Events 2022

Events 2022

10th September – March for Rejoin
In person march/rally – London
12.00 – 16.00


Speakers: TBA
To make a donation, order merchandise, volunteer or for further information, visit the website here

Festival of Europe

27th July – Independent
Online event – 18.30 – 19.30 BST
Brexit: Will a new PM be able to solve the N.I. issue?
Panel: A panel of experts will be hosted by chief political commentator, John Rentoul
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

21st July – Federal Trust
Online event – 17.00 – 19.00 BST
Getting Brexit undone
Speakers: Prof. Andrew Blick, Dr. Denis MacShane, Brendan Donnelly
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

21st July – UK in a Changing Europe
Live on Slido/You Tube – 13.00 – 14.15 BST
The current economic climate & the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, Covid & Brexit
Economics Panel: Ben Chu, Thomas Sampson, Gemma Tetlow & Anand Menon
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

19th July – Makes Votes Matter
Virtual event – 18.30 BST
Democracy Loves Local Power – showcasing Proportional Representation
Panellists: Jane Dodds, Zack Polanski, Paul Sweeney, Tommy Sheppard, Jackie Weaver
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

5th July – European Movement International
Online panel discussion – 10.00 – 11.30 CEST
Building on the Conference on the Future of Europe – The Way Forward
Panel includes: Alice-Marie Higgins, Joy Clara Schäflein, Marco Cilento, Petros Fassoulas
Event page and livestream link here

Festival of Europe

25th June – SLF Conference
In person & online – 10.00 – 16.30 BST
UK & Europe: Offshore Island or Part of the Main? Full Programme here
Speakers include: Will Hutton, Prof. Chris Grey, Alistair Carmichael, Sophie in ‘t Veld
Buy in person tickets here, online here

Festival of Europe

23rd June – UK in a Changing Europe
In person & online – 09.00 – 17.30 BST
The World Beyond Brexit
Speakers include: Lord David Frost, David Lammy, Anand Menon
Sign up here

Festival of Europe

16th June – European Movement Int’l
Online event – 14.00 – 15.30 CEST
Building on the Conference on the Future of Europe – What’s Next?
Speakers include: Alice-Mary Higgins, Maroc Cilento, Petros Fassoulas
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

15th June – Good Law Project
Online live event – 17.00 – 18.00 – BST
Is the UK Shutting Down Dissent?
Panel includes: Jo Maugham, Roger Hallam, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamim, Parm Sandhu
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

13th June – Make Votes Matter
Virtual event – 18.30 – 20.00 BST
Democracy Loves Strong & Stable Government
Speakers include: Terry Reintke, David Gauke, Stephen Kinnock, Malcolm Baalman
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

11th June – Make Votes Matter
National Action Day – all day

An opportunity to help reinforce grassroots momentum for Proportional Representation.
Save the date and consider planning your own local event. Further details will be available in due course.
View MVM website here

Festival of Europe

9th June European Movement UK
Zoom Meeting – 20.00 BST
Explaining EM’s “Step by Step to Rejoin” campaign policy
Guest Speaker: EM’s Campaigns Strategy Advisor, Dr. Mike Galsworthy
Meeting ID: 876 6523 7696
Zoom link here

Festival of Europe

25th May – Solidarity Knows No Borders
Online line – 18.00 BST
End the hostile environment and fight for migrant and racial justice
Speakers: Full list on view when you register
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

24th May – Make Votes Matter
Webinar – 19.00 CET
Democracy Loves Diversity – showcasing how we can use PR to build a better society.
Speakers: Femi Oluwole, Shaista Aziz, Amelia Womack, Dr. Hannah Barham-Brown, Hina Bokhari, Dr. Maria Iacovou
Reserve your place here

Festival of Europe

23rd May – Make Votes Matter/Get PR Done
Online event launch – 19.00 BST
New project – “Councils for PR: one goal, one motion” – working to change the UK to Proportional Representation in elections.
Speaker: Clive Lewis MP
Send email to receive registration link

Festival of Europe

14th May – Open Britain
Stop the Rot rally – London – 11.00
This event marks the beginning of a ‘summer of action’ for all those saying enough is enough.
Speakers include: David Lammy, Peter Tatchell, Tom Brake, Rosie Holt, Marina Purkiss
Sign up for the rally here

Festival of Europe

9th May European Parliament Liaison Office
In person live concert – London – 19.00
To celebrate Europe Day, the concert will also be live-streamed & will include pieces by Mozart, Dvořák & Beethoven
Performers: The Chamber Orchestra of Europe & the European Community Youth Orchestra
More details here

Festival of Europe

8th May EU Flag Mafia – Europe Day Concert
Ticketed event – London – 14.30 + rally at Europe House at 13.00
Celebrate Europe Day & support Ukraine DEC
Performers: Romano Viazzani Ensemble, Joanna Strand, Jacqui Tate, Alessandro Fisher
More details here, buy tickets here

Festival of Europe

29th April – 1st May – Byline Festival
Ticketed Event
A mix of inquisitive journalism, Free Speech, Comedy, Music & Entertainment
Contributors include: Rio Ferdinand, Carole Cadwalladr, Jonathan Pie, Bonnie Greer OBE
More information available here
Buy tickets here

Festival of Europe

20th April – Grassroots for Europe
Zoom event – 19.30 BST
Telling a New Story about Europe: Insights from Psychology
Speakers: Richard Bentall, Nick Crosby & Jane Thomas
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

6th April – Independent
Online Event – 18.30 BST
Exploring the Government’s Pursuit of Brexit Opportunities
Panel of experts: John Rentoul, Prof. Anand Menon, Naomi Smith, John Stone
Questions can be submitted in advance
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

31st March – Bylines Network
Online event 19.00 – 20.30 GMT
A Guide to Electoral Journalism
Speakers:
Scott Hunter, Jane Thomas, Alex Toal
Join the guestlist here

Festival of Europe

31st March – DCU Brexit Institute
Online event – 15.00 GMT
The Ukraine War & the Future of the EU
Speakers include: Prof. Daire Keogh, Thomas Byrne TD, Prof. Anand Menon
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

29th March – ECAS
Online Conference – 9.30 – 12.30 CET
State of the Union Citizens’ Rights 2022
Reinventing EU Citizenship post COVID 19
Speakers include: Tana Toom MEP, Julie Bishop, Eoin Young, Omro Preiss
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

29th March – UK in a Changing Europe
In person event & live on Slido – 09.00 – 17.30 GMT
Constitution & Governance in the UK Conference
Speakers:
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Baroness Hale
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

