires where I can travel within Spain until I can figure out how to renew my NIE for a second year.

        Can you please advice?

        Best regards,

        Hiba

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        • Hi Hiba,

          There are no passport controls when traveling within Spain or even the Schengen area, so you do not need a regreso.

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  3. Hi I have applied la tarjeta comunitario and its still in process but I have to come back to my hometown next week because my grandmother is very sick..The problem is I was studying for 1 year in Madrid and when I applied la tarjeta comunitario,my Nie was already expired since we spent few months for doing pareja de hecho.(my Nie was expired the end of March and I applied la tarjeta comunitario on 11 of June).
    Im just worried that if they will reject that I come back to Spain because of this reason..

    Ina

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    • Hi Ina,
      If you bring all of your paperwork that shows your pareja de hecho paperwork has been approved and that your new NIE is being processed hen they should be able to issue the autorizacion de regreso without incident.

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  4. Hi
    I was in Spain and I got the Autorizacion de regrezo.
    But Now I’m travelling in New York and my bag was stolen!! with Autorizacion de regrezo!!
    Can I find the way to back to Spain???
    It was my huge mistake,,,,,

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    • Hi Yuta,

      That’s terrible! You could try calling the office that printed your autorización to see if they could send you a fax or scanned copy.. or take your chances reentering without it and be ready to explain what happened.

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      • Thank you for your calm opinion.
        I was so upset. I’ll try it. thanks!!

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  5. I have applied for a renewal of my NIE in Sevilla, and have been in the US for more than 90 days over the summer. Do I need anything special to return to Spain before receiving my NIE in person in Sevilla?

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    • If your renewal has already been approved and you have your resguardo then you are be fine, However, you should have applied for an autorización de regress before leaving the country. Most likely you won’t run into any issues, but if you have copies of your NIE renewal paperwork, make sure they’re on hand when you cross through passport control on your return just in case.

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  6. I HAVE ONE DOUBT, I WANT TO TRAVEL TO INDIA FROM VALENCIA, SPAIN. i already make authorisation de regreso, but i don’t know about the validity of this document. If any body know about this let me know. IS THIS DOCUMENT VALID IN RUSSIA, BECAUSE AS PER MY KNOWLEGDE I CAN’T GO FROM SCHENGHEN COUNTRY. Can i travel from madrid-moscow-delhi and come back like same route.
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    • Hi Prakash, because Russia is not part of the Schengen agreement, your authorization is not valid there. That said, you may need a transit visa in Russia, but you shouldn’t have any issues if you’re not spending a lot of time in Russia. Be sure to print out your round trip itinerary!

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  7. Hello
    If i present my documenst for autorización de regreso, how many time it takes to receive that letter?
    Thank you

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    • Hi Omid,
      When you present the documentation for your autorización de regreso, if everything is in order you will be given the paper on the spot.

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  8. Hi,
    My NIE got expired last July and I applied for Autorizacion de regrezo in Tarragona which is valid upto 90 days to goto India and come back in August.
    My return fight was Delhi-Brussels-Barcelona. But in Delhi airport, the airlines said that with Autorizacion de regrezo I can not land in Brussels and goto Tarragona. I had to book a new flight directly to Spain.
    I just want to know if Autorizacion de regrezo is valid to land anywhere in Schengen Area or the airlines was right not to permit me to take the flight.

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    • Hi Suva, sorry to hear of your troubles. Were you in the process of a renewal of your TIE card? This is an important part of the autorización de regreso, as it means that you have a legal way to be in Spain (in the Schengen Zone, if you have been within the member countries for 90 days or more, you are required to then leave for 90 days unless you have a renewal in process).

      Unfortunately, that is outside our realm to advise without knowing all of the specifics. We suggest looking into the EU flight regulations to understand your rights.

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  9. My situation is I have forgotten to renew my NIE in Barcelona and has expired now on august 31st my return flight is on 27th of october from chennai-dubai-barcelona.Can I show my expired NIE along with my university Id card in Spain where I study valid till 2018 in checkpoint and my previous flight ticket to enter spain without problems?

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    • Hi Gowtham, you can certainly try, but you may have issues and be questioned. It’s best to go with all pertinent information with regards to your course of study and the duration and hope for the best. You are also within the time frame to renew your NIE, so make that a priority when you return!

      Just a note, an autorización de regreso is only possible when you are in the process of renewing your NIE. Since yo have not started, you wouldn’t have been able to gt a regress.

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      • Thank you for your opinion I just have one doubt! Can I start renewing my NIE from outside of Spain via online

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        • We wish we could renew online! Unfortunately you must go in-person and with a load of paperwork. You can, however, make an appointment online at this time. Good luck!

