The Valencian Government Confines 26 municipalities and announces the closure of all bars and restaurants at 5pm

All hospitality to close at 5pm and a new curfew.

The community of Valencia, which includes Benidorm, has announced live the new restrictions that will affect the community this afternoon at 1pm.

The president, Ximo Puig, has announced today the new restrictions that will be applied across the whole of the Valencian community which will come into force on 7th January 2021, after being published in the official bulletin. This follows a surge of cases of coronavirus across Alicante, Castellón and Valencia.

The first restriction that was announced was the confinement of 26 municipalities for 14 days. In the Alicante region, Polop, Castalla, and Alcoy are confined. There is no entry in or out of these villages unless you are returning home or caring for a dependant.

The second restriction was the decision to close all hospitality, bars and restaurants of all sizes, and the number of people allowed at a table has been reduced to 4. They also announced that smoking is not permitted on the terrace and smokers must move to the street to smoke.

Covid 19  measures in the vakencian community January 7th until 31st January

Furthermore, the nighttime curfew has been extended to 10pm until 6am and home gatherings are limited to 6 people.

In respect to shopping centres, they must limit their capacity to 30%.

This is a quick moving situation and I’ll keep you all updated as things happen. Keep updated by following my social media pages for the latest news.

The restrictions placed on the Comunidad Valenciana and Benidorm December 2020

The president of the community has announced today that maximum deployment of the Security Forces will be on call to ensure maximum compliance with the measures against COVID-19.

Remember that non-compliance with the rules entails fines of up to 60,000 euros, and cumulative fines of up to 600,000 euros, “being able to incur criminal responsibilities”

As Boris Johnson has announced further restrictions in England, and Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already being in stricter conditions. Ximo Puig, the present of the Generalitat announced today the further restrictions for the community. He has highlighted the important of responsibility and solidarity with others, and stressed that it is time for the “maximum compliance with the restrictions”, because “lives are at stake”, and it’s paramount for the “health of citizens” and the “economic and social recovery for next year”.

Here’s what’s been announced for the community.

Police Presence

Ximo Puig has assured that “maximum presence of the police forces for the control and inspection of “New Year’s Eve” is going to be promoted during the festive period.

New Year’s Eve parties are prohibited.

The head of the Consell has recalled that there can only be activity in bars, restaurants and hotel establishments in strict compliance with current measures. This means strict compliance with mask wearing, only consuming at the table, reduced capacity of 1/3 indoors and 50% on the terrace. 1.5metre distance between tables on the terrace and 2 metre distance between tables indoors.

Non-compliance with the rules entails fines of up to 60,000 euros and cumulative fines of up to 600,000 euros.

Extension of current restrictions

The land perimeter closure of the Valencian Community, except for certain exceptions contemplated in the regulations, such as returning home, or for work reasons or for caring for a dependent person has been extended until January 15th 2021. Entry and exiting the Community is not allowed.

The curfew remains between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. throughout the territory of the Valencian Community. Except December 31, which will begin at midnight. Puig has indicated that “in no case will this time extension be used to travel to different social gatherings” and you must be home by midnight, not travelling home by midnight.

The maximum number of 6 people must not exceeded, except in the case of those who live together. The recommendation is not to exceed the two family nuclei.

Catering and hospitality

Cafés and restaurants do not have to close.

Discos, pubs and cocktail bars will need to suspend activity until January 15th 2021. DJs, live music and karaoke are also not allowed.

In catering and hospitality establishments, consumption is only allowed at the table, and the distance between the tables will be 2 meters (1.5 meters on terraces). As for the capacity inside the premises, it is limited to 30% and on the terraces, 50%. The use of a mask is mandatory when food or drink isn’t being consumed.

The closing time of establishments will be at midnight, but no orders can be made after 11pm. Smoking is not allowed on bar terraces, when a 2metre social distance isn’t guaranteed.

Retail stores and professional services activities will maintain 50% of the total capacity, and in the case of establishments that involve close physical contact, a prior appointment system is required.

In shopping centres, the use of common and recreational areas of commercial parks is not allowed, except for transit.

Gardens and outdoor recreation areas can only open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Hotels, tourist lodges, rural houses and other similar accommodations, the opening of common areas can be up to 30% of the capacity.

In the case of cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, performing arts halls and circuses, the maximum capacity is 50%, remaining seated at all times wearing a mask and consumption is not allowed. In the case of being outdoors, the public will be seated and cannot exceed 50% of the authorized capacity.

Smoking is prohibited on public roads, terraces, beaches or other outdoor spaces, when the minimum distance of 2 metres cannot be guaranteed.

