Spain recently announced automatic extensions for permits, visas, foreigner identification cards, renewals and long-term stays, to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • 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.

Analysis & Comments: The automatic extension of stay is good news because it provides some relief to foreign nationals stranded in Spain. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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