Expats: Britons to get extension on UK driving licence and healthcare in Spain

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Once UK driving licences expire in Spain, British expats without a Spanish licence will need to take a test if they want to drive. The driving test will be done in Spanish.

The Spanish presidency tweeted that driving licences would be valid until December 31 this year.

The UK Government advice said: “You can continue to use your licence until 31 December 2021.

“You may need to take a test if you want to exchange your licence. If you hold a licence from Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you may need to take a test to drive in Spain.”

It also stated that the British and Spanish governments are negotiating the possibility of licence exchange without needing to take a test.

British tourists can drive in Spain for up to six months while using a UK driving licence on holiday.

British expats also received an extension on their access to healthcare in Spain. They will be able to access Spanish healthcare until December 31.

In another extension, British citizens will be able to access Spanish universities until 2024. The measures require reciprocity with the UK.

Hugh Elliott, the UK Embassy Ambassador, said: “The Spanish Government has announced that valid UK licences will continue to be recognised for driving in Spain until December 31.”

The British Embassy had previously posted saying: “If you are one of the UK nationals who successfully registered their intent to exchange their licence by December 30 2020, you will still be eligible to exchange it for a Spanish one until December 31 2021 without having to take a practical test.

“We know that some people who tried to register their intent have subsequently found out that they were unsuccessful in doing so.

“If this is your situation and you are unclear as to why, you should contact the DGT directly to discuss further.”

The DGT is the Dirección General de Tráfico and is responsible for the Spanish transport network.

In Spain, the minimum driving age is 18 and the cost of a practical driving test is 123 euros (£104).

The practical test is almost double the price of a driving test in the UK which is currently £62 pounds.

A theory test costs 92 euros (£77) in Spain and British expats will need to take both tests in Spanish.

British expats have been required to exchange their licence since the UK left the EU and rules changed.

The initial deadline was December 2020 although that has been extended more than once now.

British expats also need to apply for residency if they want to stay legally in Spain after Brexit.

Now that the deadline for applications has passed, Britons must apply from the UK to qualify for residency.

British tourists and expats also need to have a UK sticker on their car to avoid receiving a fine in Spain.

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