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Registering your vehicle in Spain, the ITV test

When registering a vehicle in Spain, you need to pass an ITV test. An ITV test (inspección técnica de vehículos)  is the technical inspection that verifies the vehicle qualifies to be driving on the Spanish highway. Where you need to go to pass the inspection The DGT provide a list of every authorised vehicle inspection…

How to get your FBI check for visa from USA

Confusingly, the FBI Criminal Record check for a visa application from the USA isn’t actually called that – you need to get an “Identity History Summary” and here’s how to do it. There are three ways to get your Summary: Apply online via the FBI web portal Download the forms from the FBI and submit…

Say hello to EES – the EU Entry/Exit system

Say hello to EES, the EU Entry/Exit system At the same time as ETIAS rolls out, the EU will also introduce EES, the EU Entry/Exit system, a security measure designed to monitor the movement of third country nationals into and out of the Schengen area.  The primary aim of EES is to prevent cross-border criminal…

How to calculate Special Registration Tax when registering a vehicle in Spain

When registering a vehicle in Spain, you will need to pay (or waive in some cases) the Special Registration Tax. For the purpose of this article, we are going to look at cars and 4x4s (Turismos y Todo Terrenos in Spanish) on mainland Spain.Motorbikes, bikes, motorhomes, historic vehicles, commercial/large vehicles and vehicles being registered in…

ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation System

ETIAS – What is it and how it will affect travel to, from and within Europe? Deadline approaching – if you’re a citizen of a country that currently doesn’t need a visa to visit the Schengen area, then things are about to change; soon you’ll need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation to enter Europe.…