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

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  • Spain, located in Southern Europe, is one of the most popular worldwide expat destinations due to the numerous opportunities it offers.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • 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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  • Citizens of European Union countries do not require a visa to travel to Spain. A valid identity card or passport is sufficient.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Union European citizens need neither a work visa, nor a work permit to be allowed to work in Spain. But this does not apply to other foreign nationals.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Valencia, which is the Valencia Community's capital city, offers various job opportunities to qualified and skilled young professionals.

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  • Unemployment rate in the Canary Islands is quite high since the world economic crisis. However, foreigners having strong language skills may be hired.

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  • Tenerife Island and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, its capital city, are known to be tourist destinations. But there are also jobs opportunities in many fields.

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  • Sevilla's economy is recovering gradually after having been seriously affected by the global economic crisis. Unemployment rate stood at 33.86% in 2013.

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  • Malaga has been one of the most affected Spanish cities by the global economic crisis. Hence its high unemployment rate during recent years.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Each of Sevilla's various districts and neighborhoods is unique, representing a blend of traditions with modernity. Discover the housing options there.

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  • Valencia's different neighborhoods offer quite a warm with a friendly atmosphere. Settle there 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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  • 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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  • Rent prices in Madrid can be quite high. But the Spanish capital city has rather attractive neighborhoods and accommodation offers.

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Student visa, University registration
  • European Union citizens do not need a student visa to be able to study in Spain. But other foreigners have to apply for a D-type visa beforehand.

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Health care

Public and private health systems


Open and manage a bank account
  • Spain 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 system, income tax
  • Income tax is deducted at source in Spain. Foreigners having stayed in the country for more than 183 days have to pay income tax.

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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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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Car Sharing is like Car Hire but on a membership basis. No need to buy insurance; it's included.

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  • 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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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Citizens coming from European Union countries are allowed to drive in Spain with their national driver's license with others have to exchange theirs.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • 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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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • ADSL and cable are the most popular types of internet connection in Spain. These allow you to surf the web at a minimum speed of 128 kbps.

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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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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 rich natural, historical and cultural heritage which you can discover during your leisure time if you are moving there.

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  • 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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  • Moving to Spain with your children requires good planning. If they are less than 3 years old, you will have to register them with a child care center.

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  • Tourists and expatriates wishing to travel to Spain are advised to inquire on authorized and banned products beforehand. Some may be imported duty free.

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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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