Changes to rules from flying to UK from 30th Nov.

Fully vaccinated travellers to UK from Tuesday 30th November must self isolate and take a PCR test on arrival.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19


What you must do if you arrive in England after 4am 30 November:


If you are fully vaccinated and arrive in England after 4am Tuesday 30 November, you:

must self-isolate take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after you arrive (lateral flow tests will not be accepted).

You can leave self-isolation if your PCR test result is negative

Flu (Gripe ) Vaccination for over 65’s and 3rd Vaccine against Covid for over 60s

UPDATE From 17th November people over 60 are being called for a 3rd dose of Covid vaccine. As announced by Spanish President Pedro Sanchez.

People over 60 and pregnant women, are invited to make an appointment at their health centre from 27th October to 14th November.

People over 65 and other high risk or special groups can make an appointment from 15th November.

People over 60 and those with conditions causing immune deficiency such as having a transplant, dialysis and cancer treatment are advised to have a third Covid booster dose 6 months after their 2nd dose. It may be given in your health centre along with the flu vaccine.

You can make an appointment (cita) online from a computer at: http://www.san.gva.es/cita_previa/citaprevia_general_cas.html

Or from an android mobile phone installing the app GVA Salut and using either cl@ve or scan the barcode on your SIP card.

Source:

How to download your EU Covid Vaccine Certificate with QR Code

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.
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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.

TIE

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 Copy of Empadronamiento in Benidorm

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

https://benidorm.org/es/cita-previa#services


NB the volante is free, there may be a charge for a certificado.

UK Passport renew must now be done online or with smartphone.

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.

Loss Passport now you can apply online for Emergency Travel Documents

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.

Spanish Classes for Foreigners in September

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.

https://benidorm.org/es/ayuntamiento/concejalias/educacion/programas-municipales/adi-aula-de-idiomas

Discount bus pass for over 65’s Tarjeta Oro

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.

New EHIC

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.

https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start

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”

Change of Electricity Pricing from 1st June 2021

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