British Consulate News ReleaseIn a meeting on Tuesday (19 July), local British residents had the chance to put their concerns about the outcome of the recent EU referendum to the Deputy Ambassador, Tim Hemmings, and Consul for Alicante, Sarah-Jane Morris. The British Embassy representatives promised to keep them up to date with developments concerning the UK’s exit from the European Union. The meeting discussed the practical implications of the referendum outcome, and was hosted by the provincial government of Alicante. Local government officials, hoteliers and legal specialists spoke to the recently appointed Mr Hemmings about the key issues facing British nationals in Spain after the EU membership referendum. The meeting also heard the views of representatives from local English speaking associations. Tim Hemmings reassured British residents that they would “not experience any immediate changes in their circumstances”. Recognising the high number of Brits living in the Valencia region, he explained that the rights of both British and Spanish citizens to live, work and study in each other’s countries had not changed, and the UK would remain a full member of the EU until exit negotiations were completed. The Deputy Ambassador emphasised the strong trade and investment links between the UK and Spain, and said that the UK’s relationship with Spain would remain close after the UK’s exit from the EU. Alicante Consul Sarah-Jane Morris added, “We are committed to listening to the concerns of British nationals in Spain, following the referendum. It is also important that we keep British nationals up-to-date with any changes as we negotiate our exit from the EU”. More information on what the EU referendum means for British nationals travelling and living in Europe is available on the UK government website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-british-nationals-travelling-and-living-in-europe
Government launches new webpage aimed at British expats, following Referendum resultBritish nationals looking for advice on travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum, can now visit a new webpage on the UK government website at www.gov.uk. The webpage explains that negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the EU may take up to two years or more. The government will negotiate new arrangements with the EU including on issues affecting British expats and travellers. The government also wants the legal rights of British nationals living in European countries, as well as EU nationals in the UK, to be properly protected. Until then there will be no immediate changes. During the period of the negotiations, the UK remains a full member of the EU, entitled to all the benefits and obligations of membership. The webpage includes information on passports, pensions, healthcare, and also has a link to some general information on applying for dual citizenship.
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British Consulate Alicante Press Release: Passport WarningHolidaymakers and residents should take extra care of their passports this summer, with thefts in towns and cities on the rise, the British Consulate in Alicante has warned. The number of Brits needing an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) is up 11% so far this year, with the Consulate having issued some 500 to date. Getting hold of an ETD costs time and money: they cost £100 and can take around two hours to issue, plus the time needed for travel to and from the Consulate. These single-use documents will get you home, but you will then need to spend more time and money applying for a new passport, leaving a bad aftertaste to any trip. Two-thirds of stolen passports are taken in town or city centres, according to figures compiled by the Consulate. As tourist numbers rise for the summer, passport theft often soars – as this year’s figures are already demonstrating. Consul Sarah-Jane Morris says, “It’s frustrating to have your holiday ruined through a lost or stolen passport – and costly as well. It should only take a little vigilance and care to keep it away from thieves. Think about where you keep your passport – is it secure, or could it be grabbed? If you are carrying your passport, keep it in a zipped pocket or money belt under your clothes.” This year is seeing a significant increase in the number of British tourists visiting Spain, with an expected rise of 11% over last year. With the increase of passport thefts following suit, last minute dashes to get an emergency replacement from the Consulate are increasingly common, causing stress for more British holidaymakers.
Statement by HMA Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, on the outcome of the referendumSimon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, today issued a statement to the English-language media in Spain which serves British nationals living in the country. He said: “I am very aware from the questions that we have been getting that some Britons living in Spain are uncertain about what the Referendum result means for them. “As the Prime Minister has said, there is no immediate change. You still have exactly the same rights. You can still live and work here, travel back and forth in the same way, and access Spanish healthcare and other public services just as before. “There is no change to your residency status, nor any need for visas for travel to other EU countries, and you don’t need to change your passport. Your pension rights continue. “Leaving the EU will be a gradual process. The Prime Minister will continue to do his job for the next three months. The UK will only begin negotiations with the European Union after we have a new Prime Minister in October. “He or she will have to decide when to start the process of leaving the EU. The negotiations could take two years or more and until they are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union.” A videoclip from the Ambassador can be found on Twitter at @ukinspain and on the British Embassy Madrid’s Facebook page
Statement on return of postal votes for overseas voters at the EU Referendum Postal votes being returned by overseas voters for the EU Referendum use the International Business Reply Service (IBRS). This service is commonly used for international mail and does not require any additional postage to be affixed. We are aware that a very small number of voters may have been incorrectly informed that the postal service in a handful of locations in Europe cannot accept IBRS items. Royal Mail has confirmed that IBRS is accepted across all international posts. It is working closely with postal operators to ensure acceptance of postal votes. Voters are advised that once a ballot is in the postal system (i.e. if it has been posted into a post box) it will be processed. Overseas voters should not delay in returning their ballot pack to the UK in order for it to arrive by close of polls at 10pm, 23 June.
