British Expats moving to Malaga, Spain

If you’re a British expat moving to Malaga, Spain, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the legal requirements and obligations involved. Also, it is necessary to understand the legal framework which paves the way for a seamless integration into the vibrant Malaga community.

OUR TEAM of Specialists knows all about the procedures for British Expats in Malaga, Spain

At Malaga RELOCATION SERVICES, you will find a specialized partner if you’re thinking to move to Malaga, Spain. We can advise you through this process, providing professional legal advice in all matters related to relocating to Malaga. 

In this brief article, we highlight SIX KEY aspects for British expats relocating to Malaga, Spain, providing you with valuable insights to navigate the process effectively.


As a British citizen, you will need to apply for residency in Spain. Before Brexit, British citizens enjoyed freedom of movement within the European Union. However, since the UK’s departure from the EU, there are new requirements to establish legal residence in Spain.

Further,  the specific process and documentation may vary, but typically it involves obtaining a residency permit, known as a “Tarjeta de Residencia” or a “TIE” (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero). This permits you to reside in Spain for an extended period.

Feel free to send us a message if you are coming to Malaga, and do not know WHERE or HOW to start. 


The NIE is a unique identification number for foreigners in Spain. It is required for various legal and administrative procedures, including opening a bank account, purchasing property, and working. As a British expat, you will need to obtain an NIE from the local police station or immigration office in Malaga. 

Moreover, it is advisable to complete this process early on to facilitate other necessary procedures.

We assist our clients, providing them with professional advise before, during and after applying for a NIE.


Access to healthcare is a vital consideration when relocating to Malaga. British expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance coverage. 

Previously, European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) provided access to healthcare in Spain, but after Brexit, it is advisable to obtain private health insurance or register for Spanish public healthcare, depending on your circumstances.

OUR TEAM consists of qualified advisors, specialized in all HEALTH INSURANCE aspects in Spain. We will provide you with a comprehensive advise, such as recommending the best Health Insurance Companies in the country.

British Expats moving to Malaga Spain

If you plan to drive in Spain, you can continue using your valid UK driving license for a certain period. However, it is advisable to exchange your UK license for a Spanish one within a specific timeframe. 

Further, this process involves providing necessary documentation, such as proof of residence, your NIE, and your existing driving license. Consult the local Traffic Department (Dirección General de Tráfico) for detailed information on the procedure and requirements.

We offer Professional Assistance for this important step, which will end up saving you a lot of legwork.


As a British expat living in Malaga, you will have certain tax obligations in Spain. This includes declaring your worldwide income and assets to the Spanish tax authorities. 

Additionally, it is important to familiarize yourself with the Spanish tax system and consult a tax advisor to ensure compliance with your tax obligations and to make the most of any tax reliefs or exemptions available to you.

OUR TEAM has been assisting British Expats moving to Malaga, Spain for decades, and know exactly all the pitfalls of filing taxes.


If you plan to purchase property in Malaga, ensure you engage the services of a reputable lawyer who specializes in real estate transactions. 

A knowledgeable expert will guide you through the legal process, including conducting due diligence, verifying property ownership, drafting and signing contracts, and registering the property in your name.

We are specialized in PROPERTY OWNERSHIP Laws for Expats in Spain.

Remember, each individual’s circumstances may vary, and it is advisable to seek professional advice tailored to your specific situation when navigating the legal requirements as a British expat in Malaga. 

Further, with proper preparation, understanding, and a positive mindset, you can embark on a new chapter of your life in Malaga with confidence.

OUR TEAM can definitely help you through the process of moving to Malaga, Spain.


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