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  10. Hi!

    I am waiting for my appointment with the oficina de extranjeria, which is when I will (or should be) getting my new card. So my paperwork is still pending for my NIE renewal. I’m travelling to Italy in two weeks, back to work and then England the week after. I’ll go back to the states for Christmas, as well. I know I will need an autorizacion de regreso for the trip to the states, but will I need to do it for the trips to Italy and England too? I know for sure I should bring all my IDs, renewal docs, appointment confirmation, school contract, etc.

    Thanks for any insights or assistance!
    Katy

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    • Hi Katy,
      You won’t need any extra paperwork to travel to Italy as it’s part of the Schengen zone, but you will need an autorización de regreso for England and the USA, as they are not Schengen countries.

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      • Thanks so much for your quick reply and help! I’ll have to get on it tomorrow!

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  11. Hi,

    I am currently on student visa that will expire on 23 Dec 2015. My first NIE appointment will be on 1st Dec and I will be traveling on 20 Dec.
    Understand that I can only register for auhorizacion de regresso after my NIE appointment and it seems that I need to make another appointment for this letter.
    What if my appointment to request for this letter is after 20 Dec? Is it possible to just go directly without appointment?
    Any suggestion for my case?
    Thank you.

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    • Bring all of the documentation for the autorizacion de regreso when you go in for your NIE appointment. They should be able to do both at the same time for you.

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  12. Hello!
    I have a question about the ¨certificate¨. I need a regreso simply becasue im going to the UK for Christmas to see my family (im not british). I´ve already bought the tickets. I dont have a wedding or death. What kind of certificate should I get?

    Thank you!

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    • ALSO
      If there is no solicitudes option in the drop down menu, do we need to make an appointment in that city?

      THANKS <3

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    • Hi Alex,
      No need to worry about any official certificates per reason of travel, going to see family is fine. Just make sure you have all of the other paperwork mentioned. And as for an appointment, that depends on where you live. In smaller cities you can simply wait in line at Extranjería, in larger cities you may need an appointment… but you can always just show up and ask! Good luck.

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      • Thanks! One more question
        I don’t have the TIE yet. It’s my first time applying. I’ll bring the confirmation form I have that I’ve applied. Do I need anything else?

        Ps. You guys are so helpful. thanks a bunch.

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  13. Hello,
    Hope you can help me with this. I have been here in Spain since September, 2015. I am planning to return to the US for Christmas on the 23rd of Dec. and have already bought my ticket. At my TIE appointment (huella) they gave me the date for Jan 8th to come pick up my TIE. I mentioned that I was going home for a visit on Dec 23rd and they said that the best I could do was to was come back to the oficina de extranjeria on Dec 21st to see if the TIE had arrived by then. I just recently heard about the regreso option. Is this only open for those who already have a TIE in hand? Or would it be an option for me? THanks!

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    • Victoria, thanks for writing. If you have a TIE in process, you can usually get a regreso. If worse comes to worse, I’ve played dumb and brought my paperwork (carta de nombramiento and TIE application forms) and hoped for the best. Have a great trip home!

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  14. Hi,

    I have submitted my documents for renewing my NIE and its now processing. I have to go to my country, Iran, in December 18th for my wedding party and come back here to continue my education after Christmas. Please let me know how long does it take to get the autorización de regreso? And since there is no direct flight to and from my country, I have to come through at least one country, only transit for example turkey. Is it possible to go and back before 90 days with this letter? What will happend in turkey if I show this letter?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    • Hi Ali,
      How long it takes to process an Autorizacion de Regreso depends on where you are applying. In smaller extranjería offices you can go without an appointment and get the paper on the same day but in larger cities like Madrid you’ll need an appointment. The paper is only valid for one trip, so if you are traveling again after you return to Spain you will need to get a new one (unless you already have your NIE card, if which case an AdR is not necessary).

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  15. Hello !
    Quick question : I’m applying for my NIE/TIE for the first time, and i’m supposed to pick it up on the 23rd of december. Now, i’m traveling back home to beirut on the 17th of december, and returning on the 27th, with a visa valid until the 1st of January 2016, 3 days after my return. Is that a problem ? Having 3 days left ? Should i take the paper that says that my application is being processed ?

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    • Hi Edwin,
      Your safest bet is to get an Autorizaicon de Regreso, as explained in the article, but you can always risk it and travel without one. Make sure to bring along all of the documentation which shows you have applied for your NIE and have your resguardo.

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  16. I have yet to receive my first NIE and I am studying in Barcelona. I will have to travel before that and I am applying for this letter. Which box should I tick in heading 4.1?