If you have any doubts or questions regarding the current regulations please get in touch via email. I try to respond to all emails within 48 hours. To read the original document in Spanish please follow this link: https://www.gva.es/va/inicio/area_de_prensa/not_detalle_area_prensa?id=911114

Why Benidorm is a great digital nomad destination

8 Reasons why Benidorm is a great digital nomad destination

Working from a coffee shop in benidorm

Benidorm lies on the east coast of mainland Spain and is renowned for its wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and relatively appeasing cost of living. All of these make for perfect reasons to holiday there, but what makes it so appealing to live?

You might have heard about the expat communities that reside up and down the Costa Blanca but with 2020 taking an unexpected turn to say the least, we’ve recognised that the digital nomad community has grown too. Swapping the big city life for a relaxed way of life by the beach has never been more appealing. Why work in a bustling office space when you can work with the sea as your view?

1. Relaxation and Mental Health

The sea has healing effects Lauren diary of a Spanglish girl walking along poniente beach with benidorm in the background

Life is better by the sea. Did you know that the sea has healing effects? It is said that being by the sea and listening to the sea wave has relaxation and healing effects. Being able to wake up in the morning and see blue skies, the sun shining and the sea crashing against the beautiful beaches for over 300 days of the year is a massive appeal to stick around.

Many people who live in Benidorm report being in a better mental health state than before they made the move to Benidorm. There are thousands of people across Europe, and the world, who consider Benidorm their second home so why not make it your first home, if the opportunity arises?

2. A Good Sense of Community

A good sense of community with the flags at the benidorm show

Nobody ever leaves Benidorm without making friends. I guarantee you of that. You might think that coming to Benidorm alone means you’ll find yourself isolated, but that won’t be the case. In fact, I’m certain of it.

Benidorm has this unique sense of community where everybody belongs. There are more Benidorm community Facebook groups than most other places in the world and they’re all filled with thousands and thousands of Benidorm residents or Benidorm frequent travellers.

I’ve never been to somewhere that is so open to everybody as Benidorm on the whole is. Every day, we receive messages that people would love to meet us, or we see messages of people arranging to meet up when they come to Benidorm. We see people organising get togethers with friends they’ve met in Benidorm. You would not believe the amount of people who live in Benidorm who got in their car one day and just drove until they felt at home. Benidorm is home. Benidorm is a community.

The digital nomad community is still relatively small, but I can reassure you that you won’t feel alone in a place that has a community as strong and welcoming as this one.

3. Your Local Will Remember Your Order

Lovely coffee in Aruba cafe benidorm

Hey, I don’t know about you, but did you ever watch a film growing up where the main character lives in a metropolitan city and would walk into a cafe and the barista would shout from the back “you having your usual?” And ever wonder what that would feel like? I know I always did.

Maybe it’s just me, but back in my hometown, this would never in a million years happen. There is something special about walking into a café and being asked if you’re having your usual. When I feel like working from my local spanish cafeteria, they shout “Como siempre?”. And out comes my coffee, toast with tomatoes and cheese. I’ll go to the corner bar and they know I’m having cheese and tomatoes on toast.

Everything just feels so personal. I get to live out my main character in a movie getting her usual fantasy every single day.

4. Cost of Living

Now, this all depends where you’re coming from and where your main income is. I can’t get into the ins and outs of this because trust me if you’re planning to live here for good, you’ll need to make some financial adjustments and get in touch with a local gestor.

Also, if you’ve recently been working in Asia, then perhaps the cost of living is going to come at a shock to you. Living in Europe is pretty expensive.

But, I’m going to assume that you’re accustomed to European living. Spain is one of the cheapest places to live and holiday across Europe, and Benidorm is one of the cheapest places in Spain. It becomes an especially good cost of living if your income is from another country in Europe and you’re here for a few months, or your income is from another city in Spain, such as Madrid or Barcelona.

I can go out for dinner for less than 10 euros in some places. I can get a few plates of tapas in the afternoon with drinks in the famous old town for around 25 euros. (Remember tapas is with friends so this is usually between a few people). I can go out for a nice meal for around 20 euros. I can go out for extravagant meals for around 40 euros. My breakfast is usually around 3 euros, which includes a coffee.

Rent is slowly rising here in Benidorm with the appeal becoming stronger and stronger, but you can pick up apartments for around 300 euros a month for a studio or one bedroom apartment. Of course, the more desirable location, or the more space you want increases this. Some of the most desirable penthouses are around 1500 euros a month. A standard 2 bedroom with an outdoor space will set you back around 650 euros. (December 2020).

