International Club of Estepona

The "ICE" Club

A Social and Cultural Club for English Speaking People.



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Miscellaneous info that may be of interest to members.

Useful links

Support in Spain.

Online Guide for British Nationals over 50

Citizens Advice.

There is now a service operating in Spain.






Covid Symptoms:


COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization.


Most common symptoms:


dry cough


Less common symptoms:

aches and pains

sore throat




loss of taste or smell

a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

chest pain or pressure

loss of speech or movement

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should manage their symptoms at home.

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.


IMPORTANT, now us Brits are no longer EU Citizen's we have to renew our Padron every 2 years and not every 5 years as before. More info below.




The government has published a BOE that includes information on the padrón for us Brits now we are non EU citizens. Important to comply because many things could be dependent on the validity of the padrón - TIE, Covid vaccination, car registration, registering the S1, to stand as a candidate in local elections etc.


Registration on the Padrón will take into account the following:

1. The municipal Padrón is the administrative register for the inhabitants of the Municipality. Your data constitutes proof of residence in the municipality and normal address in it. The certificates issued from this data will be public and reliable documents for all administrative purposes.

2. Anyone living in Spain is required to register on the Padrón of their municipality in which they habitually reside. Anyone living in several municipalities, or having several addresses within the same municipality, must be registered only in the one in which you live for longer than a year.

3. Dependants shall have the same address unless they are authorised in writing to reside in another home or municipality.

4. When a person changes residence he or she must apply in writing or via their digital signature

to change the address on the Padrón.

5.The City Council shall provide the standard forms as proof of one’s registration on the Padrón.

6.The Padrón once changed to an address in another municipality will involve automatic cancellation of any previous registrations in other municipalities.

7.The City Council may verify the veracity of the data entered by asking for presentation of documents proving their identity and the address in the municipality. For this purpose, the City Council will be able to check the veracity of the data provided and request an ID, family book, the title deeds or rental contract that legitimises the occupation of the property or other similar documents and personal contact details.

8.Where there is evidence to doubt that the residence in the municipality or any of the data declared by the citizen or to modify details in the Padrón, the City Council will request further proof.

9.If denied a Padrón the applicant has 3 months to appeal.


The BOE contains a lot of information for specific cases but your local Town Hall should be able to help if in doubt.

If you are required to present the actual Padrón document, the certificate itself must be dated within 3 months so you may need to get an updated one and now, most importantly, as non EU citizens, we are obliged to renew our registration on the Padrón every 2 years and not every 5 years as before.








Change in the Face Masks Rules !!!


This new regulation which comes into force tomorrow makes compulsory face masks for people from the age of six years old AT ALL TIMES, in all public spaces (Even At The Beach), no matter if there is a safe distance between people.


Exception, when practicing sport in open air (must practice social distancing) - this may change depending on which autonomous community you live in - and obviously when it is literally impossible to wear one.


There is also new rules on what type of masks you can wear, these have to be of the same type as sold by the Farmacias.

Clarification on face masks, they have to be 3 fold, like the ones from the pharmacy. €100 fine for non compliance.


New fines for breaking mask wearing rules in car.


100 euros for the owner of the vehicle if not all occupants are of the same household and not all are wearing their masks. This sanction will also apply if there are more than four people inside the car.


500 euros and 6 points deduction from driving licence if you're caught taking off your mask while driving/with motor running. Only in the event that the agents estimate that the severity of the distraction has been less, this amount could be reduced to 200 euros, without prejudice to the points of the licence.


80 euros for hanging your mask on the interior rearview mirror.


Who is exempt from the rule?


Children under 6. People who have a disease or respiratory difficulty that can be aggravated by the use of the mask, people who due to their situation of dependency or disability do not have autonomy to remove the mask, and people whose behaviour may be altered when using the mask.