Advice On Moving To Spain From Uk?
- Víctormanuel Paz
Visas and residency – You must tell the UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pension and tax if you are moving or retiring abroad. Check the entry requirements for Spain. Before you move to Spain you must apply for the appropriate visa from the Spanish consulates in London or Edinburgh , or the Spanish consulate in Manchester (details available from the Foreign embassies in the UK list ). Read the Spanish government’s guidance on:
- moving to Spain
- the different types of residence permit available to you (in Spanish)
Can I just move to Spain from UK?
From 2021 onwards, any British citizen who wishes to move to Spain for longer than 3 months must apply for a regular residence permit (even though they could just apply for a tourist visa, which would allow them to stay for a maximum of 90 days every 6 months).
What are the pitfalls of moving to Spain?
Is moving to Spain a good idea?
Monday, 14 November 2016 You may be unsure whether moving to Spain is the right thing to do, since it seems that fewer and fewer people are deciding to do so these days. It also appears that many ex pats are heading back from Spain to their home countries. At Send My Bag, however, we believe that Spain still has plenty to offer those wanting to move abroad for a better life. We have put together the top ten reasons why moving to Spain is a brilliant idea. You should also read our guide to moving abroad and our advice on buying a house abroad , or why not have a think about moving to Australia or the USA ?
- The weather. Especially to those with cold winters just ahead of us, the weather is clearly one of the most attractive reasons for moving to Spain. The southern coast typically enjoys around 320 days of sunshine a year, as well as a year-round mild climate.
- Al fresco lifestyle. Given Spain’s climate, a great deal of time can be spent outdoors, whether dining on the balcony, soaking up the sun at the beach or enjoying outdoor activities, such as swimming or cycling.
- Plant life. Another benefit of the warm climate is that there are nearly always plants in bloom, making your outdoor space beautiful all year round. Plants to enjoy in Spain include bougainvillea, jasmine and cannas.
- Food and drink. Spain has a rich food culture with numerous flavoursome dishes particular to the country, such as tortilla, pisto, paella and turrón.
- Variety. While expats may automatically think about relocating to the southern coast or islands of Spain, the country offers diverse landscapes for your enjoyment, from Mediterranean coasts, to alpine regions, deciduous forests, and volcanic islands.
- Cost of living. Compared to many other European countries, Spain tends to have a lower cost of living. Purchases such as alcoholic beverages, many grocery items, petrol, and restaurant food are all cheaper in Spain than in somewhere like the UK.
- Healthcare. Spain’s healthcare system has been rated among the best in the world. In fact, the World Health Organization rated it 7 th in the world in 2000. Hospitals are modern, well-equipped and staffed by skilled doctors.
- Good transport links. There are extensive air routes, railways, ports and roads in Spain that make the country an excellent base for travel around Europe and farther afield. Also, those wishing to move abroad to Spain should be able to return home whenever necessary with minimal hassle.
- Fiestas. Spanish people know how to party. They are very good at marking occasions, such as saints’ days and feast days, with community festivals. Some of the bigger events include Seville’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) and La Tomatina (Tomato Festival) in Valencia
- Siestas. While you may have to get used to businesses closing for a few hours in the afternoon, you will soon love the excuse to just stay at home and relax, and worry about running errands later.
If our reasons for moving to Spain have convinced you, remember that your luggage doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can send your luggage to Spain with Send My Bag so that you don’t need to worry about staying within your airline’s baggage limits.
Is it cheaper to live in Spain or UK?
Cost of Living in Spain vs the UK – Spain has always been well known for generally having much lower living costs than the UK. According to Numbeo, the overall average cost of living in Spain is 18. 2% cheaper than in the UK as a whole. One major area contributes to this fact, as rent is on average 33.
What you should know before moving to Spain?
Is living in Spain difficult?
Everything you need to know when moving to Spain from the UK
The Best Reasons to Live in Spain – If you’re thinking about living in Spain, there are a lot of benefits. For starters, Spain’s low cost of living makes it more affordable than most Western European countries. For example, rent in London is 120% higher than in Barcelona.
- Compared to the U;
- , rent in Spain is 45;
- 28% lower;
- Even little things, like a bottle of imported beer, will cost you 73% more in London than it will in Barcelona;
- Another reason to head to this affordable western European country? Spain’s health care system is among the best rated in the world;
The benefits don’t stop there. Spain has an excellent public transportation system. It’s easily accessible and it makes it easy for people to get around. The overall lifestyle is quite laid-back, and there are lots of leisure activities to enjoy. People in Spain work to live – they don’t live to work.
What are the rules for moving to Spain?
Golden Visa – If you plan to buy a property (or properties) in Spain for €500,000 or more then a Golden Visa could be a route to becoming resident in Spain. You must be a non-EU citizen over 18 years of age, with no criminal record. You have to obtain private health insurance and must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family in Spain.
- The income requirement is for twice the IPREM (a salary index used for various grants and allowances);
- For 2021 this is €564;
- 90 a month giving a requirement of €1,129;
- 80 or €13,557;
- 60 a year going through your bank account;
Each additional family adds €564. 90 a month to the requirement. There are a number of benefits including being able to bring your family members with you and gaining free movement within the Schengen area. You can work in Spain either self-employed or for a company.
Can I move to Spain from UK after Brexit?
Can I still move to Spain now that the Brexit transition period has ended? – Yes, you can still apply for residency in Spain like other non-EU nationals. There may be preferential rules introduced for UK nationals. We will need to wait and see what is decided.