The following restrictions will apply in the provinces of Valencia, Castellón and Alicante for the next few weeks

Entering and leaving the Valencian Community: - Closure of the Valencian Community borders until 15 January 2021. - On 23, 24, 25 and 31 December 2020 and on 1 January 2021, travel to visit family is permitted, but will require justification. These meetings must be carried out respecting the maximum number of people allowed.    Night time schedule for Christmas: - The nights from the 23rd to the 25th of December 2020 and the night of the 31st of December to the 1st [...]

Interview with Laurence Lemoine

 Interview with Laurence Lemoine – Valencia Expat ServicesI sat down with Laurence Lemoine, founder of Valencia Expat Services. She has been a journalist for 30 years and has lived in many countries, but for the last 20 years has been settled in Valencia. She has fallen in love with the city and is passionate about helping potential expats to discover the joys of Valencia the way that she has. She is also well known for her many News articles, [...]

A positive resolution has now the same legal validity as a TIE

 This is very good news !Have you obtained a positive resolution for your residence permit ? You are happy but you still haven’t been able to get your residency card because there are no appointments? RELAX ! Now, the resolution itself is enough to carry out any legal procedure in Spain, even if you still don’t have your TIE.To obtain your TIE (Tarjeta de identification de extranjero) has become impossible since Covid. To find a free spot is like [...]

Valencia best city to Live in 2021

  InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with more than 3.5 million members, publishes its Expat City Ranking, which reveals the best and worst cities to live in 2021. Overall, 66 cities make it into this year’s Expat City Ranking 2020. Five of the top 10 cities are located on the Iberian Peninsula — with Valencia (1st), Alicante (2nd), and Lisbon (3rd) at the very top, followed by Málaga (6th) and Madrid (9th). Survey respondents in Valencia — the best city for expats [...]

Negative test required to enter Spain

From the 23rd of November, Spain will require a negative PCR for all passengers entering the country by air or sea from 28 EU countries - such as Germany, France, Italy and Portugal - and 37 third countries, including Morocco and the United Kingdom.The PCR test must have been carried out within 72 hours prior to entry into the country and is in addition to the health checks normally already carried out on all international passengers at points of [...]

Is Spain heading towards a repeat of March’s total lockdown?

 Health experts argue that home confinement is the only proven strategy to slow the spread of the coronavirusSpain, like most of Western Europe, has been introducing increasingly tough restrictions in a bid to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Spanish government has stopped short of ordering all residents to remain at home, as it did when it introduced a total lockdown during the first wave in March.As cases continue to rise and hospitals come under [...]

Night curfew and gatherings limited to 6 people in the Valencia Region. Travel between neighbouring cities, provinces and countries is still possible from 6 a.m. to midnight.

The new measures adopted by the Valencian government for the provinces of Castellón, Valencia and Alicante include: a limit of six people for family or social gatherings in public and private areas, gardens and leisure areas open only until 10 pm, a ban on drinking in bars, the closure of all establishments at midnight and night-time confinement from midnight to 6 am. On Saturday, 1,690 new positive cases were reported, an absolute record of daily infections since the start [...]

Over 1.5 million Spaniards are either jobless or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic

A recent report shows that the hospitality, transportation and retail sectors have been worst hit, predominantly affecting Spain’s coastal areas Six months after Spain first introduced restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including a 99-day lockdown from mid-March to mid-June, more than 1.5 million people are either out of work or still furloughed due to the crisis, according to a report by the association of temporary employment agencies Asempleo.The figure was reached by taking the 753,000 individuals [...]

Spanish economy shrank 17.8% in the second quarter due to coronavirus crisis

The Spanish economy entered a technical recession in the second quarter of 2020 after recording a 17.8% fall in gross domestic product (GDP) between April and June. This is the largest quarterly drop since 1970, when the National Statistics Institute (INE) began the historical series. Nothing similar can be found on record since the days of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).The decline, however, was slightly under what the INE had forecast in late July when, lacking complete data, it [...]