To ensure that you have health care in Spain as a retired EU national, the first step is to request a certificate of registration from the foreigner’s office.

Requirements for applying for a European Union registration certificate in Spain

In order to have health care in Spain as a retired EU national and apply for the European Union registration certificate in Spain you will need the following:

First of all, make an appointment at the foreigner’s office in the city where you are going to have your residence.

The day of the appointment you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Original passport and copy
  • A copy of the deeds to the property or lease contract
  • Completed application forms
  • Corresponding fee paid
  • Registration in the city where you will reside
  • Form E121 that must be requested in your original country (it must be translated into Spanish) and show proof of sufficient resources (MINIMUM 5,007.81 euros/year) or proof that you receive a pension from your country.

Once you obtain the certificate from the Union, the next step to obtain health care in Spain as a retired EU national is to make an appointment at the Spanish social security offices closest to your current residence.

Health care in Spain as a retired EU national

Request and obtaining of the health card issued by the Social Security in Spain

Documentation you’ll need to submit:

  • Original passport and copy
  • Union certificate and copy
  • Three copies of Model E121 duly completed
  • You will need to provide a Spanish mobile phone and your email

Once your application has been accepted, Spanish Social Security will contact you to arrange your visit to the health centre nearest to your home where you will be given your social security card in order to benefit from the health care in Spain as a retired EU national.

You will also be required to register with the Tax Office in order to pay your taxes.

For more information on legal, fiscal, accounting or labour issues, please contact Welex, your lawyer, economist and tax advisor in Marbella.