Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

26 May at 6 PM 2020

Beach-loving expats in Spain to be monitored by robotic drones

As Spain gets closer to opening up to international tourism, high-tech systems and volunteer beach armies preventing overcrowding are all being introduced. When the pandemic began spreading its tentacles across the world, many publications gave voice to peoples’ fears that life would never be the same again. Given the latest methods proposed by Spain in order to prevent a second wave of devastating infection, it seems the sensationalist arm of the media may have been right after all. For starters, Marbella and Benalmadena as...
21 May at 6 PM 2020

Confusion for Brit expats aiming to use Gibraltar’s border crossing

Yet more chaos is on the cards for British expats attempting to get back to their Spanish homes, as they’re now forbidden from using the Gibraltar border crossing. From midnight on May 18, the Spanish immigration authorities stopped British expat citizens from entering Spain at the Gibraltar border crossing after leaving the UK via Heathrow Airport. The reason for the sudden change seems to have been the introduction of new sanitation and hygiene ruling at Malaga Airport and four other air arrivals points. Strangely, it’s OK to...
19 May at 6 PM 2020

British travel insurers now refusing to cover virus-related cancellations

Elderly Brits hoping to evaluate Spain as a retirement destination via a reconnaissance trip can’t now get travel cancellation insurance. The majority of Britons settled along the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are either retirees or older expats with small businesses in the hospitality sector. As is normal with those planning to relocate overseas, most will have visited several times before finally making the decision to leave the UK. As do most sensible travellers, they’ll have taken out travel insurance for their trips in order...
18 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat-owned businesses in Andalusia warned about poor summer season

British expat-owned hospitality businesses in Spain are furious at the Andalusian government’s attempt to cancel the summer tourist season. Obviously, avoiding a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths is essential, but cancelling the summer season would mean many thousands of expat-owned businesses would be bankrupted. Obviously, southern Spain’s main industry is the hospitality sector, with some 800,000 businesses facing seriously hard times even now. Spain was one of the EU’s best-performing member states up...
18 May at 6 PM 2020

Greece to allow entry to tourists and expats from June 1

British expats planning to relocate to Greece could enter from June 1. Although Greece isn’t a major destination for British would-be expats, many have found homes on its islands and mainland coastal villages over the past few years. The trend is due to continue as Brexit creeps closer, and those interested will be able to take trips from June 1. The Greek government acted swiftly and securely to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, rapidly introducing a lockdown and ban on visitors which proved to be successful. The...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain step up to help save an abandoned emu

The focus of tragedies caused by the coronavirus pandemic is, obviously, on the appalling death toll and the possibility of an economic meltdown, but pets of all kinds also suffer when their owners die. One sad tale out of Spain concerns an emu whose owner died from the virus and was left to starve, along with the rest of the deceased’s menagerie of 27 animals. After realising urgent help was needed, one concerned local lady called the Refugio de Burrito donkey sanctuary some 450 kms away and begged for help in saving the entire...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats on Gibraltar to get new antibody tests

Expats on Gibraltar may be first in the UK to get covid-19 antibody tests. The Rock is due to receive a total of 35,000 antibody test kits over the next few weeks. According to research in several countries including South Korea, the results will confirm by identifying antibodies whether those who’ve been infected are immune to further infections. The results will be included in a countrywide study which is to also include cross-border workers living in Spain. Known as the Abbot antibody test, this version is considered far more...
14 May at 6 PM 2020

Phishing cybercriminal network in Spain now busted

An internet scam investigation which took two full years has now been concluded with the arrest of a group of phishing cybercriminals. The investigation began when police received a large number of complaints from expats as well as Spanish nationals duped into transferring money to fund a ‘confidential financial operation’. The scam became known as the ‘CEO sting’ due to the gang’s habit of targeting high-level executives in large companies. The crooks’ modus operandum was the same every time, involving targeting...
13 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat businesses in Spain give thumbs up to Ryanair plan

Expat hospitality businesses in southern Spain are welcoming Ryanair’s plans for July flights. Although the low-cost airline’s plans to reopen flights to Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca hotspots are being welcomed with open arms by expatriate-owned hospitality sector businesses, others are wondering how the plans will work if many favourite destinations are still under lockdown. Some 40 per cent of Ryanair’s routes are to be re-established, with up to 1,000 flights serving 90 per cent of the airline’s original...
12 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain take offence at censorship of virus conspiracy video

Expats in Spain are concerned over the censorship of an online coronavirus conspiracy video. A recently-posted video seen on Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook claims to have been a trailer for a documentary claiming not only the numbers of coronavirus deaths have been falsified but also that the virus was man-made. The video, entitled Plandemic, has since been removed by all three popular websites, but expats in Spain are disturbed by what they’re seeing as censorship of a subject which needs to be discussed. Claims are being made...