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Sunday 1st August

What to do and what to avoid if you witness a forest fire in Spain

What to do and what to avoid if you witness a forest fire in Spain

With temperatures averaging 36-39°C across much of Spain this week and forest fires burning in Catalonia, Valencia, Galicia, La Rioja and Castilla-La Mancha recently, here is some useful advice on how to prevent them and what you should do if you see a blaze.

Everything that changes about life in Spain in August 2021
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Everything that changes about life in Spain in August 2021

Saturday 31st July

EU court strips ex-Catalan leader of MEP immunity

EU court strips ex-Catalan leader of MEP immunity

The EU's General Court on Friday upheld a decision by the European Parliament to lift the immunity of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and two fellow pro-independence allies.

TRAVEL: Which regions in Spain offer free insurance to tourists who get Covid-19 while on holiday?
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TRAVEL: Which regions in Spain offer free insurance to tourists who get Covid-19 while on holiday?

Property in Spain: the home improvements you can get a 60 percent tax deduction for
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Property in Spain: the home improvements you can get a 60 percent tax deduction for

Do vaccinated people in Spain who may have Covid-19 need to self-isolate or get tested?

Do vaccinated people in Spain who may have Covid-19 need to self-isolate or get tested?

Tuesday 27th July

Spain to fine companies that expose workers to heatstroke up to €820K

Spain to fine companies that expose workers to heatstroke up to €820K

The Spanish government will send letters to thousands of companies in the country warning them that they face fines of up to €820,000 for exposing their employees to conditions that could cause heatstroke and for not offering them the necessary protection. 

‘Not worth it’: German tourists cancel holidays to Covid-hit Spain

‘Not worth it’: German tourists cancel holidays to Covid-hit Spain

US issues ‘do not travel’ warning for Spain due to rising Delta cases

US issues ‘do not travel’ warning for Spain due to rising Delta cases

‘Ridiculous and cruel’: For Brits in Spain, UK government’s Covid rules make visits home almost impossible

‘Ridiculous and cruel’: For Brits in Spain, UK government’s Covid rules make visits home almost impossible

Monday 26th July

Cheap, safe and profitable: Seven reasons why you should invest in parking spaces in Spain in 2021
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Cheap, safe and profitable: Seven reasons why you should invest in parking spaces in Spain in 2021

It may not seem like much, but letting out parking spaces can be a lucrative business in Spain for people with few savings who want a quick and safe return on investment. Here’s why you should maybe consider a buy-to-let parking spot. 

Spain imposes ten-day quarantine for arrivals from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Namibia

Spain imposes ten-day quarantine for arrivals from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Namibia

Q&A: How to appeal or claim back fines issued during Spain’s state of alarm 

Q&A: How to appeal or claim back fines issued during Spain’s state of alarm 

Sunday 25th July

Madrid’s Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park win Unesco World Heritage status

Madrid’s Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park win Unesco World Heritage status

Madrid's iconic Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro Park have been added to Unesco's World Heritage List, the organisation and the Spanish government said on Sunday.

Spain surpasses the UK and the US in percentage of population vaccinated against Covid-19

Spain surpasses the UK and the US in percentage of population vaccinated against Covid-19

Saturday 24th July

Reader question: Can I be a non-resident for tax purposes with Spain’s non-lucrative visa?
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Reader question: Can I be a non-resident for tax purposes with Spain’s non-lucrative visa?

The non-lucrative visa is one of the most sought-after methods third country nationals such as Americans, Chinese and now UK nationals use to be able to spend more than 90 days at a time in Spain. But does it involve having to become a tax resident?

As cases soar, Spaniards keep their masks firmly on

As cases soar, Spaniards keep their masks firmly on

COMPARE: Could Spain become the best country in the EU for digital nomads?
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COMPARE: Could Spain become the best country in the EU for digital nomads?

Thursday 22nd July

Galicia becomes first region in Spain to require Covid ‘health pass’ to access bars, restaurants

Galicia becomes first region in Spain to require Covid ‘health pass’ to access bars, restaurants

Galicia is the first territory in Spain to require its citizens to show proof of their Covid health status to gain access to the interior of cafés, bars and restaurants. 

Why is electricity in Spain more expensive than ever?
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Why is electricity in Spain more expensive than ever?

Brit accused of hacking Twitter accounts of Obama and other celebrities arrested in southern Spain

Brit accused of hacking Twitter accounts of Obama and other celebrities arrested in southern Spain

Tuesday 20th July

Seven British fugitives arrested in Spain in just three weeks

Seven British fugitives arrested in Spain in just three weeks

Seven British fugitives have been arrested in Spain in the space of just three weeks as a result of joint operations between the National Crime Agency and the Spanish National Police, the British Embassy in Madrid has announced.

