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By using one of our trusted patterns for your move to Spain, you could save up to 70% on your international removal costs. Spain is one of the most popular relocation destinations, especially for Brits, who flock to areas such as Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante.

There are several airports and shipping ports across the region, as well as a huge road and rail network, making the move to Spain straightforward for your chosen international removal company.

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Shipping to Spain: Your Transport Options

There are several options to choose from when you’re relocating to Spain. Below we've listed the various transportation methods so that you can find the most suitable way to ship your goods. Keep in mind that in light of Covid-19 regulations and Britain's exit from the EU, delays can be expected and there may be additional checks, regulations and protocols.

Shipping Your Items

Shipping freight tends to be the most cost-effective way to get your goods abroad, whether you decide to share a shipping container or opt for a dedicated one for your sole use. When you choose the shipping freight option, your chosen removals team will collect your goods for you and deliver them to your new location, or the job will be passed to a trusted sister company that specialises in shipping to Spain.

Road Freight

Many people decide to choose road freight to Spain when shipping goods, with removal companies collecting your items from you and making use of Europe’s vast road and rail networks to safely transport them.

Part Load

You'll be able to save significant amounts on the total cost of moving your items to Spain by opting for part-load. This means you'll have a proportion of a container to fill, perfect for those only moving a small amount of items.

Air Freight

If you have a smaller consignment or need to access your goods quickly, you may wish to use air freight. This can be more expensive but also incredibly convenient and usually quicker. You may also wish to send a few items via this method and direct the others via sea.

Talk to the Professionals

Getting things right can seem tough, but when you have an expert removal company to assist you, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that come with moving your belongings and arranging freight shipping to Spain.

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Moving and Shipping Costs to Spain

Final moving to Spain costs can depend on several factors including the weight, size and insurance costs of your load. The shipping method that you choose will also have a substantial influence on the final cost.

Be aware that costs will have increased following the UK's exit from the European Union in 2021 and the cost of customs will also need to be considered, in addition to possible duties and taxes that were not required when Britain was a member of the EU.

Costs of Shipping

The cost of transporting your goods will of course depend on how much you are moving. Costs can start from around £1,200 for a small 1 bedroom flat, reaching £5,500 or more for a 4+ bedroom house.

Air Freight

Air Freight is significantly more expensive than road or shipping freight, as the cost is calculated by weight. If you're only moving a small number of goods to Spain, this might not be an issue. Keep in mind the fact that air freight will need to be professionally packed to meet safety standards.

Save Where You Can

You may be able to cut costs by de-cluttering and selling goods before replacing them once you have made the move. This saves on the amount you ship over, impacting your costs. Don’t forget that you are likely to incur costs such as insurance, taxes, customs fees and duties as well as quarantine inspections.

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Prohibitions and Restrictions When Moving to Spain

It’s vital that you do your research on Spanish customs regulations ahead of your journey so that you're not hit with any surprise costs, incur fines or face legal implications.

Items to Avoid

Items that should be avoided include inflammable substances and goods, weapons and ammunition, dangerous items, alcohol and tobacco over your personal limit, offensive material and plants. You will need a special licence to import a firearm into the country.

Banned Goods

There are several other items that you are prohibited to take into the country, such as ivory, hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals and asbestos fibres. You also cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries.

Art and Antiques

Any works of art or antiques that you are planning to sell will incur duty charges unless they are more than 100 years old and are shipped as personal items. New furniture costing more than €3,000 will be subject to duty.

Duty Charges

Most goods can be taken into the country without Spanish customs formalities if you have paid tax or VAT when you purchased the goods. There are also no duty charges on personal goods that you have owned for at least six months if you’re a non-EU resident.

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Packing for Your Move to Spain

We strongly advise you to make sure your goods are as safe and secure as possible when you are relocating, and here are some ways to do so. One way to avoid sizeable stress is to begin the packing process early, as packing can take much longer than you initially expect.

Secure Your Items

Place the heaviest items towards the bottom of each box so lighter goods can be rested on top. Use bubble wrap to protect breakable items and deploy pillows and blankets to avoid damaging furniture.

Label Your Boxes

All boxes should be clearly labelled with information about what is inside and which room they are due to be unpacked in. If boxes contain fragile items, label them appropriately.

Keep Important Documents

Make sure you keep important documents together. Remember to keep documents you'll need during the process with you at all times, safely stowed in a folder.

Talk to the Professionals

Many movers choose to use professional movers to make the process smoother. Professional moving companies can also use specialist equipment so unforeseen expenses and damage can be avoided. Our international removals guides include a great deal of advice on safely moving your belongings to Spain.

