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Spain throws cold water on summer holiday trips as it seeks to vaccinate 70 per cent of population
Resistance to change leaves Madrid and Zidane pondering futures again
Cycle lanes between popular expat town and local beaches mooted for Spain’s Costa Blanca
Angry hospitality sector airs closure grievances to Torrevieja mayor on Spain’s Costa Blanca
GRIM NEWS continues over COVID-19 infections in Spain’s Valencian Community
HIGHEST DEATH figure equalled during COVID-19 pandemic in Spain’s Valencian Community
TOO MANY GOATS as farmers on Spain’s Costa Blanca predict big problems due to hospitality closure
Fly tippers’ “irresponsible attitudes” slammed as roadside rubbish removal starts in popular expat area on Spain’s Costa Blanca
Juniper Days puts a new spin on play-based learning, open-ended toys and early childhood development
BREAKING: Spain’s Andalucia registers 7,816 new COVID-19 cases in another record-breaking day as hospitalisations reach new heights
Torremolinos and seven other municipalities in Spain’s Malaga must close borders on Saturday after COVID-19 incidence rate surpasses 500 cases per 100,000 people
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Three teens detained for vandalising nativity scene on Spain’s Costa Blanca
WATCH: Mob justice as neighbourhood beats man almost unconscious after he allegedly sprayed woman with nitric acid on Spain’s Costa del Sol
Homeless woman sets fire to sleeping boyfriend in Spain’s Mallorca
Gold, Silver Fall with Stocks, Inflation Outlook as Covid and Lockdowns Worsen, Pension Rows Hit China and Spain
COMPUTER CON as fraudster steals €43,000 off vulnerable victims on Spain’s Costa Blanca
11 olive workers forced to live in ‘slave like’ conditions freed in Spain’s Malaga
Junta warns central government’s decision not to permit restrictions and confinement in Spain’s Andalucia is ‘big mistake’
Radix Health Grows Leadership Team as Seasoned Healthcare Executives Join to Drive Growth and Innovation
BREAKING: Spain breaks pandemic record as it detects 44,357 COVID-19 cases Thursday
Spain logs 42,885 new COVID-19 cases, regions tightening curbs
Rare 5,000-year-old crystal dagger is uncovered in Prehistoric Iberian megalithic tomb in Spain
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
LaLiga: Title is Atletico Madrid’s to lose; Ronald Koeman finally knows his best Barcelona system
Billie Eilish sings in Spanish for new song with Rosalía
105-year-old Spanish flu survivor first to get COVID vaccine at Longmeadow senior facility
Spain's Carolina Marin breezes into Thailand Open final
Mexico to deliver online Spanish classes for J’can students
Real Madrid sent packing from Copa del Rey by tiny Alcoyano
Flytlink Ltd Announces Availability of the Fastapn service
Salah's Liverpool exit admission, Klopp's stance and Real Madrid's dilemma
School of Inspired Leadership, Spain’s IESE, Japan’s Shizenkan Univ launch MBA course on future of capitalism
Jesuits in Spain drop bombshell by admitting to decades of sexual abuse
En-Nesyri nets hat trick as Sevilla rises to 3rd in Spain
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Spain backs away from quarantine criticism, but maintains ‘solidarity’ with players
Spain's Marin clinches spot in Thailand Open final
Ogonna Chukwudi: Madrid CFF sign Nigeria midfielder from CSKA Moscow
Spanish tennis federation apologises to TA
Former Mavericks guard J.J. Barea signs for team in Spain
TGTE Congratulates and Thank Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown for Building Mullivaikal Memorial
Hong Kong and Madrid are the latest to tighten lockdowns amid new infections and concerns over the new variant.
Spanish Priorat Earns Prestige Thanks To Entrepreneurial Winemakers
‘Chaos’: Wild twist after Spanish slam
Theatre, cinema, concerts thrive in Madrid despite COVID-19
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Theatre, cinema, concerts thrive in Madrid despite virus
Spain Tourism Video
Spain Tourism Video II
Spain is waiting for you!