24th March – E. Kent European Movement Online Zoom event – 19.15 – 20.45 GMT
How Britain Ends: the stresses & strains resulting from Brexit
Speaker: Gavin Esler
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

10th March – Festival of Europe
Zoom event – 19.00 GMT
Young Brits on the Future of Europe
Speakers:
Madeleina Kay, Olga Ambrosiewicz, Michael Anderson
Book your place here

Festival of Europe

10th March – European Movement Int’l
Streaming live on Facebook/Twitter/ YouTube /Linked In – 13.00 – 14.00 CET
European Chats with EM UK & Switzerland
Speakers:
Lord Adonis, Raphael Bez, Petros Fassoulas
Read more about European Chats here
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

9th March – Good Law Project & Redress
Live Facebook/Twitter – 18.00–19.00 GMT
The fragile state of UK citizenship
Panel includes:
Jo Maugham, Richard Ratcliffe, Yasmin Ahmed
Sign up to attend here

Festival of Europe

3rd March – European Movement -UK
Online event – 18.30 GMT
What Putin’s invasion of Ukraine means for Europe
Speakers include:
H.E. Sophie Katsarava MBE, Kees Klompenhouwer, Claire Moody
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

22nd February

Online event

20.15 – 22.00 CET

N.E. Surrey for Europe
The Lost Decade, Brexit & Austerity
Speaker:
Polly Toynbee, Journalist
Send questions in advance here
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

22nd February

In person conference, London, & live on Slido

9.00 – 17.30 GMT

UK in a Changing Europe
British politics after Brexit Conference 2022
Speakers include:
Adam Boulton, Prof. Anand Menon, Sam Coates, Carla Denyer, Huw Edwards, Sir John Curtice
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

17th February

Online Zoom /Facebook livestream event

15.00 – 16.30

London School of Economics
In conversation with VP for Spain & Minister for the Economy & Digital Transformation
Speakers:
Nadia Calviño Santamaría, Prof. Iain Begg
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

7th February

Online event

18.00 – 19.00 GMT

Best for Britain
Beyond Democracy
Speaker:
Alexandra Hall-Hall, former diplomat
Submit questions in advance here
Apply for tickets (£6) here

Festival of Europe

6th February

Facebook live event

20.00 CET

Boris Johnson’s Leaving ‘work event’
Event hosted by James Dart
Join in wishing Big Dog all the best as he moves on to pastures new. BYOB!
Keep it to yourself.
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

5th February

Rally

12.00 – 14.00 GMT

Make Votes Matter:
Elections Bill Rallies
London & Manchester
Speakers (London):
Fleur Andersons, Tom Brake, Naomi Smith, John McDonnell, Carla Denyer, Zack Polanski
Register (London) here
Register Manchester here

Festival of Europe

3rd February

Online event – live

14.00 CET

A Place in the Sun
In conjunction with the British Consulate
Panel includes:
Sarah-Jane Morris & Martyn Standing from Embassy Health & Social Care Team
Register to attend here

Festival of Europe

3rd February

Online event

18.30 – 20.00 GMT

European Movement UK
A Vision for the Future of Europe
Speakers:
Catherine Bearder, Charles Tannock, Richard Corbett, Molly Scott Cato
Join the guestlist here

Festival of Europe

27th January

Zoom event

19.00 – 20.30 GMT

Festival of Europe
Brexit impact on the UK’s music industry
Speakers:
Anna Patalong, Howard Goodall CBE, Julian Azkoul
Festival website here
Register interest here

Festival of Europe

20th January

Zoom online event

20.00 – 21.30 GMT

West Country Voices
Democracy in Danger
Speakers:
Molly Scott Cato – former MEP, Peter Jukes – Byline Times, Naomi Smith – Best for Britain
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

13th January

Zoom Webinar

15.00 GMT

York for Europe
Join Juliet Lodge for a chat with:
Speaker:
Terry Reintke MEP & Vice-President of Green/EFA group, founder of the EU/UK Friendship Group
Join via Zoom link here

I Limbo Too
British Embassy Updates

British Embassy Updates

Bremain in Spain are proud to work closely with the British Ambassador & Embassy staff to keep you informed about life in Spain.

Throughout the Brexit process, the Embassy have been providing regular updates on our rights in Spain, and the necessary measures to take to ensure those rights are protected. We are grateful for all their efforts on our behalf & for sharing any developments promptly & efficiently.

We will pass on any new information as it becomes available, so please check in regularly for all the latest news.

Right: Chair Sue Wilson with British Ambassador Hugh Elliott

Sue Wilson Embassy
From an article by Bremain Chair, Sue Wilson, in The Local Newspaper, the Ambassador, Hugh Elliott told us:

“I know that, because of the suspension of residency appointments during the current state of emergency, many UK nationals are concerned about their ability to obtain the correct documentation before 31 December. I want to reassure people on two points. If you already have the green residency certificate, your core rights are protected and it remains a valid document, even after the end of the transition period. If you don’t yet have your green residency certificate there is, likewise, no need for alarm. We continue to advise people to get an appointment as soon as you can. However, as long as you are living in Spain and can prove that you satisfy the legal conditions of residence (i.e. sufficient income and access to healthcare) by 31 December 2020, your rights are assured even if you are not able to get the physical document before the end of the year.” 

Read the full article “What will Brits in Spain need in order to feel settled?” here

 

The Embassy welcome direct contact from members of the public, with general or more specific, personal enquiries. Please use this LINK to make direct contact as it will generate an online form & provide a reference number.

You can also contact the consulate in your area – a list of consulates can be found here

You will receive a direct response in due course.

The Embassy provide regular updates, including live Q & A sessions, on their Facebook page here

The Embassy website has a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including details of how things will change after the end of Brexit transition period here

You can also follow them on Twitter: @BritsliveSpain

Update from Embassy 11 June

Following the ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding EU citizenship and voting/standing in local elections, the Embassy would like to confirm the rules with regards to Spain.

The ECJ ruled that with Brexit, we lost our EU citizenship rights and the right to vote and stand in local elections under EU law. However, this does not affect UK nationals’ right to vote and stand in local elections in Spain. This is because a bilateral agreement exists between Spain and the UK which allows UK nationals who have lived in in Spain for more than 3 years to vote and stand in local elections.

More information on voting rights in Spain (and the treaty, signed in January 2019) is available in the Embassy’s Living in Spain guide.

Update from Embassy 23 February

The latest update from the Embassy includes information on a variety of subjects, including an extension for the use of UK driving licences in Spain.

