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We have Car Hire available in most cities & towns in Spain.
Some of the pick up locations are A Coruna, Alicante , Alacant, Almería, Astorga, Avilés, Badajoz, Badalona, Barcelona, Bilbao, Bilbo, Cáceres, Cádiz, Castro Urdiales, Gijón, Xixón, Girona, Gerona, Huesca, Jaén, La Bañeza, Laredo, Lleida, Lérida, León, Lugo, Logroño, Madrid, Murcia, Ourense, Orense, Oviedo, Uvieu, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona , Iruña, Ponferrada, Pontevedra, Salamanca, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Sevilla, Tarragona, Teruel, Toledo, Valencia, Vigo, Zaragoza, Calpe, Moraira, Javea, Denia, Gandia, Malaga, Marbella
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GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPAIN - for guidance only!
Your passport is a valuable document. Look after it! Replacing a lost or stolen passport can be time consuming and expensive.
Street crime is common in many Spanish cities, towns and holiday resorts. It is occasionally accompanied by violence. You should keep all valuable personal items, such as cameras or jewellery, out of sight and avoid carrying passports, credit cards, travel documents and money together in handbags or pockets. Be wary of approaches by strangers either asking for directions or asking for, or offering, help of any kind. These approaches, at times made by bogus policemen, are sometimes ploys to distract attention while they or accomplices make off with valuables and/or take note of credit card numbers for future illegal use. Visitors should be aware that some money exchange booths post one exchange rate and pay at another, claiming, subsequent to the transaction, that the higher rate is applicable only to the exchange of large amounts of money. To date, reports of such practices are confined to Benidorm, where the police are aware and taking action.
To combat street crime, the authorities have increased the police presence in tourist areas. Nevertheless, you should remain alert in all areas (including hotel lobbies, airports, train and bus stations, on public transport, at car rental outlets and even supermarkets and their car parks) and avoid walking alone after dark in quiet locations whenever possible.
In Madrid, you should take particular care in the Puerta del Sol and surrounding streets including the Plaza Mayor, the Retiro Park and Lavapies.
In Barcelona, you should be especially vigilant in the Plaza Catalunya, Ramblas and surrounding streets of the old city and, following a recent spate of violent muggings, the Monjuic area. You should also be vigilant at the airport. The cities and areas listed above are not exclusive and you should take appropriate care and precautions to guard against street crime in all places.
The incidence of rape and sexual assault is statistically low. Nevertheless attacks occur. You are advised not to lower your personal security awareness because you are on holiday. The Spanish authorities have warned that you should also be alert to the availability and possible use of date rape and other drugs, including GBH and liquid ecstasy.
Motorists should be on the look out for highway pirates who target foreign registered and hire cars, especially those towing caravans. Motorists are sometimes targeted in service areas and subsequently tricked into stopping on the hard shoulder. The usual ploy is for a passing vehicle to suggest by gesture that there is something seriously wrong with a rear wheel. If you decide to stop to check the condition of your vehicle, you should be extremely wary of anyone offering help. You should lock all vehicle doors and keep bags containing valuables out of sight. Car keys should not be left in the ignition.
We have received several enquiries from members of the public about the authenticity of a letter they have received claiming the addressee has an outstanding traffic fine, which must now be paid. There are various versions of this scam. The letters purport to come from a number of bogus companies, however, all the letters claim that the addressee, during a stay in Spain, has been reported for a traffic offence, for which a fine must be paid before a stipulated date. Details of a bank account where this should be paid are given at the foot of the letter. Obviously, the fine should not be paid: this is a scam.
The Spanish police are investigating the matter. It appears at this stage that those targeted are timeshare owners in the resort areas in the south of Gran Canaria. It is not yet apparent how contact details were accessed.
If you have received a similar letter, you may refer it to the:
Comisaria General de Policia (Sección de Delitos Patrimoniales)Calle Luis Doireste Silva No 68 35004 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Spanish border checks can cause delays to travellers crossing between Spain and Gibraltar.
You should take particular care when driving in Spain as regulations and customs are different from those in the UK and the accident rate is higher. Pedestrians should take care particularly when crossing roads (even at zebra crossings) or walking along unlit roads at night.
Driving licences and insurance documents must be carried and produced for inspection if required.
It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling to or transiting Spain to carry (in all vehicles) two red warning triangles to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. Failure to comply may result in the imposition of a spot fine of up to 90 Euros. This requirement is in addition to the need for drivers to carry a spare pair of spectacles (if needed for driving), a spare wheel, a spare fan belt and a full set of spare bulbs plus the tools to change them.
