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Moving to Tenerife

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and daunting. When it comes to relocating to Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, careful planning and preparation are key. As a professional removals company, we understand the intricacies involved in a successful move. In this article, we’ll provide you with valuable insights, facts about Tenerife, and information on the necessary documents to ensure your transition to this vibrant island paradise is smooth and hassle-free.

View of Roque de Ichasagua from Costa Adeje. Roughly about the height of Mount Snowdon!

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Tenerife, situated off the northwest coast of Africa, is known for its year-round pleasant climate, stunning landscapes, and diverse cultural offerings. Part of the Canary Islands, the archipelago was formed 12 million years ago from a volcanic eruption. As such, the entire island of Tenerife is literally built on the 3rd largest volcano in the world, Mount Teide. However, you needn’t worry, it’s not scheduled to erupt for another few centuries or so!

As the most populated island in the Canaries, (966,000 residents as of 2020) Tenerife is the perfect choice to start a new life abroad. With over 5 million visitors every year, it’s no surprise that Tenerife and Spain has ranked among the top 5 destinations to move to in Europe over the past 20 years. In the north you have the capital of Santa Cruz, with the airport and tourist hot-spots like Costa Adeje and Playa De Las Americas at the south of the island.

Whether you’re drawn to its golden beaches, majestic volcanic mountains, or charming towns, Tenerife offers a unique blend of natural beauty and modern amenities. However, many are drawn to the multiple climate zones around the island. In the south the terrain is very barren, with more hot and desert like atmosphere thanks to the volcanic rock. As you venture north the island become a lot greener, with the capital of Santa Cruz surrounded in lush green foliage thanks to the more humid northern climate. Not forgetting the varying climates of Teide’s national park, which spans several thousands of vertical metres, offering warm sunshine at the base, to freezing fog, and sometimes snow near the summit.

As with Spain, the majority of Tenerife’s residents are Roman Catholic. However, due to tourism and immigration, many other religions have become more prominent, resulting in balanced and accepting attitudes across the entire island. So no matter your religion, you’ll find people with common beliefs and interests to share your new life in Tenerife with!  

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches

Documents Required for Moving to Tenerife:

  1. Passport and Visa: Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay. If you’re a citizen of a European Union (EU) member state, you can move to Tenerife without a visa. Non-EU citizens should check the specific visa requirements for their country.

  2. Residence Permit: If you plan to stay in Tenerife for an extended period, you may need to apply for a residence permit. EU citizens can obtain the Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión (Certificate of Registration for Union Citizens) within three months of arrival. Non-EU citizens should consult the Spanish consulate or embassy in their home country for information on the necessary permits.

  3. Health Insurance: It’s important to have comprehensive health insurance coverage when moving to Tenerife. EU citizens can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or obtain a temporary EHIC. Non-EU citizens should secure private health insurance before relocating.

  4. NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero): The NIE is a unique identification number for foreigners residing in Spain. It is required for various administrative processes, including opening a bank account, purchasing property, or setting up utilities. Non-EU citizens must obtain the NIE before or shortly after their move to Tenerife.

Playa de Fanabe Life Guard Station

Planning Your Move to Tenerife:

  1. Research Removals Companies: Select a reputable removals company experienced in international moves to Tenerife. Seek recommendations, read reviews, and compare quotes to ensure a reliable and efficient service.

  2. Inventory and Packing: Make a detailed inventory of your belongings and decide which items to take with you. Consider selling or donating items that you no longer need. Pack your belongings securely and label the boxes for easy identification during unpacking.

  3. Transportation: Depending on the volume of your possessions, consider sea or air freight options. Sea freight is cost-effective for larger shipments, while air freight is faster but more expensive. At Purdie Worldwide, we will guide you through the logistics process and help you choose the best option for your situation.

  4. Customs and Import Regulations: Familiarize yourself with customs regulations for importing personal belongings and household goods into Tenerife. Ensure you have the necessary documentation, such as an inventory list, packing list, and proof of ownership, to clear customs smoothly. For example, if you’re looking to move to Tenerife, you can’t bring in any meat, milk or dairy products into the country. However, you can bring in up to 20kg of fish or 2kg of honey!

Playa de Fanabe Beach Scene at Dusk

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Moving to Tenerife presents an incredible opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of this island paradise. By understanding the necessary documents and planning your move effectively, you can embark on your new adventure with confidence. Remember to partner with a trusted removals company, like Purdie Worldwide, to ensure a seamless transition to your new home. Tenerife awaits with its sunny shores, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality! Just scroll down and fill out our international removal form to get your move to Tenerife started!
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article serves as a general guide. It’s crucial to consult official government websites and seek professional advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the requirements and regulations when looking to move to Tenerife.
Fanabe Beach at Sunset, with the island of Gomera in the distance.

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