I confess that I am one of those UK false residents living mostly in Spain without any Spanish documentation at all, not even the European Union citizen residence paper. Now with Brexit coming up, I am concerned about health care. I live in the Valencian Region and people tell me I can apply for a SIP card to get health care here and that I only need a certificate of “empadronamiento” in my town and my passport. Is this true?
R.R. (Costa Blanca)
In principle this is correct. You may need to show that you have lived in the Valencian Region for one year. The SIP stands for Sistema de Información Poblacional, the System of Information regarding the Population. Every resident of the Valencian Region is supposed to have one, which enables the authorities to plan their services. Even a newborn baby gets a SIP. Basically, it is a census. The SIP is now being changed to a new model card and called a TSI-SIP or a Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual. Let us know how you get on.