Benidorm Council is starting enrolment for Spanish Classes held in the Adult Education Centre, Plaza Canalejas, Edificio Torreja 2nd floor. There are classes at 3 levels, from beginners A1, A2 to GSCE level B1. They start mid September. Enrolment is in the Town Hall, education department 3rd floor and is from 1st to 14th September. There are discounts for people on the Benidorm padrón. Application form and direct debit form can be downloaded from the website.
How to download your EU Covid Certificate of having had 1. the Covid Vaccine, 2. a negative PCR test, or 3 Certificate of recuperation. ON A COMPUTER go to https://coronavirusregistro.san.gva.es/…/certificadoDig… :
( This does not give details of individual doses and batch numbers, for this go to https://coronavirusregistro.san.gva.es/sipcovid19/vacunascovid?language=es at you need a justificante go to )
Once you have filled in your details you can print it off or save it by clicking Imprimir/print and then Save to PDF.
You can either print it off or email it to yourself, open email on your phone and download the PDF to phone memory. It is easier to do on a computer than on a smartphone. You may have difficulty opening file on a smartphone. Make sure you have an app to read PDF such as Adobe Acrobat. If not download from App store.
On an Android smartphone download the GVA Coronavirus App. (With iPhones you may get a security notice forbidding you to proceed)
1. Enter your SIP number and date of birth.
2. You will be asked if you want to protect it with a code. You can press Ahora no/Not now.
3. At the bottom press info. (Cita is if you have Covid symptoms).
4. Halfway down left, select web vacunacion.
5 .Choose Certificado Covid UE, then again Solicitar Certificado Covid EU. Then choose Certificado de Vacunacion. (There are other options for non-vaccinated, see below)
6. Enter your SIP, Date of Birth and date of issue of SIP card. This is shown on your SIP card under data d’emissio mm/yy. Then introduce security letters shown.
7. It will show last 3 digits of you mobile number. If correct press Enviar SMS. If incorrect select Modificar Datos de Contacto. ( You can only do this if you have digital signature Cl@ve) If you don’t have cl@ve you will have to correct your phone number at your health centre,
8. You will get a code sent by text message to your phone. Enter it and press Consultar.
9. It will then allow you to download a PDF certificate to your phone. It will appear on your phone under downloads or files according to your type of phone. You need PDF reader to open it, see above.
You can get a certificate after having had only one dose of a two vaccine course,
If you have not had Covid vaccine you can get two other types of certificate.
Certificate of having had PCR test in last 72 hours or having had Anitgen test (eg lateral Flow) in last 48 hours.
Or Certificate of having had Covid Infection in last year. This becomes valid 11 days after having a positive PCR test.
The Spanish government has contracted extra staff to process UK nationals’ TIE application until September 2021 at their entre in C. Ebanistería in Alicante. Therefore all appointments will probably be allocated there until September at least.
For more information see our page TIE and Residencia
TIE are foreigners registration cards for non EU passport holders resident in Spain.
Use this link to get an appointment. https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/index.htmlI
Choose province first, Alicante, then Policia Nacional and NOT Extranjería.
Leave Offina as cualquiera officina ( any office).In the dropdown menu choose the option ending in Brexit. You can choose between Benidorm, Alicante and other locations as they become available.
You need passport, padron cert, and old green EU card. If you have lost it, you should go to the National Police and make a denuncia and get a letter. In Benidorm you can go to the English speaking tourist police office SATE, Ave. Derramador corner of Calle Gerona opposite Hotel Flash.
You need originals and a copy. Also a passport photo.
You must bring EX23 form completed https://extranjeros.inclusion.gob.es/ficheros/Modelos_solicitudes/mod_solicitudes2/23-Formulario_TIE_RU.pdf
as well as payment form 790 https://sede.policia.gob.es:38089/Tasa790_012/ Tick this option; “Certificado de registro de residente comunitario o Tarjeta de residencia de familiar de un ciudadano de la Unión”. Take it to the bank to pay the fee of 12 euros.
Obtaining Volante de Empadronamiento from Benidorm.
