The Royal Decree 463/2020 of March 14 establishes in its third additional provision the suspension of administrative procedures not considered urgent and essential and in the fourth additional provision provides the suspension of the prescriptions and deadlines of the same.
This article is intended to inform about the immigration and administrative situations specifically related to the expiration of national ID, visas and residence permits in the current context of the state of emergency due to this sanitary emergency and the preservation of personal rights and legitimate interests related to the administrative procedures listed below:
1.Spanish i.d. (DNI) expired or expiring:
The appointments for the renewal of the DNI have been suspended. For adults although the ID expires, its validity is extended for 1 year, from the implementation of the state of emergency on March 14 until its end. They may also renew their electronic certificates until that date, which remain valid for the duration of the alarm state.
2.Expired Spanish passport:
The validity of the passport is not extended during the state of emergency. If the passport has been expired or expires during the days of the state of emergency, it cannot be renewed until the end of the same. In any case, the passport will not lose its validity for identification purposes inside spain and, although expired, it can be used exceptionally to enter in the country.
3.Card (tie) or residence permit expired or expiring:
This procedure and the service for the issue of this type of documentation it is suspended indefinitely until the end of the state of emergency, and only in cases of extreme emergency duly justified to the authority and approved by the police , the renewal of the TIE or resident permit will be carried out.
In the same way, the appointment booking service is canceled and those one that have already been booked are canceled, it will necessary to book a new appointment once the state of emergency will be over.
At the moment TIEs are not issued or printed due to the state of emergency, and even though their validity has not been officially extended, the expiry terms can be considered temporarily suspended even if the document has been expired during the state of emergency. At the end of the alarm, it will be possible to get another appointment and request its renewal.
4.National and schengen visas expired or expiring:
The maximum period of staying of 90 days from the first entry in Spain for third-country citizens whose return was not and is not possible during the coronavirus health emergency, has been suspended until the end of the state of emergency, for stays in the Spanish national territory. It is strongly suggested to inform the competent immigration office that it will check case by case the possible necessity to apply for the corresponding visa extension, which is not done nor considered implicit by the law. In case it will be required the extension of the Visa there are certain requirements and documents that must be presented to the Police authority. Among these one there are the economic proof of found and the extension of the travel health insurance for the period of staying.
UK citizens, in case they are in the ‘’brexit’’ transition period, they can stay in Spain.
5.Family card and ue card expired or expiring:
In the case of third-country nationals who are family members of UE citizens residents in Spain (spouses, ’’pareja de hecho’’, children, etc.), the expired authorization of residence of a family member of the European Union will be considered exceptionally valid for the entire duration of the state of emergency. In the case of family members of third-country citizens resident in Spain, the maximum stay of 90 days is also suspended.
6.National borders (land):
The borders of Spain have been re-established due to the suspension of Schengen’s Treaty therefore only Spanish citizens, residents of Spain, cross- border workers and those who can document a special reason of force majeure can enter in the national territory through land.
This restrictive measure it is not applied to the transport of foods, goods, diplomatic and consular missions and the international organizations located in Spain, for the performance of their own official work or functions.
7.National borders – airports and ports – access to Spain:
In order to limit the effects of COVID-19 contagion, on 17 March the countries of the European Union agreed to apply a temporary limitation on non-essential travel from third countries to the European Union and among the same one.
Entry to Spain will be denied to any person from a third country, for reasons of public order or public health, unless it can be applicable an exception of the categories contemplated in the INT / 270/2020 Order of 21 March ( BOE nº79, 22 march 2020).