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Friday 3rd December

What happens when migrants go missing on the Atlantic route to Spain

What happens when migrants go missing on the Atlantic route to Spain

Hamido had heard nothing from his wife and child in 10 days since they set sail from Western Sahara for the Canary Islands - but then a boat was found with many dead onboard.

Spain rules out EU’s advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 

Spain rules out EU’s advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 

Wednesday 1st December

Madrid to be first region in Spain to vaccinate children under 12

Madrid to be first region in Spain to vaccinate children under 12

Madrid’s president has announced her region will offer Covid-19 vaccines to 5 to 11 year olds in December despite the lack of official approval, as part of a number of Christmas Covid measures in the capital which also includes a free antigen test for everyone in Madrid.

Spain rules out new restrictions against Omicron variant

Spain rules out new restrictions against Omicron variant

How to get Spain’s Covid health pass for daily affairs in your region
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How to get Spain’s Covid health pass for daily affairs in your region

What are the travel rules between Spain and Portugal this December?
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What are the travel rules between Spain and Portugal this December?

Spain to force banks to offer free 24-hour customer service with trained staff

Spain to force banks to offer free 24-hour customer service with trained staff

EXPLAINED: What changes about life in Spain in December 2021?
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EXPLAINED: What changes about life in Spain in December 2021?

Monday 29th November

Spain reports first case of Omicron Covid variant

Spain reports first case of Omicron Covid variant

Spain said Monday it had detected its first case of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19 in a man who had recently arrived from South Africa.

KEY POINTS: What are the new Covid travel rules between Spain and the UK?
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KEY POINTS: What are the new Covid travel rules between Spain and the UK?

Spain’s inflation soars to 29-year high

Spain’s inflation soars to 29-year high

What are the new rules for international travel to and from Spain this Christmas?
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What are the new rules for international travel to and from Spain this Christmas?

Will Spain soon vaccinate its children under 12?
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Will Spain soon vaccinate its children under 12?

Sunday 28th November

What travellers from Europe need to know about new Covid entry rules in UK

What travellers from Europe need to know about new Covid entry rules in UK

With the worsening Covid-19 situation across Europe and the spread of the new Omicron variant, it's all change again for people travelling to the UK from Europe. Here's what you need to know.

IN IMAGES: The Spanish ghost village that emerges from underwater every few years

IN IMAGES: The Spanish ghost village that emerges from underwater every few years

Thursday 25th November

Covid health pass: Spain’s Catalonia and Navarre get green light from judges

Covid health pass: Spain’s Catalonia and Navarre get green light from judges

Two Spanish regions on Thursday received approval from their regional high courts to implement the Covid health pass in the hospitality sector and for large events, a sign that the use of this document for daily affairs could become more common in Spain.

EU approves first Covid jab for children aged 5 to 11

EU approves first Covid jab for children aged 5 to 11

Spain to give €3 billion in digital bonuses to one million SMEs and self-employed

Spain to give €3 billion in digital bonuses to one million SMEs and self-employed

Spain to force Netflix to offer content in Catalan, Basque and Galician

Spain to force Netflix to offer content in Catalan, Basque and Galician

Spain protests Morocco-run fish farm in disputed waters

Spain protests Morocco-run fish farm in disputed waters

Wednesday 24th November

UPDATE: European countries ‘must act urgently’ amid worsening Covid outlook

UPDATE: European countries ‘must act urgently’ amid worsening Covid outlook

The EU health agency on Wednesday appealed to member states to "urgently" introduce measures to counter surging Covid-19 cases, a day after the WHO Europe warned that 700,000 more may die on the continent this winter.

KEY POINTS: What to know before buying a property at auction in Spain
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KEY POINTS: What to know before buying a property at auction in Spain

CONFIRMED: 25 percent of school lessons in Catalonia must be taught in Spanish

CONFIRMED: 25 percent of school lessons in Catalonia must be taught in Spanish

Spain raises bar of what constitutes high Covid risk

Spain raises bar of what constitutes high Covid risk

Spain’s government feels heat as economic recovery lags

Spain’s government feels heat as economic recovery lags

Tuesday 23rd November

Spanish researchers pave way for fair play in global Covid testing and research

Spanish researchers pave way for fair play in global Covid testing and research

Spain’s top research institution - the CSIC - reached a licencing deal Tuesday that paves the way for its Covid-19 antibody test to be produced more cheaply in developing countries.

EXPLAINED: How the EU could change rules of Covid certificate for travel

EXPLAINED: How the EU could change rules of Covid certificate for travel

Spain eyes closing bars and nightclubs early as Covid cases rise 

Spain eyes closing bars and nightclubs early as Covid cases rise 

3,000 people in Spain’s La Palma forced indoors as lava reaches sea

3,000 people in Spain’s La Palma forced indoors as lava reaches sea

Monday 22nd November

WTO rules US tariffs on Spanish olives breach rules

WTO rules US tariffs on Spanish olives breach rules

A US decision to slap steep import duties on Spanish olives over claims they benefited from subsidies constituted a violation of international trade rules, the World Trade Organisation ruled Friday.