5. Plenty to Do in Benidorm

We do not do bored in Benidorm. Sorry, it’s just not in the Benidorm vocabulary. If you’re bored in Benidorm, then you’re going to leave the population shocked. There’s a reason people come back every single year, there’s a reason so many people live here and love it. We don’t get bored.

Having made the switch to live in Benidorm back in 2017, we are still finding news things to do and see. We still wander down a street and point out that we’ve never been down it before. There’s business ventures that open for tourism and locals all the time. Life just doesn’t get boring in Benidorm.

There’s a whole host of ideas of things to do when you finish work on my blog for further reading, but water sports, shows and theatre, cinemas, gastro experiences, nature trails and sightseeing are some of the highlights. Did I mention we have some of the most beautiful coves and beaches in Europe? Did I also mention that our marine life is one of the most flourishing across the entire Spanish east coast? Snorkelling or scuba diving at the island is a must do when you’re here.

6. Good Connections Elsewhere

This was a major pull factor for us. Being able to explore other places. One of my concerns when moving to Benidorm was giving up being so close to so many airports. Though looking back, I was silly. I was giving up knowing that London was a few hours away, and Birmingham and East Midlands were both close. But, what I was forgetting was that in England I had a car.

It took a while for us to get a car, but once we did it opened up so many further travel opportunities for us. Now, we have Alicante Airport which is a 40 minute drive away or you can get a bus relatively cheap. But we’ve opened up the possibility of flying from Madrid, Valencia and even Barcelona too. Not to mention we did an epic road trip back in the summer where we managed to visit 13 countries (all were open to Spanish tourists). Being already on Europe makes it so easy to visit other countries in Europe.

Now, don’t get me wrong here because you can absolutely travel without a car in Benidorm. The tram connects you to Alicante and Calpe meaning there are villages and cities to explore along the Costa Blanca. Alicante airport has good connections to many cities, plus the connection flight to Madrid is easy. Valencia is also easy by train from Alicante. We have good train connections from Alicante to other Spanish cities, plus our coaches are cheap and great to get to other places in Spain.

Before we had a car, we flew to Ibiza from Alicante, we flew to Madrid, we took a bus to Sevilla, Granada and Cordoba, we took a bus to Barcelona and we visited lots of Spanish villages by local tram or bus.

7. A Good Nightlife Scene

Cocktail watching the sunset at hotel Madeira Centro

Nightlife doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest. Sorry, I just don’t see the pull to go to a sticky nightclub where my feet stick to the floor and hundreds of bodies are sweaty and drunken people are floating around in a daze. I get that it’s for some people, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.

So knowing this, people are always quick to ask us why on earth we chose to live on one of the party capitals of Europe. And it’s simple. We don’t see it.

People who visit Benidorm as a holiday maker tend to stick to the party area of Benidorm. I don’t say this to say every holiday maker is the same, because they aren’t, but most people who come to Benidorm come for the strip. That’s not to say lots don’t come not for the strip, but it’s actual facts and figures that most tourists travel to Benidorm and spend time in places on the main strip.

That area of Benidorm is not Benidorm. It is a part of Benidorm. There is a huge difference.

There are bars and restaurants that offer tribute acts and free entertainment. There are bistro bars that offer jazz nights or acoustic nights. There is an auditorium that offers theatre and shows. There is a bustling old town with great tapas and wine deals. Hotel Madeira Centro has a great rooftop bar with cocktails and sunset views. Karaoke and a cocktail or two. Quiz nights. This is my idea of perfect nightlife. And Benidorm has it all.

Benidorm has the option for both. If you’re a party lover, you’ll love the strip. If you like somewhere that isn’t dead once 7pm comes, then you’ll love Benidorm too.

8. Open Every Single Day

Benidorm is the city that never sleeps. Except during lockdown and the current curfew between midnight and 6am…

Something that is often asked is “Does Benidorm get dead in the winter?” And the short answer to that is no, not at all.

There are many coastal resorts or holiday towns that once winter comes, everywhere closes up and shuts shop. That is not the case at all for Benidorm. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Mid November or Mid July, the bars will be busy and the shops and restaurants will be doing business as normal.


It’s not a stereotype that Spain has a laid-back atmosphere. I love it early evening when the sun starts to go down and an array of colours bounce across the sky. We really are blessed to see a gorgeous sunrise and sunset for over 300 days a year.

It’s easy to get accustomed to eating when the locals eat and nibbling on some tapas early evening with a glass of wine. The sounds of the Spanish music filling the air and the broken conversations that get louder as the drinks flow are enough to make you never want to leave.

