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Moving to Spain

Posted by admin on June 10, 2017
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Spain offers a great quality of life, relaxed and more laid back than other European countries. It is very popular among retirees because the weather is nice and warm all year round. Enjoying the outdoor and the culture.

There are certain requirements and previsions you need to consider before moving. Here a list of what is necessary to do:

  1. Visas and residency requirements:

This is the first step, if you are a EU or the EEA (Iceland, Norway or Switzerland) you don’t need to apply for a visa, no matter for how long you stay. But after 90 days you should apply for your NIE (Numero de Identidad de Extranjero) and a Trajeta de residencia (Residency card) on the Oficina de Extranjeros and you will be required to show proof of public or private healthcare or insurance.

For the other nationalities, there are work visas, student visas and retirement or family reasons visas. You need to apply for any of them. If you have an employment contact in place, your employer can help you to do this application. The country can request you to proof you are financially able to support yourself and any dependents for long periods of time.

  1. Bank account:

You need to open a bank account in Spain if you are staying long term. We recommend you use large banks with international presence such as BBVA, Santander or Lloyds. If you already work with an International bank it will be much easier and it will help to move with a credit rating.

  1. Insurance and Pension:

If you are an EU citizen: Make sure you made all the arrangements before you move, that will make your life easier. Make sure you notify your life insurance company, health provider and other financial institutions and provide a new contact. And you can continue to receive your pension in Spain.

  1. Medical facilities:

Spain has one of the most comprehensive health care systems in Europe and their infrastructure is very good. If you are a retiree it is very important to consider accessibility to medical services. While living inland in a rural area can be tempting because of the peace and quiet. You must consider that it is harder to find people that speak your language and the facilities may be far way.

  1. Cost of living:

Bear in mind that some cities are more expensive than others to live, but in general wages sit above the national averages on those places where living is higher. But overall Spain offers a good quality of life and the significant cost are generally less expensive than back in your country.

  1. Personal taxes:

Each personal case is different, but if you are moving abroad you may cease to be liable of paying taxes at your home country if you cut all ties and become domicile abroad.

  1. Pets:

Moving with your pets is easy within the EU. If you have all the paperwork in order, such as identification number, proof of valid vaccination. You need to get a EU Pet Passport and this should be issued by a license vet.


  1. Employment:

If you are a EU or EA citizen you are entitled to work and live in Spain without a visa. For expats, the job offer in Spain is diverse. Even that the unemployment in Spain is decreasing after the crisis, competition for jobs is still tough. But as an expat there some areas like training and languages where you will be ahead of locals. And Hospitality is still one of the most important sectors.

Check list:

  • Don’t forget to do all the necessary notifications of your new residence.
  • Research and find a good moving company.
  • If you are keeping your home in your country don’t forget to pack, label and storage the belonging you will have left behind.
  • Enjoy your new Home!

In forSaleInSpain we are professional ready to help you and guide you through the process of finding and buying the home of your dreams. Contact us!



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