For all the latest information, click on the relevant PDF below for all the latest details and useful links.

  • Driving Licence PDF
  • Access to regional employment services PDF
  • Residence registration PDF
  • Voting rights and registration on the electoral roll PDF

Update from Embassy 22 December

As the year comes to a close, the Embassy have provided an update on the issues that are still concerning UK nationals living in Spain.

RESIDENCY

Following a negative outcome on a residency application, some UK nationals have received an instruction to leave Spain within 15 days. While discussions between the relevant authorities are ongoing, the Embassy have put together some information for those finding themselves in this position. Open the Residency PDF for further details.

DRIVING LICENCES

Ambassador Hugh Elliott has recorded a video message for UK Licence holders living in Spain, which has been posted on the Brits in Spain Facebook channel. Negotiations are “progressing” but have yet to reach a conclusion. An extension to the current grace period has been asked for, and is expected to be granted, before the end of the year. Open the Driving Licence PDF for further details.

PASSPORT STAMPING

UK travellers are still experiencing inconsistencies at the border, with some Withdrawal Agreement beneficiaries being stamped despite presenting evidence of their residence status, and some visitors being stamped only on entry and not on exit.

For the second group – the travellers who are concerned that they received an entry but not an exit stamp –  the Embassy have recently updated their travel advice page with information in line with the Schengen Borders Code. This information currently sits under the subheading ‘visas’ on the page. We advise UK travellers to carry evidence of when and where they last entered and exited the Schengen Area when travelling in the future as you can ask a border guard to add this information into your passport. Acceptable forms of evidence can include boarding passes and tickets.

TAXATION OF OCCUPATIONAL OR PRIVATE UK PENSIONS

In response to issues raised in this regard by Bremain in Spain, the Embassy have put together some information. Open the Pensions PDF for further information.

Update from Embassy 13 November

The Embassy are often contacted for assistance in areas they are unable to assist with. To clarify where they can help, and to point people in the right direction where they can’t, a guide has been produced to explain the services they provide. Click here to open the guide

For visas for those wishing to move to Spain, please contact the Spanish consulate in the UK

To contact the Embassy in Madrid by phone or online, or for more information click here

Update from Embassy 27 October

DRIVING LICENCE EXTENSION

The Spanish government has today announced that valid UK licences will continue to be recognised for driving in Spain until 31 December 2021.

Negotiations are ongoing, and the Embassy will continue to provide information as and when any developments happen.

Independent of those ongoing negotiations, UK Nationals who successfully registered their intent to exchange their licence before 30 December 2020, will be able to exchange it for a Spanish one without having to take a practical test up until the end of this year. The Embassy understands that some people who tried to register their intent have subsequently found out that they were unsuccessful in doing so. If this is your situation and you are unclear as to why, you should contact the DGT directly to discuss further. https://www.dgt.es/es/contacto.shtml

If you moved to Spain after 1 January 2021, your UK licence is valid for six months from the date of your TIE or until 31 December, whichever is later.

Update from Embassy 12 October

UK national stakeholder event with FCDO Minister for Europe and the Americas

On Thursday 30 September, Wendy Morton, FCDO Minister for Europe and the Americas, met with 14 representatives from ten organisations that work closely with the UK community in Spain, as part of her visit to Madrid.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Minister to hear of the main concerns and issues affecting UK nationals in Spain, following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, ahead of her meetings with the Spanish government later that day. The issues raised included: registration/residency applications, visa processing, the stamping of passports, immigrations status, moving back to the UK and many more.

The Minister assured representatives she would be raising issues, such as the registration of UK nationals in Spain and driving licence exchange, in her meetings with the Spanish government, and that ensuring smooth visa processes was also a priority. Citizens’ rights remains a priority for the UK government and the British Embassy in Madrid continues to engage with the relevant UK and Spanish authorities on the various issues that were raised.

Bremain in Spain was ably represented by Vice Chair, Lisa Ryan Burton and Council Member and Newsletter Editor, Helen Johnston.

For further details regarding the topics discussed, view the PDF

Update from Embassy 27 September

Earlier this year, the Embassy carried out a series of Healthcare focus groups throughout the EU. Some of the most popular questions and concerns were about NHS access and S1 registration, with participants wanting more detailed information.

As a result, the Embassy have produced the following series of infographics. Click on the relevant PDF for more information:

  • The S1 form (an explainer on what the S1 is, who can apply etc) PDF
  • How to access the NHS if you are a UK national living in the EU PDF
  • How to access the NHS if you are a registered S1 form holderPDF
  • How to register your S1 form in SpainPDF

Registering your S1 with the INSS

The INSS has recently updated its online portal.  The process has been revised, and there’s a specific link for S1 form holders who wish to register online.  There is a dedicated page on gov.uk which outlines the process for registering your S1 online, and which has been updated to reflect changes made.

Please note that, at present, the page is only in Spanish and it has an additional series of instructions to ensure you confirm your identity.

 

Update from Embassy 25 June

Starting today, the Embassy Health Team are offering one-to-one calls with UK nationals on the last Friday of every month, continuing throughout the summer.

How does it work?

You can book a 10-minute slot to speak to one of the health team about your individual circumstances, relating to healthcare access. Click on the link here to book your appointment.

What can people call about?

The objective is to help those who are still struggling to register or are having issues with accessing healthcare. Unfortunately, the Embassy will not be offering advice or assistance with anything related to provision of care, or the Covid-19 vaccine – both of which fall outside the remit of the team.

Future sessions will be advertised on the Brits in Spain Facebook page a few days before the event.

Update from Embassy 23 June

CHANGES TO DEADLINE RE DRIVING LICENCE EXCHANGE

On Tuesday 22 June, the Spanish Consejo de Ministros agreed an extension to several measures in their end-of-transition period Royal Decree.  One was on the recognition of UK driving licences in Spain.  The announcement in English can be found here.

The deadline for the exchange of driving licences, for those who were resident in Spain prior to the end of the transition period, has been extended. For full details of the changes, read our PDF here

 You can also find further details re driving licences, for those who did not register details/intent before the 31/12/20 deadline, in the PDF.

Update from Embassy 27 May

On Thursday 27th May, Bremain in Spain Chair, Sue Wilson and Vice Chair, Lisa Ryan Burton attended an update meeting with British Embassy staff to discuss:

  • Driving Licence Exchange
  • Travel – including the much discussed ‘carta de invitación´
  • Residency
  • Votes for life – government press release

To read all about those discussions and get the latest information, click on the PDF here.

