Moving to a new country can be a challenge! Once you relocate, absolutely everything is unknown, possibly even the language and you don’t know anyone at first. One detail which can easily get overlooked in the quest to settle-in to your new destination is knowing your local emergency numbers for any kind of assistance during distress.
For your convenience, we’ve put together a short list of the relevant entities and how to reach them if needed (hopefully never!). These 3 digit numbers work throughout Spain and should only be used in case of real danger or emergencies.
Who and Where to Call
- 112 All general emergencies
- 061 Medical emergencies
- 080 Firefighters
- 088 Police (Mossos d’Esquadra) : The Mossos d’Esquadra are Catalonia’s autonomous community police force. They are responsible for crime investigations, crime prevention and assistance at accident scenes.
- 092 Guàrdia Urbana(Local police or Policia Local): The Guàrdia Urbana are responsible for public order by patrolling the streets, looking after traffic safety and control, and are also the first point of call for everyday situations such as neighbourhood disputes like noise etc.
- 091 Policía Nacional (National Spanish police force): La Policía Nacional (actually Cuerpo Nacional de Policía, “National Police Corps”) is the national urban police force of Spain. These forces are under the sole authority of Spain’s Ministry of the Interior. They handle criminal, judicial, terrorism jeux gratuits and immigration matters in Spain, except in the Basque Country and Catalonia territories, where “Ertzaintza” (Basque autonomous police) and “Mossos d’Esquadra” (Catalan autonomous police) handle most matters. The issuing of NIE/ Certificado de Registro, DNI ID cards and passports is handled by to the Policia Nacional in all of Spain.
- 062 Guardia Civil police force: The Guardia Civil is a national Spanish police force under the authority of the central goverment in Madrid. It has both military and civilian functions and is termed a gendarmerie. The Guardia Civil controls customs and entry points into the country, such as airports and shipping ports.
In view of the rapidly spreading Coronavirus, please keep the below advice in mind.
Wash your hands frequently
Maintain social distancing (at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing)
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Practice respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth & nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze)
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call 112 anywhere in Spain)
If you or anyone in your household presents symptoms of COVID-19, please click here to see specific recommendations from the Spanish Health Authorities.