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Jim's guides - your complete guide to Spain

AlexPosted by Alex on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am in Announcements
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Sadly Jim has retired from our forums and deleted all of his guides, but we are still adding guides and have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and our members can help you with your queries.

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:36am

Wow thank you so very much Jim this is so very kind. Gilly

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:58pm

Gilly, it's Alex who has gone to the trouble of compiling and formatting the list, so it's he who should be thanked.

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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:03pm

Alex wrote on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am:

Sadly Jim has retired from our forums and deleted all of his guides, but we are still adding guides and have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and our members can help you with your queries....

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What a lovely couple you and your wife are ... just going to go through your guide in chunk size pieces

Thank you Jim

Les

CathW

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:03am

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:03am

Dear Jim and Alex - this is amazingly helpful and I thank you for taking the time to explain all of this so simply and in so much detail.  This is VERY much appreciated.  Thank you!

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48pm

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48pm

Once again Jim has come to the rescue to keep everyone thinking of settling in Spain up to date with relevant and useful information, although I'm not quite at that stage of life yet, (work getting in the way), I would also like to say a big thank you to him and to Alex for this helpful post.

tashnfin

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Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:47pm

Thank you so much jim and alex

Amazing advice

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:04pm

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Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:04pm

Alex wrote on Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:06am:

Sadly Jim has retired from our forums and deleted all of his guides, but we are still adding guides and have put them all in one place to make it easy for you to find.

Please note: some of this information may be subject to change, especially with Brexit in mind. Please feel free to reply to any of the topics below and our members can help you with your queries....

...

Announcements

Davebev1's guides: Renting out your property as a holiday let in SpainHow to Hire a Car in Spain - A Full Comprehensive GuideJim's guides - your complete guide to SpainWhat you need when travelling to Spain from the UK (9 August 2021)

Brexit and the EU

A guide to moving to Spain after December 2020Brexit update: Entry requirements for tourists to Spain from 1 Jan 2021Guide to Visas for long-term residency post 31/12/2020New regulations for family or friends staying with you for holidaysSpanish Consulate Update - application and income requirements, post Brexit - confirmation, Non-Lucrative Visa.The effect of Schengen 90/180 and the end of Brexit Transition on 31.12.2000

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Explanation of all TV services available for expatriates in Spain.

Coach trips

Guide To Companies Offering Coach Trips

Coronavirus discussion

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Spain but are not registered for public healthcareChanges to Covid-19 restrictions from 9 May 2021Coronavirus Restrictions in Spain January 2021 until the 9th May 2021Covid-19: Mandatory use of face masks for C.Valenciana from 1st FebruaryDRAFT Covid-19 restrictions from 10 December to 6 JanuaryEU Website Providing Travel InformationGetting a COVID-19 vaccine as a UK national in SpainHow to find the cheapest Covid tests for overseas travelNew Covid-19 restrictions for C.Valenciana effective 7 January 2021New travel rules in England from 4 October 2021PCR testing for SpainPermitted reasons to enter Spain after 30 March 2021Spain to lift restrictions for UK travellers from Monday 24 May 2021Spanish Government's Strategy on Covid 19 Vaccinations: Advice from Citizens Advice Bureau SpainUK Government advises PCR test when travelling to England from Spain and it's islands (4 Aug 2021)UPDATE: How is Spain’s vaccination campaign going?VACCINE CERTIFICATE / QR CODE EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS VALENCIA AREAWhat a UK traveller should do if they test positive for Covid-19 in SpainWhat to do if you are unable to return to the UK before the expiry of your visa/permit or visa-free limit

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General discussion

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Healthcare and medical advice

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Padron, residencia and passport advice

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Guide To The Spanish Police ForcesNew rules for electric scooters on Spain's roads

Taxes

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Weather

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Jim your information is invaluable and your advice is second to none Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Linda x

briret

Posted: Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:56am

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Posted: Tue Jan 1, 2019 10:56am

Hi Jim

Absolutely excellent and invaluable 

Happy new year

Brian

CathW

Posted: Thu Jan 3, 2019 5:53pm

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Posted: Thu Jan 3, 2019 5:53pm

HI Jim and everyone else and happy New Year.  I really appreciated all of this information and it was helpful in trying to help us decide which paperwork we needed and how to go about getting it.  Our situation is unusual in that we spend our year between the Republic of Ireland and Spain, spending roughtly 6 each in total in each country (2 x 3-months in each).  We are both retired UK citizens but I also have an Irish passport.  Now we were all set to get the Residentia but I have now received the following advice and I quote:

"By getting Residencia in Spain you are saying that you live in Spain full time. This is why you need a padron for Residencia because your permanent address would be in Spain. Also when the DWP issues an S1 form it can only be sent to a Spanish address and you would be telling them you have left the UK."

This person recommends that we do NOT get the residential as we are not in Spain full time but I was under the impression that it was a legal requirement if in Spain more than 3 months.  They also stated that we should apply for the Padron, when again I thought that we should not for the same reason that we are not in Spain permanently.  Is anyone able to clarify please?

With many thanks and best wishes

Cath

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