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    • Without knowing what type of NIE you have applied for (target comunitaria / student / work permit / first time application / a renewal, etc.) we cannot answer your question. Remember that you can always leave certain fields blank and ask when you submitting the form which box is correct for your situation.

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  17. Please I wish to know if I can secured a regresso outside of spain as my dni expired while in my country nigeria.

    Please kindly inform me of my requirements..thank

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    • As far as we know, a regresso should be applied for before leaving Spain. If you are worried about being able to return, our advice is to visit a Spanish embassy in Nigeria. Best of luck to you.

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      • Thanks for your advise…it was my first option as I have been issued a visa due for two weeks for collect.Viva Espana.keep up with the good work.

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  18. Hi
    I have resuelto favorable de tarjeta de residencia de familiar de ciudadano de la UE
    and my finger print appointment is on 21th of january
    normally they give the card after 40 days of finger print day
    can I ask for authorization of regreso to travel after I did the finger print
    thanks a lot

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    • Hi There,

      You should be able to ask for an autorizacion at any stage of the process once you have turned in your initial paperwork!

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  19. Greeting!

    My TIE will expire on 31st Jan 2016 which is the same day that I plan to go back home. However, I lost my TIE in Paris during my X’mas trip. I went to the police station to reissue the card on 30th Dec 2015. It would take around 1 month to get the new one. I’m afraid that I will not get the card before my departure date. Do I need to apply for the Autorizacion de regreso to return home, but I’m not planning to reenter the country? I have the photo copy of my TIE, police report that I lost it, and the document saying that it is in the process of reissuing. Will I be able to leave Spain with these papers alone?

    Thanks

    Natchaya

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    • Hi Natachya, the regreso is only for when you’re entering the country on an expired card. No need to get one if you’re returning home indefinitely.

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

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      • Thanks for your reply. That’s mean I can leave the country even though my TIE has been lost, right? My TIE is still valid on my departure day.

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        • You won’t need a TIE to leave the country, no. If you made a police denuncia, you can bring along that paperwork if it makes you feel more at ease!

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      • Presently trapped in Italy from Spain after 1 month medical leave..my Nie paper work is ongoing for communitarian since my spouse is a Spaniard..I have all the paper work that shows that is in process at Malaga office..can I fly back to Spain with my valid Nigeria passport, libro familiar, other necessary documents to show that I have applied for resident card for the first time since I don’t have a regresso at the moment..I can’t travell by bus because of my medical issues..

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        • John,
          There are no passport controls within the Schengen zone, currently, so travel between Italy in Spain is not a problem. Definitely keep all of the documents you mentioned on you, just in case, but you should be fine to return.

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          • I have made an attempt to fly from Milan maplensa airport to Malagas, but to no avail since I don’t have a valid resident card, I plan to try bologna airport if Ryanair will consider my predicament…like I told you earlier..I can’t make long duration trip with bus or train to Spain because of my health…do you think I can fly with valid non eu passport and libra familiar/documents showing that the statue of my documents is En Tramite?

          • Hi John, we’re surprised you were checked within the EU, especially if you’ve been in Europe under 90 days. If you haven’t gotten the regreso, you’ll have to use some proof of paperwork, though there could be an issue with language if you’re in Italy. Feel free to email us, and we’ll speak further about the specifics of your case.

  20. Hi! I want to travel after my TIE expires but I am not renewing to teach here again next year so I won’t have a document showing that my paperwork in being processed. I want to travel in July and then return to spain to get my things and go back to the US. I can’t get a regreso for this, can I? If not, what options do I have since I am living here and can’t apply for any other visas in my home country.

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Katelyn, you can usually only get a regreso if you have paperwork renewals in process. If you have an outbound ticket from Spain back to your country, you shouldn’t have an issue! Enjoy!

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  21. Good Day!

    I am a NON EU which means i had a tourist visa when i arrived here and that visa is already expired. I applied for Tarjeta Communitaria last month bec i’m a spouse of a spanish citizen. Now, my husband wants us to visit Morocco for Holidays. Is it possible for me to get a Authorizacion de regresso?

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  22. Hi. I need a very detailed reply. I do not yet have a NIE. I have submitted paperwork for Pareja due Hecho, so I must wait for that to go through.

    I am a US citizen & my 3 months expired recently. My PDH paperwork shows a submission date prior to my 3-month limit.

    Can I use this paper to fly within Spain? Within Schengen? In/Out of Schengen? Or must I get a Authoracion de Regreso (& is it possible since I don’t yet have NIE)? Where will it allow me to travel?

