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Removals to Spain



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Burke Bros Moving Group has decades of moving and relocation experience in removals to Spain and throughout Europe. We operate regular services to and from Spain.

Why Choose Burke Bros for Your Move to Spain?

Choosing Burke Bros for your relocation to Spain ensures a hassle-free and efficient move. Here’s why:

  1. Extensive Experience: With over 35 years in the moving industry, Burke Bros offers unparalleled expertise in international relocations. Our experienced team knows the ins and outs of moving to Spain, ensuring a smooth transition.
  2. Comprehensive Services: We provide a full range of services, including packing, transportation, storage, and customs clearance. Our door-to-door services are tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring that every aspect of your move is covered.
  3. Professional Standards: As members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) and the Federation of International Furniture Removers (FIDI), we adhere to strict quality standards. Our accreditation guarantees that you receive reliable and high-quality services.
  4. Environmental Responsibility: We are the world’s first PAS2060 certified Carbon Neutral moving company, ensuring your move is eco-friendly.
  5. Customer Focus: At Burke Bros, customer satisfaction is our top priority. Our dedicated team is available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have throughout the moving process, ensuring a stress-free experience.
  6. Move Manager: Each client is appointed a highly experienced move manager who will assist with all details of your removals from start to finish.

Regular departures from the UK to the following;

Cities: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Málaga, Seville, Valencia, Zaragoza

Regions: Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and León, Castile-La Mancha, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre, Valencian Community


Our services involve the movement of your possessions ‘door to door’ and can include a packing service. Fragile items are packed using packing paper, tissue, bubble wrap or polychips. Export-strength cartons in various sizes are used to accommodate books and heavy items. Special linen cartons are used as hanging garment carriers. Furniture is wrapped with padding and transit blankets. Items can also be crated.

The Process

One of our experienced estimators will visit your home to determine the volume of goods that will be making the trip to Spain, as well as your packing requirements. Our representative will discuss with you how the moving process works, from the collection stage in the UK right through to delivery to your new residence in Spain. We will give you a realistic quote, without obligation, based on a first-class high-quality service.

We can move you to any location in Spain that you desire from Andalusia to Valencia.

Part Load Removals to Spain

Part loads to Spain offer a cost-effective solution for those with fewer belongings to transport. This service allows your items to share space in a removal vehicle with others’ goods, reducing costs. It’s ideal for small moves or when you’re flexible on delivery times.

Dedicated Service to Spain

Dedicated removals to Spain provide a personalised service where the entire removal vehicle is reserved for your belongings. This option suits larger moves or when you need your items delivered on a specific date. It offers direct transportation from your current residence to your new home in Spain, ensuring a quicker and more tailored moving experience.

Packing For Your Move to Spain

Export packing for your move to Spain involves specialised materials and techniques to ensure your belongings are securely protected during transit. It’s crucial for international moves, where items can be exposed to various handling stages and environmental conditions. Our professional packing services use durable materials and methods tailored to each item, from wrapping delicate glassware to crating valuable art, ensuring they arrive safely at your new home in Spain. This service provides peace of mind, safeguarding your possessions throughout their journey.

Awkward Access To Your Spanish Property

Tranship vehicles are an essential component of international moves to Spain, particularly useful when direct access to your new home is restricted due to narrow streets or regulations. These smaller vehicles ensure your belongings are transferred efficiently from the main transport truck to your doorstep. This method enhances the flexibility and accessibility of the moving process, guaranteeing that all items, regardless of the final location’s constraints, are delivered safely and on time to your new residence in Spain. We can arrange smaller vehicles in most areas of Spain if required.

Customs Clearance

Upon entering Spain, the customs authorities will evaluate your shipped goods. They’ll check if the items reflect your lifestyle and require you to declare any new products since these may incur customs duties.

1. Personal Belongings and Household Goods

  • Documentation: You will need a comprehensive inventory list of all items being moved, which should be detailed and in Spanish. It’s required for customs clearance and should specify quantities and, if possible, the value of the items.
  • EU Residence Card or Visa: Proof of residency or a visa is necessary to clear your goods through Spanish customs. This documentation shows that you are legally entitled to move to Spain.
  • Proof of Residence: You may need to provide proof of your residence in Spain, such as a rental agreement or property deed.
  • Duty-Free Entry: Generally, personal belongings and household goods can be imported duty-free if you have owned and used them for more than six months before your move and if they are intended for the same use in Spain.

