How to ensure your insurance is taken care of in Spain
Ensuring you have sufficient insurance cover for your health, property and possessions when living in or owning property in Spain should be an important part of your planning.
No matter how careful you are, accidents and natural disasters can still occur. Make sure you are protected as much as possible and take steps to avoid risk.
There are still ways you can take steps to avoid these risks wherever possible. Knowing the local area you intend to move to or buy property in is the first step; you can find out about any natural disasters or unseasonable occurrences that have taken place in the area, as well as get an idea of the crime rate and different insurance brackets that this region may fall in to.
Bear in mind that insurance policies, the associated premiums, and exactly what they cover vary considerably between countries and insurance providers.
Finding the right insurance package
The next step is to find the right insurance products and package to suit your particular needs. This should be researched and planned in advance of your move to Spain, so you do not have to worry about assessing different policies when you are trying to settle in.
It is sensible to look for an international insurer that can communicate with you and provide you with a policy in your native language, rather than Spanish, so you can get to grips with the paperwork and know exactly what is and isn’t covered. It is often advisable to look at what is offered internationally by an insurance company or brand that you have already heard of in the UK, so you know you are dealing with a reputable firm.
If you are planning to buy your new Spanish property as a second home, you may be looking to rent this out to holidaymakers. It is vital that you find an insurance policy that covers this specifically, so it is worth looking for a UK-based insurer specialising in covering holiday lets.
To be put in touch with a reputable provider of holiday home insurance, call the resource team on 020 7898 0549.
Car insurance in Spain is different to that in the UK. In Spain, the vehicle itself, rather than the driver, needs to be insured – even if you do not intend to drive that vehicle. It does allow for flexibility once you have that car insured, however, as it means that anyone with a valid licence can drive the insured vehicle, as long as they have your permission.
The Spanish state healthcare system does not cover the full range of services covered by the NHS in the UK, so you may wish to consider private health insurance to fill the gaps. Find out more about the Spanish healthcare system.
As an expat in Spain, especially if you have specific medical needs, it is a good idea to organise private health insurance, to ensure you have access to any medical facilities and treatment you may require.
Get your policies in place before you go
It is important to ensure that all relevant insurance policies are arranged and valid before you leave for Spain, so you are fully covered from the moment you arrive.
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