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Au Pair in Spain: contract and insurance

Au Pair insurance in Spain
There are different documents that play an important role in the Au Pair program. To ensure a safe stay for all participants the contract is essential. The applicants also need to to take care of the insurance for Spain for the whole stay. 
 
In this post, you will find the most important information about Au Pair safety in Spain.

The Au Pair contract

After the family and Au Pair discuss their expectations and responsibilities during the video call, both parties need to take care of the agreement.  
 
If the applicant needs a visa to Spain the contract is one of the most important documents for the embassy. It proves the participants’ reason to apply for the visa. The contract also helps to avoid potential problems or misunderstandings during the stay. Some of the most important points in the agreement are: 

Termination of the contract

If any problems occur during the stay and both parties can’t resolve them, one can consider the termination of the agreement. Usually, you need to respect the notice period of 2 weeks. During this time both parties can try to find a replacement or an alternative solution.

 

The Au Pair insurance in Spain

Public health care in Spain is held by Sistema Nacional de Salud, SNS, which is responsible for hospital stays and basic medical services.
 
AuPair.com has several partner companies, that offer insurance services for Au Pairs from all over the world. Read more about Dr. Walter and Care Concept and feel free to contact us for any questions. In addition to these, read the general rules of the Au Pairs' health insurance; rules for the Au Pairs from any EEA country are the following: 

Health insurance for the EEA citizens in Spain

Au Pairs from any EEA country can benefit from the National Health Service. To be eligible for public healthcare in Spain the Au Pair needs to apply for the European Health Insurance Card before coming to Spain. 
 
The Au Pairs without EHIC will be charged for all the medical services. The EHIC is called Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea (TSE) in Spain.
 
The services covered by the EHIC vary depending on the home country of the participant. A treatment that might be free in one country doesn't have to be free in Spain. Dental care for example is not free of charge in Spain. 
 
Doctors and Dentists: It is important to present the EHIC card immediately and to make sure that the doctor is not a private physician. There is no refund system for private treatments unless there is a corresponding clause in the insurance contract. Dentistry is not covered by the health service usually. For such cases consider an additional private insurance. 
 
Prescriptions: Spanish citizens can get free prescriptions. Other patients have to pay up to 40 percent of the total cost.
 
Hospital Treatment: Make sure that the hospital is not private. Patients need to pay for the private hospital treatments themselves. Keep the health insurance card with you. 
 
Before the participants arrive to Spain, they should make sure which services are covered by the EHIC in Spain. 

Health insurance for the Non-EEA citizens in Spain

Non-EU citizens who need a visa to visit Spain will need a medical insurance for the visa application. We recommend to non-EU citizens who can visit Spain without a visa to contract a travel insurance that will cover any medical expenses during the time traveling. 
 
Applicants from Non-EEA countries should also get an accident and liability insurance for the whole stay before the departure so they will not have to cover the cost of all treatments themselves.
 
Nationals of countries that have bilateral healthcare agreements with Spain will get free emergency treatments upon presentation of their Certificate of Right to Medical Care. 
 
Spain currently has bilateral healthcare agreements with:
 
Andorra Brazil
Chile Ecuador
Paraguay Peru
Morocco (only those working in Spain) Tunisia (only those working in Spain)

Car insurance and driving license in Spain

Many Au Pairs will need to drive a car in Spain. Usually, the Host Family lets the participant use the car. The Host Family should report this fact to the insurance company. This way, the Au Pair will be safe to drive a car in Spain.
 
The participant needs to check if the driver’s license is valid in Spain. It is always best to get an international driver’s license to avoid possible problems in the future.
 



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