Relocating to Spain

Updated 2021-07-09 15:31

If you plan to leave your home country to relocate to Spain and its sunny climes, we've got a few tips to help your move go smoothly. The key to getting it right is choosing an excellent removal company, one that will treat your possessions like their own. Look through classified ads, browse the internet, read customer reviews, then draw up a shortlist of companies to call. Explain what you need and ask for an idea of how much it will cost. 

Many relocation companies will be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote. 

Among the factors that will contribute to this estimate are:

  • The pickup address where removers will pack and load your belongings.
  • The volume of your possessions (how much space they will take up).
  • The type of transport needed, i.e., air, train, truck or ship.
  • The moving date.
  • Insurance covering your items during transit.

Good to know:

Some removal companies offer international shipment tracking and international pet shipping services.

Catalogue your belongings

Assess what items you want to bring to Spain. Make an exhaustive inventory of your belongings to ensure you only take items that are essential to you. There's no point paying removers to carry things you no longer need. Your audit will also help you establish a 'declaration of value,' an important document that sets the compensation amount you could receive in case of loss or damage.

Insuring against potential damage

It would be best if you had international removals insurance to cover potential damage to your items. Some carriers offer policies; others don't. Whether they do or not, it is prudent to shop around and compare policies. If your possessions are held in storage before being taken to your Spanish home, check your insurance covers this.

Importance of the waybill

The waybill is a document issued by your carrier that details among other things:

  • The terms and conditions of the contract with the removal company
  • The mode of transportation
  • The volume or weight of your goods
  • Your name and address and those of the carrier

When you sign the document you agree to these terms and conditions and permit the removal company to go ahead.


In general, relocation carriers will take care of all the paperwork associated with your move, such as customs forms. For peace of mind, choose a removal company affiliated with the FIDI (International Federation of International Movers). 

Good to know:

For more information about relocation, such as customs regulations and prohibited items, contact the Spanish embassy in your home country. Your removal and relocation carrier should also be able to answer your queries.

What can you leave behind?

Moving home is always a good excuse to clear out things you don't want or need anymore. Consider leaving electrical appliances such as televisions, toasters and washing machines that may already be in your new home. Sell or give to charity the things you won't be taking with you. When in Spain, you go on a shopping spree for new items.

Good to know:

If you want to buy furniture, appliances and other items for your home in Spain, you'll be spoilt for choice for shops, department stores and websites. For example, IKEA, Amazon, Carrefour, El Corte Ingles, in addition to lots of independent stores. Consider Wallapop and Milanucios for second-hand items.

Useful links:

FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers

FIDI - International Federation of International Removers



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