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What changes about life in Spain in April

Masks in ALL public places

The Spanish government approved on Tuesday, March 30, a decree that will require people to wear face masks outdoors in all public settings, including beaches, swimming pools and in nature where in some regions it was not necessary before.

So April will be the first full month that Spain’s 47 million people, and tourists visiting the country, will have to technically don the mask while sunbathing alone on a deserted beach or hiking through a tranquil forest.

Needless to say, this is a controversial move by the Spanish authorities that you can find out more about here.

Great expectations for the deployment of vaccines in Spain

Spain’s Ministry of Health is viewing April as the month in which the country’s vaccine strategy will take off and must take off, especially if it wants to boost its ailing economy and save its tourism industry.

Spanish authorities will receive more than five million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines throughout April, in addition to the one million extra doses of German and American vaccines that were shipped on Monday, March 29.

After the temporary suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine for a week in March for fear that they were related to incidences of blood clots (until now ruled out by the European Medicines Agency), the Ministry of Health of Spain decided on Tuesday 30 to start offering this inoculation at the age of 65 years.

The first JanssenFff vaccines will also arrive in Spain in April, 1.3 million doses, which are expected to be administered to people aged 66 and over from mid-April.

Spain has increased the daily deployment of vaccines to an average of 200,000 doses administered per day, but the inoculation machine will have to be even more efficient if the country is to reach its immunization goals by the summer.

So far, 7.7 million doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in Spain since the campaign began at the end of December. Five million people, 10.8 percent of the population, have received at least one dose. Only 5.8 percent of the 47 million inhabitants of Spain have received a full vaccination.

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Lots of important tax issues, especially for the self-employed

April 7 marks the start of the 2020-2021 income tax campaign in Spain, when online filings open.

You can learn more about the important tax dates to watch out for this year here and the changes that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis here.

The self-employed in Spain have until April 20 to present the income tax withholding declaration and the VAT self-assessment (the declaration of personal income tax withholdings and the self-assessment of VAT).Photo: Lukas Bieri / Pixabay

These are usually 111 forms (quarterly statement of personnel and professional withholdings) and 115 (quarterly statement withholding rents).

Self-employed They may also have to submit form 303 for their quarterly VAT assessment, form 349 for the declaration of intra-community transactions taxes, form 130 if they are taxed by direct estimation or form 131 if they are taxed on objective estimation or modules. it is also April 20.

If all of this seems like too much to handle, it may be time to enlist the help of a Spaniard. manager to help you navigate the complex Spanish bureaucracy.

A quiet Easter, but will it also be a quiet month?

If you are based in Spain, you probably already know this, but as a reminder, you are not allowed to cross regional borders to go on Easter holidays to another part of Spain if you are a local or foreign resident in Spain.

The large processions that usually dominate Holy Week in Spain, especially in Andalusia, have all been canceled, although masses will be celebrated and some smaller processions (steps) will be allowed but with a limited audience.

Holy Week officially ends on Sunday, April 4, but depending on the epidemiological situation in the 17 autonomous communities of Spain, it is possible that some regional borders remain closed for longer during the month of April.

The Valencia region, for example, does not intend to lift the closure of its regional border until May 9, so you cannot leave the region until then unless you can justify one of the accepted exceptions.

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It’s fair to say that interregional travel is likely to generally freeze in the near future in Spain, especially as the country’s biweekly infection rate has risen in the last week from 128 cases per 100,000 people to around 149 cases today. . per 100,000.

Tourism authorities will want to ensure that they can “save the summer” by preventing or mitigating the effects of a fourth wave before the financially crucial summer tourism period.

It is the season of spring fruits and vegetables in Spain

There may not be much to look forward to with the current uncertainty of life, but eating healthy and well is always an advantage of life in Spain.

With the arrival of spring comes the harvest of fruits and vegetables typical of spring in Spain, the abundance of which will probably lower prices.

April is a good month to buy cherries, oranges, avocados as well as chard, artichokes, celery, asparagus, peas, and endives.

Photo: Color / Pixabay

Traveling to Spain from outside the EU is not possible in April

On Monday, March 29, Spain extended its restrictions on non-essential travel from countries outside the EU and the Schengen area until April 30.

This means that travelers from countries outside the Schengen area will not be able to make non-essential trips to Spain by land, air or sea during the Easter period and throughout the month of April.

However, travelers from some countries with low infection rates will be able to make the trip, including those from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, China (subject to reciprocity), and the Hong Kong and Macao regions. . since there are agreements at the Schengen level that allow it.

It is worth noting that the restriction extensions do not apply to Gibraltar as they have vaccinated almost their entire population against Covid-19. Restrictions on non-essential travel from Gibraltar to Spain will be lifted at 6pm on March 30.

Changes in Spanish electricity bills

On April 1, the Spanish government will introduce changes in the way electricity bills are calculated, that is, their hourly discrimination, the rule of electrical hourly discrimination in Spain.

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Knowing what time electricity is cheapest can save users up to 70 euros a year, according to the Spanish consumer group OCU.

The main change is that there will be three time slots with different rates each:

  • Rush hour (the most expensive): in the morning between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and in the afternoon / evening between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm
  • Flat rate (somewhat cheaper): in the morning, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and at night from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. p.m
  • Non-peak rate (the cheapest): 0:00 am and 8:00 am.

If you are in PVPC regulated price mode, the new time discrimination periods will automatically be applied to your contracted rate.

The PVPC is the Voluntary Price to the Small Consumer, the system that the Spanish government has to establish an hourly rate for electricity.

EXPLAINED: How to request a discount on your Spanish electricity bill

The rain in Spain

The first half of April will be somewhat rainier than normal for the time of year and temperatures will be the usual in the peninsula and the Canary Islands, while in the Balearic Islands the tweather site forecasts warmer weather than normal for this month.

April is usually a very rainy month in the north of Spain, especially in Galicia, the Cantabrian Sea, Navarra and the north of Huesca. It is not surprising that the Spanish saying goes ‘in April, water is a thousand’ (in April the water is a thousand).

On the contrary, the driest areas are usually Murcia, Almería and the Canary Islands. also foresees that there will be a lot of dust in suspension over large areas of Spain and the Canary Islands at Easter, which is known as haze, a nuisance for people with respiratory difficulties and allergies.

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