Removals To Spain: What You Need To Know

Over 300,000 Brits are currently living in Spain. If you’re thinking of joining them, then there are a few things you ought to know. Moving abroad is, of course, a massive step, so it’s best to arm yourself with plenty of knowledge to make your move to Spain as simple and straightforward as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to moving to Spain, including information on how to go about it and why D Durrant is the right removals company for the job.

Moving Belongings Abroad with D Durrant Removals

When moving to Spain, making sure you have an international removals company you can rely on is a massive priority. Here’s why customers make D Durrant their number one choice.

  • We have the experience
    We have demonstrable experience in European removals, specifically removals from UK to Spain.
  • We know the rules and regulations
    We can help you handle duty regulations, restrictions and any required documentation.
  • We know Spanish cities, towns and villages
    We know the ins and outs of dealing with Spain’s characteristically narrow streets and hard-to-access homes.
  • Your belongings are safe and secure in transport
    Once we’ve loaded your belongings on our lorries, we accompany them on sea crossings and on the road all the way to your Spanish home. They’re safe and secure every step of the way.
  • Fragile and heavy items? No problem
    Our moving teams have the brawn to deal with heavy items like safes and a soft touch for fragile homewares such as chandeliers. We’re also experts on moving items which are weighty and delicate like pianos.
  • We packing and unpack with care
    We’ll pack your belongings with the utmost care to protect them from damage during the journey and unpack with the same attention to detail on arrival.
  • We deliver on time
    We know how important it is to customers to have their belongings delivered on time, and our experience and know-how makes sure we stick to your agreed schedules.
  • We’ll clean the home you’re leaving professionally
    Don’t forget the home you’re leaving! We can clean it thoroughly so that prospective buyers or renters will see it at its very best.
  • We’re an independent family-run business which cares for customers
    As a family business we are 100% focused on providing the very best removal services you can find. We’re proud of our reputation and we will always go the extra mile for customers.
  • We’re friendly and efficient
    We have all the same specialist furniture removal equipment and protective materials as a larger companies, but we also guarantee friendly, personal care and attention which is sometimes missing from larger firms.

To find out more about how we can help you move to Spain with ease, check out our International Removals page for information and to see our glowing testimonials from happy customers!

How to plan a move to Spain

It’s relatively easy to buy property in Spain, with few restrictions on foreign buyers, so there’s nothing to worry about there. Many choose to rent for a period of time whilst they search for their perfect home, which certainly makes it easier for viewings, as well as getting to know the local area before making a final decision.

For buyers, there are plenty of UK estate agents specialising in overseas property, which is probably your best bet for making sure everything is dealt with by the book and avoiding any potential mistakes. Either way, securing a roof over your head is usually a relatively straightforward aspect of moving to Spain.

That said, you may have some questions about moving to Spain after Brexit, and what the repercussions are likely to be. The UK Government website has a helpful guide which can help answer some of these concerns, as well as filling you in on all the necessary paperwork and processes you’ll need to complete in order to get settled in Spain.

Bear in mind that, when moving your belongings to Spain, they must arrive no later than three months after you do. If there is going to be a delay, you’ll need to seek an official extension.

Once you have your home sorted, it’s time to start thinking of the practicalities of picking up your life and putting it down in a whole new country…

Moving Pets To Spain

If you want to move to Spain and take your furry friend with you, they’ll need their very own pet passport. To get one, your pet will need to be microchipped and have a rabies vaccination at least 30 days before you move. If you’re flying, then you’ll need a Fit To Fly certificate from your vet close to the time you depart. If you have a dog, they’ll also need treatment for tapeworm. Once this is done, your vet can issue your pet with a passport.

Most airlines will insist that you have a special travelling container for your pet that’s well ventilated and allows enough room for the animal to move around and lie down. It’s a good idea to label your pet’s kennel so it won’t get lost during the transit, and be sure to give your pet enough food and water for the journey.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has created approved types of containers for cats, dogs, ferrets and birds flying in the cabin and as cargo. The majority of airlines accept these guidelines. For more information, read the IATA requirements before you fly.

Moving A Vehicle To Spain

If you want to import your car to Spain, there are three key things you need to know:

1. You don’t need to pay VAT on any car that you’re taking to Spain, as long as you’ve had it for more than six months and you’re moving from another European country.

2. New cars cost more: If you’re moving to Spain with a new car, it’s a bit more expensive. New vehicles are subject to 21% VAT. What’s more, non-EU citizens will also have to pay an additional 10% in import tax.

3. If you have a non-EU vehicle, you’ll need to register it straightaway. However, if you’re importing a car from another European country, you’ll have up to six months to register it. You’ll also need to pay a registration tax called an Impuesto Especial sobre Determinados Medios de Transporte (whether you’re moving from an EU or non-EU country). The cost of moving a vehicle to Spain will vary depending on its value and emissions.

This article offers a helpful guide to registering a vehicle in Spain.

Spanish Duty Charges and Restricted Items

Bear in mind that some items incur a duty tax when they enter Spain, whilst others will require a licence before they are allowed into the country. For example, any plants you bring with you when you move to Spain will require a Phytosanitary Certificate, and sports guns require a licence and permission for use. If you’re bringing art or antiques with the intention of selling them, a duty charge will be payable, but for items over 100 years of age shipped as personal items, this charge doesn’t apply.

This article from ExpatFocus offers some more information about Spanish customs duties and restrictions.

European Removal Company to Spain

Our friendly and efficient team of removals professionals have extensive experience in international removals to Spain and a range of other European countries.

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