    Lastly, question 4.2 , where I must explain WHY is confusing. It seems that there are right/wrong answers here. Can you briefly justifications might they accept? Reject? I simply want to TRAVEL. Like vacaction. My partner works abroad 90% time, so Id like to be with him for a few days.

    THANKS!

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  23. I am an Egyptian Student in Spain. My NIA will expire 29 July. I have to begin the renewal process 1 of June. I have to travel to Itali at 27 July and come bake to Spain 7 of Agust. The NIE will expire during my week stay in Italy

    Do I have to get an Italian visa?? or just Authorizacion de regresso??

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    • You do not need a visa to visit Italy from within the Schengen zone, nor will have to cross any borders and show your passport. That being said, make sure you aren’t travelling on an expired ID. If you begin the renewal process before traveling to Italy you should also get an Autorizacion de Regreso – as you mentioned – just to make sure you’ll be allowed back in Spain (should they ask for your TIE when you reenter the country). Better safe than sorry!

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      • I want to ask if I traveled to Italy in 30 July. In this case, the NIA will be expired (expired at 29 July). I will be in the renew process.
        What should I do??
        What are the documents required??
        Should I change the flight tickets to be before the expiration date???
        Thank you

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        • Mostafa, if your NIE is expired and you’re not an EU passport holder, you must prove that you have begun the renewal process for your NIE before its expiration date, and then apply for the regreso. You cannot get a regreso unless you are renewing your NIE card.

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  24. Hi! So I applied for and received my authorization de regreso for this summer, and I had already booked my return flight for the USA. My flight is scheduled to arrive in Dublin on Sept 7th, but when I received my regreso paper this morning it says that I only have until Sept 4th to re-enter spain. I don’t have enough time to re-do the entire application process because I am leaving Spain on Wednesday. I’ll have my expired TIE and other documents, but I’m not sure how to go about re-entering spain after the date on the regreso. It’s difficult because I will be leaving spain for less than 90 days( june 15-sept 7), so there shouldn’t be a problem. Do you have any suggestions? Can I enter spain from a flight from ireland even if my regreso is expired?

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    • Hi Mallory,
      That’s really unfortunate that your regreso paper expires just a few days before your planned reentry. Ireland unfortunately is not part of the Schengen zone so you will pass aduanas or border control again on entering Spain. You really should drop whatever plans you have for the day and go camp out at Extranjería to see if they can fix this for you. If not, your best bet is to not show any documents on reentry into Spain unless asked, then explain your situation and hope they let you pass. You could also try and see if your Spanish consulate could help you / advice you once you’re back in the US.

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  25. Hello! I am leaving Spain for more than 90 days this summer (93 days) and then returning in the Fall. I haven’t received my carta yet because of issues with my initial application, but I have been accepted into the program. I am nervous I won’t have time to apply for a regreso before I go home once I receive my carta. Do I need a regreso if I will be gone longer than 90 days anyways? Thanks for the help.

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    • You should be fine! But make sure you’ve at least started your renewal paperwork before you leave, or you will need to get a new visa from the US.

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  26. Hi im an australian just arrived in spain on a residence visa which is valid til sept but for 1 entrance only. I have applied for my nie but it will not be redy before i leave on a trip to london. I asked for an autoruzacion d regreso when i had my dni appoinrment but they said because they are still part of eu, for now, i dont need the papers. Can anyone verify this as i hear many different stories!!

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    • The UK is still part of the EU but is not part of the Schengen free borders zone so you will need an autorización de regreso to make sure you can return to Spain with no issues at passport control.

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  27. Hey – I’m in Zaragoza and I am wondering, are you supposed to pay the tasa online for EVERY region. I don’t know how I would do that in Aragon and any other time there has been a tasa I have had to pay I was required to submit paper work first THEN go to the police station and pay and come back showing I paid. So this part’s confusing me.

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    • In general, tasas can be paid for at a bank after your present your paperwork, but you won’t be given the autorización until you’ve tuned in your proof of payment.

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  28. Hello,

    I am in the process of trying to get an AdR because my TIE was stolen (along with the rest of my entire purse and on my birthday no less – someone broke in while we were sleeping, ugh) and I had already booked a flight to London for this weekend. After being sent around to three different offices in Barcelona, and getting the renewal process started (even though I leave Spain for good on August 26th and won’t even be here to collect the new card), I am finally going back tomorrow to beg for the letter to re-enter next week after my trip.