Update from Embassy 21 May

In response to members’ concerns about entry requirements to Spain – especially in relation to visitors to our homes – the Embassy have provided the following update and helpful links.

Following recent discussions with the Spanish authorities, the relevant Embassy webpages have been updated, and further clarification will be available in due course.

The following websites are recommended by the Embassy as the best sources of information:

There is further information direct from the Embassy in the PDF

Update from Embassy 21 April

On Tuesday 20 April, our Chair, Bremain in Spain Chair, Sue Wilson took part in a meeting with representatives of the FCDO (Citizens’ Rights department) and British Embassy staff from Madrid and Paris. The meeting was also attended by representatives of citizens’ rights groups from 7 EU countries.

The meeting involved discussions around the misrepresentation in the media of recent coverage of events regarding UK nationals, most especially in Spain. Other topics included communications, information and support being provided for Brits abroad, followed by a question and answer session.

To read more about the meeting, open the PDF

Update from Embassy 16 April

There has been some confusion over the rules for visiting other Schengen countries when legally resident in Spain. We asked the Embassy to clarify how long you are entitled to visit, and whether the rules are different for those with temporary residency to those with permanent residency.

Open the PDF for confirmation of:

  • Length of stay for visits
  • Requirements for extended stays for work
  • Length of time you can be out of Spain without affecting your residency
  • Differences between temporary & permanent residency rights (where they exist)
Update from Embassy 4 March

In response to recent concerns our members raised over access to Spain’s vaccination programme, we approached the Embassy directly and received this response:

“The Spanish Government’s Vaccination Strategy sets out that all people living in Spain will be eligible for the vaccine, regardless of nationality or residency status.  The Vaccination Strategy is updated regularly to include new priority groups as the number of doses available gradually increases.  You might be interested to see this question and answer from the Spanish government’s FAQ website, which highlights that all people in the priority groups, irrespective of their nationality or type of sickness insurance cover, are being vaccinated.

Those UK nationals who are already registered in the public health system should be contacted by their regional health authority to arrange an appointment.  The Spanish authorities are asking insurance companies to coordinate with regional health services in order to provide vaccines to their customers.  The Spanish authorities are also considering how to contact people who are not registered on the public system nor with a private insurer.  Ultimately, our advice to UK nationals living in Spain remains that they contact their local health centre and/or insurer for more information.”

The Embassy will provide further updates as and when further information is available, and the issue will be followed closely by the Embassy communications team.

Update from Embassy 26 February

The Department for Health & Social Care has today provided healthcare updates, and potential solutions to difficulties being faced by UK nationals when registering S1 forms.

Open the PDF HERE for more information on the following, plus some useful links:

  • Continuation of S1 scheme
  • Sending medication via courier from the UK to Spain
  • S1 registration issues
Update from Embassy 16 February

There has been plenty of information available recently regarding applications for Spanish residency. To date, that information has related to those that arrived in Spain before the end of the Brexit transition period.

What are the requirements for those moving to Spain from 1 January 21?

UK nationals moving to Spain post Brexit (and who are not joining close family members under WA family reunification rules) will need to meet the same requirements as other third country nationals.

In most cases, this will require starting the process via the Spanish consulate in the UK, before traveling to Spain.  The requirements will differ depending on the visa/residence permit the person is applying for (e.g. a residence and work permit, a non-lucrative visa, etc).

UK nationals requiring further information about visas/residence permits should consult with the competent authorities for Spain:

For the Spanish Consulate in the UK visa FAQ page, click here

For the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration page, click here

Update from Embassy 10 February

The Embassy has produced an essential guide explaining your citizens’ rights as covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. The guide contains information of the following topics, as well as many useful links:

  • Living & working
  • Healthcare
  • Driving
  • Education
  • Voting
  • Travel
  • Pensions

You can view/download the guide HERE or click on the image below. Hard copies are available from the Embassy directly.

Update from Embassy 27 January

 On Wednesday 27 January, our Bremain Chair, Sue Wilson & Vice Chair, Lisa Burton attended a meeting with British Ambassador, Hugh Elliott & his Embassy team.

The Ambassador & his team spoke to a number of issues – many of which are being compounded by both Brexit & Covid. Prior to the meeting, our members raised a number of important concerns with us.

The topics covered were:

  • Vaccination programme in Spain
  • Stamping passports
  • S1 registration delays
  • Driving licences
  • Lack of appointments for TIE
  • Authorities holding your documentation (while waiting for residencia)
  • Increased bank charges
  • Buying property in designated military areas
Hugh Elliott
For answers to all of the above issues, & to access many useful links to additional sources of information, read our PDF here

 Thank you for bringing these important issues to Bremain’s attention, and to the Embassy for their knowledge, support and efforts on behalf of all Brits in Spain.

Update from Embassy 23 January

Spanish Bank accounts & the TIE

The Spanish government has produced a public document which explicitly confirms the continuing validity of the green residence certificate as proof of a person’s rights under the Withdrawal Agreement and therefore their residence rights/status in Spain.

Embassy Letter
In a recent article, it was suggested that banks in Spain would require all British customers to be in possession of a TIE. Whilst a bank may well be within their rights to ask that customers keep their details and personal identification documents up to date (e.g. their passport), they should not insist that a holder of a green EU residence certificate exchanges it to a TIE in order to prove their residence rights and continue banking with them.  If you are asked by your bank to do so, please direct them to the above document.
Update from Embassy 4 January

In response to the recent travel issues experienced by British nationals returning to Spain, the Spanish authorities, in conjunction with the British Embassy, have issued a statement clarifying the position.

An example of the accepted residency documents can be found here

For details on entry requirements into Spain please see the Consulate General of Spain update here

Embassy Letter
Update from Embassy 2 January

The Spanish Ministry of Migration have updated their website to include two really helpful pieces of info:

  • An updated version of the FAQ document, which includes many of the questions we supplied to the Embassy and which they have been feeding into them on our behalf. These include what to do if you’ve exchanged your green residence certificate for a TIE but want to change it to a permanent card before the original TIE expires – see p.37
ministerio
ministerio
  • A bilingual, informative note on the documentation that UK nationals can use to evidence their residence status and that they are a beneficiary of the WA. Notwithstanding the Spanish government’s clear recommendation for UK nationals to get the TIE, this confirms the validity of the green certificate, even if it is older than 5 years and doesn’t say ‘permanente’.

The Embassy and officials at the Spanish Migration ministry hope that UK nationals will be able to print off or point to this second document should they have any problems in exercising their rights or accessing services in Spain.

