Moving To Spain From The UK
Moving to Spain
If you are planning on moving to Spain, whether to Barcelona, Madrid, or a small village in the south of Spain, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your specific needs.
Importing Personal Effects to Spain
If you are moving to Spain from another EU country, you can import most of your goods without any formalities, the only restriction is that you must have paid tax or VAT at purchase or owned the goods for more than 6 months. As Spain in part of the EU, EU citizens do not require a visa to enter the country. When moving to Spain, you will only need your British passport, a detailed inventory and a customs declaration form.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:
Transit times can vary subject to the method of transport chosen, size of your consignment and the final destination. Britannia will advise you once this information is established.
All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.
Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.
Find out more about pet transport.
Importing Motor Vehicles To Spain
Importation of motor vehicles to Spain will be subject to compliance, it is probable that duty and tax will apply.
When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.
IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.
IFX offers :
More info on the IFX website.
Moving to Spain With Britannia
- Your Move to Spain With Britannia – Britannia has a dedicated network of removers who will assist you with moving to Spain. We provide computer tracking and bar coding for groupage consignments, to ensure a safe and reliable removal service. Your household goods can be transported to Spain by land, in sea containers or by air. We can also provide packing and a full door to door service to Spain.
- Additional removal services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional services when moving to Spain. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.
Living in Spain
Spain is nowadays undeniably one of the tourist hotspots in Europe, and an attractive destination for those looking to move abroad. The combination of the sunny climate, cultural diversity, a slower pace of life, and the relatively low living costs make Spain a perfect choice for many.
Spain is a diverse and multicultural country, not only due to the fairly high numbers of foreigners now permanently living in Spain, but due to distinct traditional regional identities, like the Basques, Galicians or Catalans. The country is a member of the EU, with a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy. Its economy is one of the largest in Europe and the world, and the country is rated very high in terms of living standards and quality of life.
Overall, Spain can boast a vibrant culture, a high quality of life, with free public health care and education, and a variety of employment opportunities, especially for those moving from the UK or Western Europe. One thing is for sure, no matter whether you move to Barcelona, Salamanca or Cadiz, you will discover a diverse culture, enjoy great food, travel a lot, and will get used to a more relaxed pace of life.
Interesting Facts About Spain
- Spain was one of the most powerful empires in the world in the 16th century.
- Spanish people habitually eat lunch at 2 pm, have a siesta until 4-5 pm and dinner around 9-10 pm.
- Bullfighting, often regarded as an art and a popular attraction is the most controversial sport in Spain.
- Spain produces 44% of the world’s olive oil.
- Spain has over 8000 km of beaches
Tips About Moving to and Living in Spain
- Apply for an NIE and a residence permit as soon as possible if you are planning to stay for a long time. These will make you a legal resident and are useful for many transactions. The NIE (Numero de Identidad de Extranjero) will be issued by the immigration service and is needed to file taxes, buy or sell a property or to open a bank account. The residence permit (Residencia) is used for identification and as proof of address.
- EU nationals do not need a work permit to work in Spain.
- If you are moving to Spain with your children, look at the education opportunities before moving. There are a number of international schools in Spain.
- The cost of living and housing in Spain is still 20-30% cheaper than in the UK, depending on the region.
- Consider employment opportunities before moving to Spain. You will most probably be able to find temporary work even if you haven’t secured anything from the UK, but wages will generally be lower.