Whilst it’s easy to fall in love with Benidorm, it’s possibly more important for digital nomads to know that Benidorm has a thriving start-up scene and is becoming increasingly popular with remote workers. Whilst nowhere near a complete digital nomad destination yet, Benidorm is putting in the time and effort to get the facilities and amenities available. The internet connection is generally really good, we have fibre optic in the apartment and bars and restaurants on the whole offer a good free WiFi connection.

I’ve also spotted that a coworking space in Benidorm called Tourist Lab is available near to the Hotel Belroy (who offer deals for business travellers and longer term apartment stays). The co-working environment is a great option for setting up your laptop and getting to know the local digital nomads.

Of course, there’s always my favourite option and that is heading to a hip cafe, setting up my iPad, enjoying a nice bite to eat and a coffee and indulge in a less work-orientated atmosphere.

I am so privileged to have been able to make the switch to becoming a digital nomad in Benidorm and it’s one of the best life decisions I’ve made. I have a wonderful work-life balance and live in such a beautiful destination.

I’m very proud to be an Ambassador for Benidorm. Find out more about being a digital nomad in Benidorm by visiting the Visit Benidorm website for digital nomads.

Lauren x

Children under 6 years old no longer need to provide a negative test to travel to Spain from high risk countries

In a statement released today, children under six years old are now exempt from providing a negative PCR or TMA Test.

It seems that everyday we are to learn another acronym to keep up with the COVID times and today we’re learning another. A TMA test is a new test available on the market and is short for Transcription-Mediated Amplification.

Arguing that this test is cheaper, quicker yet just as reliable as a PCR test, Spanish authorities have passed legislation that travellers can provide either a PCR test or a TMA test no longer than 72 hours before arriving to Spain.

A TMA test has been developed by the Spanish-based multinational Grifols and is used to detect the presence of the coronavirus in the individual. We are told that individuals will not notice the difference between a PCR and a TMA as the process is the same.

The sample is taken in the same way, using a swab in the nose. The idea of both techniques is the same. The difference, for those who like to know the details, is that what PCR does is, in general terms, is convert the viral RNA into DNA and count it from there, whereas the TMA skips that step and multiplies the RNA. This is how it’s quicker.

The difference in time taken can be about two hours less in the process (in ideal conditions, a PCR can be completed in four), and a cost savings (the PCR costs over 100 euros whereas the TMA will be less than 100 euros.

According to specialists, the TMA will become available to various countries and will be cheaper to access in hopes to boost tourism.

A major positive on the news front side is the removal of children under 6 years old requiring a negative covid test. Most countries do not require minors to provide a negative test, so removing this is a huge positive.

The changes also say that the negative tests can now be produced in English, Spanish, French or German. If a test cannot be obtained in these languages then the supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish made by an official body.

The current controls that are already in place at the entry points for international passengers will continue, such as temperature control and visual control. Passengers are still required to complete a compulsory QR code before arriving to Spain.

The Official State Gazette (BOE) will publish the resolution tomorrow, once it has been officially published the modifications will come into immediate effect.

Benidorm nightlife will reopen next week with altered hours for pubs and discos

Following from the live news briefing the Generalitat Valenciana allows the sector to reopen its doors with conditions and regulations to ensure the safety of the staff and clients.

Quick Summary

Benidorm nightlife will reopen next week! (As early as December 9th!)

🙌🏽 The pubs may open between noon and midnight.
🙌🏽 Disco may open from 5:00 p.m. until midnight .
🙌🏽 Capacity allowed inside the premises has been set at one third.
🙌🏽 Terrace capacity of 50%
🙌🏽 Wear a mask upon entry

👎🏽 No dance floors.
👎🏽 No karaoke.

⏰ CURFEW REMAINS BETWEEN 00:00-6:00

The Valencian administration finalisation will foreseeably be approved next week, and will come in with immediate effect, which will allow locals to resume their activity. The idea is that nightlife reopens before December 9, so the Valencian administration is working for its publication in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat Valenciana (DOGV).

The pubs may open between noon and midnight, when the curfew begins in the Region of Valencia, while discos may open from 5:00 p.m. to midnight . In addition, the capacity allowed inside the premises has been set at one third, without a dance floor and always respecting the safety distance between the tables. On the terrace, the capacity must be be 50%.

The local government have asked the sector and the public to adhere to “the highest level of vision and exemplary” so that the recovery of the activity is carried out and to the industry to provide “thorough preventive hygienic-sanitary measures ” to ensure that another closure doesn’t need to happen. Currently, karaoke is still banned under the regulations.