The English version of the ministry website and the Embassy’s own Living in Spain guide should be updated with this information shortly.

Update from Embassy 15 December

Bremain joined other stakeholders for an online Embassy conference call, to discuss current issues affecting Brits in Spain.

We raised a number of issues that our members brought to our attention beforehand, & you can read full details of those in our PDF here

Topics covered included: travel, residency/TIE, EHIC, driving licences & more.

webinar
Update from Embassy 25 November

Bremain held its first webinar in conjunction with Lorna Geddie from the Embassy. The 63 Bremain members attending raised questions on a wide range of topics, including travel, visa requirements, pensions, banking, residency, healthcare/EHIC, swallows rights, driving licences & dual citizenship.

Many thanks to Lorna for her valuable input & to all those that took part.
In response to all the issues raised, Lorna has kindly put together a PDF especially for Bremain in Spain members. (Last update: January 2021)

“I am very grateful to Sue and the Bremain in Spain team for setting up the webinar and it was great to see so many members on the call. It is so useful for the Embassy to hear and understand the questions and concerns of UK nationals in Spain, as it helps us with our citizens’ rights work going forward. I would urge anyone who hasn’t already done so to check out the information available via the Living in Spain guide on gov.uk and to sign up for email alerts to ensure they keep up to date with all the latest developments.” 
Lorna Geddie, British Embassy
Lorna Geddie - photo

“My thanks to Sue, Matt and Lisa for organising the webinar, and very especially to Lorna who was clear, knowledgeable and very generous with her time” – Richard Lander

”Thanks very much for organising an excellent meeting & to all involved” – Mel Slater



“A wide range of topics were covered. Very interesting, informative & inclusive” – Sue Scarrott

”Thank you to everyone at Team Bremain for making this happen” – Jacqueline Davison


 

Update from Embassy 17 November

The Embassy have provided us with updates relating to:

  • British bank accounts for Spanish residents
  • DGT latest protocol re driving licences

To read the latest information re banking, click on the PDF HERE

To read the latest information re driving licence applications, click on the PDF HERE

 You will also find a post on the subject on the Embassy “Brits in Spain” Facebook page here

 

Bank
DGT
Update from Embassy 11 November

The government have introduced a new portal to improve the process of applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

If you are eligible for a new card, for use after the end of the Brexit transition period, you can apply using the link below.

 

EHIC
In addition to a wealth of information about the EHIC, including eligibility post-Brexit, the Embassy have also compiled a list of FAQs on the subject – just click on the PDF HERE

To apply for your new UK EHIC via the new portal, click HERE

 

Update from Embassy 6 November 2020

The Embassy’s dedicated healthcare team have provided an update on exportable benefits. The policy review – which applies to those wishing to make a new application for an S1 form from 1/1/21 only – affects those who are in receipt of:

  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
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NB. this policy change does not affect the following groups:

  • those who qualify for an S1 form on the basis of another benefit, such as a UK State Pension
  • those receiving benefits from an existing S1

To read the Embassy update on exportable benefits in full, click on the PDF HERE

The healthcare team have also responded to your queries regarding EHIC cards. You can read their update PDF HERE (Updated 9/11/2020)

If you have any further questions, you can contact the dedicated health team by email at: healthcare.spain@fcdo.gov.uk

 

Update from Embassy 16th October 2020 – Your questions answered

Bremain in Spain members submitted a number of interesting questions to the Embassy, regarding residencia, driving licences, Withdrawal Agreement rights & much more. Open the PDF for your questions & the Embassy’s answers HERE or select FAQs image right. Further questions on healthcare have been submitted to the specialist team & will be answered in due course.

The Embassy also provided some useful Spanish authority links for further information:

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Update from Embassy 9th October 2020

 Driving Licences

The Embassy has been in touch with the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) regarding the difficulty in getting driving licence appointments. The Embassy are working with the DGT to improve the process for British citizens resident in Spain. For all the latest details, open the PDF, where you will also find updates regarding registration issues.

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Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights (SCCR)

The SCCR met on 8 October for the 3rd time – the agenda included social security coordination, registration and support for the most vulnerable. You can read the joint statement from the UK and EU, issued following the meeting here

For details open or download the PDF HERE or select image above.

 

Update from Embassy 23rd September 2020 HMA video for UK Nationals

With 100 days until the end of the Transition Period, HMA Hugh Elliott has recorded a message for UK Nationals – providing reassurance about citizens’ rights under the Withdrawal Agreement and reinforcing the importance of being legally resident.

Updates from Embassy on 22nd September 2020 re potential bank account closures

Thousands of British citizens living in the EU have been contacted by UK banks warning of potential account closures due to Brexit.

Following concerns raised by members, Bremain contacted the Embassy for an urgent update.

Please open or download the PDF HERE or select image right for the Embassy’s swift response.

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To receive the latest updates direct from the Embassy, we recommend you sign up for the Embassy email alerts. You can select your preferred frequency of alert here

 

Updates from Embassy on 18th September 2020

Read updates from the British Embassy regarding:

    • The Internal Market Bill
    • TIE
    • Driving Licences
    • Dates for LIVE Facebook events
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For details open or download the PDF HERE or select image above.

 

On Friday 11 September, Bremain in Spain Chair, Sue Wilson took part in an Embassy Stakeholder meeting. Topics discussed included:

  • Internal Market Bill
  • TIE applications
  • Communications
  • Stakeholders input
  • UKNSF government funded support programmes
  • Healthcare

For more information, download the PDF HERE or select image right.

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A few outstanding queries have yet to be answered, but on receipt of any further updates from the Embassy, we will pass on any additional information.

 

Covid Updates – Spain

Covid Updates – Spain

​After two difficult years, and with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, Spain has relaxed most of the Covid safety measures. However, it is still important to keep up to date with any restrictions that remain in place nationally, locally and when travelling.

As and when any national changes are announced, you can read about them here. You might also find the following links useful for further information:

  • View the latest Covid figures for Spain from Worldometers here
  • Sign up to RadarCOVID Spain for alerts re contact here
  • When travelling, use the Spain Travel Health app here

Please continue to be vigilant, observe any Covid safety measures and stay safe!

 

Check back with us regularly for the LATEST NEWS updates re: changes to safety measures, travel arrangements and much more.

 

20 April: Face masks no longer required in most indoor settings

Effective immediately, face masks will no longer be required indoors under most circumstances. The changes – first announced on April 6 – were confirmed by Spain’s Council of Ministers on April 19.

