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WHAT CHANGES IN SPAIN

EXPLAINED: What changes about life in Spain in June 2022

June marks the start of summer in Spain and brings with it tax deadlines, school holidays, the relaxation of travel restrictions, cultural festivals, and more. Join The Local Spain as a member to find out.

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San Juan celebrations take place in June in Spain. Photo: Gabor Fejes / Pixabay

The deadline for Spain’s annual tax return

The deadline for Spain’s annual tax return, known as ‘la declaración de la renta‘, is on June 30th this year. This means that you must have declared your earnings for the previous year by this date, in this case for 2021.

Remember that if you want to pay via direct debit or if you are owed any money back and what to be paid directly into your bank account, you’ll need to submit it by June 27th instead.

READ ALSO – La Renta: The important income tax deadlines in Spain in 2022

Those fully vaccinated in August 2021 or earlier need a booster

If you’re coming to Spain in June on the basis that you’re fully vaccinated, remember that you’ll need a Covid-19 booster shot if your original two-dose jab was more than 270 days (9 months) ago. This means that anyone who was fully vaccinated in August 2021 or earlier will need their booster.

If you don’t have your booster, you can also enter on the basis that you have a negative Covid-19 test or a recovery certificate.

First month of almost restriction-free travel in Spain

At the end of May, Spain opened up to unvaccinated non-EU/Schengen tourists for the first time in more than two years. This means that anyone travelling to Spain in June 2022, from anywhere in the world, can now choose to enter on the basis that they’re fully vaccinated, have a recovery certificate dated from the last six months or have a negative Covid-19 test.

If travelling on the basis that you have a negative Covid-19 test, it should either be a PCR test, which must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to departure to Spain, or an antigen test, 24 hours prior to departure.

Anyone travelling from France in June who arrives in Spain by land is also now not required to present any type of certificate, including vaccination, diagnostic test or recovery.

READ ALSO: Spain lifts Covid-19 checks at French border

Schools out for summer

Schools across Spain break up for summer at the end of June. In most regions, schools finish sometime between June 21st to 24th.

Children will be on holiday for around 10 to 11 weeks before they return again in September. Most regions begin the school year anywhere from September 6th to 10th, depending on you where you live.

Festivals taking place in June

Various festivals will be taking place across Spain in June, the biggest of which is the Noche de San Juan. San Juan celebrations take place on the eve of the Día de San Juan on June 23rd when night skies all over the country are lit with fireworks and large bonfires fill town squares and beaches. The biggest and best San Juan celebrations take place in Galicia, Alicante, Catalonia, Malaga, Tenerife, Menorca and Soria.

Corpus Christi is another big event taking place in June, which this year falls on the 16th. It is held exactly 60 days after Easter and commemorates The Last Supper. In many places across Spain, it’s celebrated by creating elaborately decorated ‘carpets’ made from petals or coloured sawdust. Some of the best ‘carpets’ can be seen in Elche de la Sierra in Castilla La-Mancha, Ponteareas in Galicia, Sitges in Catalonia and San Cristóbal de la Laguna in Tenerife. The city of Barcelona also celebrates the quirky ‘Ou com balla’ (how the egg dances) during Corpus Christi, where city fountains are decorated with flowers, and eggs ‘dance’ in the water.

Public holidays in June

Several places have regional holidays taking place in June when most businesses and schools will be closed. These are:

Catalonia: June 6th and June 24th for the Segunda Pascua or Second Easter and Sant Joan. 
Castilla La-Mancha: June 16th for Corpus Christi.
Valencia and Galicia: June 24th for San Juan.
Murcia: June 9th for the Region of Murcia Day.
La Rioja: June 9th for the Region of La Rioja Day.

Start of summer

June 21st marks the official start of summer in the northern hemisphere, however, Spain already experienced sizzling summer temperatures with a record-breaking heatwave at the end of May.

According to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), it was one of the hottest Mays on record. In some places in Andalusia, such as Andújar in Jaén, Córdoba and Sevilla, temperatures reached a scorching 42°C, while in Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Madrid and Navarra temperatures hovered between 36°C and 39°C.

READ ALSO: How spring is getting shorter in Spain every year

An announcement regarding UK driving licences is expected

In early May 2022, British ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliot said that talks regarding the validity of British driving licences would be “rapidly accelerated”. However, an agreement between the Spanish and British authorities still hasn’t been reached after at least 17 months of negotiations. Since May 1st 2022, UK licence holders who’ve been residents in Spain for more than six months cannot drive on Spanish roads.

The latest weekly update by the British Embassy in Madrid on May 27th spoke of the “good progress towards an agreement”, so it is expected that there will be an announcement made sometime in June and hopefully, an agreement on the driving fiasco reached. 

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KEY POINTS: What changes in Spain in August 2022?

From Ryanair travel chaos, to new laws for foreigners who want to work in Spain, a potential deal on UK driving licences and a third heatwave, become a member to find out about everything happening in Spain in August.

