Once we arrive in Spain we have 30 days to request a Residence Card at the Subdelegación del Gobierno (Oficina de Extranjeros). We will also need an NIE (Numero de Identification de Extranjeros), and ID number for foreigners, which will allow us to rent an apartment and open a bank account. I believe we have 90 days to get an NIE but we’ll likely need it sooner so that we can find housing. We will likely live in a hotel the first several weeks while we look for an apartment to rent.
Obtaining health insurance is another item on the list of things to accomplish before we leave. We will qualify for Medicare but it won’t cover us in Spain so we’ll have to find other insurance.
I made a friend on a travel forum who helped me quite a bit when I was planning our two trips to Spain. When it came time to go to Málaga for our anniversary he suggested that we meet and we did and had a lovely time. We met him and his wife at the AC Palacio Hotel for drinks and found them to be very warm, generous and helpful people. My friend thought we’d be interested in purchasing property so he offered his lawyer’s name to me in case we need it. I have made other friends via my blog who live in Spain that I hope to meet once we get there.
We are so looking forward to this new chapter in our lives. It likely won’t be easy even with careful planning and preparation. But once we’re there and settled in I’m sure we will find it very relaxing and rewarding. What’s not to love with beautiful scenery, good food, warm and sunny days and the lovely Spanish people? Indeed. And it will be a dream come true!