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My understanding is that I need to do the following to get treatment for my wife:
1) Get the S1 form as follows:
Access to healthcare: S1 (previously E106)
This is how you get Spanish state healthcare if you’re a posted worker or early retiree living in Spain. In most cases, an S1 (previously E106) is issued to people who are posted to Spain to work for a period of 2 or more years, and who carry on paying National Insurance contributions in the UK.
Early retirees in Spain who have worked in the UK prior to their move may be entitled to an S1 for a limited period. In this instance the S1 is issued by:
DWP International Pension Centre
Room TC001. Tyneview Park. Whitley Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE98 1BA, UK
Tel: +44 191 218 1999
2) I then need to register the S1 form - as follows:
"Registering with the Spanish authorities
In order to register your S1 you need to get the following in this order:
i) Certificate of Residence in Spain (Certificado de Residencia/Numero de Identificacion Extranjero) – available from your nearest National Police station."
i) Certificate as a Local Resident (Certificado de Empadronamiento)
I get the certificate of Residence by doing the following:
"You should register within three months of arriving in Spain. Here’s how:
1. Download the EX-18 form, fill it out, and sign it.
2. Make an appointment with the nearest Oficina de Extranjeros by phone (if you can!) or in person (make sure to get there very early). Take this opportunity to ask for a form called Modelo 790. You’ll then have to go to a bank to pay the 10.20 euros and have the form stamped for confirmation.
3. Bring your passport, the EX-18 form and the stamped Modelo 790 to your appointment.
4. Hand your forms over when the Spanish civil servant asks for them.
5. Take your new registration certificate home.
My wife then goes to a local hospital to get a SIP card.
Do the recent changes in the access to the Spanish Health care system void the steps above?
Am I missing any important information to sort this out?
Further info re the registration certificate below - Is all of this up to date and correct?
How much does a registration certificate cost?
It costs 10.20 euros, the same amount that Spaniards pay for their national ID card, the DNI (Documento Nacional de Identidad).
How long does it take to get one?
Assuming you have everything you need, the registration certificate is issued to you on the spot when you turn in your paperwork. That said, getting an appointment to turn in your paperwork varies depending on the region, and in some cases can be a matter of months.
Where do I get a registration certificate?
At the Oficina de Extranjeros or Comisaría de Policía closest to where you live or plan to live.
How long is the registration certificate good for?
In most cases, it’s good forever. However, if you move within Spain, you should get it updated, and if you move outside of Spain, you should formally give up your registration. It’s identical to the process to get the registration certificate except you’ll have to tick a different box on the form.
If you live in Spain continuously for more than five years, you can then choose to get permanent residency.