I live in San Javier in Spain Does anyone else have the same problem? I still get asked when visiting our local Indian if I´d like my Korma medium, mild or hot! (Yes I´m a Korma girl and proud!) KEEP CALM AND CURRY ON COOKING I´d love to here where you go for a good Indian
hi all, anyone traveling by car/van to UK from Camposol/Mazarron area or northwest Murcia, Caravacca,Chegin area ? I have a PC tower I would like brought over to UK. I'll be in Spain ( Moratalla) 3rd June for 2 weeks, would like someone to bring it over in next 3 months. Any help appreciated
Coming down in February for 1 month to check out the area, have visited before and thinking of making a permanent move to either Camposol or Mazarron. Looking to rent a suitable property and would prefer to be on Camposol Sector B or in the Town of Mazarron. We need 2 bedrooms, wifi plus off road parking if possible, can anyone help?
hi all coming on holiday for few weeks from france. i have a Huawai MIFI into which i insert either a uk sim card or a french simcard for use in France. which is the best coverage for spain e.g Orange and where do i buy a spanish data simcard and top it up there any info appreciated
British Embassy launches expat awareness campaign If you have been on the electoral roll in the UK within the last 15 years then you can register to vote in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The British Ambassador Simon Manley this week launched a major campaign to make expats aware that they may be eligible to have their say in the EU referendum – provided they register to vote in good time. Speaking at a meeting with representatives of the expat community to launch the registration campaign, Mr Manley said: “Interest among expats in the EU referendum is high, but awareness that you may be able to vote is low. We want as many expats as possible to be aware that they can have their say. “You can register to vote in a few minutes via the government website www.gov.uk - and do encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.” The British Embassy in Madrid is backing a global campaign by the Electoral Commission to encourage Britons who live overseas to register to vote. Some 283,000 Britons are registered on the padrón as resident in Spain, but just 11,000 are registered to vote in the UK. So the vast majority of expats will miss out on having their say in the referendum – unless they take a few simple steps. To register as an overseas voter, you must have been registered in a UK constituency within the last 15 years. All you have to do is visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with your passport details and National Insurance number to hand, and the postcode of where you last lived in the UK. You can choose how you want to vote: by post, by proxy (voting by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf), or even in person if by chance you will be in your UK local authority area on polling day. All it takes is five minutes to register. And because overseas voters must allow enough time for their ballot paper to be posted from the UK, you should do it now rather than wait for the final deadline, at which point it may be too late to use a postal vote effectively. Postal ballot papers will be despatched about a month ahead of the referendum - earlier than for the General Election last year - giving overseas voters more time to receive, complete, and return their ballot pack to the UK. The Embassy is urging Brits to pass on the register to vote message via its ‘Brits living in Spain’ accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the expat media and a wide range of partners that work with the British Consulates in Spain. If you are active on Twitter then do tell others that #YourVoteMatters and add the URL http://bit.ly/1RGrh5H so that they can register too. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure you can have your say.
I'd love to know how this was thought of - the format for the dates for retirement!!! Date of birth lottery! https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/310231/spa-timetable.pdf Sorry we do not need to hear that "life is not fair" - this is unjust. This is not a male against female rant! Please sign the petition below and see the WASPI site on Facebook for more info. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776
Good morning! We live in the Poitou Charente region of France where the winters are short but sharp. So, we try and escape the cold by going south to Spain. This year we thought we would try the area around Mar Menor and we wondering if anyone has an apartment to let for 8 weeks from Jan 16th to March 12th. Ideally a 2 bed, 2 bath with Wifi! If any one can help or point us in the right direction we would be extremely grateful. Many thanks, Mary
Hi all, Does anyone know of someone that regularly does a 'van' run from UK to Spain from the Murcia area. I want to buy a replacement built-in double oven from the UK but none of the companies I've contacted are interested in Europe delivery. (I live in Moratalla in the northwest but I can collect.) Any pointers appreciated
I am going to Murcia for 4 days in November renting an apartment which sleeps 4. I am travelling alone so thought if anyone wants a 4 day / 4 night break (rent free) then email me. Your only cost will be travelling to Murcia and I can even pick you up. I am male, 35 years of age and a few fun evenings would be great. I am fit, active (great labido), and in good shape. email is firstname.lastname@example.org