Can I Drive in Spain?

07 Apr 2009 by Olga Brighton

Travelling to Spain

You must be at least 18 years old

Driving in Spain is limited by the age of the driver. To drive in Spain you must be at least 18 years old. To rent a vehicle, you must be at least 21.

You must have a valid driver's licence

Driving permit for Spain

If you are a citizen of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein: all you need is your valid driver's licence. If you are other country, you will need an International Driver's Licence. So driving in Spain for foreign people is not a problem. Do you want to use your car in Spain? In addition to the requirements mentioned above, tourists using their own car should be aware that they may beasked to show any of the following:

Temporary vehicle registration

You may request it at the customs. This permit has a period of validity of six months.

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Driving in Spain with vehicle insurance

If you are from the European Union, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, from Eastern Europe, or form Albania, Andorra, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Switzerland, Estonia, Israel, Iran, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Morocco, Moldavia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Turkey, or Ukraine: your car insurance will go by the Green Card System, which is the International Insurance Certificate of Civil Responsibility.

If you are from a country other than the ones mentioned above: You will need to get a Border Insurance (a mandatory temporary insurance for all motor vehicles). Since conditions may vary, we recommend you contact your local Spanish Consulate or Embassy for more information on these requirements.

Vehicle insurance Spain

Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Approved by EU Regulators, Globelink are the leading provider of Annual Multi Trip policies and also Single Trip cover for people living in all EU countries.

Globelink Annual Multi Trip policies give cover for an unlimited number of trips with a choice of cover for Worldwide or Europe only. You can select from travel insurance policies giving a maximum individual trip duration of 17, 31, 45, 60, 90 or 120 days.

Policies for single trips are available for people aged up to 89 for European travel, or to 74 for Worldwide cover. Cover for many pre-existing medical conditions are included, others may require you to make a quick telephone call to ensure that you will be insured in the event of a re-occurrence, or in case it causes you to cancel a pre-booked holiday. To get an instant quote and arrange cover securely online fill out the forms on the Globelink travel insurance quotation wizard.

These telephone numbers will link you to Globelink's office:

All Countries: +44 (0) 1353 699082.

Spain: 00 34 966 26 5000 or +00 34 951 24 2434.

Read also: Any Vaccination Needed to Travel to Spain?

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