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Bars, restaurants and cafes will stay closed until 1st March. The use of masks becomes obligatory when exercising in urban areas, including parks and beaches. Effective from 1 Feb 2021

Don’t forget……the boundary closure of these towns for the weekend.

Ximo Puig has announced the current restrictions will be extended until the 1st March. Below a recap of the current restrictions.
Bars and restaurants to remain closed. Take away/delivery only.
Meetings in households can only be with co habitants – two households can no longer meet in someone’s home. Exception is for single occupant households who can form a support bubble with one other household to fend of loneliness.
Outside of your home max two people from different households can meet – both inside buildings and outside. This does not mean going to someone else’s house. I refer to non domicile buildings and spaces.
Meetings for work, for institutions and educations are exempt. So are care for vulnerable people (elderly and young), couples who do not live together and people who live alone.
Perimeter closure from 3pm Fridays until 6am Mondays of cities with over 50 000 inhabitants. (València, Alacant, Elx, Castelló, Torrevieja, Torrent, Orihuela, Gandia, Paterna, Benidorm, Sagunt, Alcoi, Sant Vicent del Raspeig, Elda-Petrer and Vila-real)
Mask use is mandatory while practicing sport in green spaces in town and on the beach. But please note this is only applicable between 10am and 7pm. So, if you carry out a sport activity outside of these hours masks are not mandatory.

NEW: Update from the British Embassy.

We have recently received a letter from the British Embassy, part of which says:

I also wanted to take advantage of this email to send some information about vaccines as I know that many of you are being asked about the vaccine roll out in Spain. The most important point is the Spain has said that it will offer the vaccine to everyone who lives in Spain as they consider this to be a public health issue.


For British nationals resident in Spain with public healthcare cover:  These British nationals will be contacted by their health centre when it´s their turn according to Spain´s vaccination roll out. Note that Spain´s roll out is currently slower than the UK´s and we understand the next group to be contacted will be the over 80s.


For British nationals resident in Spain with private healthcare cover: These British nationals should contact their private healthcare provider first. We understand that the public healthcare authorities will liaise with the private providers to ensure that everyone receives a vaccine. The Spanish government has said that the vaccine will be available to everyone who lives in Spain and wishes to receive it, according to their vaccine roll-out programme.


NEW: Update from the British Embassy

We have received the latest information from the British Embassy.

There is a lot of information, so please take the time to read it. You may also like to check out the site at:  facebook.com/britsinspain

Read the update here.

  1. Residency information:

We know that there are still many rumours around that green residency certificates must be exchanged for the TIE by 31 December. Please be assured that this is not the case. While the Spanish Government has highlighted that there may be some advantages to having the TIE – it is more durable, contains biometric data and may speed up administrative processes and border crossing – they make it clear that the green certificate remains valid evidence of your residency status and rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, even after the end of the Transition Period. See their Q&A document for more detail.    

You may be aware that some UK Nationals have been issued with TIEs with incorrect wording. We continue to work with the Spanish authorities on this issue. The Spanish have emphasised that these cards remain valid documents, however, we appreciate the desire of UK nationals to obtain a card with the correct wording and are awaiting further information from the Spanish authorities on the process for doing this.

We know that it is still difficult to get residency appointments in many areas. Please encourage anyone who is struggling to obtain an appointment to make sure they have all the documentation necessary for their application and to prove that they are legally living in Spain by the end of this year.

We have published a series of videos on residency on our Brits in Spain Facebook channel: an FAQ video, a video specifically for first time applicants and a third on exchanging the green certificate for a TIE. In addition, we have updated our page on gov.uk on registering as a resident in Spain.

If people are particularly struggling with the residency process as first-time applications, please do signpost them to the organisations that have received funding from the UK Nationals Support Fund to assist them. The level of support may vary depending on where in Spain you are, but their helplines are open to people from across the country. You can find their details here.

  1. Driving licences

As you know one of the key actions for UK Nationals living in Spain is to exchange their UK driving licence for a Spanish one. However, recently it has been extremely difficult to get an appointment. We have a key update from the DGT:

The DGT is aware that UK and other licence holders are facing problems in obtaining an appointment. They will soon introduce a new process to streamline the current exchange process until the end of the year. UK licence holders will be asked to complete a form with the details the DGT needs in order to verify the driving licence with the UK authorities. This form must be submitted to the DGT by 25 December at the very latest. Once a person has presented their form, they will need to obtain an appointment with DGT to finalise the exchange process. However, as long as the form was submitted by the date above, and the licence verified by the DGT before the end of the year, the appointment to complete the process can be after 1 January 2021. We will share information on the new process as soon as we have it.

So, whilst further details are needed about the system and when it will come into effect, this should be welcome news to people who may be struggling to get through the exchange process. In addition, the UK continues to negotiate the rules on the recognition and exchange of UK driving licences from 1 January 2021 onwards with member states, so do encourage people to sign up to email alerts on gov.uk/livinginspain, so that they are kept informed of the latest information.

  1. UK bank accounts

We are aware that some UK nationals who hold UK-based bank accounts, but are resident in the EU, have received letters from their UK bank, informing them that these accounts are to be closed.
Most people living in Europe shouldn’t see any change to their banking at the end of the transition period (31 December 2020). Whether UK banks can service EEA-based customers is a matter of local law and regulation. Also banks are set up differently and may have taken different actions to continue to serve their customers.

 Your bank or finance provider should contact you if they need to make any changes to your product or the way they provide it. If you have any concerns about whether you might be affected, contact your provider or seek independent financial advice.

Meanwhile, please be assured that your UK state pension can be paid into your Spanish bank account. This link from gov.uk may be useful.

  1. Passports

From 1 January, passport validity rules are changing for travel to European countries. You’ll need to have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).If you renewed your passport early last time, any extra months added to the normal 10-year validity will not count towards meeting this requirement, so we encourage everyone to doublecheck their passport validity online now at: gov.uk/checkpassport 

  1. Healthcare

We held a Facebook Live Q&A session with colleagues from DHSC on Tuesday. You may want to point people who have health-related questions to the video, which is now available to watch.

The team has also created a useful infographic (attached), which explains the different ways people can access healthcare in Spain. Please do share this with anyone who may need clarification on the system here, as well as signposting our healthcare page on gov.uk.

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U3A Oliva

The Oliva U3A was founded in 2007 and now boasts nearly 600 members enjoying forty groups, ranging from the active (Walking, Badminton) to the not-so active (Canasta, Cooking)!

Meetings are held at the Polivalent (map here), on the fourth Thursdays of the month.

As well as our groups and meetings, members can also enjoy a range of benefits from business ranging from discount on travel, to discounts on Internet and TV or help with medical care.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Group activities this week


Once again, this area has entered a restricted situation. The Photography and Walking Football groups have both had to close again.

It seems likely there will be little change this side of the new year; possible even into late spring of 2021.

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