Masks are still required indoors under the following circumstances:

  • In hospitals and other health-related establishments, e.g. dental clinics, pharmacies
  • In care homes, for both visitors and staff
  • On public transport

In work places, the employer will decide whether face masks are required.

The health service advise the public to continue to exercise “common sense” and “caution”.

6 April: Health Control Form no longer required for all visitors to Spain

The Spanish Government has changed the rules regarding the Health Control Form used by travellers entering Spain. It is no longer required that all passengers complete one on arrival.

Passengers will now simply have to show an EU Digital Covid Certificate or an equivalent from a non-EU country. It is recommended, however, that before you travel you check your certification is valid for entry. You can do so on the Spain Travel Health website.

Read the official government bulletin here

10 February: Masks no longer required outdoors

​Mask wearing outdoors is no longer required, except in the following circumstances:

  • At large outdoor events where attendees are required to stand
  • At large outdoor events where attendees are seated but are not able to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres
  • Use of masks is still recommended in crowds

Further details are available in the official Royal Decree (BOE) here

23 December: New Covid restrictions re mask wearing outdoors

A special cabinet meeting was held today to approve mandatory outdoor mask wearing in a bid to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The decision was made at a virtual meeting on 22 December with regional heads of government. It followed concerns regarding the recent rise in case numbers, reaching the highest daily figures since the pandemic began. Experts are warning that the new measures alone are “insufficient” in the fight to flatten the curve of infections. The new measures will take effect on Christmas Eve. You can watch the official announcement from the Ministry of Health here.

Exceptions to the new mask-wearing rules include:  when practicing sports; when in “natural spaces” such as the countryside or beach; when alone; when maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters.

The armed forces will be used to aid the vaccination programme and contact tracing. PM Pedro Sánchez insists that vaccinations and boosters remain the best tool against the virus.

As at 21 December, Spain has the 3rd best vaccination record in Europe, with 80.9% of its population fully vaccinated. The UK, by comparison, vaccinated 69.1% of the population over the same period.

For live data tracking of European vaccinations, click here

Read more on this story in El Pais here

Read Spanish Ministry of Health Covid information, including travel advice and vaccine certification here

1 December: New travel restrictions Brits travelling to Spain

With immediate effect, visitors from the UK will now be required to prove they have been fully vaccinated in order to enter Spain. A negative Covid test will no longer be an alternative option.

The new vaccine requirements apply to anyone aged 12 and over. Under 12’s do not need vaccine certification, and can travel to Spain with fully vaccinated parents. Fully vaccinated means either having received “both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine”, at least 14 days prior to travel to Spain.

Certificates of recovery, a medical document proving you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, are also no longer acceptable.

As the 12-15 year age group are only now being offered a second vaccine in the UK, the new rules will prevent them from visiting Spain for the next few weeks, and certainly for Christmas.

Spain accepts the NHS Covid pass.

The requirement for all visitors to complete a Spanish Travel Health Form remains in place.

If you are planning to visit Spain, whether from the UK or elsewhere, you can view all the latest requirements on the Spanish Health Ministry website or on the British Government website.

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25 June: Face mask restrictions to be lifted

On Thursday 24 June, the Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting to finalise the proposal regarding the wearing of face masks outdoors. The news came days after France and Germany also announced the relaxation of face mask rules.

Effective from Saturday 26 June, it will no longer be necessary to wear face masks in outdoor spaces, except when it is impossible to maintain a safe 1.5 metre distance.

The proposed change was originally announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at a press interview on June 18 – you can listen to the announcement here

Sanchez said, “Our streets, our faces, will begin to regain their normal appearance in the coming days”.

For more on this story, read El Pais here

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9 May: Spain’s State of Alarm comes to an end

As the national state of alarm comes to an end, many of the national covid restrictions will be lifted. Spain’s regions are still determining what measures will be lifted and which retained.

Restrictions likely to affected include:

  • lifting of curfews
  • opening of borders across the provinces
  • longer opening hours for shops
  • eating indoors at bars & restaurants permitted
  • numbers of people you are allowed to meet to increase

Regional authorities will need support from the courts for further measures to remain in place.

For further information, including covid measures by region, read El Pais article here

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16 APRIL: ‘Digital Green Certificate’ – EU’s vaccine passport – to come into force in June

By the end of June, travellers arriving in Spain with the new EU vaccine passport will no longer be required to take a Covid test or to quarantine.

The new document will come in the form of a free QR code (in digital and physical form) and will allow more people to travel “in a safer manner”, said Alfredo González, the general secretary of Digital Health, Information and Innovation. He added, “This certificate is not a passport, it’s not a travel document, and it’s not a requirement for travel. It’s a mechanism that will facilitate mobility in the European Union. It will respect data protection, safety and privacy. It is planned so that it will not be discriminatory, and that is one of the major advantages.” 

The plan is part of the government’s strategy for this year, during which the authorities are forecasting that 40 million foreign visitors will arrive.

For more on this story, from El Pais, read the full article here

Read more about the EU’s Digital Green Certificate here

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31 MARCH: Stricter face mask rules introduced

Face coverings in public spaces are now mandatory, regardless of the distance between people. The Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) published yesterday requires anyone aged six and over to wear a face mask “on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public”.

Previously, it was only necessary to wear a mask in public and outdoor spaces when it was not possible to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres. For further information:

  • Read the official BOE here
  • Read updated information on the Spanish government website here
  • Read more on this story in El Pais here
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3 MARCH: Vaccination Strategy update

The Spanish authorities have issued an updated vaccination strategy detailing when priority groups can expect to be vaccinated. The government website includes many links and documents, and the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

  • For further information, click on the government website here
  • For FAQS, click here
  • For further links and documents, click here
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JANUARY 25: Covid 19 restrictions updated by region

As infections soar across the country, many regional authorities have announced new safety restrictions. The national government has so far resisted the call to reintroduce a national lockdown, arguing that the new highly-localised restrictions are sufficient.

The Ministry of Health has published in interactive map that allows you to check the restrictions in place in your area.

Read more on this story in The Local here and in El Pais here.

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DECEMBER 10: Spain relaxes the Covid test requirements for air passengers to allow for TMA tests

From today, arrivals at Spanish airports will be able to present results of a Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) test, as an alternative to a PCR test. The TMA option is in response to complaints that the PCR are more expensive, and results take longer.

A negative test, of either kind – taken in the 72 hours prior to travel – must be presented on arrival. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to 6000 euros.

