South African flag and passportsIf you are a South African visiting Spain, either for a short holiday or to live and work here long-term, there are a number of legal requirements that you must adhere to before entering the country.

For Europeans visiting Spain things are a lot easier, but for South Africans there are a few more hoops to jump through before you can legally enter the country. Read on to learn about the travel documents and visas you will need to present on entry.

Valid Passport

If you are planning to visit Spain from South Africa you will need to have a valid passport or travel document. The passport or document must have been issued within the past 10 years and will also need to be valid for at least 3 months from your date of exit and return to South Africa.

food-supplyCritical food exports neglected in Brexit negotiations.

A new study, from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and City, University of London has found that current Brexit talks do not cover food trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The report shows that there is an urgent need for discussion and a crucial need for a frictionless border in Ireland for Northern Ireland food exports.

As the issue has so far been neglected, the future of the food supply could be severely impacted. Currently, the border in Ireland is fluid. However, Brexit implications may mean that border checks and the necessary border infrastructure are required. This could have serious consequences for food safety and standards as well as the potential risk of crime and fraud.

Spanish PropertiesResidential property prices in Spain increasing by 3.8%

2018 is set to be a good year for the Spanish property market as the first quarter of 2018 saw residential property prices rise across Spain according to a recent report by valuation and appraisal company Tinsa.

In Madrid, prices rose by 17% in the first three months of 2018 compared to the same three-month period in 2017. The highest rates in the capital city clocked in at €2,159 per square meter. Prices are increasing across the Madrid region, with a year on year increase of 21.3%. However, in general, property prices in the capital are still 12.3% lower than the market high of 2008.