Moving to Spain guide

Moving to Spain

Espagne / España / Espanha / Spanien

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A Guide to Relocating to Spain

Want to move to Madrid? Considering moving to Barcelona? Or thinking about an international removal to Malaga. Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Spain…

Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Spain

Please note. That many of these things will not apply to you if you are moving from another EU (European Union) State and/or you are a citizen of the EU (European Union) due to the free movement of goods throughout the EU.

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Spain:

  • Original of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods)
  • Original of DNI (for Spaniards) or NIE (residence permit for foreigners)
  • Detailed moving inventory, valued and signed in Spanish
  • Original certificate of change of residence (“Baja Consular”) issued by the Spanish Consulate at origin
  • Spanish resident card / work permit
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Spain for you.
  • “Alta de Empadronamiento” issued by the local authorities of the place of residence in Spain
  • Diplomatic Franchise (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Application form for duty-free importation

Note: Customs regulations may differ between cities. It is important to contact agent for specific information prior to importation.

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Spain. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Spanish Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • Household goods are duty free if meeting the following conditions:
    • Goods are owned and used by the owner of the goods for a minimum of 6 months
    • The shipment is imported into Spain within 12 months after owner of the goods arrival
    • The owner of the goods must have lived abroad for a minimum of 1 year
  • If a Spanish Residence permit is not available, a Bank Guarantee between 40% and 60% of the total value declared in the moving inventory and the presentation of the Work Permit will be required for Customs clearance.
  • The Bank Guarantee will be returned when regularization is completed within 6 months upon presentation of the permit.
  • Owner of the goods must be registered at the National Tax Office / Revenue Service; if the owner of the goods has not obtained a Residence Permit, the owner of the goods’ employer, company or a person already registered at National Tax Office must represent the owner of the goods at Customs clearance.
  • Owner of the goods must obtain Diplomatic Franchise from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which takes approximately 2-3 weeks.

Popular Destinations in Spain

Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Cyprus:

Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Málaga, Murcia, Palma-Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Canary Islands, Bilbao, Alicante, Córdoba, Valladolid, Vigo, Gijón, Granada, Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Canary Islands, Pamplona, Almería, Cádiz. Get a quote to one of these places

Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.

Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Spain, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with Global Reach who specialise in doing just this. Global Reach will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more click here or give us a call: +44 121 392 1720.

Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Spain, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.

Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Spain:

  • Original vehicle purchase invoice
  • Original documents of the car (e.g., certificate of title and registration, insurance, etc.)
  • If the model of the car is not sold in the EU, owner of the goods must obtain from the manufacturer a document stating to what EU model his car matches.
  • The car must be built to fit EU standards.

Additional Import Advice

  • Vehicle must have been used by owner of the goods for a minimum of 6 months.

Relocating Your Pets to Spain

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Spain:

  • International health certificate
  • Vaccination record

Additional Import Advice

  • Pets must be identifiable through microchip or a tattoo.
  • Muzzles are required for dogs in some areas of Spain; check with agent for specific locations.
  • Pets subject to examination by a Customs veterinarian.
Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Spain. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Spain:

  • Fur coats may undergo Customs examination.
  • There are no limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco imported from countries in the European Union; however, Customs is more likely to investigate if bringing more than the quantities indicated:
  • Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400 or 3 g each), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1 kg)
  • Spirits over 22% (10 L), spirits under 22% (20 L), Wine (90 L but no more than 60 L of sparkling wine), beer (110 L)
  • The following items may qualify for imported by persons 18 years and older within the limits indicated:
  • Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), smoking tobacco (250 g)
  • Alcohol exceeding 22% volume or un-denatured ethyl alcohol 80% volume and over (1 L), alcohol not exceeding 22% volume (2 L), still wine (4 L), beer (16 L)
Prohibited/Banned Items
Do not move any of these items to Spain:
  • Firearms and ammunition (permit is required)
  • Liquor and alcohol (small quantities)
  • Pictures, sculptures, Persian carpets and other art items
  • Protected species and products made from them per the Washington Convention (CITES), such as ivory, tortoise shells, coral, reptile skins, etc.
  • Antiques (permit is required)
  • The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
    • Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
    • Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
    • Airbags
    • Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
    • Ammunition of any kind
    • Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
    • Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
    • Biological Samples
    • Car Batteries
    • Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
    • Chainsaws
    • Cheques (Bank)
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Counterfeit Currency
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Driving Licence
    • Drugs (Including Prescription)
    • Engines
    • Excrement / Filth
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fish (Dead or Live)
    • Foodstuffs (all kinds)
    • Hazardous Goods
    • Human Remains (including ashes)
    • Infectious Substances
    • Knives
    • Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
    • Lighters
    • Lottery Tickets
    • Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Passports
    • Perishable Goods (All)
    • Plants / Seeds etc
    • Printer Toner
    • Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
    • Stamps
    • Tobacco
    • Water
    • Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
    • Windscreens

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.