Can I return to Spain with my card or “return permit”, even if they have expired?
What happens if my card expires during Coronavirus state of alarm?
The Government has finally approved (with date 20th of May) a solution for residents of Spain whose residency cards have expired in the interval between 3 months prior to the commencement of the “State of Alarm”, or lockdown (15th of March 2020), and the first day after the “State of Alarm” is lifted (est. 7th of June 2020).
Residents in this situation will enjoy an automatic extension to renew their cards of up to 6 months from the first day after the “State of Alarm” is terminated.
Those residents who are abroad whilst the country is in a situation of “State of Alarm” will be able to enter Spanish territory within the same 6-month period, showing the expired card and a valid airline ticket (or equivalent if using a different means of transport).
Irrespective of the above, we strongly suggest that you apply for telematic residency renewals within the time periods, through your legal or immigration advisors.
If you don’t have one, let us know and we will help you!
Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Empoyed Residency or Non-Lucrative Residency or Residency through Investment. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.