Moving to Spain

If you require help in load shipping to Spain service, you have definitely come to the right place.

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Spain is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Spain.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your load shipping to Spain easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to France. For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; UK Embassy in Spain

Overall

Population; 40,077,100 people

Location; Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France

Geography; 504,782 sq km area of land Spain's terrain is large, flat to dissected plateau surrounded by rugged hills; Pyrenees in north.

Climate; temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast

Language; Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%

Currency; euro (EUR) on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries

Government; Spanish government type is a parliamentary monarchy.

Head of state: King JUAN CARLOS I (since 22 November 1975); Heir Apparent Prince FELIPE, son of the monarch, born 30 January 1968 head of government: President of the Government Jose Maria AZNAR Lopez (since 5 May 1996)

Religion; Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%

Economy and jobs

Job scene; The official unemployment rate in Spain is 4.4%

Finding work; Many people come to Spain with the intention of finding employment when they arrive. Despite the fact that any person from any EU country has the right to work in Spain it is not as easy to find a job as some may think, particularly those people who are planning to live in the coastal resorts. If you're moving to Spain and hoping to find work you need to know that unemployment in the country is way above the EU average, if you don't speak Spanish you'll struggle and some of your qualifications may not be recognized in Spain.

Moving to Spain

Pets and animals; There is no quarantine period for healthy well-documented animals. Before bringing your pets to Spain, it is important to get the necessary immunizations and certificates that are required.

Cars; Only EEC citizens are able to use their own national driving license.
/> For other countries, people have to pass a new driving test in Spain. We recommend that before coming to Spain, these people ask for an International driving license in their home country. The validity of the international driving license is one year on the Spanish territory.
When importing a car to Spain, it has to be registered at « Jefatura Provincial de Trafico ». Formalities to import a car are quite complicated and we recommend that you use an adviser such as an administrator or a company specialized with this kind of formalities

Living in Spain

Renting; Renting before buying a property is always recommenced to give you time to put your feet on the ground and settle into the country. Accommodation is easy to find in most of Spain with the exception of Madrid and Barcelona where it might be long and difficult to find a place to live. Demands are higher than offers.
A lease is usually signed for a period of one year and is renewable each year up to five years. The first year of the lease is usually obligatory for the tenant, but after one year the tenant may leave by giving two months notice to the landlord (one month, if leaving the country). The owner does not have the right not to renew the lease each year, subject to an annual rental increase, until the period of five years has expired.

Education; There is no shortage of very good international schools and colleges in Spain, some with arrangements designed to suit individual criteria. However, having said this there are now many residents have no problem sending their children to a local Spanish School. Depending upon the age of the child, (the younger the better) being thrown in to the deep end where all lessons are in Spanish normally works very well. Within a few months they are settled and the language problems disappear surprisingly quickly.

Health; Before leaving home its wise to obtain an E111 form this will cover you for emergency treatment in Spain and whilst this form is designed for tourists it will ensure you obtain free treatment during the first couple of months. If you decide to take up permanent residency then the E-121 form should be obtained.
As in the UK medical treatment in Spain is free or low cost for those people who contribute to the social security system, But in line with many EU countries the Spanish health service has waiting lists for specialists and routine operations.
It is recommend to people who can afford it, to contract a private health insurance to get a better and faster attention. Private medicine in Spain offers good services.