Spain in 2 minutes
The beauty of Spain - España - Espagne - Spain
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Current News in Spain
  • Spain throws cold water on summer holiday trips as it seeks to vaccinate 70 per cent of population
  • Resistance to change leaves Madrid and Zidane pondering futures again
  • Cycle lanes between popular expat town and local beaches mooted for Spain’s Costa Blanca
  • Angry hospitality sector airs closure grievances to Torrevieja mayor on Spain’s Costa Blanca
  • GRIM NEWS continues over COVID-19 infections in Spain’s Valencian Community
  • HIGHEST DEATH figure equalled during COVID-19 pandemic in Spain’s Valencian Community
  • TOO MANY GOATS as farmers on Spain’s Costa Blanca predict big problems due to hospitality closure
  • Fly tippers’ “irresponsible attitudes” slammed as roadside rubbish removal starts in popular expat area on Spain’s Costa Blanca
  • Juniper Days puts a new spin on play-based learning, open-ended toys and early childhood development
  • BREAKING: Spain’s Andalucia registers 7,816 new COVID-19 cases in another record-breaking day as hospitalisations reach new heights
  • Torremolinos and seven other municipalities in Spain’s Malaga must close borders on Saturday after COVID-19 incidence rate surpasses 500 cases per 100,000 people
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Three teens detained for vandalising nativity scene on Spain’s Costa Blanca
  • WATCH: Mob justice as neighbourhood beats man almost unconscious after he allegedly sprayed woman with nitric acid on Spain’s Costa del Sol
  • Homeless woman sets fire to sleeping boyfriend in Spain’s Mallorca
  • Gold, Silver Fall with Stocks, Inflation Outlook as Covid and Lockdowns Worsen, Pension Rows Hit China and Spain
  • COMPUTER CON as fraudster steals €43,000 off vulnerable victims on Spain’s Costa Blanca
  • 11 olive workers forced to live in ‘slave like’ conditions freed in Spain’s Malaga
  • Junta warns central government’s decision not to permit restrictions and confinement in Spain’s Andalucia is ‘big mistake’
  • Radix Health Grows Leadership Team as Seasoned Healthcare Executives Join to Drive Growth and Innovation
  • BREAKING: Spain breaks pandemic record as it detects 44,357 COVID-19 cases Thursday
  • Spain logs 42,885 new COVID-19 cases, regions tightening curbs
  • Rare 5,000-year-old crystal dagger is uncovered in Prehistoric Iberian megalithic tomb in Spain
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • LaLiga: Title is Atletico Madrid’s to lose; Ronald Koeman finally knows his best Barcelona system
  • Billie Eilish sings in Spanish for new song with Rosalía
  • 105-year-old Spanish flu survivor first to get COVID vaccine at Longmeadow senior facility
  • Spain's Carolina Marin breezes into Thailand Open final
  • Mexico to deliver online Spanish classes for J’can students
  • Real Madrid sent packing from Copa del Rey by tiny Alcoyano
  • Flytlink Ltd Announces Availability of the Fastapn service
  • Salah's Liverpool exit admission, Klopp's stance and Real Madrid's dilemma
  • School of Inspired Leadership, Spain’s IESE, Japan’s Shizenkan Univ launch MBA course on future of capitalism
  • Jesuits in Spain drop bombshell by admitting to decades of sexual abuse
  • En-Nesyri nets hat trick as Sevilla rises to 3rd in Spain
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Spain backs away from quarantine criticism, but maintains ‘solidarity’ with players
  • Spain's Marin clinches spot in Thailand Open final
  • Ogonna Chukwudi: Madrid CFF sign Nigeria midfielder from CSKA Moscow
  • Spanish tennis federation apologises to TA
  • Former Mavericks guard J.J. Barea signs for team in Spain
  • TGTE Congratulates and Thank Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown for Building Mullivaikal Memorial
  • Hong Kong and Madrid are the latest to tighten lockdowns amid new infections and concerns over the new variant.
  • Spanish Priorat Earns Prestige Thanks To Entrepreneurial Winemakers
  • ‘Chaos’: Wild twist after Spanish slam
  • Theatre, cinema, concerts thrive in Madrid despite COVID-19
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Theatre, cinema, concerts thrive in Madrid despite virus
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  • Cádiz 61°F
  • Córdoba 55°F
  • Granada 52°F
  • Málaga 61°F
  • Salamanca 45°F
  • Seville 59°F
Videos
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  • Spain Tourism Video II
  • Spain is waiting for you!
  • Spain in 2 minutes
  • The beauty of Spain - España - Espagne - Spain
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