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Update: May 22th, 2020
Automatic extension of immigration documents, renewals implemented
What is the change?
Spain recently announced automatic extensions for permits, visas, foreigner identification cards, renewals and long-term stays, to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All work and residence permits, as well as foreigner ID cards, that expire during the state of emergency will be extended automatically the day after they expire. The automatic extension will be valid for six months after the state of emergency has ended.
- The automatic extension also applies to renewal processes that are underway until there is a resolution.
- Long-term stays and visas will likewise be extended for three months after the state of emergency has ended.
- Residents of Spain or holders of long-term visas who are not inside the national territory, with permits or visas that expired during the state of emergency, and who are unable to return because of border closures, can enter the country using an expired permit or visa and a travel document once the restrictions have ended.
The automatic extension of stay is good news because it provides some relief to foreign nationals stranded in Spain.
Update: April 17th, 2020
State of alarm extended again
What is the change?
Spanish authorities have extended the country’s COVID-19 state of alarm again to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
- The current state of alarm has been extended again until April 26. The extension applies to inland border controls as well.
- The original state of alarm implemented many measures to restrict the movement of people. It was first extended to April 12 and recently has been extended again to April 26. Business activities and travel remain limited. Certain immigration services are suspended and online services are also limited. Land borders are closed as well, with several exceptions.
The state of alarm extension will continue to impact the mobility of third-country, and EU nationals and their dependents into Spain. It is possible the current state of alert will be extended again. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Delays may occur for consular and in-country processing
Update: March 25th, 2020
COVID-19 travel restrictions strengthened again
What is the change?
The Spanish government recently announced stronger travel restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Effective from March 23 at midnight, third-country nationals and EU nationals and their dependents, are no longer allowed to enter the country, with a number of exceptions:
- Spanish residents or residents in transit to their homes in other Schengen or Member states
- Long-term visa holders who have visas from Schengen or Member states who are traveling to those places
- Professionals engaging in healthcare and elder care who are traveling for work
- Transportation personnel who are working to ship goods and flight crew who are working while engaging in commercial aviation tasks
- Consular office personnel, diplomatic mission members, and military and international organization personnel who are performing professional work
- Individuals with very important family reasons for traveling
- Individuals who have documentation of a need or an unforeseen circumstance
- Individuals whose movement is allowed because of humanitarian reasons
- The suspension also does not apply to these two areas: the inland border with Andorra and at a checkpoint for the Gibraltar territory
- Additionally, the inland borders with Ceuta and Melilla are temporarily closed for entering and exiting the country
The new travel restrictions will impact the mobility of third-country, and EU nationals and their dependents into Spain. It is likely the current state of alert will be extended. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Significant delays may occur for consular and in-country processing.