Where to get a COVID test in Benidorm

Where to get a COVID test in Benidorm

If you need a COVID test in Benidorm, there are a few places where you can get the PCR test or the antigen test or rapid test locally. At the moment, it’s compulsory to produce a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours when you arrive at an airport or port in Spain, however, if you’re a resident in Spain and think you need to take a test, or if you’re on holiday in Benidorm and need to get a test, there are a few places you can go.

Where can I take a COVID test in Benidorm?

There are various places where you can get a test in Benidorm. I would recommend going to one of the following places as they speak English and will be able to assist you efficiently and with a very high quality of care.

  • Hospital Clinica Benidorm
  • IMED Levante

What type of test should I take?

  • ELISA ANTIBODY TEST: If you don’t have any symptoms and you want or need to know if the you have had COVID-19.
  • PCR:
    1. If the Rapid TEST ELISA is positive or in the IGM marker (recent infection).
    2. In cases with patients who present symptoms associated with COVID-19.
    3. If you have been in close contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
    4. To prove that you no longer have the infection. Once the PCR test is negative, it is understood that the infection is no longer active and is no longer contagious.
  • Rapid Antigen Test: This test, due to its reliability and speed to obtain the result, is very useful for the following cases:
    • Rule out infection in close contacts.
    • Study of contacts in groups.
    • Rapid diagnosis in emergency cases.

How is the test performed and how long until I receive the results?

  • ELISA ANTIBODY TEST: This test is a blood extraction. The results can come back within 24 hours.
  • PCR: A sample consisting of a nasopharyngeal swab. The results are within 24 hours.
  • Rapid Antigen Test: Performed using a nasopharyngeal smear. Results are in 15 minutes.

The results of the two types of tests can be known in 24 hours, except if the tests are carried out on a Friday, then they will be given on Monday morning.

COVID tests at Hospital Clinica Benidorm

Elisa Antibody Test: Monday to Friday. Opening hours

PCR: Monday to Friday 8:30-11am and Monday to Thursday 5:30pm-7pm

Rapid test: Monday to Friday 12-2pm

You can call the clinic on Monday to Friday from 8 a.m to 8 p.m on (+34) 96 585 38 50.

COVID tests at IMED Levante

From Monday to Friday 8:00-14:00 and from 16:00-22:00. You will need to make an appointment by going on the IMED website or calling the hospital on (+34) 966 87 87 87. The hospital speaks Spanish and English.

PRICE TESTS. (WITH INSURANCE)

  • ELISA ANTIBODY TEST: 60 euros
  • PCR: 120 euros
  • RAPID ANTIGEN TEST: 40 euros
  • RAPID ANTIBODIES TEST: 30 euros

How to make an appointment for a COVID19 test in Benidorm

The clinics will speak English and Spanish. You will need to make an appointment at either of the clinics, you can do this by calling the clinic or making an appointment online.

Travellers to Spain will require a negative COVID PCR test

List of countries that need to provide a PCR test

Travellers to Spain will require a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old to travel to Spain via air or sea. The measure comes into effect on November 23rd 2020 and will affect residents from most European Union states.

Hopeful holiday makers were left feeling deflated about future travel plans when Spain announced their new measures this week regarding a PCR test. Spain will demand to see a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before entering the country as of November 23rd 2020. There is no time scale for this new measure, there is no planned expiry date.

Travellers coming from high coronavirus risk zones, which includes most of the European Union, will need to present their Negative Test of no more than 72 hours old to pass through customs. Those without proof of negative testing will be subject to fines and will be required to take a rapid test at the airport or port.

The measure will come into effect on November 23, the Health Minister, Salvador Illa had considered implementing a 14 day quarantine on arrival to Spain, however, decided to opt for a negative PCR test instead to try and maintain some level of tourism and visitors coming to Spain.

A negative PCR test will only be required of those travelling by air or sea, it will not be required for those arriving by land.

For the EU countries, which includes Great Britain, the Spanish authorities will be following the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), risk level map, which is based on EU recommendations. For countries outside of the EU, the reference will be the 14 day cumulative coronavirus incidences for every 100,000 inhabitants. Countries which have a figure of over 150 will be asked to present the PCR test.

The government released a list of more than 65 countries in the Gazette, which included United States, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. For the full list of countries and territories please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The list will be reviewed every 15 days.

Starting November 23, passengers filling out their compulsory QR code will notice an additional question which asks if they have taken the PCR test and have received a negative notification. Authorities will sporadically request to see the official document, written in only Spanish or English, and may be presented in paper or electronic form. The compulsory health document is still required for travel to Spain.

