Tips and Advice

USEFUL HINTS FOR
RELOCATING IN SOTOGRANDE

TIPS AND ADVICE

ONCE IN SPAIN
TIPS AND ADVICE

BANKS AND CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS

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There are branches of several multinational banks in Sotogrande or Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, plus local Spanish banks. Many of them will open a basic account without an NIE, but with proof of funds and a passport. Note that non-resident accounts differ from those of residents. Beware of extortionate fees for using ATM machines !!!

ASSIST can introduce you to local banks and financial institutions.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

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If you or a family member takes prescription drugs, purchase additional quantities and obtain a copy of the medical file related to the condition. Keep them in your carry-on luggage in the event any bags are lost in transit.

INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT

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If you have an EU driving license with photo, you are able to drive in Spain. For other nationalities you will need to transfer onto a Spanish license. In Spain, licenses must be renewed every 10 years if you are under 65 and every 5 years after that. The rules changed on 1st January 2015, so please look for the most up to date information.

More information from the following websites:

TOLL ROADS

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The main motorway between Malaga and Sotogrande is a toll road. Toll rates vary throughout the year, increasing over the Holiday periods, but there are discounts offered for frequent users. Details can be obtained from the website below

http://www.autopistadelsol.com/index-eng.htm

There is also a tag available that can be fixed to your windscreen and means you do not have to stop at the tollbooths. The tags, called OBE ViaT can be obtained from many locations, including banks, and are linked to your credit card. Further details from:

http://www.autopistadelsol.com/ausol1/tag.htm

TAX OBLIGATIONS

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Each country has specific tax rules for foreign earned income. You should determine your tax obligations and gather the necessary paperwork. ASSIST can introduce you to local and international tax and legal advisers.

PETS

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If a pet is being moved, ensure it receives proper vaccinations and identification microchip. Find a pet carrier. If a pet is not being relocated, allow enough time to find it a new home.

FLIGHT AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS

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Make any necessary travel arrangements as soon as travel dates are set. ASSIST can book hotels for you at very competitive rates.

VOIP PHONE SERVICE

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Consider using VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone service, otherwise known as broadband phone service. This is an affordable way for expatriates to make local, long-distance and international calls, all for a monthly fee.

FIND A HOME

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Whether you are intending to rent or buy a home, ASSIST can put you in contact with local experienced and certified brokers and real estate agents who can help you in your search.

FIND A CAR

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Whether you are intending to rent or buy a car, ASSIST has negotiated special offers on most of major car brands