2. Vehicles

  • Importing Vehicles: If you plan to bring a vehicle to Spain, it will require separate customs clearance. You will need the original purchase invoice, registration documents, and proof of insurance. Vehicles may be subject to import taxes unless specific exemptions apply (such as having owned and used the vehicle for more than six months outside of Spain).
  • Inspections and Registrations: Upon arrival, vehicles typically undergo an inspection to ensure they meet Spanish environmental and safety standards. You might need to register the vehicle in Spain and obtain local plates.

3. Restricted and Prohibited Items

  • Spain has restrictions on certain items, such as medicines, plants, food products, and animals, which may require special permits or are subject to quarantine regulations. It’s crucial to verify these details before packing to avoid complications during customs clearance.

4. Pets

  • If moving with pets, you must comply with EU regulations for pet travel, which include having a pet passport, a microchip, and valid rabies vaccinations. Pets must also undergo a tapeworm treatment (for dogs) and may need a health certificate from a vet.

5. Professional Assistance

  • Considering the complexities involved, many expats choose to hire a customs broker or a professional moving company like Burke Bros that understands the detailed requirements for moving goods to Spain. They can help navigate the paperwork and ensure that all items comply with local laws and regulations.

Applying For A Visa

As a UK citizen, if you plan to live in Spain for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, you will need a visa. This is because the UK is no longer a part of the EU, and thus UK citizens are no longer entitled to freedom of movement within the EU.

For stays longer than 90 days, you would typically need to apply for a long-term visa or a residence permit. The type of visa or permit you need depends on your specific circumstances, such as whether you plan to work, study, or retire in Spain. Common options include work visas, student visas, and non-lucrative visas for those who can support themselves without working.

  1. Tourist Visa (Schengen Visa): For short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period for tourism, business, or family visits. It does not allow the holder to work in Spain.
  2. Work Visa:
    • Highly Skilled Professional Visa: For those who qualify under the EU Blue Card scheme, targeted at highly skilled professionals.
    • Seasonal Work Visa: For employment that is seasonal and for a specific duration.
    • Au Pair Visa: For young people to stay with a Spanish family and participate in family life while learning the language and culture.
  3. Student Visa: For individuals planning to undertake any study, training, or research in Spain.
  4. Non-Lucrative Visa: For individuals who wish to reside in Spain without engaging in any professional activity or employment. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient financial means to support themselves during their stay in Spain.
  5. Entrepreneur Visa (Self-Employed Work Visa): For those who want to start a business or work as self-employed individuals in Spain. This visa requires a business plan that must be approved as part of the visa application process.
  6. Family Reunification Visa: For family members of non-EU citizens who are legally residing in Spain and wish to bring their family members to live with them.
  7. Golden Visa (Investor Visa): This is granted to non-EU nationals who make a significant investment in Spain, such as purchasing real estate, investing in Spanish companies, or engaging in other major financial investments.
  8. Retirement Visa: Part of the non-lucrative visa, this is aimed at retirees who wish to spend their retirement years in Spain. Applicants need to prove they have sufficient resources to support themselves without working.

To apply for a visa or a residence permit, you should contact the Spanish consulate nearest to you or visit their official website for detailed information on the required documents and application procedures.

Driving in Spain

You might need to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one. There’s typically a grace period for this after becoming a resident, but post-Brexit, UK licences are no longer automatically exchangeable without testing in some cases.

Living in Spain

Living in Spain offers an enviable lifestyle, characterised by a pleasant climate, rich culture, and diverse landscapes. Here are some highlights:

  1. Sunny Climate: Spain is renowned for its sunny weather, with regions like Costa del Sol boasting over 300 days of sunshine annually. This makes it perfect for outdoor activities and enjoying the beautiful beaches.
  2. Vibrant Culture: Spain’s culture is a vibrant mix of traditions, festivals, and modern influences. Flamenco dancing, bullfighting, and tapas are integral parts of Spanish life. Cities like Barcelona and Madrid are cultural hubs, offering world-class museums, galleries, and theatres.
  3. Diverse Landscapes: From the Pyrenees mountains to the Mediterranean coast, Spain offers diverse natural beauty. Whether you prefer skiing in the Sierra Nevada or lounging on the beaches of Ibiza, there’s something for everyone.
  4. Cuisine: Spanish cuisine is famous worldwide. Paella, jamón ibérico, and churros are just a few of the culinary delights. The country’s wine regions, such as La Rioja, produce some of the finest wines in the world.
  5. Cost of Living: Generally, the cost of living in Spain is lower than in many other European countries. This makes it an attractive destination for expatriates looking for a high quality of life at a reasonable cost.

