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No post-Brexit ‘rush’ for British expats to become Spanish citizens

BREXIT fears and consequences did not prompt a rush of British expats to become Spanish citizens in 2020. The latest figures from the National Statistics...

Absurd ordeal: The truth about taking a driving test in Spain

Olive Press reader Dorothy Ryle shares her experience of taking the Spanish driving test.

Don’t look back: A year of ‘thank heavens we live in Spain and not the UK’

Jo Chipchase, a Brit living in Spain, looks back on 2021, a year marked by the continued pandemic and the fallout from Brexit.

BREXIT UPDATE: Driving licence validity for Brits in Spain extended until end of February

IN a last minute reprieve, Brits living in Spain have been given another two months to exchange their driving licences with a further extension...

BREXIT: British ambassador in Spain requests ANOTHER extension for driving licence exchange

THE British ambassador in Madrid has requested another extension to the deadline on the validity of British driving licences for expats in Spain insisting...

Manchester United and Leeds star Lee Sharpe launches sports bar on Spain’s Costa Blanca

HE’S traveled the world as a professional footballer winning European trophies and Premier League titles. Now Manchester United and Leeds legend Lee Sharpe is to...

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss flies in to Madrid to boost ties with Spain and “support 400K British expats”

THE UK’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrived in Madrid for a two day trip designed to build “closer economic, tech and security ties” with...

BREXIT: Do British expats resident in Spain need a new life insurance policy?

NO longer part of the EU, the UK is now a ‘third country’ and operates outside of the EU’s economic structures. Following Brexit, the...

Spain scraps post-Brexit visa requirement for touring musicians from UK

SPAIN has announced the scrapping of post-Brexit visa requirements for UK artists on short-term tours. The change which was published in Spain's Official State Bulletin...

Top ten reasons why you need a TIE card, as figures show over a third of Brits in Spain...

BIOMETRIC ID cards holding important information about residents, have now been issued to over a third of Brits living in Spain. In little over a...

Costa Blanca area lobbies Spanish ambassador to UK over changing 90-day stay rule for holidaying Brits

SPAIN'S ambassador to the UK has met with Alicante Provincial Council president, Carlos Mazon, about changing the new 90-day stay rule that affects British...

British Embassy warns expats against submitting fraudulent residency applications – even through third parties

THE BRITISH EMBASSY has taken to social media this week, warning Brits against submitting fraudulent residency applications – either directly or through a third...

SOBERING ISSUE: Shortage of whisky, gin, vodka and rum looms in Spain, according to industry bosses

THIS Christmas you may have to stick to the beer and wine. International transportation ‘issues’ could lead to a shortage of whisky, gin, vodka and...

Moving to Spain is starting to get easier again as COVID rates lower and new rules become clearer

IT was recently announced that Spain’s Covid transmission rates have taken it into the ‘low-risk’ category for the first time since July 2020.  The cases...

Adventures in Brexitland: How a bid for Spanish nationality turned in a Kafka-esque nightmare

A bid for Spanish nationality leads to a Kafka-esque scenario involving inaccessible authorities and missing documents of an undefined nature, write Heather Galloway.

REVEALED: UK has Covid rates SEVENTEEN times higher than Spain but travel restrictions remain

THE UNITED KINGDOM currently has Covid-19 infection rates SEVENTEEN times higher than Spain. Despite this, travel restrictions between the two countries imply that travelling from...

ANALYSIS: Are Brits really leaving Spain in droves because of Brexit?

BRITS are leaving Spain in droves according to reports in the British tabloid press this week, but is there any evidence that this is...

British home buyers on the Costa Blanca in Spain fall by 50% on pre-pandemic sales figures

BRITISH property buyers on the Costa Blanca have fallen by half compared to the pre-COVID pandemic era. Despite the drop-off, UK home purchasers are still...

British Benevolent Fund extends help to expats on Costa del Sol amid twin challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit

A MADRID charity set up to help Brits in Spain who find themselves beset by financial difficulties has expanded to the Costa del Sol...

Gibraltar treaty talks could begin within days to determine post-Brexit relations after threat of no-deal scenario

AFTER a rocky start, negotiations over future relations between Gibraltar and the EU-bloc are set to begin within weeks. The negotiating mandate was approved by...

BREXIT: 150,000 Brits in Spain have applied for TIE residency card. And here’s why you should too

THE British Embassy in Madrid has revealed that 150,000 Britons living in Spain have been issued with TIE cards since it was introduced in...

EXCLUSIVE: “Time to get out of Dodge” – meet the Brexit refugees making a new life in Spain (part...

Continuing on from our recent feature on Brits that have left their homes in the UK to start new lives in sunnier climes here...

INTERVIEW: UK’s Europe Minister flies into Madrid for talks with Spain over issues affecting British expats post-Brexit

In an interview at the British Embassy in Madrid, Europe Minister Wendy Morton told the Olive Press that “citizens’ rights remain really really important” to the British government.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Brexit refugees who fled Britain for a new life in Spain

BRITISH expats living in Spain watching events unfold in the UK in recent days may be forgiven for feeling a certain Schadenfreude as critics...

BREXIT: New rules means Spanish travellers to UK must show passport not ID card to enter from Oct 1

EUROPEAN travellers visiting the UK will no longer be allowed entry by showing an ID card and from October 1 must present a valid...

BREXIT SURVEY: What are the issues that most affect Brits in Spain? 

THE British Embassy in Madrid wants to understand more about the key issues affecting Brits living in Spain since the UK’s withdrawal from the...

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