    I have the list of documents I need to bring, and want it to go as smoothly as possible since I am on such a short time frame and need it immediately, so I was wondering if I pay the fee once I’m in the office and they are doing the letter, or if I need to go to a bank first and prepay for it? They didn’t give me anything like when I got my TIE the first time and had to go pay the fee at a bank with the carbon copy form before picking up the card, so I am not sure. I know the fee is 10.20 euros for this, but wanted to double check if it is something to pay before I go back or something I will just pay once I am there.

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Lee Ann, what a terrible way to wake up on your birthday – we hope you’re doing all right mentally.

      Unfortunately, local offices have the final say over the ADR process, so we can’t tell you exactly what happens in Barcelona. We suggest going with time and explaining your situation. Sometimes, the extranjeria office will assign a barcode to your case, so even if you tried to pay in a bank without the barcode, many tellers wouldn’t let you. Good luck!

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  29. Hello

    I am supposed to get my NIE on the 25th this month but my grandmother is very sick and so i need to go back on the 23rd. I have been failing to find an appointment to get the regresso but i have the ticket already booked. I am afraid i will not be able to find a date before the flight date. So i was wondering if i can take the ticket and go to the office nearby and explain the situation. Please note that I am in Barcelona and i do not knw if this is possible here or not

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    • Hi Noha, we’re sorry to hear about your situation. Take your travel plans/tickets and your TIE renewal paperwork in and explain the situation, and hopefully you can be helped. Good luck!

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  30. Hi,

    I have a query regarding the “need to travel”part. I am going to Berlin for a week just for a holiday which obviously cannot be certified. Is that a problem for obtaining the regreso?

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    • Hi Sreyaa,
      Two things – the “need” to travel is very subjective, going on holiday is fine, they just need a reason to tick a box. Second thing, traveling to Germany means you will still be in the Schengen zone, which means you don’t need a regreso as there are no passport controls.

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  31. Hi. I have a South African Passport with a Schengen Visa , valid till June next year.
    I just received a NIE card which is also valid till then. If I extend my NIE here in Barcelona, would I still need to apply for a new visa in South Africa? Do I use my NIE at passport control in stead of the visa?

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    • Actually you’ll use your TIE at passport control. A NIE is the foreign ID number (numero identidad extranjero) while a TIE (tarjeta identidad extranjero) is the card with your information, including your NIE number, printed on it. You will not need your visa to travel once you have the TIE card.

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    • Actually you’ll use your TIE at passport control. A NIE is the foreign ID number (numero identidad extranjero) while a TIE (tarjeta identidad extranjero) is the card with your information, including your NIE number, printed on it. You will not need your visa to travel once you have the TIE card.

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  32. Hi, I’m in the process of renewing my TIE and I have a trip to Denmark next month. My worry is that I’m flying with Ryanair and (I don’t understand why) they check for visas before checking in. Can I present an “autorización de regreso”?
    Thank you!

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      • I mean, if I present the autorización de regreso and my valid passport, can Ryanair refuse to let me fly? I talked to the customer service of Ryanair and they told me that I must present a valid TIE or a valid visa. They told me they do not accept this autorización de regreso. Can they refuse an official document issued by the Spanish authorities?
        Thank you very much for the help!

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        • As far as we know airlines are allowed to turn away ticket holders if they do not meet the terms and conditions outlined on purchase. You can try calling again or contact AENA and file a complaint if you feel that you have been treated unfairly.

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          • Okay, thank you very much!!

  33. hi i am from South Africa and have a temporary spanish residency to live and work in Gran canaria and i am waiting for Nie. i applied for a Autorizacion de regreso. i am traveling to New Zealand from Italy and my flight back is to Italy as well. and would like to be there for a few days to explore. does this regreso work for Italy? because with an international flight i go through customs. will i have problem in Italy? i have all my papers in order.just i am not sure if i will have problems at that airport

    please help

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    • Praylene,
      We cannot guarantee that Italy will allow you to enter. Your autorización is for Spain. We’ve never heard of anyone having a problem using proof from another Schengen country, but be aware that there’s a small chance you might not be let back in.

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  34. I left Spain in august and I did the process of the DNI renewal before leaving Spain , the problem is that the autorizacion de regreso has expired during my stay in London,so
    How can I enter spain again?
    Is there a way to extend the autorizacion de regreso or make a new one through out the spanish consulate here in London?

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    • Zaina,
      An autorización de regreso is only valid for 90 days. You can try reentering the country without it, but be aware that you will likely be denied entry if you cannot show proof of your legal status in Spain. Also, you have a TIE card, not a DNI (DNIs are Spanish citizen ID cards). You should contact the Spanish consulate to see if they have any other ideas for you, but as far as we know an autrozación de regreso cannot be extended. If you find a solution, please write again so our readers know what you did!