This measure is different in the Canary Islands where you only need to present the PCR negative test if you’re staying at a tourist accommodation or hotel. In mainland Spain, you present it at the border but will not be required to show it at accommodation, whereas in the canaries you don’t need to show it at the borders, but do need it to stay in accommodation. Therefore, those who are travelling to the canaries and have their own place or are staying with friends will not need the test.

List of Countries and Territories who need a PCR test until 13th December 23:59

In the EU/EEA

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (except the Faroe islands and Greenland)
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece (except the regions of Kitri, Ionia, Nisia, Dytiki Ellada and Sterea Ellada)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (except the regions of Rogaland, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Viken, Innlandet, Vestfold og Telemark, Agder, Vestland, Trøndelag and Troms og Finnmark)
  • Poland
  • Portugal (except the Azores)
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Outside the EU/EEA

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Bahrain
  • Belize
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guam
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russian federation
  • San Marino
  • Saint Martin
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

List of countries and territories that need a PCR from 14th December 2020 until 27th December

In the EU/EEA

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark (except Faroe Islands, Greenland and Nordjylland)
  • Estonia
  • Finland (except the regions of Etela-Suomi, Lansi-Suomi, Pohjois-Ja Ita-Suomi y Aland)
  • France (except the Guadalupe island)
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (except the regions of Agder, Innlandet, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, Rogaland, Troms og Finnmark, Trøndelag, Vestfold og Telemark and Vestland)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • The United Kingdom (Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland)

Outside of the EU

Places which have an incidence of over 150 per 100,000 over 14 cumulative days.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belize
  • Belarus
  • Brazil
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Curaçao
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guam
  • Iran
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • North Macedonia
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Ukraine

NEW Coronavirus Measures across Valencia Community

This morning, Friday 6th November 2020, the president Ximo Puig addressed the Valencian community to announce further restrictions imposed on the Valencian community.

The restrictions have been posted in Castellano and Valenciano, but not in English so I have translated the document below:

Wakes and Burials

Capacity of 1/3 with a maximum limit of 25 people in outdoor spaces or 15 people in closed spaces.

Non-religious celebrations

Capacity of 1/3 with a maximum of 25 people in outdoor spaces or 15 people in closed spaces.

Mass events and activities

No type of event or mass activity is authorised.

Festive and traditional activities

The maximum number of 6 people may not be exceeded.

Outdoor recreational playgrounds, bouncy castles, slides and other children’s games

Maximum capacity of 50%.

Children’s entertainment venues in closed spaces

Group activities will have a maximum of 6 participants. Continuous cleaning must be guaranteed and that there is no exchange of objects between users.

Retail establishments and commercial premises and professional service activities that are not part of shopping centers and parks

Capacity of 50%.

Markets

They may install up to a maximum of 50% of the positions usually allowed or expand the available space so that the effect is equivalent. The space must be delimited with tapes or fences, and the municipalities must guarantee the cleaning and disinfection of the area once the activity is finished.

Shopping centers and parks

Capacity limited to 50% of both the premises and the common areas. These will only be used for the movement of customers. Recreational areas will remain closed.

Hotel and restaurant establishments

The activity of nightclubs, dance halls, karaoke and cocktail bars is suspended, as well as karaokes in hotel and restaurant establishments.

Consumption inside premises 1/3 of the capacity cannot be exceeded. Consumption on the terraces may not exceed 50%. Self-service or buffet services are not allowed. Nor is the collective or group consumption of beverages allowed on the street or in public spaces outside the hotel and similar establishments.

Hotels and tourist accommodation

1/3 of its capacity. In those that offer rooms and collective facilities, people belonging to different coexistence groups will NOT be able to spend the night or simultaneously use the collective services.

Museums and exhibition halls, monuments and other cultural facilities

They will be open to the public for individual visits, for those who live together or for groups of up to six people never in any case exceeding 50% of the capacity.

Libraries

You cannot exceed 50% capacity.

Cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, tent circuses and similar spaces, and venues and establishments for cultural events and outdoor shows

50% of capacity. Inside you will not be able to eat or drink, the seats will have to be pre-assigned with identification of each occupant. The audience must remain seated.

Travelling shows

Travelling shows where the audience and the show move at the same time is not allowed.

Tour guide activities

The groups will be of a maximum of 6 people.

Recreational tourist centers, zoos and aquariums

The capacity limit is 50% in both closed and outdoor facilities.

Congresses, meetings, business meetings, conferences and events

Online meetings are recommended. Those that are in person, will be carried out without exceeding 50% of the capacity in each of the spaces. Hotel and restaurant services are not allowed.

