Getting a Cita Previa Appointment in the Spanish System

Is a pain in the ass.

I’ve already written about the fucking Spanish appointment system. All bureaucracy sucks, but I’m here now so let me rant about this bureaucracy.

If you’re reading this it’s because you’re having trouble getting an appointment in the Spanish system, a cita previa on the website of the Secretary of State’s Public Administration page. I had to get an appointment to renew my TIE/NIE. It took me two full weeks of trying to get an appointment until I finally got one.

The trick to getting that appointment

The trick? Just keep trying. Refresh, refresh. Delete your browser history. Do it again. Try especially at midday , 11:59 on the nose. Start early, well before your expiration date, for whatever it is you’re looking to deal with. Getting an appointment (cita previa) looks something like this:

How to get a cita previa in Barcelona

This is the first page of the process

 

Getting an appointment cita previa

For renewing your NIE at least, you eventually get to this page, with patience

No appointments available on the Spanish appointment system

Most of you will encounter this, many… many times.

No appointments, locked out of Spanish appointment system

Barcelona appointments to renew NIE ugh

Or you’ll get lucky and see a selection of three possible appointment times

Confirm of cita previa

Confirm your cita previa

Justificante cita previa

This is the last page that you’ll have to print, the justificante of cit previa

 


 

There’s nothing else to this

That’s it. Just some screens to give you some insight. This is not all the screens for any process, just some of them to give you an idea of the system, and so that you know you’re in the right place. The Spanish appointment system is annoying because they don’t post enough appointments, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

So even if you’re not getting a cita previa now, this is useful information for the future: reserve your appointment well in advance, and if there are no appointments, just keep trying.


 

Here are some other articles about NIE processes in Barcelona:

2 Responses

  1. Garey Mills says:

    Using this system on the 11th of December, I just got an appt. for the 21st of January. Should I cancel the appointment I have made and try to get one with an earlier date?

    • Velabas says:

      If you need an appointment earlier because of legal reasons, yes. For example, if your ID card expires before the 21st, you need an earlier date. But if not, definitely keep the appointment you have.

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