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  35. Hi there. I have a specific question about getting 2 regresos. My visa expiry date is December 14th. I had my NIE appointment on 1/12 and all went well and I got the resguardo paper. I am going to London December 15-18th, back to Madrid on the 18th, then leaving again from Madrid for the States on December 22nd. I know I will need 1 regreso for each re-entry. My concern is that as of now the site will only allow me to make an appointment for 1 regreso at a time, meaning I will have to wait until that appointment is completed until I can make another for my trip to the States. My other concern is that the first appointment date I have is past both trips (27/12). I’ve heard that one can show up to the office 5 days (or 2 or 3 days sometimes) before the departure date and someone there will be able to give me the regreso.

    I’m crossing my fingers they don’t ask for the regreso when I return from London just to not have to bother with the second one, but I also don’t want to take that risk of not having a second appointment. Any insight or advice on this is appreciated!

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      You may have luck that the document is not asked for in Madrid on the 18th. If it is and thus rendered useless, you should go to the office first thing on the 19th with your plane tickets to see if you can get the regreso. Outside of that, it’s a gamble! Have great trips!

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      • Thanks for your help! Now I am considering moving my trip up a week to avoid taking the risk. I arrived in Madrid on Sept 1st and the NIE expiration date on my visa is Dec 14th. Even though this time frame is past the regular 90 days, I am wondering if I take the trip to London and make it back to Madrid a few days before Dec 14th if I’d be in the clear without having to get the regreso for London? Thoughts? Thanks again!

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        • Jennifer, do you mean the visa expires on the 14th? Your NIE does not expire, though the card will.

          Unfortuantely, there is no clear answer to your question, as the funcionario can decide not to grant you a regreso, or you could get stopped and questioned at the aduana if you’re nearing your visa expiration date. You should exercise your best judgement and, when possible, carry documentation that justifies your estancia here. Good luck!

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    • Hi Jennifer,

      I read your post. I am just curious, had you been able to return to Spain from London with the autorizacion de regreso? I am asking you as I need to travel to UK and return to Spain without the NIE card. I have received the autorizacion de regreso but I am afraid if the airline will allow me to board the flight with this document. I will be grateful if you share your experience with me.

      Thanks & regards,

      Sudipa

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  36. Hello,
    I wonder if you could help with my rather complex case. I’m an Indian citizen living in Spain. I just received the approved pareja de hecho document today and will apply for my first tarjeta de residencia de familiar de ciudadano de la UE tomorrow. However I need to travel to India ASAP as my mother is sick. Can I request an autorización de regreso at the same time that I submit the initial tarjeta paperwork or do I need to wait for some token amount of time? Please note that my EU Residence permit (Blue Card) expired in mid September, but I’ve maintained a legal status here via a previous tarjeta de residencia application that dragged on for several months while our pareja de hecho was in process (since July).That petition was recently rejected on the grounds that the PdH was not approved yet.I wonder if this back story will impact my chances to get the AdR?
    Thanks for your help!

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    • Hi Jocelyn, we’ve written you an email. Best of luck to you and our well wishes for your mother’s recovery!

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      • Hello again,
        Just wanted to post an update in case it’s useful to someone in the same boat. I was told by the Police that I could not receive an AdR until my residence permit application has reached the fingerprints stage and not before, as mine is an initial application and not a renewal. Luckily my mother’s condition improved in the meantime, so I’ve postponed my trip – it’s been 4 weeks since my application so I am hoping to receive some news soon! Fingers crossed.
        Cheers

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  37. Hi girls! I just got resolution favorable of my application but the date to give fingerprints is after my trip. Do I need authorization de regreso at all or could I travel with “resolution favorable” printed out?
    In case I need it…I got one authorization on 23rd December, did my trip, got back and no one asked for it (so it’s not stamped or anything). I am reading that it should be valid for 90 days, BUT on the paper I got it says “valido hasta 10 de enero (2017)”. Do I need to get another one again (planning to travel beginning of February)?
    Thanks!

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    • Hi Milena,
      If the current ADR that you have says it expires on the 10 of January and you are planning to travel after – better safe than sorry. We’d recommend getting a new one!

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  38. Hello, thanks for information. Can you tell me, is it possible to take regresso 2 or 3 times? I submitted documents for my Nie/tie renewal. I haven’t been for fingerprints yet. I need to go to my country (Georgia. Not usa.) If I take regresso now ,traval and come back in a week.and before getting my Nie, if something happens and I will need to travel in my country again, will it be a problem to take new regresso? Is it limited?
    Thank you very much for attention, waiting for anawer. Thanks.

