Useful information

Madrid

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EU passengers require an identity card which allows them to leave the country. Non-EU passengers require a passport.
Further information: www.iatatravelcentre.com/travelinformation.php

Currency

Local currency is the Euro
Banks are open  Monday to Friday from 9am until 2 pm
 
Credit cards and debit card are widely used to make payments even for small amounts, for example to buy a museum ticket.

Language

Official language is (Spanish) Castilian.

Vaccination and Health precautions

Specific health precautions are not required. Before leaving it is recommended to obtain from your own National Health Service the “TEAM” (Tessera Europea di Assicurazione Malattia). In Italian this is known as the “Tessera Sanitaria”, which is the equivalent of the European Health Insurance Card. In case you will be in need of medical assistance, this card will allow you to obtain it for free. This card is a substitute of the old forms E110, E111, E119, E128, and it is available at the Ministero dell' Economia e delle Finanze. This card can be obtain from the National Health Service or, in Italy, ASL where a provisional certificate in place of this card may be obtained.

Compulsory vaccinations: none.

Pets:

Cats and dogs which are less than 3 months old, needs a health certification. Pets older than 3 months must have a health certification (issued 10days before departure) and must have had rabies vaccination at least 30 days before departure. The rabies certification shouldn’t be older than one year before the arrival.
Information on website: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/pets/index.htm

Telephone:

To phone Italy from abroad, the country code is 0039 + city code  + phone number. To phone Spain from abroad, the country code is 0034+ 1 (Madrid code) + phone number.
Using mobile phones in Spain is not a problem. As soon as you’ll reach Spain your mobile phone company will automatically connect you to the local phone service with who has got the commercial agreement. Free phone calls  to Italy, to be charged to the person who will collect your phonecall, is 900.990.391
Public telephones:
National and international phone calls can be made. Public blue telephones are available everywere and are easy to use. They work with coins, phone cards, in Spanish these are known as “tarjetas telefónicas” which are issued by the national phone company; sometimes credit cards can be used to make phone calls. “Tarjetas telefónicas” cost  6.00 or 12.00 euros and are sold at tobacconists and post offices.
 

Electronic equipments

Electricity is 220V, using a European-style plug with two rounded points.