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Benefits British Pensioners get living in Spain.

There are many reasons why UK pensioners may decide to live abroad. For those who live overseas, getting as much information as possible is highly advisable. Knowing how moving abroad will affect any benefits you are claiming is essential. This is because different benefits are affected by different rules. This guide will be handy for UK pensioners who want to live abroad in Spain.

Can pensioners still move to Spain?

Spain is a popular destination for Britons wishing to retire abroad. However, with the UK leaving the EU, British citizens must undergo the same Visa application procedures as other non-EU citizens. Even if you are not planning to be a citizen of Spain, you will still be subject to the terms and conditions of a Schengen Visa. The visa will allow you to visit Spain regularly for a maximum of 90 days for 180 days. If you plan to stay for more than 90 days, you will be required to get an appropriate visa for your stay.

Available Visa options for British pensioners in Spain

Pensioners from the UK have the option of either a Golden Visa Spain or a Non lucrative visa Spain. The Golden Visa option is for those who make a significant investment of up to €500,000 in Spain. This option allows British pensioners to acquire residency without necessarily being required to be tax compliant in Spain. One only has to spend one day a year in Spain and will be exempt from taxation rules if they do not spend more than 183 days in the country. It is considered a better option for those who want flexibility and do not want to be liable to pay tax in Spain. The non-lucrative visa allows Britons to qualify for residency if they can prove they are financially stable. This option is prevalent for retirees not planning to work in Spain. Holders of this visa option are liable to tax rules in Spain. While this visa does not allow you to engage in professional or economic activities in Spain, holders have the option of investing to generate income or even studying.

Do you get your full UK pension if you live in Spain?

If you plan to retire in Spain and have qualified by paying the required National Insurance contribution, you can claim your full UK state pension. Pensioners will also be entitled to the same annual increases they would receive if they were still living in the UK. Since the pension is paid in pounds, it may fluctuate depending on the currency you convert it to. That means that sometimes you may be affected by how much you get if rates fluctuate sharply. If you have a Spain residency, you will be classified as a non-UK resident. However, you may still be liable to pay tax on your pension since it will be UK income. Since Spain has a double taxation treaty with the UK, pensioners are exempt from paying double taxes.

Do British pensioners get free healthcare in Spain

British pensioners living in Spain are entitled to free healthcare paid for by the UK. Pensioners residing in Spain must register or be holders of the appropriate visa to access healthcare services in Spain. Furthermore, one must show proof of healthcare coverage before applying for a visa or registering as a citizen.

How much monthly income do you need to live in Spain?

To live in Spain, one of the requirements is that one can financially sustain themselves or their family members. For those applying for a non-lucrative visa, a pensioner needs proof of an income of 400% of Spanish IPREM. That is equivalent to having a monthly income of €2,316,08 for the principal applicant in 2022. If family members are involved, it is required to have a further 100% of IPREM for each member, which equates to roughly €579,02 per family member.

Final Words

Spain is increasingly becoming one of the British pensioners’ most preferred retirement choices. British citizens living in Spain are entitled to receive their full UK pension and also free healthcare services in Spain if they register and have healthcare coverage. However, since the UK left the EU, Britons must adhere to visa requirements like other non-European Union citizens. British pensioners wishing to live in Spain must apply for either a Golden or Non-Lucrative Visa.