Marbella-based Larrain Nesbitt Abogados has over 18 year’s taxation & conveyancing experience at your service. Our team of native English-speaking lawyers and economists have a long track record successfully assisting expats all over Spain. You can review here our client’s testimonials.
Blog post copyrighted © 2021. Plagiarism will be criminally prosecuted.
By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Lawyer – Abogado
7th of January 2021
As The Guardian reported early on this week, dozens of UK nationals were denied from boarding flights bound to Spain. Several other similar reports are emerging in other flights as well. Some were denied access on the back of showing NIE numbers and some were denied on showing the old green residency cards.
Due to the new mutant strain of Covid-19 originating in England, Spain - and most of Europe - has imposed restrictions on inbound UK travellers unless they are Spanish residents. In an attempt to board flights, some UK travellers have been showing several documents to justify their residency status; some of which are valid, and some are not.
I find it necessary to clarify three concepts:
Having clarified the above, any UK traveller that is in possession of either an old green residency card or a TIE card should be allowed unfettered access to Spain, despite the new EU-ban on UK flights. As explained above, a NIE number does not constitute a residency permit, and you will be rightfully denied bording any flight bound to Spain under the current Covid flight ban.
The confusion stems from the fact that old green residency permits, and the new TIE cards, both have NIE numbers etched in them. So some passengers are under the false impression they can enter Spain on showing only a 'NIE number', which is incorrect. Again, for the avoidance of doubt, you only have resident status in Spain if you have attained either an old green residency card or the new TIE card.
Having clarified this, in all our articles on attaining a Spanish residency permit we strongly advocated UK nationals to change their old green residency cards over to the new TIE cards for a host of reasons:
If I have a TIE card, do I need to apply for a green card?
No, your TIE card is the new green card, it supersedes it.
If I have an 'old' green card do I need to change it over for the new TIE card?
Legally no, you don't. However, in practice, we strongly recommend that you do for all the reasons highlighted above and in all our residency articles collated below.
At LNA offer a competitively-priced service to change your old green residency cards for the new TIE cards:
“I was the ugly duckling until I reached puberty.” – Tanya Roberts
Victoria Leigh Blum (1955 – 2021). Was an American actress, producer, and model. Famous for being a lead girl in a James Bond movie: A View to a Kill. Personally, I liked her more in the Beastmaster. Likely one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever laid eyes on.
At LNA we assist UK nationals to apply for Spanish residency for the first time, or renewals, for a competitive fee. You will be assigned an in-house specialist to deal with your matter. Call or e-mail us free of compromise.
Please note we only deal with residency permits on the Costa del Sol (Malaga province).
Larraín Nesbitt Abogados, small on fees, big on service.
Larraín Nesbitt Abogados is a law firm specialized in residency, taxation, conveyancing, inheritance, and litigation. We will be very pleased to discuss your matter with you. You can contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on (+34) 952 19 22 88 or by completing our contact form.
Immigration & Residency services available from LNA
Please note the information provided in this article is of general interest only and is not to be construed or intended as substitute for professional legal advice. This article may be posted freely in websites or other social media so long as the author is duly credited. Plagiarizing, whether in whole or in part, this article without crediting the author may result in criminal prosecution. VOV.
2.021 © Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.