September 29, 2020

A Quick Guide On Moving to Spain

While Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on international travel we know it’s not going to last forever. Once some degree of normality has returned we may begin to consider making a move to Spain. This quick guide on moving to Spain might help you in making that decision.

Moving To Spain During And After Brexit

A Withdrawal Agreement (WA) was reached between the UK and European Union in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU.

This agreement lays out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal providing details of a deal on citizen’s rights. During this transition period, which ends on December 31, 2020, you can continue to live, work and study in Europe as you could before.

At the end of the transition period, if you are a resident in Spain for example, your rights will be protected as long as you remain there.

It is worth noting however that any rights not covered by the WA may be subject to change after that time.

Passports and Travel

While rules on travel, barring the current Covid-19 exceptions, will stay the same until the end of the transition period it means you can still travel to Spain as you normally would with your UK passport.

Important Steps To Take:

Register As A Resident

If you arrive in Spain before the end of the transition period you can register as a resident under the current rules and will still retain your right to residence, which has been protected, for as long as you remain a resident.

Register For Healthcare

Again, if you make the move to Spain before the transition deadline you will continue to have life-long healthcare rights. As long as you remain a resident.

Exchange Your UK Driving Licence For A Spanish One.

Your UK driving licence is still valid in the EU until the end of the transition period. After that you will have to contact the relevant authority to find out any new rules.

An important thing to remember when exchanging your driving licence for an EU Spanish one is that once you do so you will then be subject to their own specific rules on driving which may vary from the UK regulations.

Finding Your Home

Obviously, if you are moving to Spain you need to find somewhere to live. Thankfully, this is similar to what you would do in the UK as it means getting in contact with a reputable estate agents which can be found on sites like this one.

There you can find a wide range of properties from apartments to villas or townhouses. If you would rather get a home built just to your liking you can also purchase a plot of land to get you started.

There are some additional costs when it comes to your chosen property as you are liable for taxes and fees on completion of your purchase.

Because of this it is advised to budget around 10 to 12% of your property’s value to cover these additional costs.

Making the decision to move to Spain requires a good bit for foresight and planning especially during this time when the finality of Brexit is looming large. Moving at any time can be a frustrating experience and it is best to have as much information as possible before taking that big step.

You should note that whilst in Spain the British Embassy and Consulates regularly holds citizen outreach meetings for UK nationals who have made the move. These meetings help to clarify what the current residency requirements are and also how the UK’s move out of the EU may affect you.