KEY POINTS: What changes in Spain in August 2022?

Airline strikes and cancellations set to continue in August

A cabin crew strike at Ryanair in Spain, which began in June causing hundreds of flight cancellations and delays, will continue until January 2023 with regular 24-hour work stoppages, two workers’ unions said on Wednesday.

That means that if you’re travelling with the low-cost airline in August to and from Spain, there’s a chance your flight will be affected.

You should be on the lookout for delays or cancellations for your flights to and from Spain if you’re travelling from:

  • August 8th to 11th
  • August 15th to 18th
  • August 22nd to 25th
  • August 29th to 31st

So far, most of the cancellations and delays have been for flights travelling to or from Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Ibiza, Málaga, and Valencia.

The following link includes some of the confirmed cancelled flights for early August

On a more positive note, EasyJet flight crews have ended their strike after reaching a deal with management that raises wages by over a fifth, the USO trade union said. that means that remaining strike days planned for July 29th, 30th and 31st have now been cancelled as have any potential stoppages in August.

New immigration rules to offset labour shortages come into force

Spain’s government recently decided to ease the country’s immigration laws to make it easier for citizens from outside the European Union to work in the country to address labour shortages in areas such as tourism and agriculture.

Under the reform , which comes into force on August 15th, foreigners from outside of the bloc who have lived in the country for two years or more can seek temporary residency papers.

The reform will also allow international students to work up to 30 hours a week while studying, and to start work in Spain at the end of their studies.

It will also make it easier for foreigners to obtain a work visa to come to Spain and take up jobs in areas facing labour shortages.

These measures will “improve the Spanish migratory model and its procedures, which are often slow and unsuitable” and have “high social and economic costs for Spain,” the social security ministry said in a statement.

Social Security and Migration Minister Jose Luis Escrivá said the reform aims to “encourage regular, orderly and safe immigration”.

READ MORE: How it’s now easier for foreigners to work in Spain

Spain expecting its third heatwave

Temperatures finally dropped in late July after a heatwave that caused dozens of wildfires and over 1,000 deaths due to heat-related causes.

However, after a few days of slightly lower temperatures, 34 of Spain’s 50 provinces are again on orange and yellow alert at the start of August.

Daytime and nighttime temperatures are expected to again be suffocating according to national weather agency AEMET, with the mercury 5 to 10 degrees higher than normal for this time of year. 

Brace yourselves because August could end up being just as stifling as July.

New measures to help with energy usage and costs

On August 1st, Spain’s government will approve a set of urgent measures aimed at addressing energy efficiency in the country.

Although it’s not clear yet what the exact measures will be, it is expected that they will include electricity price cuts for families and businesses whilst also placing limits on the amount of power used in public buildings to prevent squandering at a time of increased energy usage.

Spanish Parliament closes until autumn, with dozens of key laws pending

The Spanish Parliament will be shutting down for August, with many key members on holiday. However, there are still many laws that are still in the pipeline and have yet to be approved. One of these is the Housing Law, which has been awaiting approval for more than a year and still hasn’t been ratified due to disagreements between PSOE and Unidas Podemos.

There is still pending legislation on prostitution, abortion and new taxes for banks and electricity companies, which will now not be sorted until the autumn.

Despite this, the Spanish government has passed more than 20 laws since January which include the labour reform, the waste law, and changes to pension plans.

A deal on UK licences in August after failure to reach agreement in July as promised?

At the end of June, British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott said that a driving licence deal would be “likely by the end of July”. “The UK and Spain are now in agreement on the core issues that have been problematic and we’re now very close to finalising the actual text of the agreement,” he said in a statement at the time.

However, the British Embassy in Madrid posted an update on their Facebook page on July 27th saying: “Although, as we’ve said before, it’s impossible to give an exact date on when they will conclude, we want to be open about the fact (that= things may take longer than we’d like during August”.

Even though their message suggested that an exchange deal is almost certain to make it to the Spanish cabinet, it could be that August will not be the month when the agreement is finalised, especially keeping in mind how this is the official holiday month in the country.

August public holiday in Spain

August 15th is a public holiday across Spain, meaning that anyone not already on holiday will be able to take one on this day. It celebrates the Day of the Assumption of the Virgen.

Operación Salida for August

Operación Salida or the ‘great exodus’ refers to the days when millions leave the cities and head to the coasts or the mountains for their summer holidays in August. It typically brings traffic jams and chaos on the roads. This year, the worst days are expected to be the weekend of July 30th and 31st, just before the start of August.

According to Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) 67 percent of the routes will go to the Mediterranean coast and to the south of Spain, with 20 percent to Valencia and surroundings, 24 percent to Castilla La Mancha and the northern part of Andalusia and 23 percent to the Andalusian coast.

The roads will clog up again around August 15th which is a national holiday across Spain and then the return journey on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th, which will see the biggest number of cars on the roads returning to the cities.

READ MORE: ‘Operación Salida’: What to know about driving during Spain’s summer exodus

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