Property in Spain

Spain’s property market is diverse, offering a wide range of options:

  1. Coastal Properties: Coastal areas like Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca are popular for their beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. These regions offer a variety of properties, from luxurious villas to affordable apartments.
  2. Urban Living: Major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia offer modern apartments and historic houses. These cities are ideal for those looking for vibrant urban living with easy access to amenities, cultural activities, and job opportunities.
  3. Countryside Retreats: For those seeking tranquillity, Spain’s countryside offers charming farmhouses and rustic villas. Regions like Andalusia and Catalonia have picturesque villages and stunning landscapes.
  4. Market Trends: The property market varies significantly by region. Coastal and urban areas tend to have higher prices compared to rural regions. It’s important to research the local market and seek advice from real estate professionals.
  5. Buying Process: Purchasing property in Spain involves understanding local regulations. It’s advisable to work with local real estate agents and legal advisors to navigate the process smoothly. This includes obtaining a Spanish NIE number, arranging financing, and understanding the costs involved in purchasing property.
  6. Renovation Opportunities: Many older properties in rural areas may require renovation. This can be a great opportunity to restore a property to your tastes while preserving its historical charm.

Healthcare in Spain for UK Expats

Spain offers a high-quality healthcare system, which is accessible to UK expats. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Public Healthcare (SNS): The Sistema Nacional de Salud (SNS) provides comprehensive medical services. UK expats who are legal residents can register with the SNS to access these services. The public system covers a wide range of healthcare needs, including general practitioners, specialist care, hospital services, and emergency care.
  2. Private Healthcare: Many expats opt for private healthcare for quicker access to specialists and treatments. Private health insurance can cover these services, offering additional peace of mind. Spain has numerous private hospitals and clinics, many of which offer high standards of care.
  3. Pharmacies and Medications: Pharmacies are widely available and provide prescription and over-the-counter medications. Pharmacists can offer medical advice and help with minor health concerns.
  4. Emergency Services: Emergency healthcare is available to everyone, including non-residents. The European emergency number 112 can be dialled for immediate assistance.
  5. Language Barrier: In major cities and tourist areas, many healthcare providers speak English. However, in rural areas, it may be beneficial to have a basic understanding of Spanish or bring a translator.
  6. Quality of Care: Spain’s healthcare system is ranked highly globally, ensuring expats receive quality care. The country has well-equipped hospitals and trained medical professionals.


If your home contents have to come into storage for weeks or months during the process of relocating to Spain, Burke Bros Moving Group have 50,000 sq.ft of storage facilities and offer two options: containerised storage and self-access storage at our head office in Wolverhampton. We can also arrange storage in Spain if this is required.


As members of the BAR (British Association of Removers) and FIDI (the Global alliance of International quality international removal companies) we are regularly inspected and adhere to their strict code of practices.

Financial Guarantee

Our membership with the BAR and FIDI organisations also guarantees your money and move are thoroughly protected.

We offer our customers financial security, operational competence, worldwide support and redress facilities through FIDI, that give you total satisfaction that your possessions are being thoroughly cared for. We provide a scheme of pre-payment protection, as payments are made prior to moving, it is reassuring that we are a financially bonded mover. Your advanced payments are protected should the company cease to trade.

Burke Bros provide comprehensive moving services to all the popular expat areas in Spain, ensuring a seamless move for those relocating. Whether you’re moving to the bustling mainland cities or the serene Spanish-owned islands, Burke Bros has you covered. We cater to expats moving to areas such as Alicante, Barcelona, and Bilbao on the mainland, and extend our services to the Canary Islands, including Tenerife and Gran Canaria, as well as the Balearic Islands like Ibiza and Mallorca. This broad coverage guarantees that no matter where in Spain you choose to settle, Burke Bros Removals can assist you with our expert Spanish removals service.

Ready to get moving? Call one of our advisors on 01902 714555 or email sales@burkebros.co.uk

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