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.

New State of Alarm Declared Throughout Spain

A new State of Alarm has been declared throughout Spain lasting six months and each community can vary its conditions. Valencia has one of the lowest incidences of Covid-19 infection in the country but has decided to adopt the following measures:

1. A curfew between midnight and 6 am except for workers.

2. There is a limit to social or family gatherings of six people in public and private spaces unless they form the same household.

3.Public parks and gardens etc will be open from 8 am till 10 pm

4. bars and restaurants will only offer table service limited to 6 people per table and will shut at midnight.

5.Alcohol may not be sold between 10pm and 8 am.

Source Sanitat, Generalitat Valenciana.