Perhaps upping sticks and setting off to live in Spain is on the cards for you and your family with the temptation of year round sunshine, holiday destinations and high temperatures- if so here are some important points to consider beforehand!
The pace of life in Spain is much slower than patriots from other countries (particularly the UK) may be used to. Business workers tend to be much more relaxed during traditional working hours and it is not unusual to find that work doesn’t really begin in earnest until mid-morning. This can be somewhat frustrating if you are used to planning out your day and getting things done the way you like them!
The day is also divided into longer stretches of time in Spain; the morning (la mañana) lasts until around 2pm, la tarde (the afternoon)reaches nightfall and there is no word for evening. Bear this in mind when making arrangements or planning meetings!
Expats often congregate in three main areas within Spain; Andalucia in the south- a hilly region and home to the capital Saville, the island of Mallorca- a popular tourist destination, and the Valencia area, so if you are looking to live within a community of like-minded people these areas are the best starting points.
There are also some legalities to prepare for before making the leap and moving to Spain. Firstly, British citizens may require a visa to move permanently to Spain so you should check with your local Spanish embassy to identify the right visa. Within three months of moving to the country, you also need to obtain a Número de Identidad de Extranjero (a foreign identity number known as NIE) along with a residency card (Tarjeta de Residencia)
As a first port of call will also be opening an account with a Spanish based bank. Some may require an initial deposit to open the account or a minimum amount of money to be put through the account each month, so, if you are planning to work in Spain it pays off to do some research on bank account providers before you move to secure the best deal for yourself and your family.
Healthcare should be at the forefront of your mind when living in a foreign country, and procedures may differ greatly from the ones you are used to. If you are registered to work in Spain and make National Insurance contributions you are eligible to receive the same level of healthcare as a Spanish-born resident. If you are not covered for state-run healthcare, another option is to purchase public health-insurance instead. The Spanish regional health authorities offer a special pay-in scheme (convenio especial) which allows policy holders to pay a monthly amount in return for access to state-run healthcare.
Spain also uses a co-payment system for prescriptions which encourages patients to pay a percentage of the cost of their prescription. For a full breakdown of costs please visit the UK Government website.
With so much to consider before moving to Spain, physically moving your belongings overseas should be the least of your worries. That’s where we come in! We’ll organise all the removals logistics on your behalf – even helping you pack, if required. Simply get in touch for more information. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0845 4680 160
Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move. There’s additional space for you to add your own notes, as every move is different.