For many people living in Barcelona, the autorización de regreso is a crucial document that they need to obtain before they travel. Yet, for something so important, there’s so little official information out there.
To make matters worse, it’s seemingly really hard to get hold of!
Well, fear not. We’re here to give you the lowdown on all you need to know about the ‘regreso’, from what it actually is and when you’ll even need one to how to go about obtaining this all-important document.
The autorización de regreso – which translates as the ‘return authorisation’ in English – is a document that entitles you to leave Spain and get back into the country again. It’s like a government approved note that says you’re entitled to be in the country.
The regreso contains the following pieces of info:
Keep in mind, the regreso is only valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
A regreso essentially acts as a stopgap for other documents. You’ll need one if:
First off, you need to make an appointment (sigh).
Yep, making an appointment for any kind of administration in Spain can be a nightmare. If you’re waiting on picking up your NIE or TIE, you’ll most likely already be aware of this. Still, in order to pick up your regreso, it’s a necessary part of the process.
Here’s our insider tip… apply for an appointment at 8:00am sharp each day until you get one. It’s the time when the appointments are released each day and is your best bet at getting one.
So, here’s how to apply for a regreso appointment:
Once you’ve got your appointment, make a note of the time and date of the appointment and the confirmation code (it should be sent to your email or phone, but note it down just in case).
Here are the key documents you’ll need to bring to your autorización de regreso appointment:
If your forms are filled out correctly and you bring the correct documents to your appointment, you should be given your regresso de autorización on the spot. At the most, you might have to wait a few days.