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AFAIK you will not have an issue, but in case of disasters, legal issues and the like Spain will not recognise your British nationality and will not give the British consulate access whilst you are located in Spain. As regards health care, I have no idea, but given you have not lived in Spain nor paid into the system you may not have automatic access.
All a Spanish citizen had to do is enter and do everything in Spain with (preferably) their currently valid national ID card, or alternatively their Spanish passport.

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In addition there are many countries that do recognise dual nationality, yet still apply the same rules re Consulate assistance etc.

All a Spanish citizen has to do


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Okay cool - odd though, that the Manchester one was the one that sorted the passport the 1st time, this time it's Scotland, when I live in South Wales at the moment.

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The issue concerning dual or multiple-nationals varies and, as I said, I am not familiar with Spanish nationality law, other than what I can glean from Wikipdia.
About applying for your passport in Scotland. Many countries divide UK into consular areas and the consulate that deals with your affairs is the one they designate by your UK address.

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Okay cool - odd though, that the Manchester one was the one that sorted the passport the 1st time, this time it's Scotland, when I live in South Wales at the moment.
There are only 2 Spanish Consulates in UK now, one in London and one in Edinburgh, the Manchester one closed several years ago.
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There are only 2 Spanish Consulates in UK now, one in London and one in Edinburgh, the Manchester one closed several years ago.
Consulates can change from time to time, usually to reduce costs, but for Alex2020 the responsible consulate would normally be the one that took over the responsibilities of the consulate where his birth was first registered.

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Yes my kids had dual Spanish/British nationality from the moment they were born, since I'm British and their mother is Spanish. When I registered each of their births with the Spanish authorities, they knew I was British but at no point did they ask a screaming one week old baby to renounce its British nationality! They happily registered my children, and later gave them a Spanish DNI even though it was obvious they also had British nationality by birthright.


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Yes my kids had dual Spanish/British nationality from the moment they were born, since I'm British and their mother is Spanish. When I registered each of their births with the Spanish authorities, they knew I was British but at no point did they ask a screaming one week old baby to renounce its British nationality! They happily registered my children, and later gave them a Spanish DNI even though it was obvious they also had British nationality by birthright.
My kids have dual Spanish/US nationality from the moment they were born since I'm American and their father is Spanish. But when I got my kids their first Spanish passports I was told in no uncertain terms that by Spanish law they are SPANISH and ONLY Spanish, and if they held US passports they had to renounce them immediately. I said thanks for the information, and never did anything. They've been using both passports ever since, being careful to only show their Spanish passports to EU authorities.

BTW, they got their DNI's just like any Spaniard with no problems. They were born in Spain and their father is Spanish, so in the eyes of Spain they are 100% Spanish.
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My kids have dual Spanish/US nationality from the moment they were born since I'm American and their father is Spanish. But when I got my kids their first Spanish passports I was told in no uncertain terms that by Spanish law they are SPANISH and ONLY Spanish, and if they held US passports they had to renounce them immediately. I said thanks for the information, and never did anything. They've been using both passports ever since, being careful to only show their Spanish passports to EU authorities.

BTW, they got their DNI's just like any Spaniard with no problems. They were born in Spain and their father is Spanish, so in the eyes of Spain they are 100% Spanish.
That's interesting as I haven't got my kids Spanish passports yet. I never understood this "renouncing passports" business, as it makes no difference to your nationality, especially if it is obtained by birthright. You can simply apply for another passport in the future, if and when you need one.

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That's interesting as I haven't got my kids Spanish passports yet. I never understood this "renouncing passports" business, as it makes no difference to your nationality, especially if it is obtained by birthright. You can simply apply for another passport in the future, if and when you need one.
Actually, you can yourself formally renounce UK citizenship direct with the UK, it take ages to be processed. OTOH the process in Spain is not recognised by the UK to the extent that the UK usually just returns your passport to you and you do retain your UK citizenship.

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That's interesting as I haven't got my kids Spanish passports yet. I never understood this "renouncing passports" business, as it makes no difference to your nationality, especially if it is obtained by birthright. You can simply apply for another passport in the future, if and when you need one.
Yes it is odd. My wife looked into becoming Spanish around 20 years ago, and she was told by the UK authorities that when she did so, Spain would demand that she hand over her UK passport when renouncing her British nationality. But that as the document is property of the crown, the Spanish would by law have to return it to the UK, and that as soon as they received it, they would send it straight back to her!!

Nowadays, they don't bother with that. When she finally did it last year, she just said "yes" when they asked if she renounced her British nationality, and that was it.

The most difficult thing about it for her is remembering which passport number she has entered into flight bookings because the airlines won't let her board if she presents the "wrong" passport at the boarding gate. At immigration they don't care though. At least not pre-brexit anyway.
I suppose that after this Friday she will present her UK passport when entering the UK and her Spanish one when entering Spain. That's what I'd do anyway.
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Usually what happens is if you are in Spain, you cannot claim any of the advantages that a British passport may offer so if you were in court you can't say "But I am a British citizen"
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