Did you know that 300,000 Brits live in Spain right now? The true number will be even higher when you look at the amount of unregistered expats who have chosen to move to the country. It’s very easy to see why so many people choose to move to Spain as well. After all, the climate is fantastic, there is great food and the history is rich. If you want to know more then you can find out whatever you need to know, right here.
Where to Work
Most people choose to move to Spain because they are absolutely done with working. This is understandable, as there are some great pensions for expats. That being said, it’s important to know that Spain has a high unemployment rate. Even though there are seasonal jobs, you might find it hard seeking out a full-time job if you are still looking to make a living.
A Place to Call your Own
Homeownership rates in Spain are much higher than in the UK. There is also a very strong rental market too. If you do want to rent, then you need to make sure that you negotiate everything. You will also need to have some cash spare as well because your landlord may ask for a deposit of three months’ rent before you even move in. On top of this, Spanish law dictates that you need to rent the place for at least one year.
The rail network in Spain is brilliant and it is actually much cheaper than the UK. If you are going on a much longer journey, then you will need to reserve a seat because you cannot turn up and travel whenever you want. You may also want to plan ahead as much as possible as well. If you do then you will be able to save up to 60% in fares.
Spain has an absolutely fantastic healthcare system. Your EHIC card may provide you with most of the healthcare you could need in your first three months. After this point, you will need to contribute towards the social security system. This is of course unless you are drawing from a UK state pension.
If you want to take your pet with you to Spain, then you will need to do some work first. You have to make sure that your pet has an ISO tag and they also have to be vaccinated for rabies too. Your pet will then need to wait 21 days if they have just had their first jab. Your pet will also need to have their own passport as well. If you want some help here, then your vet should be able to help you. They can also advise you on the best way to transport your pet so do keep that in mind. Your vet can also advise you on the best way to calm your pet on the flight, so it’s worth talking to them about your situation.