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Spain uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are Spanish
Spain uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines (local name: cajeros automáticos) are very common in Spain. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Spain is on average 12.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Spain is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €24.83, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Movistar, Orange, Vodafone or Yoigo. Spain uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Spain upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Spain, dial +, then 34 (the country code for Spain), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Spain, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 83 .
In Spain you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 900 112 222 (RACE). For general news on Spain's traffic use Dirección General de Tráfico or Verkeerscentrum. For news on Spain’s motorways and tolls use Autopistas or VirPAY. Most popular petrol stations in Spain are Repsol, Disa, Cepsa, Gasolinera, BP and Galp. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Sin plomo (95/98) or gasolina. Petrol costs about €1.16 per liter.Diesel options are called gasóleo or Gasóleo A.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Works of art may require justification of ownership or possession. If the particular good is more than 100 years old, or registered in the General Inventory of Spanish Historical Heritage, they will also require authorisation from the Directorate-General for the Fine Arts and Cultural Property and for Archives and Libraries.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10 000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10 000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use. If the quantity exceeds 30 days' worth, the Customs Authorities may ask the passenger to produce the prescription.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €150 for travellers under 15 years of age.
Certain plants are prohibited from introduction to Spain.
Meat and dairy products from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia are prohibited.
Goods that could inflict torture, and other degrading treatment or punishment.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport.
The importation of other animals, such as birds and tortoises, is allowed if the animals are accompanied by a health certificate issued by the authorities of the country from which the animals arrive.
Living plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables are subject to restrictions, and some must be declared. Some must also be accompanied by an Official Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country of origin. For further information, please visitVegetables that can be brought.
Meat, milk and other dairy products for personal consumption are allowed from EU countries and Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Fishery products shipped from the Faroe Islands are also allowed.
Meat and dairy products from countries outside the EU are subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visitRestrictions on Introduction in the EU.
Sport and hunting guns require a licence. For further information, please visitSports and hunting guns.
Ozone depleting substances.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Spain. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.