Arctic cold front brings snow and heavy rain to much of Spain

Arctic cold front brings snow and heavy rain to much of Spain

Sunday 21st November

La Palma airport closed due to accumulation of volcano ash

La Palma airport closed due to accumulation of volcano ash

There are still no flights operating out of La Palma airport on Sunday after they were cancelled a day earlier due to the accumulation of ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, airport operator Aena said.

Christmas travel between Spain and the UK: What can I not pack in my suitcase?
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Christmas travel between Spain and the UK: What can I not pack in my suitcase?

What are the main reasons bank accounts get blocked in Spain?
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What are the main reasons bank accounts get blocked in Spain?

Saturday 20th November

Who is the communist shaking up Spanish politics?

Who is the communist shaking up Spanish politics?

Yolanda Diaz currently serves as Spain's Labour Minister. Now one of the most popular politicians in the country, she appears to building a new political movement in a bid to take power at the next general election.

Why you should move to this region in Spain if you want to pay less tax
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Why you should move to this region in Spain if you want to pay less tax

Friday 19th November

Mandatory jabs and restrictions: How Europe is responding to the new wave of Covid

Mandatory jabs and restrictions: How Europe is responding to the new wave of Covid

From nationwide lockdowns to barring the unvaccinated from bars and restaurants and increased travel restrictions, countries around Europe are choosing different strategies to fight a new wave of Covid.

Spain on the lookout for Dutch Covid-infected tourists who fled quarantine

Spain on the lookout for Dutch Covid-infected tourists who fled quarantine

Could Spain lock down its unvaccinated or make Covid vaccines compulsory?
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Could Spain lock down its unvaccinated or make Covid vaccines compulsory?

How residents in Spain can pay half for a holiday in Madrid
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How residents in Spain can pay half for a holiday in Madrid

Reader question: Can tourists in Spain get a Covid-19 booster vaccine?
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Reader question: Can tourists in Spain get a Covid-19 booster vaccine?

Thursday 18th November

Spain to offer Covid-19 booster shots to over 60s and health workers

Spain to offer Covid-19 booster shots to over 60s and health workers

Spain will provide Covid booster vaccines to those aged 60 and over as well as health staff, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Wednesday, as infections continue to slowly rise in the country.

How do I change my tax address in Spain and when is it illegal?
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How do I change my tax address in Spain and when is it illegal?

Spain’s countryside rises up against ‘pig factories’

Spain’s countryside rises up against ‘pig factories’

Wednesday 17th November

Spain fails to convince its regions to change Covid risk traffic light system

Spain fails to convince its regions to change Covid risk traffic light system

Spain’s Health Ministry designed a new measuring system which would see the threshold raised in terms of what represents low, medium or high risk for Covid infections, but opposition from regional authorities has seen this proposal put on ice straight away. 

Spain’s Basque Country becomes first region to bring back Covid restrictions

Spain’s Basque Country becomes first region to bring back Covid restrictions

Spain gives partial pardon to woman jailed for abducting her own children

Spain gives partial pardon to woman jailed for abducting her own children

EXPLAINED: How Spain will make it easier for students to graduate
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EXPLAINED: How Spain will make it easier for students to graduate

BREXIT: Spain scraps work visa requirement for UK touring artists 

BREXIT: Spain scraps work visa requirement for UK touring artists 

Tuesday 16th November

¡Olé! Five things you didn’t know about Spain’s flamenco art form

¡Olé! Five things you didn’t know about Spain’s flamenco art form

November 16th marks World Flamenco Day, so to commemorate the occasion here are five fascinating facts about Spain’s most famous and fiery music and dance genre. 

Spain to increase workers’ tax contributions to keep pensions afloat

Spain to increase workers’ tax contributions to keep pensions afloat

Monday 15th November

Driving in Spain: What are the extra costs of owning a car?
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Driving in Spain: What are the extra costs of owning a car?

Aside from a car’s own individual price, what other costs do people thinking of buying a car in Spain have to consider before deciding whether it’s worth the expense? 

Spain’s regions eye Covid health pass to keep sixth wave at bay

Spain’s regions eye Covid health pass to keep sixth wave at bay

Sunday 14th November

Out of stock: Spain’s nightlife faces alcohol shortages

Out of stock: Spain’s nightlife faces alcohol shortages

At the Cafe Comercial, one of Madrid's oldest cafes whose marble columns and ornate chandeliers draw throngs of tourists and locals, bottles of some popular drinks are in short supply.

Saturday 13th November

Countries across Europe impose curbs to slow new Covid-19 wave
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Countries across Europe impose curbs to slow new Covid-19 wave

Several European countries are reimposing restrictions in a bid to dampen down a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases. Governments are also taking more measures to encourage more people to get vaccinated against the virus.

Friday 12th November

Far-right Vox aims to toughen Spanish citizenship laws

Far-right Vox aims to toughen Spanish citizenship laws

Spain's far-right Vox party has proposed a bill in the Spanish Congress that would see citizenship through residency take 15 years instead of ten, a move reportedly targeting North African migrants but which would affect other foreigners.

Property in Spain: price rises, rural homes struggle and plusvalía dates
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Property in Spain: price rises, rural homes struggle and plusvalía dates

Zara founder Amancio Ortega enters renewable energy sector

Zara founder Amancio Ortega enters renewable energy sector