Most benefit claims need a volante de empadronamiento, generally the historico with all family members listed on it.You can do it online if you have cl@ve at this link. https://sede.benidorm.org/catalogo-de-servicios
or making an appointment using this link
NB the volante is free, there may be a charge for a certificado.
People living in Benidorm suffering hardship due to Covid can apply to the Food Bank calling 603 235 744.
Help has donated 500 euros from our central funds, also members have made private donations totalling 630 euros.
This includes 130 euros from Andrea Help President and her two friends Carol and Dot ( the Golden Girls) who celebrated a milestone birthday in December and instead of receiving presents asked people to donate cash instead.
There are many people who now after 9 months of Covid are seeing their unemployment benefits reduced drastically or stopped. You can donate to the Food Bank via Facebook pay with a credit/debit card. Go to Facebook BBBA
It is quite easy for people handy with a smartphone. First take a good selfie with plain white background and then type into your browser Renew UK Passport bring up a link to the https://www.gov.uk. site.Make sure it is the genuine www. gov.uk site. It costs 105 euros or free if you are over 90.
UK Passport Renewal at Round Town Travel Avda Dr Severo Ochoa 2, Benidorm
You can get your passport renewed here for 160 euros or 30 euros if you are over 90. They send off your old passport and you will get a new one in the post together with your old passport in separate envelopes delivered by courier. Passport renewal con now only be done online or with smartphone so those not tech savy this is a good option.
Telephone 966 811123. If you do not live in Benidorm ask in a British owned business such as Estate agent etc to see if they will do it for you.
Not only is Friday Brexit Day but it is also the 25th Anniversary of the first meeting of Help International Benidorm. To celebrate this a lunch was organised at Restaurante Mitico en La Cala.
EMERGENCY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Any British national who needs to travel urgently but doesn´t have a full validity passport (it could be lost, stolen, expired or damaged) has to apply online for an Emergency Travel Document.
If you or anyone else is in that situation, they should apply online at: www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document
They will have to upload their photo, travel booking confirmation and any other documents requested and pay online.
As long as the application has been completed correctly, the customer will get an email within two working days advising them to go and collect the document from their nearest British Consulate.
If you have any vulnerable customers who are finding it difficult to apply online, they can contact the British Consulate on 965 21 60 22.
You can apply for this at the ayuntamiento. Also online in English at https://alicante.avanzagrupo.com/en If you are on the Padron you are advised to do it through the town hall to get more benefits. You will need a photo.
For Benidorm council book appointment (Cita Previa) at. https://benidorm.org/es/ayuntamiento/concejalias/atencion-al-ciudadano/cita-previa. Chhose Otro Tramite Sin Registro and choose nearest office.
For people living in Spain with Spanish public health care provided by an S1 form they should apply for the New EHIC card and not the GHIC which is for UK residents only. You can only apply for this if you were legally resident in Spain (i.e. had a green EU resident card) before 31st Dec 2020. This means you are covered by the withdrawal agreement.
It appears that though the EHIC covers you for urgent care while visiting other EU countries apart from Spain, it does not cover you in the UK. You are always advises by the UK Government to take out additional travel insurance.
The new UK EHIC will cover you for all medically necessary, state-provided healthcare when visiting another EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein.
Below is copied from EHIC website
“If you hold an S1, your EHIC will not cover you in the country you live in or the UK”
The government has introduced a three tier pricing system for electricity according to time of day. The aim is to even out usage, making energy generation more efficient.
This will be applied automatically via your smart meter to all people who have their contract with the provider of ultimate recourse (Iberdrola in Alicante).
The low rate is applicable all day during Saturday and Sunday and National Holidays. Other days it is from midnight to 8 am.
The standard rate (llano) is from 08.00 to 10.00, from 14.00 to 18.00 and from 22.00 to midnight.
The highest rate is from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 18.00 to 22.00
You should update your contact details (telephone and email) to make sure Sanitat can contact you when it is your turn for a vaccine.You need SIP Card Number, Date of Birth, and Date of Issue and typing in the Security Code. Validate the data then input your phone numbers (Spanish phone numbers only) and email address. Then press ENVIAR. You will get a message back to say it has been done correctly. NB Sanitat recommends you use updated browsers of Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Firefox to avoid problems.
If you can not do it online you can do it at the reception of your health centre.