Q&A: What you need to know about Spain’s new Covid self-test kits 

Q&A: What you need to know about Spain’s new Covid self-test kits 

600 and counting: Spain’s Covid-19 infection rate grows sixfold in a month

600 and counting: Spain’s Covid-19 infection rate grows sixfold in a month

Monday 19th July

Spain to receive no more AstraZeneca vaccines and donate remaining doses

Spain to receive no more AstraZeneca vaccines and donate remaining doses

Spain will receive no more doses of the Oxford-Swedish inoculation, but do health authorities have enough vaccines to give the final second jab to 60 to 69 year olds?

What’s the average price of a property in Spain in 2021?

What’s the average price of a property in Spain in 2021?

Holiday bookings to Spain by British tourists soar by 400 percent as UK quarantine rules eased

Holiday bookings to Spain by British tourists soar by 400 percent as UK quarantine rules eased

Sunday 18th July

Reader question: Can I buy a car in Spain if I’m not a resident?
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Reader question: Can I buy a car in Spain if I’m not a resident?

If you spend only part of your time in Spain but don’t officially reside in the country, what are the rules regarding vehicle ownership? Can second home owners buy a car for the time they spend in Spain?

Spain inches ahead with pension reform

Spain inches ahead with pension reform

Saturday 17th July

The Local’s Confronting Coronavirus series nominated for major European media award
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The Local’s Confronting Coronavirus series nominated for major European media award

A series of solutions-focused articles in which The Local’s journalists took an in-depth look at responses to the coronavirus pandemic has been shortlisted for the European Digital Media Awards 2021.

France to require 24-hour test for UK and some EU countries over delta variant fears
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France to require 24-hour test for UK and some EU countries over delta variant fears

Thursday 15th July

EU lawyer slams Spain’s huge fines for not filing foreign asset declaration properly

EU lawyer slams Spain’s huge fines for not filing foreign asset declaration properly

A top EU lawyer has criticised Spain's controversial fines for taxpayers who incorrectly fill out model 720 or hand the form in late, calling them “disproportionate” and contrary to EU freedoms.

FOCUS: How tougher Covid restrictions are returning to Spain’s regions as cases soar

FOCUS: How tougher Covid restrictions are returning to Spain’s regions as cases soar

‘Spain’s stay-at-home lockdown in March 2020 was unconstitutional’, top court rules

‘Spain’s stay-at-home lockdown in March 2020 was unconstitutional’, top court rules

Wednesday 14th July

Why does Catalonia have the highest Covid-19 infection rate in Spain and the EU?
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Why does Catalonia have the highest Covid-19 infection rate in Spain and the EU?

Infection rates are shooting up in Spain more than in any other EU country, but in the region of Catalonia the incidence of Covid-19 is the highest in the bloc. Why is Catalonia’s infection rate spiralling out of control?

Spain could raise parental leave to six months for both mothers and fathers

Spain could raise parental leave to six months for both mothers and fathers

‘If I’m not careful, it’ll end badly’: Covid fears haunt Spain’s transplant patients despite vaccines

‘If I’m not careful, it’ll end badly’: Covid fears haunt Spain’s transplant patients despite vaccines

Tuesday 13th July

Moving to Spain after Brexit: Everything Brits need to consider before deciding
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Moving to Spain after Brexit: Everything Brits need to consider before deciding

Moving to Spain in 2021 has become considerably harder for UK nationals, with everything from visas, to healthcare, taxes and other matters to weigh up before deciding whether it’s worth it. Here are 19 detailed articles that will help you decide.

Catalonia imposes earlier closing times and limit on gatherings to slow down Covid spike

Catalonia imposes earlier closing times and limit on gatherings to slow down Covid spike

Monday 12th July

Valencia region paves way for how curfews can return to Spain without state of alarm powers 

Valencia region paves way for how curfews can return to Spain without state of alarm powers 

Valencia’s public prosecutor’s office has given its seal of approval to the return of curfew hours, setting a precedent for other regions that want to impose restrictions that technically encroach on fundamental rights in post-state of alarm Spain.

Vaccine scramble: How Spaniards want Covid jabs more than other Europeans

Vaccine scramble: How Spaniards want Covid jabs more than other Europeans

Protesters take to streets of Spain again over killing of gay man

Protesters take to streets of Spain again over killing of gay man

Sunday 11th July

Spain roasts in sizzling heat with temperatures up to 44C

Spain roasts in sizzling heat with temperatures up to 44C

A heat wave enveloped much of Spain on Sunday, driving temperatures to extreme levels and sending locals and tourists scurrying for shade and cooling waters.