Gambling and betting establishments

You may not exceed 1/3 of the capacity in each of the rooms, tables or groups of tables in groups that will be of a maximum of 6 people.

Swimming Pools

Limit of 1/3 of its capacity in closed pools, and 50% in outdoor pools. You will not be able to use the showers or water fountains.

Academies, driving schools and non-regulated educational centers

Online teaching is recommended. It can be taught in person, but keeping a safety social distance and only 50% of the capacity. In driving school vehicles, the limitation is 2 people per row of seats and with the use of a mask.

Residential centers for the elderly and people with disabilities

The Resolution of August 17, 2020, of the Vice Presidency and Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies, which establishes the action plan in residences for dependent elderly people, day centers, sheltered homes and CEAM / CIM.

Non-professional or federated sports activity

Sports can be practiced in pairs without physical contact. Group activities can be carried out up to a maximum of 30 people, in open facilities, and up to 20 people, in closed facilities. Without physical contact, maintaining the safety distance and without exceeding 1/3 of the maximum capacity. The use of changing rooms or showers will not be allowed.

Sporting events

Competitions and sporting events will be held without public.

Land transport vehicles

In vehicles with up to 9 seats, it is allowed to occupy all the rear seats, as well as those in the driver’s row, when the rear seats have previously been used up. In vehicles with a single row of seats, it can only be occupied by two people. In all cases the mask will be mandatory except that all occupants are living together.

Consumption of tobacco and similar products

Smoking may not be allowed on public roads, terraces, beaches or other outdoor spaces when the safety distance of 2 meters cannot be respected.

PCR screening in specific groups

In the event of an epidemic outbreak, screening with PCR tests will be carried out in those populations at risk and potentially exposed.

This resolution will enter into force tonight at 00:00 on Saturday, November 7 and will last until 11:59 p.m. on December 9.

Don’t forget, the curfew also remains from midnight until 6am.

To read the Spanish document please follow this link: Coronavirus Valencian community Spanish Regulations PDF

The Valencian Community have closed their land borders. Here’s what that means for tourists and locals

Valencian community closes its borders

The Valencian Community closes its borders for 7 days and announces new restrictions in 31 municipalities

On Sunday 25th October 2020, President Pedro Sanchez announced that Spain was going back into State of Alarm. Although, what he made very clear from the get go was this was not a lockdown and neither did he or government intend to return to the intense lockdown of March 2020.

What he did emphasise on though was that each community would have the power to control their own borders and make changes to laws that would affect citizens in terms of movement and curfew.

It didn’t take long after this announcement for communities to announce that their borders would be closing either imminently or at the end of the week in time for the Spanish bank holiday of All Saint’s Day.

On Thursday 29th October, Puig the president of the Valencian Community addressed the community via Live Stream to announce that he had made the decision to close the borders of the Valencian Community in an act of solidarity with other communities who had already made the decision. He explained that he was disappointed by the inaction and was confused by the lack of action taken by Madrid, therefore would close our borders to allow support to other communities by having more police blocks available.

Within the Valencian Community, the land borders will close at midday on Friday 30th October 2020, initially for 7 days. It is permitted to travel within the community, which includes Alicante Province, Valencia Province and Castellón Province for tourism and to continue daily life. This is not a lockdown.

From today, 30th October, at midday until Friday 6th November, it is not permitted to enter or exit the Valencian Community, if it’s not for a valid reason. This includes working in a different community, commuting home, taking care of an elderly relative or an emergency health appointment. There have also been restrictions placed on 31 municipalities, where the epidemiology situation is the worst in the community as a prevention cause to prevent the situation worsening.

All of the Spain Peninsula borders, are now closed or closing except Extremadura and Galicia. Madrid took the decision to close their borders after the speech given by Puig and other community presidents.

Is Benidorm in lockdown again now?

No, no area of the valencian community is in lockdown. Benidorm is not in lockdown. This new restriction is very unlikely to affect any tourists who come to Benidorm and would likely never even realise it was on. Most people who come to Benidorm remain in the resort or only take day trips within our region. This is still allowed.

The only restrictions that are likely to affect tourists are the ones that were put in place last week, which is the early closure of bars and the midnight until 6am curfew where you are not permitted to be outside of your hotel or apartment.

I fly early hours of the morning. Can I break curfew?

Yes. You will be required to take your flight documents to show that you have an early or late flight which gives you justifiable reason to be out. The only difference is you will have to take a registered taxi or bus company as friends or family will not be permitted to break curfew and risk extensive fines for doing so. The only way a friend or family member can take you to the airport is if your journey means they aren’t travelling between midnight and 6am.