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Importing Motor Vehicles to Spain

When it comes to transporting your car, you can arrange for this to be done via truck or by boat. But besides the method of getting your car into the country, there are costs and paperwork to consider. Below we review the basics if you want to import your vehicle to Spain.

Taxes

Registration tax applies to foreign vehicles. In addition, although you will not pay VAT or Property Transfer Tax if your car is from outside the EU, you will need a Single Administrative Document (SAD), which is a tax on the entry into the country of an imported good.

Passing the ITV

This is the equivalent of an MOT and to pass you must provide the following documents:

  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • Proof of payment of fees and taxes
  • Driver License of the owner
  • Vehicle insurance policy
  • Vehicle datasheet
Registering Your Vehicle

If your car does not have European plates, you will have to register it in Spain and have the plates changed, in addition to paying a registration fee. This can be done by making an appointment with the Jefatura de Trafico - the Traffic Headquarters where you are registered.

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Bringing your pets to Spain

Although you are welcome to take pets into Spain, there are certain rules and regulations you need to be aware of. When travelling from Britain, a non-EU country, you must enter Spain through one of the designated Travelers' Points of Entry (April-2021) and declare to the Guardia Civil's Tax Department that you are travelling with a pet or pets and provide the correct documentation.

You may also be asked for a written declaration in which you will have to specify the purpose of your trip and indicate that your intent is to keep your pet with you and not to sell it.

Vaccination and Microchips

All pets need to have a microchip or other approved type of identification on their bodies, a current rabies vaccine, a health inspection certified by an official veterinarian in your home country (with Spanish translation) and certified copies of the identification and vaccination documents. You will need the appropriate papers for all the countries you plan to pass through on your way to Spain and the pet will need a microchip and be vaccinated for rabies.

Age and Amount

In order to enter Spain, your pet must be at least 12 weeks and 21 days old. You may only bring with you up to five pets, the legal limit in Spain, unless you can prove that the animals are training for or participating in some kind of sporting event.

During travel

You may need a special travelling container if you are making your way to Spain via plane, and you will need to ensure your pet has enough food and water.

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Types of Residence Permits in Spain

Following Britain's exit from the EU, UK citizens wanting to move to Spain will need to adjust to new regulations and rules that apply to other non-EU countries. Below we cover the basics of residency in Spain:

Temporary residence

UK citizens no longer hold the automatic right to residency in Spain but will be able to remain for a period of 3 months at a time. Staying longer than this will require a visa. To spend more than 90 days in Spain in a period of 6 months Brits will need to acquire a Spanish Schengen visa.

Permanent Residence in Spain

British nationals not currently living in Spain, but wanting to move there to live, must apply for a residency permit. These can be granted for study, work, business, as a non-lucrative (non-working) visa or as a family member of a Spanish or EU national. You will need your passport, a residency form, your foreigner's tax number, proof of income or proof you are a pensioner, proof of Spanish health insurance, proof of a paid application fee and two passport-sized photographs.

Additionally, you must register on the padrón municipal once you have moved. This is a list kept by your local town hall of all the people who live in the town. You will also need an NIE number to open a bank account, file taxes and make property transactions in Spain.

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Visas

As we've said previously, Britain's exit from the EU has changed the way British nationals live, work and move to EU countries such as Spain. Below we look at the types of visas and how you can move to Spain now Britain is no longer a member of the European Union.

Schengen Visa

This short-stay Schengen Visa for Spain allows you to stay in Spain for a maximum of 90 days during a 180-day period. This is for the purpose of tourism, family visits, medical treatment, studying and placement, volunteering and business.

Long Term Visas

There are a number of long-term visas you can apply for, depending on your reason for moving to the country. All foreigners wishing to enter Spain to reside, be it as an au pair, for employment or an internship, to retire, stay with family or to study will require a long term visa

Changing Your Visa Status

If you have a short-term visa and wish to change your status, such as from student to employee, you will not be able to do this within Spain – you will need to return home and make a new Spanish visa application there.

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Your Bank Accounts, Utilities, Mail Forwarding and Subscriptions

What you need to know about bills, utilities and banks in Spain.

Non-EU Nationals

As non-EU nationals, Brits opening a bank account will need to present their Spanish work permit and prove their registration. Your chances of getting a Spanish bank account will improve if you have an employment contract and a detailed financial history.

Forwarding Post

You should be able to have your post forwarded to you from the UK for up to a year via Royal Mail which incurs a small fee.

Who to Tell

Make sure you inform HMRC that you are leaving the country and tell your utility providers (water, electric and gas etc) when you are moving.

Get Connected in Spain

You should set up your new utilities around 3-4 weeks before you move. As your new home is likely to be connected to providers of water, electricity and gas, the whole process shouldn’t be any more complicated than it would be if you were moving to another UK address.