British Ambassador opens new Consulate in Alicante

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British Consulate Press Release: The new British Consulate in Alicante was officially opened today (Friday 7 June) by the UK Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, in an event  marking the importance that the Alicante region has for British expatriates and visitors, as well as the huge value of the British contribution to the local economy.  The President of the Alicante provincial government, Luisa Pastor, was present at the opening together with local authorities, National Police and Guardia Civil representatives.  Mr Paxman said the Consulate in Alicante was one of the busiest Foreign Office consular posts in the world. The investment in modern and efficient premises by the British Government demonstrated its commitment to ensure that vulnerable British nationals are supported when things go wrong. The new offices have improved disabled access and a layout that provide a much improved customer experience.  Mr Paxman said “I am immensely proud of the hard work that our consular posts perform throughout Spain to help vulnerable British nationals.   These new premises in Alicante will help the team here give even better support. The customer experience will be much improved, particularly for those with reduced mobility who need easier access.  It is a credit to the consul Paul Rodwell, his team and colleagues in London that this project has been delivered on schedule and under budget.”  The Ambassador highlighted the economic importance of the British community to the Alicante province. More than two million British tourists visit the Valencian community every year, generating €1.32billion in revenue. More than 132,000 British residents live in the province, some 7% of the total population.  The new British Consulate is located on Rambla Méndez Núñez, 28-32, 6th floor. Customers are advised to call 965 216 022 before visiting the Consulate in person, as many enquiries can be resolved over the telephone. The website provides a vast amount of information about living in Spain and the help available for British nationals abroad.


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Well let's hope the Consulate can do something useful like trying to sort out the facade of exchanging licences from a UK one to a Spanish one.  I am not alone in this thought. Why should I have to waste money on a Gestoria when I know what to do? It took seven months for my licence fiasco to be finally sorted out!

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