Expat Life

ITV. The return

carIt was 2 years since my car had its last ITV and I had less than a week left before it expired. I was procrastinating like crazy; my Spanish was just not up to booking that test on the phone. Then I received a text.

As best I could make out it said that my test was due and if I wanted to book it then phone: 928 984 686, there was no more putting it off. At the end of the text it also gave a web address. That was more like it. No stumbling and stuttering over how to pronounce all those foreign words just go on the net and click a few boxes.

Friends or family coming to stay with you?

EmbasyTell them to look after their passports, warns British Embassy

The British Embassy in Madrid is warning Easter visitors to Spain to take good care of their passports, after more than 6000 were lost or stolen in the country last year[1].

A lost or stolen passport means spending precious holiday time and money to get an Emergency Travel Document or ETD in order to return home.

British Ambassador gets cooking

EmbasyBritish Ambassador Simon Manley gets cooking with three Michelin star chef David Muñoz

What can the British Ambassador to Spain and the Mohican-wearing, Spanish it-chef of the moment have in common? Not much, it might appear, but Simon Manley (46) and David Muñoz (33) share several passions. Running, food and the United Kingdom are three of them, and the pair has just been filmed cooking the classic British dish of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding – with a distinctive, modern Spanish twist.

Passport fees for British nationals overseas reduced by 35%

EmbasyThe fees for a UK passport for British citizens applying from overseas countries, including Spain, will fall by 35% from next month.

James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7th April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children.

Iain Duncan Smith visits benefit fraud team in Spain

EmbasyIain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has visited the Benefit Fraud investigation team in Spain to thank them for their hard work and to show his continued support in bringing overseas benefit fraudsters to justice.

In a meeting at the British Embassy in Madrid, investigators explained what they are doing to tackle benefit fraud such as data sharing with the Spanish authorities, which allows them to trace suspects living in Spain. The team has investigated over 1,200 cases to date and has recovered almost £5million of UK taxpayers’ money.

Spain at top of list for ‘Abroad fraud’

EmbasyBritish benefit cheats push Spain to top of list for ‘Abroad fraud’

Spain has topped the list of countries for benefit fraud abroad committed against UK taxpayers, new figures reveal. More than 750 cases were investigated in Spain last year by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Lost in Transit?

spanishcatMystery surrounds the discovery of a cat in an Aberdeenshire garage which has been traced via its identity chip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

BBC Scotland has learned the cat was found by a family in Muchalls on Thursday.


Select Committee seeks views on service provided by British Consulates

EmbasyForeign Affairs Select Committee seeks views on service provided by British Consulates

Do you have experience of seeking help from a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission when travelling overseas? Did you get the support you were looking for? The Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons would like to hear from you in a two-week web forum on the UK Parliament website.

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