Read more on this story in El Pais here

Read the official Ministry of Health press release here

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DECEMBER 4: Regulations & recommendations on celebrating Christmas this year

Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced rules & recommendations for a safe Covid-free Christmas. Between 23rd December & 6th January movement between autonomous communities is limited, except for grouping of family & friends.

 

  • On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, News Years Eve & New Years Day, meetings will be restricted to 10 people (including children)
  • Curfew on Christmas Eve & New Years Eve will be extended to 1.30 am.
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Some autonomous communities may enforce stricter measures, so check with your local authorities.

A good source of information for regional updates is the N332 Road Safety Association – view their Facebook page here

For more on this story read El Pais here

NOVEMBER 12: Travellers will need a negative PCR test result before arrival in Spain

From Monday 23 November, the Spanish government will require passengers arriving from at-risk countries to provide proof of a negative PCR test before allowing their entry into Spain. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure & will only apply at airports, not at land borders.

The measure – which will affect most EU countries – will apply to over 60 countries worldwide that have high infection rates.  Further details of countries affected will be available shortly.

For EU/EEA countries, the authorities will use data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control – you can view their ‘risk map’ here

For other countries, the restrictions will apply to countries with an infection rate of over 150 in 100,000.

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You can read the full press release from the Ministry of Health here

To read more on this story, see the article in El Pais here

OCTOBER 30: Most Spanish regions set to close borders ahead of All Saints weekend

With the exception of Extremadura, Galicia & the Canary Islands, all Spanish regions have announced plans to close their borders before the holiday weekend. The closures will limit travel across the country, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

To interact with a map of Spain for further information, visit La Sexta here

For more on this story, read the article in El Pais here

The situation is very fluid at present, so please check in regularly for the latest updates

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OCTOBER 30: Congress votes to extend ‘state of alarm’ until 9 May 2021

Last Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a new ‘state of alarm’ & his intention to seek parliament’s approval to extend it for six months. Today, following a two-day debate, Congress has voted for that extension.

The ‘state of alarm’ will enable regional governments to enforce the new curfew and mobility restrictions.

For further information, read the article in Spain in English here

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OCTOBER 25: Prime Minister approves a new state of alarm

The Spanish Cabinet have approved a new national state of alarm, providing a legal framework for regional authorities to curb public mobility. In a bid to combat the spread of Covid, socialising at night will be restricted.

Although the measures are initially for 15 days, the government has made clear its intention to keep them in place until April 2021.

The new restrictions are:

  • A curfew from 23.00 to 6.00 daily (with flexibility to add/subtract 1 hour either way)
  • Travel restrictions between regions, unless justified

For the full story, read El Pais here

To view the press statement from President Pedro Sánchez, visit the government Facebook page here

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    OCTOBER 23: New Covid measures put in place across 2214 municipalities

    Due to the rise in infection rates, new restrictions are being put in place in many towns and municipalities across the country. The restrictions, which will affect areas with 500+ new cases per 100,000 population, over the last 14 days, will include curfews and “perimeter confinement”.

    For further information, and to identify areas affected, click here.

    You can also find information relating to specific areas, on the Road Safety Association Facebook page.

    Read articles in El Pais covering the following topics:

    • 7 million Spanish residents now facing perimetral lockdown here
    • Valencian Community, Andalusia & Castilla y León announce curfews here

    11 autonomous authorities are so concerned about rising infections they are calling on central government to declare a “State of Alert”. An urgent ministerial meeting is being convened by Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on 25 October. Read more on this story in El Pais here

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      AUGUST 25: Autonomous regions can request ‘state of alert’; contract tracing support from military & government app

      • In a press conference today, Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez offered regional premiers the authority to request their own ‘state of alert’, firmly putting the authority back with the regions. Sánchez said the progress of the coronavirus curve was worrying and that it “needed to be tackled”.
      • In Catalonia and Madrid – two of the worst affected areas for new cases – the Prime Minister has offered the support of the military to aid with contract tracing.
      • Regional authorities are being encouraged to roll out the use of a new contract tracing app, created by the government. If widely used by the public, the ‘Radar Covid’ app is expected to reduce the impact of the pandemic by 30%. The app does not require the supply of personal data, so personal privacy is protected.

      Sign up to the new app (currently available in Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragón & Extremadura): https://radarcovid.app/andalucia-cantabria-aragon-extremadura-app-radarcovid/

      AUGUST 14: Health Minister announces new measures to curb the spread of the virus

      Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, today announced a ban on smoking in outside public spaces and closure of nightclubs, discos & music bars.

      Illa said that smoking is only allowed in open public spaces as long as a safe distance of 2 meters can be maintained.

      In hospitality premises, a minimum safe distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained at bars & tables, with a maximum of 10 people only at each table.

      All establishments, including bars and restaurants, will have to close at 1:00 am & no new patrons will be allowed entry after midnight.

      AUGUST 7: Guidance for wearing masks

      The Spanish government has issued advice about wearing masks, in order to keep the population safe from coronavirus.

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      • Wash your hands first
      • Make sure your mask is in good condition
      • Wear the mask the right way round:
        • Metal strip at the top
        • Coloured side on the outside
      • Make sure to cover your nose, mouth & chin
      • Ensure the mask fits correctly, with no gaping
      • Don’t touch the mask while wearing (except for the straps)
      • Replace mask after a maximum of 4 hours wear

      JULY 18: Wearing of masks now mandatory in the Valencian Community

      Following the example set by many other Spanish regions, the wearing of masks became mandatory today in the Valencian Community. The decision was taken due to the four-fold increase in the number of infections of 20 to 40-year olds.

      Masks will be compulsory at all time, with the following exceptions:

      • on the beach or in a swimming pool
      • in outdoor areas such as the countryside or the mountains
      • in bars & restaurants
      • for those with respiratory problems
      • whilst taking part in sports activities
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      JULY 14: Many Spanish regions implement mandatory face coverings

      A number of regional governments are making the wearing of face masks compulsory in public spaces. The following regions have either made face coverings mandatory or are about to:

      • Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Navarre, La Rioja, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura, Andalusia & Murcia

      In the Valencia region, the option is being seriously considered – a decision will be reached shortly.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-07-13/with-over-100-coronavirus-outbreaks-more-spanish-regions-make-face-masks-mandatory.html

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      June 30: Spain prepares to open its borders

      As part of reciprocal arrangements between the European Union & 15 other countries, Spain will open its borders from July 1.

      The named countries have been selected based on the epidemiological situation in each country, which must have a similar or lower contagion rate than the European average for every 100,000 inhabitants for 14 days. 

