Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out

Covid-19 Vaccine has started in Valencia. People will be contacted in turn by Sanitat and are asked not to contact their health centre. Phase 1 from Jan to March 2021: People in old peoples homes. Health and social care workers. People living at home with Grade 3 disability (65%).Phase 2 from April to June 2021: Other People in High Risk groups. Not so far defined. From July 2021 Phase 3 Other people in High risk group. Not so far defined. Source; in Spanish only. Government site:

Covid-19 Control Measures 7th till 31st Jan 2021

New Covid confinement measures for Valencia Region. From 7th till 31st January 2021:Land movement in and out of Valencia Region not permitted.Curfew 10pm. Bars and restaurants to close at 5pm.Maximum 4 people per table. No smoking on the terrace.Shops limited to 30% capacity.Reunions of family and friends limited to 6 people at home or outdoors. (Except if from same household). Several towns have been put in total lockdown. In Alicante province these are Polop, Alcoy and Castella. These have had a very high incidence of Covid in the last week. Benidorm had had a stable incidence of positive Covid tests at quite a low level until December but that has doubled in December. Source Sanitat Valencia

New Christmas and New Year Covid Measures

Due to a 27% increase in Covid-19 incidence this week, Sanitat Valencia has reversed the freedoms for Christmas and New Year. As from Monday 21st December reunions of family and friends whether at home or outside will be limited to six people consisting of people from a maximum of two households. The curfew will be reduced to 11pm except for 24th and 31st December when it will be midnight. The borders of Valencia region will be closed except for people returning to their place of residence. Source Twitter account GVA Sanitat.

Covid Christmas Restrictions

Sanitat Valencia has announced that it will permit family reunions of up to 10 people on 24,25 & 26 of Dec and 1,5 & 6 of Jan 2021 and the curfew on those days will be 1.00 hours. This does not include reunions with friends which will continue to be limited to 6.

Source; ” Información” newspaper.

COVID 19 Update, dealing with Second Wave

As taken from website of Sanitat Valencia.Until 9th Dec. Curfew from midnight to 6.00am. Meetings of family or friends whether in private or public must be limited to 6 people unless they all live together.

Symptoms of Covid. If you have ONE of the following symptoms; a new cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fever more than 37.5, you should register for a Covid test at…It is in Spanish, you do not need a SIP number. or you can phone 900 300 555. If you have problems with language, especially if you are concerned you can ring the emergency number 112 as they should have multilingual operators available.

Residency Talk Thursday 26th November 10.00 Benidorm Town Hall


Babelia has received a grant from UK government to help people with their residency in relation to Brexit which will now change to TIE Foreign Resident’s Card, instead of the green EU residency.

UK Nationals are advised to get the TIE, but if you have permanent residency with the green EU residency card it is not compulsory but may help in facilitating travel back to Spain and accessing certain Spanish benefits.

Last chance to change UK driving licence to Spanish and Info from Embassy on UK bank accounts

UK nationals resident in Spain who still hold a UK driving licence should read this post from the British Embassy. Trafico has made extra slots available to exchange your UK licence as this will not be possible after 31st December and you would not be able to drive with a UK licence. The main points are:o UK licence holders who wish to exchange must present an application to the DGT before 30 December, either via a form on their online portal (this requires a digital certificate or CLAVE), or by calling 060. It may also be possible to take the form into the DGT in person, but we would recommend people check with the office by telephone ahead of doing so, particularly due to ongoing COVID-restrictions in many parts of the country. We understand that for this part of the process you do not need to have a residency certificate or TIE but you will need a NIE.o You can also engage a third party (eg a gestor) to do this part of the process on your behalf.o If they have not been contacted by the DGT in the meantime, after three days of presenting the application the licence holder can request an appointment with the DGT. This should be booked on the DGT’s website.o As long as the application has been submitted within the time frame, and the licence has been verified by the end of the year, the appointment to exchange with the DGT can be after 1 January 2021. It must be within the first 6 months of next year. Please note that you will need a residency certificate/TIE to do final exchange, so if you are in the process of applying for residency you may want to choose a later date for your appointment.o Irrespective of whether a UK licence has been verified for exchange by the end of the year, UK licence holders will be able to use the licence for 6 months to drive in Spain from 1 January 2021.o The future rules for recognition and exchange of licences are still subject to negotiation. Our advice remains that UK nationals sign up for the email alerts on the Living in Spain guide to ensure they keep up to date with the latest.o If a person already has an appointment booked with DGT, their website states that the person does not need to go through the process above and can attend their appointment as scheduled with all their supporting documentation.- Hopefully this process will allow those who have been struggling to get an appointment to start the exchange process before the end of the year and be reassured that they can still exchange their licence for a Spanish one as per the process for EU licences.Bank accounts:- Whilst most UK nationals living in Spain will not see any change to their banking arrangements, some UK nationals living in the EU have been contacted by their UK banking provider as there will be changes to their accounts or financial products after 31 December.- For those UK nationals who have been affected and contacted by their banks, there is now further guidance available on the Money and Pensions Service which may help them in considering their options. We are now linking to this guidance from our Living in Spain guide.- If a UK national is not sure or is concerned about whether there will be any changes to their UK account or financial products, they should contact their bank or an independent financial advisor.