Can I fly into Murcia and go to a hotel in Torrevieja?

No. This is not permitted. Torrevieja is part of the Alicante province in the community of Valencia so in order to travel to Torrevieja you would have to fly into Alicante or Valencia airport. It is not permitted to cross the border between Alicante province and the Murcia province.

Can I still take a day trip to Altea or Calpe or Alicante City, Valencia City or Javea?

Yes, all of the cities and municipalities within the valencian community are open and you are allowed to take a day trip there either by car or public transport. The only exception is you need to be home for the curfew. You are also allowed to book overnight stays in these locations too. You are not allowed to leave the Valencia community.

What cities are in the Valencia Community?

The Valencia community is from Orihuela all the way up to Vinaros near Tarragona. The interactive map below highlights the Valencia region with a red line. You can travel to anywhere within this red border.

Are the air borders closed?

No, the airports are still operational. There are limited flights but there are still flights to Spain. Puig did say for the next 7 days, at least, he wants solidarity from valenciana residents to not take a flight to another Spanish community unless for work or emergency reasons, however, tourists are still allowed with no quarantine on arrival to Spain and no Covid test. However, most countries have imposed a quarantine on return from Spain.

Which 31 municipalities in Comunidad Valenciana have restrictions?

Castellón: Morella, Moles, Onda, Vinarós

Valencia: Algemesí, Guadassuar

Alicante: Crevillent, Elche, Elda, Ibi, Muro de Alcoy, Petrer, Pinoso and the 18 health areas of Orihuela (Albatera, Algorfa, Almodarí, Benejúzar, Beniferri, Bigastro, Callosa de Segura, Catral, Cox, Daya Nueva, Daya Vieja, Dolores, Granja de Rocamora, Jacarilla, Orihuela, Rafal, Redován and San Isidro).

If I am in one of the 31 restricted zones, what does this mean?

In general, it means social activities are greatly reduced. Libraries, pools, museums, cultural visits, indoor bars, shopping centres, cinemas and theatres are all reduced to 1/3 of their capacity. Bars and restaurants terraces will also be reduced to 50% of their capacity. Social gatherings of a maximum of 6.

The new restrictions do not confine anybody to their homes, at the moment.

Spain Faces a 6 Month State of Alarm

Pedro Sánchez addressed the nation today to announce that a State of Alarm has been enforced for 15 days, and if approved, until May 9th 2021.

The new law provides regional governments the option to stop travel in and out of their regions and communities unless it is justified, as well as imposing an obligatory nationwide curfew between 11pm and 6am.

The government is introducing an obligatory curfew for the entire country from 11pm to 6am, with regional premiers having a margin of one hour to bring forward or back curfew. They will not be able to remove the curfew. Comunidad Valenciana have a curfew between midnight and 6am.

Regions also now have the possibility of restricting the entering and exiting of their territories unless it’s for essential reasons such as going to work or a medical appointment. At the moment, travel between communities is still permitted unless you are in a lockdown area.

The reason for this is to allow regions to close their borders should they have a neighboring territory that is particularly hard hit by the virus. This is what the regions that border Madrid have regularly asked for, but until today wasn’t possible to do.

This decree does not close the borders of Spain to international travel by land, sea or air.

The new decree does not see the closure of the borders by land, sea or air and the same travel restrictions apply. You are still able to travel to Spain by car, or drive to other countries. There may be restrictions such as quarantine in certain countries and if travelling by sea or air you will still need to fill in the compulsory QR code.

The government made it clear today that they want the state of alarm which has been already approved initially for 15 days to actually remain in place until May 9th 2021. Should the situation improve, they can lift the state of alarm.

The government has no intention of returning to the total lockdown of March.

Bars and restaurants will need to be closed by midnight, but will not be able to accept new clients after 11pm. It is the customers responsibility to be home for the curfew. Workers travelling home or night shift workers are given justifiable reason to be out during curfew. It is also allowed to travel to the airport for an early morning flight or to attend an emergency medical appointment.

To finish, Sánchez explained that his goal is to get the cumulative number of coronavirus cases down to 25 per 100,000 inhabitants over the two-week period. Spain currently surpasses 400. He addressed the nation saying “We have a long road ahead, we are going to have to deploy a huge exercise of resistance,”

He finished by reminding citizens that state of alarm can be removed should the situation improve.

On the grand scheme of things not much will change, at the moment. This new state of alarm gives regional governments the independence to make their own decisions and have the possibility to implement further procedures should they deem fit.

There’s still great times to be had in Benidorm, bars and restaurants are still open along with a handful of hotels. Travel to Spain is still permitted.

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