24th February 2024
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Spotlight – Linea Directa: insuring expats & residents in Spain for over 25 years.

9 out of 10 customers recommend us

In a recent survey of our customers after using Linea Directa’s Roadside Assistance and breakdown services, over 90% said they would happily recommend our insurance services to a friend or colleague. Linea Directa would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to answer the questions in our survey, as it has given us valuable feedback on our services and enabled us to integrate positive changes and continue to provide expert solutions for overseas residents in Spain.

Absolutely everything is in English

Car, bike and home insurance, with absolutely everything in English. The emergency and claims hotline is fast and efficient, with quick no obligation quotes over the phone. The customer service team will help you decide on the best policy and there are easy payment options so you can spread the cost of your premiums.

Did you know?

All Linea Directa insurance policies offer additional features specifically designed for expatriates living in Spain. Their home insurance includes Pet Assistance, IT Assistance, and Home Maintenance. All motorbike policies come with Replacement Motorbike, Technical Equipment cover and even Young Person’s Night-time Assistance. And their car insurance includes helpful services such as Legal Assistance that can provide help when applying for or renewing your driving licence in Spain.

Spain and the UK agree to make it possible to exchange Driving Licences

The UK’s exit from the European Union has raised a number of issues, such as the validity of UK driving licences in Spain. Driving licences are valid in any member state of the European Union, but these regulations would no longer apply following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

It was unclear what Spanish drivers who went to live in the UK and British drivers who came to Spain had to do in order to be able to drive without having to obtain a driving licence in those countries.

In March this year, the Spanish government approved a reciprocal agreement between Spain and the UK; holders of a valid and current driving licence issued by either state would be able to apply for the exchange of their equivalent driving licence wherever they have taken up residence. These drivers will not be required to meet any additional requirements involving a practical or theoretical test, and the licence exchange will be carried out in accordance with the equivalence tables between the licence categories of the two countries.

The agreement establishes that all valid driving licences or licences of current residents issued prior to its entry into force may be exchanged. In the case of licences issued after the entry into force of the agreement, in order to exchange the licence, it must have been issued in the country where the applicant was legally resident.

Thus, according to the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT), those British citizens resident in Spain who had not exchanged their driving licences before Brexit, nor in the successive extensions granted, have been able to do so since 16 March this year, which is the day on which the agreement came into force.

In order to carry out this procedure, a period of six months has been set aside during which British citizens can drive in Spain with their original licence while they process the exchange. In this way, the aim is to avoid saturation of the provincial traffic headquarters.

Expat 2 Expat Reward Programme 

When an existing Linea Directa customer recommends a new customer, they both receive €30. Lnea Directa’s Expat2Expat programme is free and open to all existing customers. You can recommend up to 10 people and earn up to €300 in cash per year. Simply ask your friend to call 917 002 006 in Spain and quote your full name. Then once their application for car, bike or home insurance has been approved, Linea Directa will pay the reward straight into the bank account following payment of next or first premium. For more information, see terms and conditions at lineadirecta.com.


Policy holders can access their private customer area on the Linea Directa website and manage their policy from any device. This provides easy 24/7 access to your policies, payments and documents. You can make changes or update your car, bike or home insurance policy in just a few simple steps. And you can start or track a claim without the need to call.

Customer Area

Simply visit the UK section of the Linea Directa website at lineadirecta.com/english-expats/. To access your customer area you will need to enter your policy number and your password. For first time access you will need to answer some short questions to set up your account.

Lower the Price of Your Insurance 

Change to Linea Directa and they will lower the price of your insurance. Linea Directa has been providing comprehensive car, motorbike and home insurance to British expatriates and residents in Spain for over 25 years. With over 3 million customers nationwide, Linea Directa makes sure you get the best possible price for the kind of insurance you really need. Call their English-speaking customer service staff on 952 147 834. Or get a competitive quote now at lineadirecta.com

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