Document quality is the key to success with Spanish public administration

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” With the demise of the face-to-face appointment, where you could speak up for yourself and argue the toss if necessary, your documents now have to do the speaking for you. The move to online for everything from your visa appointment to the TIE card…

New travel rules for the UK – amber list is no more

From 4am on 22nd September 2021, the traffic light system will be abolished, leaving just the “red” list and “green” list countries. The “red list” has been shortened from 62 to 54 countries, with Kenya, Oman, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Maldives, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh now officially “green”. Also, several countries have been added to the vaccine…

TALLERES SIEDEL, body shop and the ideal garage to replace your headlights

If you want to register your UK right hand drive vehicle in Spain, one of the most common changes you’ll need to arrange is swapping the headlights. While this might sound like a real challenge, the key is having a trustworthy and reliable mechanic on hand to take care of this for you. Fortunately, Jesus…

Upsticks Spain – What is IBI?

Those of you who already own a home in Spain will know the answer – IBI is the Spanish equivalent of Council Tax in the UK. IBI stands for Impuesto Sobre Bienes Inmuebles (literally “tax on immovable goods” or real estate tax, also known as SUMA in some areas of Spain) and all property owners…

Photographs for identity documents – how to get them right first time

The Upsticks guide to all things photos “A picture is worth a thousand words”, especially when applying for visa and identification documents. The photograph on any ID document is critically important, that’s why it’s essential that you make the effort to get the correct specification and format. Whether it’s for a new passport, visa, driving…