A beginners guide to moving to Spain.

October 25th 2018

Relocating to Spain

Every year hundreds of thousands of people pack up their belongings in search of a better life abroad.  One of the most popular entries for British nationals is sunny Spain; attracted by the country’s natural beauty, the weather and the promise of a less stressful life.

However moving to another country is never easy and Spain is no different. 

From finding a place to live, organising healthcare to sorting all of the legal paperwork, the move can prove extremely overwhelming. 

However, with a good dose of planning and finding the right team to help, the whole process can be so much smoother.  So what exactly do you need to think about when relocating to Spain?

Finding the Right Property

Finding a property to buy or rent can be a minefield but here at Chepyng we can help, especially if you’re not yet confident with your Spanish.  Once you have found the right property we will make sure you are fully informed of all of the bills – Gastos – from water and electric to community fees when applied.  When it comes to signing the contract or “in the notary” we will be there with you every step of the way to make sure you understand the process from start to finish. 


If you are planning on staying for longer than three months, working in Spain, or doing almost anything bureaucratic, you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) issued by Spanish police.  You will need to fill out a number of forms and present them alongside passport photos, proof of address and passport as well as paying a small tax fee payable at the bank.  The Chepyng team are fully experienced in applying and obtaining NIE numbers for people from all over the world and you will be no exception to receiving our professional advice when it comes to your Spanish ID (use “identification” instead?).

Enpadromiento.(Town Hall Registration)

Once you have found the perfect property and you are ready to move in, you are legally obliged to register (empadronar) with the local town hall so you can be included in the municipal census.  You will have to take proof of your address, such as telephone bill.  This process can be extremely stressful if you do not understand the language, however, our local team will be on hand organising all the paperwork you might need to make sure this procedure is as quick and stress free as possible.

Opening a Bank Account

Opening a bank account in Spain can be easy or difficult depending on your situation.  In general, you will need to take some form of identification (usually your passport or NIE) as well as copies of proof of employment, pension or income and proof of address.  The most common type of account is a ‘cuenta corriente’ (current account) or you might want to open a cuenta de ahorro (savings account).  But what bank is best to suit your needs, with so many to choose from let our team guide you when making the choice. 

Social Security

Registering with social security is compulsory for anyone wanting to work in Spain.  We can help you apply at your local social security office (Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social) with your NIE (and a photocopy of it), your passport, the social security form (Modelo TA1).  Once you have obtained your social security number, you can use this to register for a health card.


It is important to know that your European health (EHIC) card is only to be used when travelling.  However, if you are working in Spain and paying into the social security system, you are entitled to the same health benefits as a Spanish citizen.

If you are eligible, you can apply for your health card (tarjeta sanitaria).  Take your passport, NIE (including photocopies of both), your social security document, your padron (proof that you live in the area) and your job contract (some health centres ask for this as confirmation).

If you are not eligible we can help you to organise private health care.

So as you can see, relocating can be very stressful and these are just some of the things you will need to take into consideration when planning your big move. 

Chepyng helps people make wise decisions when it comes to relocating, saving you both time and money, providing all services under one roof.  If you would like more information on how our team can assist you, contact us today on tel:(+44) 020 8798 0463 or by visiting our website: http://www.chepyng.com/.

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