      The named countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China will also be included, but only if visitors from the EU receive reciprocal treatment.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-30/as-eu-prepares-to-reopen-borders-spanish-experts-stress-importance-of-coronavirus-safety-measures.html

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      June 21: All of Spain enters the ‘New Normality’

      The ‘state of alert’ has officially ended after 24 weeks of lockdown measures. Whilst many restrictions have been removed, 4 essential rules remain:

      • Social distancing of 1.5 meters
      • Compulsory wearing of face masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained
      • Hand washing/sanitising
      • Hygiene in public & private spaces

      Travel between provinces is now allowed, and travel from EU countries/UK is now permitted, without quarantine, with the exception of Portugal (to follow shortly).

      June 21: Brits can visit Spain without quarantine

      Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez, has announced that with immediate effect, British citizens can travel to Spain from today, without facing quarantine measures. British visitors will need to:

      • Provide contact information & any history of Covid exposure
      • Undergo a temperature check & a visual health assessment

      For full travel details re Spain, checkout this EU webpage, updated in real time – use the icons on the right to scroll around transport options: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ESP

      Currently this decision is a unilateral one, & we await confirmation regarding quarantine measures for Brits returning from Spain to the UK.

       

      Read more on this story in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-20/no-quarantine-for-uk-travelers-entering-spain-foreign-minister-confirms.html

      USEFUL LINKS:

      Spanish Department of Health travel page has useful travel/health information about including the online travel form: https://www.spth.gob.es/

      Worldometers monitor the number of cases & death tolls, by country: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

      Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 death toll projections for Spain: https://covid19.healthdata.org/spain

      For updates about the lockdown rules – Boletín Oficial del Estado: https://www.boe.es/index.php?lang=en

      The Spanish government website has all the latest news from Spain, in English: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/Paginas/index.aspx

      N322 Road Safety Association has a wealth of information about lockdown measures on their Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain/

      European Commission coronavirus home page: https://ec.europa.eu/health/coronavirus_en

      WHO specific information on Spain: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/spain

      WHO specific information on UK: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

      Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs & Social Welfare: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/home.htm

      Spanish Ministry of the Environment: https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/ministerio/medidas-covid19/

      UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

      Brits in Spain (British Embassy in Madrid) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

      Brits in Spain website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain#coronavirus

      Ukraine in Spain

      Ukraine in Spain

      Distressing images of war-torn Ukraine, and the plight of innocent Ukrainians, are becoming all too familiar. Poor, desperate people are caught up in the terrible struggle, with millions forced to flee their homes and their country.

      Spain is home to 112,000 Ukrainian residents and is preparing to welcome at least 12,000 refugees. Reception centres have been set up in Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante – these will also act as logistics centres for humanitarian aid.

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      The Spanish government have launched a streamlined, simple system that will help displaced Ukrainian refugees find the help and support they so desperately need. As Spain opens her arms to Ukrainian refugees, many of us are asking ourselves what we, as individuals, can do to help.

      We hope the following suggestions and links will provide some answers and encourage us all to open our hearts, our wallets, and maybe even our doors to desperate Ukrainian refugees.

      What can I do to help?

      • Check with your local town hall/regional government for details of local support being offered. You can find a list of the Spanish Autonomous Communities here
      • Essential items – clothes, medicines, food – are being collected at various points throughout Spain – read more from El Pais here
      • Write to your MP to demand stronger sanctions against Russia and visa-free access to the UK for desperate Ukrainian refugees. You can find your MP here
      • Share articles and appeals for help on social media – we have listed a few relevant articles you may have missed below
      • Donate to a charity – there are many well-respected and experienced organisations to choose from – you will find an alphabetical list, with links, below

      Charities and organisations providing help & support

      Aldeas Infantiles SOS – Emergency in Ukraine

      CARE – Ukraine Emergency – how you can help

      Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross)

      Disasters Emergency Committee (UK) – Ukraine Appeal

      EU stands with Ukraine – EU Solidarity with Ukraine

      Immigration Lawyers Spain – Regularization for Ukrainian citizens in Spain

      Infancia de NAD – Temporary shelter programme for minors in Spain

      International Medical Corps – War in Ukraine – Helping civilians inside the country

      MOAS – Bringing emergency aid and assistance to conflict-affected Ukrainians

      Project Hope – Crisis in Ukraine

      Red Cross (British) – Part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) – Ukraine Appeal

      Refugee Support – Helping to create a world where all refugees can live with dignity

      Save the Children – Help children suffering the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine

      Sunflower of Peace – Help the people of Ukraine

      United Help Ukraine – Helping people, saving lives

      Unicef – Para cada infancia

      United Nations Foundation – the UN’s humanitarian response in Ukraine

      United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – Support women & girls impacted by the war in Ukraine

      UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) – Help Spain – Information on the situation in Ukraine and the departure of Ukrainian nationals

      Voices of Children – Help children of war in Ukraine

      Visit Ukraine Today -Everything Ukrainians coming to Spain need to know

      World Central Kitchen – One million meals served to Ukrainian families

      World Food Programme (WFP) – Saving lives, changing lives – Ukraine Appeal

      Our Bremain weekend in Málaga

      Our Bremain weekend in Málaga

      On the 4th weekend in October, the Bremain council headed for Malaga for our annual reunion. On Saturday 23rd, we met for the first time in 18 months, & some of us for the first time ever in person. The occasion was our annual strategy meeting during which we spent several hours debating and deciding on our future strategy.

      We discussed our mission, goals and aims and practical ideas on how we can continue to hold the UK government to account. We also discussed our roles in council and how we could best utilise our skills and experience. Most importantly, we came up with our new mission statement and strategy, which can be viewed HERE on our website.

      Then on Sunday 24th, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM), open to Bremain members. Not only were members there in person, but for the first time, we also welcomed members online via ‘Zoom’.

      The AGM agenda included: a review of our accounts; ratification of minor updates to our constitution; confirmation of new council members & their roles; presentation of our Annual Report; fundraising & merchandise; our strategy going forward. We ended the meeting with a Q & A session, which included questions raised by members of our Facebook group for our Bremainers Ask Council feature.

      Special thanks to all those that attended in person or virtually. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to receive such positive feedback.

      Bremain has come a long way over the last 5+ years. The fight to get rid of this government and to see the return of common sense, and all our EU citizenship rights, goes on!

      Thank you for joining us on our journey and for your continued support.

      Honorary Bremain member – Pablo Picasso

      You can read a review of our AGM by Jennie Rhodes in the SUR in English
      HERE

      Download Bremain Annual Report below