Spain holidays have faced a wild rollercoaster ride this year as the government chopped and changed its travel advice. As it currently stands, mainland Spain and the Balearics are off the travel corridor list and one must quarantine on return to England. However, the Canary Islands are deemed safe and self-isolation is not required.
Spain has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world (after France) and sixth-highest in the world.
According to John Hopkins University, there are currently 1,656,444 confirmed cases of covid in the country.
This morning, English singer James Blunt, 46, appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to discuss the impact the virus has had on life in Ibiza where he lives.
He explained that while Ibiza appears to be coping better, it’s “really bad” in Spain as a whole and all nightclubs have shut, much to his chagrin.
“I mean it’s been really interesting listening to the news in the UK,” said Blunt.
“We give ourselves an incredibly hard time and what’s really clear is that this pandemic has been absolutely worldwide.
“Europe is really struggling with the numbers, too and here in Spain the numbers are really bad.”
“It’s much easier in smaller places; in Ibiza – the numbers are lower, but all our clubs have been closed.”
Luckily, Blunt said, he still manages to get his nightclub fix, albeit on a much smaller scale.
“The only club that’s open has been Blunty’s nightclub in my garden, and both of us have been thoroughly enjoying it.”
In related news, expats in Spain are being urged to get their residency ahead of the Brexit deadline.
In July this year, the Spanish government introduced a new residence document for UK nationals living in Spain who have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement – the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE).
“This biometric card explicitly states that it has been issued to the holder under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement,” explained the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in its Spain travel advice.
Britons are now rushing to get this card ahead of the December 31 deadline.
Some in Benidorm are claiming unregistered expats are facing delays as they go through the required procedures, reported local news site The Olive Press.
One Londoner living in Madrid posted on Twitter: “I am currently attempting to negotiate Spanish bureaucracy to get my residency (hi, trip to Benidorm on Thursday) and all I keep thinking is ‘it didn’t need to be like this. It’s all so unnecessary’ (sic).”
President of the Benidorm British Business Association, Karen Cowles told The Olive Press: “My consultancy firm that deals with organising appointments for the TIE has seen business skyrocket recently.
“Until a few weeks ago, people have not attached any importance to registering but reality has now sunk in.”
She added that many Britons thought they could come to live in Spain without ever registering.
Cowles also warned that some expats might not actually meet the requirements needed.
Benidorm council is urging Britons who wish to stay in Spain to start the registration process as soon as possible.
Published at Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:52:00 +0000