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    • Sorry, forgot to say, I’m in Barcelona

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    • The authorizations are limited to one exit and entry into Spain per slip – and whether or not you would be authorized for additional travel is up to the person who stamps your form. We’d say that if you have a good reason for travel that it shouldn’t be a problem but make sure to get a new ADR for each trip!

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    • Hi Maria, I just came back from my third trip while waiting my TIE, so yes it’s definately possible :). In Barcelona the autorisation is not valid for 90 days but the day they put (they give you about two weeks extra after the day of your return flight) so I had to ask for AdR every time I traveled and they never actually asked what is the reason for my travel. Good luck and have a nice trip.

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  39. Hello I have regreso now im in my coutry Last 4 days i find the result was no favorable , i want to know CAN i enter to Spain by regreso even if I was no favorable .thanks

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    • If you have a regreso then yes, you should be able to enter Spain without any problems and hopefully appeal your case.

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  40. If you are a student in Madrid with an NIE under process for renewal, can you travel WITHIN Spain i.e Barcelona without having to apply for a Regresso or is it necessary? Appreciate any information thank you.

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  41. Hello , my flight to lebanon in 14 of april and i am searching for an appointment in barcelona to do the autorizacion de regreso but i am not founding , so how can i solve this problem , i dont want to lose my flight , thanks !!

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    • If there are no available appointments before your flight, book an appointment for the nearest date and go to Extranjería with proof of this appointment and all of the documents listed above. They will take into consideration your timeframe and see you, but be prepared to wait.

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  42. Hi! Do you know what to do if I lost my TIE abroad? It’s expiring on May and I will go home and will not get the autorizacion de regreso because i will be out of spain for more than 90 days. Do I need to get a duplicate then renew it or could I just apply for a new one when I come back? Thanks!

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    • Riann,
      It’s definitely a hassle, but if your plan is to return to Spain then you need to file a police report in Spain that your card was lost or stolen and then apply for a replacement. Even if the physical card is not ready before it’s time to renew for a new card, these are the steps you should take to make sure you are doing everything legally. You’ll need to file the report, make an appointment and fill out form EX 17, in additional to paying eh fees and supplying new photos. Best of luck to you.

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  43. Hello !

    I am a Canadian citizen studying in Madrid. My NIE is being renewed and the one I currently have is valid until June 2017. I’m going to Austria this July 2017 and I’ll be there for two months but my question is the following: I know the autorización de regreso allows me to leave and come back to Spain legally, but when I land in Austria, will I need something in order to enter the country ? I know Austria is part of the Schengen but I’m asking this because when I travelled to France a month ago, they asked for my papers in immigration when I arrived at the airport. So I’m assuming that they’re going to be asking for my papers in Vienna as well. If I show them my expired NIE, will they pose a problem ?

    Thanks so much !

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    • Hi Juan, the question is if you are planning to renew your TIE card or not. If you are and get a regreso, you shouldn’t have a problem (though we recommend carrying copies of your renewal paperwork). As you can imagine, many European countries are tightening up their border control. Have a great summer!

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  44. I have NIE number but I don’t know how to get TIE number. Can u please give me information for TIE full process.
    Kind regards.

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    • Hi Nick, your TIE is your card and contains your NIE number on it, usually under the photo. If you are European or non-EU and on a six-month or under visa, you do not receive a card.

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  45. Hi ,

    I am an Indian ,currently studying in Barcelona in a course that ends in the July 0f 2018. My NIE expires on 14th of September. But I have to leave to London for participating in a competition on the 1st of July. Since i have a three month vacation I plan to go back to India and return only on the 1st of October.

    I’ll be leaving Barcelona to London on the 1st of July. Since it is not 60 days prior to the date of expiry of NIE i cannot apply for renewal. What do I do? Is there anyway I can get access to Spain on return from India in October through a regresso ? or do I have to wait untill the 15th of July to apply for it ?

    Regards,
    Pranav

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  46. Hello!
    My card (tarjeta de estudiante extranjero) expire on 31st of july 2017. I have submitted my documents for renewing my card and its now processing and I have my resguardo but I want to go to Netherlands in August. Is it necessary to apply for a “autorizacion de regreso” even if i am traveling in the EU schengen zone?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    • Hi Sarah, given the extra checks in security these days, we’d suggest getting the regreso (it’s not too expensive). You’re more likely to get asked for it in the Netherlands than in Spain! Have a great trip!

