News from the British Consulate

Residency applications and TIE exchange:

We confirmed that we are aware of issues around getting appointments for the TIE exchange in Alicante. If anyone is having difficulty getting their green residency certificate accepted, they can show this document which the Spanish authorities have produced: https://www.inclusion.gob.es/ficheros/brexit/nota_aclaratoria_green_certificate.pdf

For anyone who is applying for residency for the first time, if they cannot get an appointment they can apply online, either with a digital certificate or by using a gestor. You can obtain a digital certificate from your local town hall.


We confirmed that everyone in Spain will receive the vaccine but it may take time for this to happen. British nationals on private healthcare can register at their local health centre. If they try to do so and are told to wait, this may be because the vaccine roll out has not yet reached their age group. As soon as we hear anything further on vaccines, we will let you know. 

Contacting the Consulate:

If someone wants to make a  general enquiry, they can  fill in an online contact form so they get the answer directly. If someone is vulnerable and unable to call the Consulate, they can also fill in a contact form and ask for someone to contact them. The online contact form is www.gov.uk/contact-consulate-alicante


Healthcare in Spain:

If you have a particular problem with accessing healthcare in Spain, you can email the healthcare team directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.k


Residency requirements moving forward:

British nationals moving to Spain from now on will fall under the “regimen general de extranjeria” which is the main immigration rules for non-EU nationals.

More information can be found on these websites:

Note that the British Consulate cannot advise on whether someone may meet these requirements or help with any applications.

In the Comunidad Valenciana, most town halls have an office that supports non-EU national immigrants. These are called PANGEA offices. There is a list of all PANGEA offices in the Comunidad Valenciana on this link: http://inclusio.gva.es/documents/610754/169859438/Contactos+Oficinas+Pangea+2020_Alicante.pdf/e7247a3c-0734-4123-a6eb-29a7e393c493

  • Membership

    For 40 years HELP Vega Baja has worked hard to support those people who have chosen to live or visit Spain.

    In recognition of those who continue to support the association in this work, the committee has developed a number of benefits specifically for its members and becoming a member or renewing an existing membership could not be simpler! The cost of an annual membership is just €10.

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  • Donating to Help Vega Baja

    Your gift can really make a difference!

    HELP Vega Baja relies upon donations to enable us to provide information, advice, and practical support to people within our community, often at times of crisis in their lives. No matter what the problem is, we always do what we can to support them, as we have for over 40 years.

    ​​Your donation, whether a single or regular payment can make a huge difference and allows us to not only support people in emergency situations but also provide other services throughout the year such as support groups and friendship centres that can change the lives of people who would otherwise not have anywhere or anyone to turn to. Please help us to continue helping others.

    Donate using Paypal  

    It's easy to donate to HELP Vega Baja using Paypal.

    Simply use the link at the side to  send a one off or monthly donation.

    Donate via bank transfer

    HELP Vega Baja bank details:

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    Registered Charity Number: CV-04-047761-A

    Contact Details: + 34 966 723 733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Why not become a Volunteer

    The main areas where Volunteers are used are as follows;

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    AID FOR SMEs, EMPLOYEES AND THE SELF-EMPLOYED From Monday, February 22 to Friday, March 12, the period for requesting aid from the “Plan Resistir” will be open, with an allocation of € 3,457,657. We have created the website https://www.ahoratorrevieja.es in which you will find all the available aids and the documentation to present. An information and citizen service office has been set up in the La Plasa building at the corner of Joaquín Chapaprieta street, to attend to all doubts and needs and to inform about existing aid. Telephone service will also be available (96 507 43 10) from 09:00 to 13:00, and the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    A new law has been passed that will allow some people access to a mortgage holiday of up to 9 months. Full details are available from the Government website (use Google Translate to get an idea of the text if required). https://www.mscbs.gob.es/ssi/covid19/hipotecas/home.htm


    The DOGV publishes details of the direct aid of the GVA Laboral to support companies and the self employed

    This link explains how to claim for the new payouts  http://bit.ly/3arYIrO.

    The aid amounts to 600 euros in the case of full-time contracts and 300 euros in the case of part-time contracts for each worker registered with a labor contract (with a limit of 12,000 euros for each account of contribution of the company or self-employed person that belongs to the supported sectors). For self-employed persons without workers in their charge, the aid will amount to 600 euros.

    The deadline to apply for the grants will begin at 9 a.m. on February 4, 2021 and will end at 11:59 p.m. on February 17, 2021.

    In order to meet the requests, the applications will be dealt with in two phases. The first one, which must be accessed through the website and  It will only be necessary to identify yourself (CIF of the company and NIF or NIE of the self-employed person) and give contact information (address email, contact phone number).

    With this information, a record will be created and the system will inform the user of the date and time slot assigned to carry out the second part of the procedure , which will be the presentation of the application. In this phase, it is necessary to have an electronic signature.

    ERTE extended until May 31st 2021

    The Government agree to extend the #ERTE (Furlough scheme in Spain) until May 31st. This is the third extension reached by consensus to provide protection to workers and companies facing the exceptional circumstances that are occurring due to the pandemic.

    The flexibility of the current model is maintained and processing is simplified.

    In addition, the Executive has also reached an agreement with the main associations involved with those that are self-employed. The objective is to guarantee until May 31st the aid in place, to alleviate the effects of #COVID19.

    The agreement involves the extension of current benefits, with slight modifications

    More information on the extension of the ERTE: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/.../2021/190121-erte.aspx

    More details about the agreement for those self-employed: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/.../2021/190121-autonomos.aspx

    SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/271484039577944/posts/3851935921532720/?d=n




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