My wife and I arrived on the 05th Jan after living in Germany for 7 years, we spent Christmas in the UK with family and ferried across to France on the 3rd, where despite the residence in Germany they stamped my passport like a 3rd country national so 90 days entry.
And now it seems that the system here is working against us as the amount of obstacles increases.
I called SEF on arrival and was told that I have to wait until the end of Jan for them to update their website with the new info for the British, 2 days later SEF was disassembled, and they haven't a clue now what is going on. When I commented on getting things done within 90 days he said don't worry you have until July, REALLY??
The local health office in Tomar is closed due to an outbreak of Covid within the staff, so we can't register for the medical system until it starts up again.
We tried to get our cars done, a Jaguar and a BMW, both registered in Germany. The BMW seems to have the correct paperwork and the BMW agent in Leiria was great, but now the matriculation is held up due to lockdown, but the test centre will not accept the Jaguar COC from Germany and want a new one and Jaguar in Leria is not responding very well and say it has to be done by Spain and can't give a date of how long it will take, weeks seem to be on the list according to Jaguar in Leria.
The local customs office said everything has to be done online for the cars, but can't really offer any help except to tell us to do it or get fined!! Tried to do the DAV form online and failed to get past the first point as I am not registered as a resident, no surprise there.
So all in all a bit of a mess.
So my questions are, does anyone know what is going on with residency and how to get things moving and is there any light in this long dark tunnel on how to get cars done quickly before someone dumps a fine on me?
Any advice gratefully noted.