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If you are planning a trip to Menorca, for business or pleasure, probably you are considering the possibility of visit the island by car. In this article I will explain you the legality of driving in Spain with a foreign driving license, and a trick to find the best car rentals. Are you interested? Keep reading!
- How to drive a car in Spain being a foreigner
- Ok, I can drive but... how to find a car to rent?
How to drive a car in Spain being a foreigner
There are several cases that changes the way that Spain authorises you (or don’t) to drive a car in Spanish territory. It depends on the country of your driving license, the time that you have been in Spain and if you are a resident or not. I will explain each case:
If you have been in Spain for less than 6 months
Ok, this is the easiest one, and it should be the case of more tourist that visits Menorca. What the law says is that you can legally drive through Spain with an international permit or with national permits from other countries.
However, that country’s driving licences must have been issued in accordance with Annex 9 of the Geneva Convention or Annex 6 of the Vienna Convention. In special cases, you can also do it if your driving license differ from these two models only in the adoption or deletion of “nonessential rubrics”.
The holders of driving licenses of other countries may also circulate if they are written in Spanish, or accompanied by an official translation. It also can be the case of driving licenses from countries with international agreements in which Spain participates. This is the case of European citizens, for example.
If you have been in Spain for more than 6 months
When you plan to be more than 6 months in Spain, this get a bit more messy depending of the time you pass and the country of your driving license. Considerate that expending more than 6 months in a year in Spain makes you a resident, even if you wasn’t in the country the six months in a row.
Countries whose driving license must be changed for an Spanish one
Citizens of the following countries can exchange their driving license for a Spanish one (and must do it after those 6 months):
- South Korea
- El Salvador
- Dominican Republic
The citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area
Citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtestein) can drive with the original license of their country.
However, they must take into account that, after 2 years of residence, they must renew the permit according to the deadlines and procedures established in Spain in cases in which the permit of their country of origin is indefinite or with a renewal term of more than 15 years.
The rest of people
The rest of foreign citizens must obtain their permission in Spain, like any Spanish, with exams and fees.
Ok, I can drive but... how to find a car to rent?
Find a car for rent in an island like Menorca can be a bit difficult if you don’t know the place. However, there are several options if you look for “rent a car Menorca” on the internet.
One of the most well know companies is Autos Xoroi S.L., who has an wide vehicle fleet of all kinds, and good prices. Clients that has rented their car have been very happy with the assistance from the company, and recommend them.
Something that surprised me is that they deliver the car for you personally in the airport or in the harvour, so you can have the car at your arrival from the first moment. It doesn’t matter if you arrive to Menorca by plane or by car, because your desired car is there waiting for you, and a person of the company is waiting there to assist you.
The agreements for rent a car
The typical terms of a rental agreement in Spain are similar to another place. However, depending on your country of origin, some details can surprise you.
For example, you will find the car filled with 1/4 of fuel, and the company expects that you return the car in the same state. It depends on you to fill the vehicle with gasoline or diesel on your own.
Other thing to considerate, and that is very normal in Spain, is that you pay an insurance fee with the car rent. Some companies have different insurance options, and you can choose one. You will be responsable of the damages that aren’t covered by the insurance, in case that they happens.
However, in Spain there aren’t limits to the number of miles that you drive the car, for example. That’s because you pay for the fuel.
I hope that you found this article interesting. If that the case, or you have any questions, let me know in the comments. In addition, it would be great if you can share this content in your social media, this way you can help more people in your situation. See you soon!