A new traffic regulation introduced in July 2004 requires that all drivers, including those of private cars, should carry a reflective jacket (to be worn at night and in bad light if the vehicle is involved in an accident or has to be left on a road or highway). Drivers can be fined 90 Euros if they do not comply. The new regulation applies to all vehicles, including foreign registered vehicles, driving on Spanish roads.
Spanish law allows the carriage of any loads (eg bicycles) on the back of cars, camper vans or caravans provided the load is securely fixed, does not touch the ground, compromise the stability of the carrying vehicle, create noise or block lights, reflectors, number plates or prevent signals made by the driver from being seen. There is currently no requirement for bicycle racks to be certified or pass a technical inspection. If a trailer is used, bicycle racks must not rest on the drawbar coupling as this could result in the maximum weight allowed for in the trailer’s technical specifications being exceeded.
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS
Parents should be aware that their children under 18 could face legal problems if they are on holiday in Spain without an adult. Spanish law defines anyone under the age of 18 to be a minor, subject to parental control or adult supervision. Minors who are in Spain unaccompanied and who come to the attention of the authorities for whatever reason, may find themselves taken into care by Spanish Social Services until such time as they can be released into the custody of a parent or other responsible adult. See also “Entry Requirements” below.
Respect Spanish laws and customs. In Spain, the possession of all recreational drugs is illegal. The authorities take the matter of drugs very seriously and the possession of even small quantities can lead to imprisonment. You should not therefore become involved with drugs of any kind.
The Madrid City, the Balearics and Canary Islands Regional Governments have banned, other than in registered street cafes and bars, the consumption of alcohol in the street. Failure to respect this law may result in the imposition of fines.
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration, please contact the Spanish Embassy in London.
You should hold a completed E111 form. This is obtainable free of charge at most UK post offices, and will cover the costs of any emergency health care you receive at State run hospitals during your stay. But, please note that those unlucky enough to be involved in an accident may be taken to a private clinic in the first instance where an E111 will not be valid to settle the bill. You are therefore strongly recommended to obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. Additionally, an E111 form gives no entitlement to medical repatriation costs, nor does it cover ongoing illnesses of a non-urgent nature. Visitors to Andorra, which is not an EU member, are specifically reminded that E111 forms are not accepted there.
For further information on health, check the Department of Health's website at: http://www.doh.gov.uk/traveladvice/index.htm
Purchase of Property, Timeshare Ownership and Holiday Clubs
If you intend to purchase a property in Spain you are strongly advised to engage a local lawyer. For further information on living and working in Spain, please visit our Embassy website: http://www.ukinspain.com. Some general guidance notes on purchasing property are also available from the Spanish Desk in the Consular Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Room G/105-6, Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2PA; and from British Consular Offices in Spain.
British Citizens purchasing property in Spain are strongly recommended to deal only with established and reputable estate agents or with other contacts whom they know to be reliable and genuine, and to make all payments within bank premises and/or through banking channels.
Timeshare ownership is well established in Spain with many known and respected companies, agents and resorts operating legally, fairly and successfully. However, there are equally many unscrupulous companies in operation, some of which claim to provide various incentives (including stock market investments and discounts on airfares and accommodation) when exchanging existing timeshare ownership or taking out membership of holiday clubs. More often than not, such inducements do not materialise once a deal has been signed and sealed. If you are approached by agents operating such schemes, you should treat the approaches with the utmost caution.
Purchases of Tobacco products for export
HM Customs and Excise recently revised its guidelines on the amount of tobacco products British citizens may import into the United Kingdom for personal use from other European Union countries. However, under Spanish law, the number of cigarettes for personal use, which may be exported from Spain without additional paperwork, remains unchanged at 800. Anything above this amount is regarded as a trade transaction, which must be accompanied by the required documentation. Anyone who intends to export more than 800 cigarettes should consult the Spanish Customs authorities before any purchases are made.
If travellers are apprehended with more than 800 cigarettes, but without the necessary accompanying documentation, the Spanish authorities are liable to seize the excess cigarettes or impose a large fine. Travellers to the Canary Islands should note that, although part of Spain, the Canary Islands are outside the EU trading zone
Dangerous cigarette lighters
United Kingdom airlines and the Civil Aviation Authority are concerned about the serious fire risk in hold loaded luggage arising from promotions in Spanish holiday resorts in which cigarette lighters are attached to and/or packed in cartons of some brands of cigarettes. The lighters have a sensitive electronic ignition, which can be activated by movement within a suitcase as it is being transported. Travellers who buy such cartons of cigarettes are advised to remove the lighters and dispose of them prior to their return flight as these lighters should not be carried on board an aircraft.
If you are planning a skiing holiday, it is advisable to contact the Spanish Tourist Office in London for advice on safety and weather conditions before travelling.