Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain reopens 370 hotels for stranded expats, tourists and essential workers

For stranded British expats and tourists, life under the Spanish lockdown just got slightly easier. As the huge number of British tourists and expatriates hit hard by Spain’s current lockdown increases, the government has reversed its recent decree forcing all hotels to close. Flights out of the country are now discontinued, leaving thousands of stranded British tourists as well as expats and those on business trips to find a way home on their own. The only light at the end of the tunnel is that the Spanish government is now...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Estepona City employees now helping expat pensioners in need

Lonely older expats in the Spanish city of Estepona are now being tracked down and helped by groups of municipal workers. According to the popular British retirement destination’s local councillor Begona Ortiz, her team of municipal employees have discovered 168 elderly foreign retirees in need of assistance as well as 363 local pensioners. As a result, the local town hall is now getting in touch by phone with at-risk residents and asking them whether they need help getting provisions and other requirements. According to reports...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain extends lockdown to all but British expat residents

New Spanish lockdown closes hotels, caravan parks and camp sites. As Spain struggles with one of the world’s worst coronavirus infection rates, tourism is now disallowed and only British expats able to prove residence will be given entry to the country. This latest government update is the harshest yet, with tourists still in the popular destination expected to have difficulty leaving after all main terminals are closed down. Airports on the Spanish island archipelago are also to be shut down to all except tourists leaving the...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain closes all hotels due to worsening infection rates

British expat businesses in Spain face ruin as all hotels close. As Spain’s coronavirus statistics soar, the government has given an order that all hotels must close today, adding tourists must make arrangements to leave the country as soon as is practicable. In addition, the hard-hit country is now in lockdown, with a ban on leaving home unless it’s totally necessary. According to the British Foreign Office, visitors and expats wishing to return home should make immediate travel plans via contact with an airline or tour operator....
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat businesses in danger of immediate closure due to Spanish lockdown

Expat businesses and SMEs in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are now predicted to fail at a rate of three per day. The Spanish government is being urged to assist expat-owned SMEs and self employed traders affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Auditors and accountants are predicting business failures at a rate of three per day should assistance not be provided. All businesses along the famous Costa del Sol have now been closed for two weeks in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, with both expat and Spanish owners in the...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Mijas multilingual hotline aims to inform British expats

As Spain shocks the world with its latest coronavirus statistics, an expat-aimed multi-lingual hotline has been launched in Mijas. Spain’s latest information on its coronavirus statistics is truly terrifying, as its confirmed COVID 19 cases have risen to 17,147 over the past 24 hours – a jump of 3,500 infections. Deaths from the virus now stand at 767, a 30 per cent increase on yesterday’s figures, and the shocking statistics cover almost all Spanish regions. The only good news coming out of the favourite European country...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2020

High coronavirus death rates in Spanish care homes now under investigation

Expat families with loved ones in Spanish care homes are now fearful over high COVID 19 death rates. Several of Spain’s residences for the elderly and care homes are now facing full investigations by the authorities after the high numbers of deaths from the COVID 19 pandemic. Both local authorities and the families of care home residents are now hugely concerned about the quality of care, as unusually high death rates from the virus begin to emerge. Some 14 older residents are reported to have died from the coronavirus at ...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Locals and expats in Spain join together to help those in need

As the effects pf the coronavirus pandemic continue to blight expats’ and citizens’ lives across Spain’s favourite destinations, there’s better news for those on regular prescriptions. Many expats and locals who’re on prescriptions for existing conditions have been worried about renewing them whilst on lockdown and unable to get to their local doctor’s surgery. Luckily, a local Facebook group known as Coronavirus in Andalusia has organised a safe way to get new medications, simply by calling the local health department and...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British expats still trapped by lockdowns and airline chaos

British expats desperate to get back to their businesses or retirement havens in the sun are being stymied by cancelled flights and entire country shutdowns. Along with Europe’s tourism industry, the aviation sector is facing its worst challenge since the 2008 financial crisis, with many believing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will eventually cause financial ruin for other expat SME sectors as well as unprepared larger companies. Governments are now being urged to provide financial relief as well as other urgent measures...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Tourists and expats herded into Spanish airports as lockdown began

Just before the lockdown began, social distancing was the last thing on tourists’ and expats’ minds at Malaga Airport’s security gates. Huge numbers of tourists as well as expats had been dumped at the airport by their hotels as Spain went public with its lockdown strategy, with notices informing guests of the government’s ban coinciding with airlines’ plans to return passengers to their home countries. Given that most of those in the huge queues were either furious or terrified, advising unwilling passengers to conform to...