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  47. Hello,

    i am cameroon citizen and have an autorizacion de regresso want to confirm will be allow to me to go back in europa trought france with my documents?

    regards

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  48. Hi
    I applied for the NIE on 22 May 2017 and got (Resguardo de Solicitud de Tarjeta de Extranjero) it says that this receipt is valid for 45 days. But my Residence visa is still valid till 4th of August 2017. My mother was sick so I left spain to stay with mother. If I travel to Spain on the 9th July 2017 do I face any trouble when I go to collect my tarjeta de residencia if this receipt is expired. in this case what should I do.

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    • Hi Suzan, do you have your current TIE card on you? If so, you can show that document to enter Spain before August 4th. Bring along your paperwork showing your TIE card is in the renovación phase just in case. Wishing your mother a speedy recovery.

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  49. Hello!
    Yesterday I gave to the government documents to renew my nie. But I would follow from the internet whether it would be approved. They said it would take 2-3 weeks to see if some document is missed or wrong. I understood, it is pending now. This is not put into renewal. My tie card ends on July 28th. If I take regrosa in 10th of July and go to Turkey, will I have a problem when returning at the end of 2 months? Also Is it necessary to return to Spain if a document is missing when following the web? Or can I come back after two months to solve it? Already thank you very much!!!

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    • Hello,
      A regreso is valid for 90 days from the day it is issued, so you should have no problem returning from Turkey. However, if you are missing any documentation you will be given 10-15 days to submit it or your application will be archived or filed away as incomplete. You will be notified via certified letter if any additional documentation is required, so make sure someone is at your address to monitor your mail while you are away.

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  50. Hi!
    Its my first time to apply of a NIE. I just received my resguardo today. And i already got an appointment to get my autorizacion de regreso on the 28th. My flight going to my country is on the 7th of august. My question is does applying for an autorizacion de regreso is a one day process?

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  51. Quick question, I am a US Citizen, my NIE expired in March 2017, it is now july 2017, I have not made an apppointment yet to renew because I am planning on moving back the to the USA in August. Will the airport in Spain give any trouble since I have been here for over 5 years and card is past 90 days expired? The ticket would be a round-trip ticket because 1 way tickets are WAY to expensive. Thank you so much for your help.

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    • You likely won’t run into any issues, but you have overstayed your permission and could be fined and banned from entering the EU for a period of time as a result. That’s the worst case scenario.

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      • Thank you so much for your fast reply, you guys are amazing.

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  52. HI! My TIE expires august 30 which Is the day I get back to Spain. I did student visa modification to cuenta ajena and the person working at the extranjeria said I didn’t need a regreso and wouldn’t give me one. I’m Flying into Brussels so should I just show my passport and not my card? I have my contract for the job and that’s all. thanks

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  53. Hello

    i am currently waiting for my NIE to be approved
    and i applied for an autorizacion de regreso
    do i have to buy a return ticket as well?????
    is that necessary??

    plus in my nie paper, should i be getting a sticker that proves that i am in the process of renewal, or does a stamp from the delegacion, written ;entrada 24 de julio 2017′ is enough?

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    • Hi Vanessa,
      Only proof of travel leaving Spain is necessary to apply for the regreso, just remember that from the day your regresso is issued that it is only valid for 90 days, so you’ll need to book return travel within that period.
      A regress can only be applied for if you have already applied for an initial TIE card or renewal. Proof of your application is a copy of your stamped EX form.

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  54. Hello,
    One question I would like to know is that can I go back to Spain at the date that my Autorizacion de Regreso expires? It writes valido hasta dia 16, so can I arrive in Spain on that day?

    Thanks so much and Waiting for your answers!

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    • If your regreso is valid until the 16th you can return to Spain any day before or even on the 16th. However, from the 17th on, your regreso has expired and is no longer valid for reentry.

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  55. My kids have dual citizenship in Spain and USA. We live in Spain. We are planning on going to the USA for vacataion next month, my kids are both under 14, there Spanish passport has been expired for years, however they hold a valid US passport. Will they be able to leave Spain and travel to the USA with the US passports? or do they need there Spanish passports to leave Spain? Thank you so much for your help.

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    • David,
      We would highly recommend renewing your children’s Spanish passports before leaving the country. The general accepted practice for dual citizens is to leave/enter Spain on the Spanish passport and enter/leave the US with the American passport.

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  56. Hello,

    I’m a Turkish citizen who lives in Spain. I applied to renew my nie so i do not have a visa or nie now. I have a autorizacion de regreso until october 16. I will travel to Italy and turn back, can i go to italy with that document? And also my return is on october 16th so the last day. May it be a problem?

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    • Hi There,
      If you have an autorización de regreso, then yes, you can absolutely leave the country and travel. Just make sure you are back on or before the date of expiration!

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