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Living in Spain guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Spain with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Spain, located in Southern Europe, is one of the most popular worldwide expat destinations due to its diverse culture, mild climate and successful economy.

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  • Alicante is one of Spain's main tourism destinations. Its different neighbourhoods and its architecture depict its rich cultural and historical heritage.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Tourists and expatriates wishing to travel to Spain are advised to inquire on authorised and banned products beforehand. Some may be imported duty free.

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  • Marriage procedures and formalities in Spain are quite simple. You can seek all related information with Spanish authorities in your home country.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you will not need a Spanish work visa. Otherwise, you will require a visa that should be renewed annually.

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  • Citizens of European Union countries do not require a visa to travel to Spain, however non-EU nationals may need to apply for a visa.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Spain? The digital nomad's guide to Spain will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Every year, Spain welcomes thousands of students and professionals seeking internships. However, there is no national policy for remuneration of interns.

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  • The Basque Country is a fairly autonomous Spanish region with a well-developed economy that offers good opportunities to those from abroad seeking work.

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  • The main industry in the Canary Islands is tourism, though there's also a lot of heavy industry and manufacturing. However unemployment remains quite high.

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  • Madrid is quite open to foreign skilled workers, with opportunities in a variety of industries, as in many capital cities around the world.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Rent prices are quite high in Barcelona, just like in Madrid. There are different forms of accommodation available in a variety of neighbourhoods.

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  • Rent prices in Madrid can be quite high. But the Spanish capital city has rather attractive neighborhoods and accommodation offers.

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  • Accommodation offers are abundant in Malaga, one of the major Spanish cities. It is also one of the cities where rent prices are more affordable.

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  • Valencia's different neighborhoods offer quite a warm with a friendly atmosphere. Moving to Valencia shall definitely be an unforgettable experience.

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  • Tenerife is one of Spain's main tourist destinations in Spain. Hence, it offers a wide range of accommodation options: hotels, apartments, houses, etc.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • European Union citizens do not need a student visa to be able to study in Spain, but those coming from elsewhere have to apply upon arrival.

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Health care

Public and private health systems

Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Spanish residents and non-residents are allowed to open a bank account in the country. Non-residents, however, have to produce a non-resident certificate.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • There are several taxes that are applied in Spain, including income tax and VAT. You could be eligible for deductions or rebates in some cases.

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  • This article provides a brief introduction to the municipal tax collection agency in the Alicante region - SUMA. Explaining which taxes they collect and how to pay.

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  • An article detailing how to move out of the UK tax system and into the Spanish system for Expat residents

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Spain has various means of transport for all trips. Public transports such as buses, trains and subways are very popular, especially in urban areas.

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  • Car Sharing is like Car Hire but on a membership basis. No need to buy insurance; it's included.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Citizens from European Union countries are allowed to drive in Spain with their national driver's licence, while others will need to exchange theirs.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Your pet must meet certain criteria to be able to travel with you to Spain. It must also have a health certificate and undergo required vaccination.

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  • Relocating to Spain requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Spain has a well-developed telecommunications network. There are a range of connectivity options if you are looking to get on in the internet in Spain.

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  • Spain has a highly competitive telephony market with land line and mobile phone service providers. Various types of services are available.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Spain is a very sporty country where you can enjoy various types of sports. Football, of course, is the most popular sports, both live and TV broadcast.

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  • Spain has a unique mix of culture thanks to its rich history. It also successfully combines historic tradition with modernism in many aspects of life.

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  • Moving to Spain with your children requires good planning, particularly if your child is under five years old.

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  • We loved it, said that one day we would come and live here, we came on holiday here nearly every year for the next 10 years, then we moved here permanently, that was 18 years ago and have never regretted one minute of it.

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