Vehicles registered outside Spain are not classified according to the environmental criteria of the Spanish Traffic Authority DGT. For this reason, all foreign vehicles must be registered before they can drive in the low emission zone.
Foreign-registered vehicles can be included in the low emission zone Register of Authorisations.
Vehicles that meet the environmental requirements will be granted a long-term permit (valid for two years) to drive in Barcelona's low emission zone.
To obtain the long-term permit, the vehicle must meet the European emissions standards as listed here.
Motorcycles and mopeds (category L): classified as Euro 2 or higher (typically those registered after 2003).
Private cars (M1) and vans (N1): electric, petrol Euro 3 or higher (typically those registered after 2000), or diesel Euro 4 or higher (typically those registered after 2005).
Lorries (N2, N3), buses and coaches (M2, M3): electric or LPG, Euro 4 petrol or higher (typically those registered after 2005).
Buses, coaches and vehicles for goods transport, even if they fail to meet environmental standards, can register and obtain a a grace period:
Until 31 March 2021 for light commercial vehicles (N1)
Until 30 June 2021 for heavier commercial vehicles (N2, N3) and light buses (M2)
Until 31 December 2021 for heavier buses (M3)
Vehicles which are not eligible for any of the environmental labels issued by the Spanish Traffic Authority DGT, and which are not granted a grace period, may apply for up to ten daily permits, to be used for occasional access to the low emission zone of Rondes de Barcelona.
If you require authorisation urgently, you can choose to register the vehicle for obtaining single-day permits for foreign vehicles.
Interested parties may apply to have a vehicle included in the Metropolitan Register of Foreign Vehicles and other Authorised Vehicles.
After checking that all the requirements have been meet, applicants will be informed of their vehicle's inclusion in the Register and of the granting of authorisation to drive in the low emission zone.
The application can be submitted through the form on this website.
Vehicles registered in Andorra:
If you want to obtain a long-term permit for a vehicle that is registered in Andorra and meets the environmental standards, you will need to submit your application at the Andorran official procedures agency Servei de Tràmits del Govern d’Andorra; Address: carrer Prat de la Creu 62-64, Andorra la Vella; business hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00 to 17:00, and Fridays 08:00 to 15.30.
If you want to apply for single-day permits, you can carry out first registration and apply for the permits in person at the Servei de Tràmits del Govern d’Andorra, or through the form available on this website.
For long-term permits:
If you are seeking to obtain a long-term permit for a vehicle, you will need to attach the vehicle documents that state the legal owner, the registration number (number plate), the vehicle category, the type of fuel and the Euro emissions category. If you do not have the official documentation containing these details, you will need to provide an official document issued by the vehicle manufacturer (in Catalan, Spanish or English) to prove compliance with equivalent emissions levels of NOx and particulate matter.
If you want to apply directly for single-day permits, you will need to attach the vehicle documents that state the owner and the registration number (number plate).
The application for registration of the vehicle will be processed (accepted, denied or returned as incomplete) within 15 business days of submission. During this period, until the moment you receive confirmation of inclusion in the Register, the vehicle is not considered to be registered and is not allowed to enter the low emission zone. This applies both to vehicles that meet the environmental standards, and to those that do not and are seeking to obtain daily permits.
If the user does not deregister the vehicle, it will remain included in the Register for a period of two years.
Registration can be extended if the vehicle continues to meet the applicable standards.
Given that in the case of foreign-registered vehicles, compliance with the requirements cannot be checked automatically, a one-off administration fee of 5 euros will be charged for the initial registration of the vehicle.
For daily permits, there is a 2-euro fee to cover the activation of the authorisation for the day in question.