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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for UK to Spain

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
TorFX TorFX EUR €11,121.27 No Fee 1.1121 1-3 days more...
OFX (UK) OFX (UK) EUR €11,029.00 No Fee 1.1029 1-4 days more...
Currencies Direct Currencies Direct EUR €11,121.27 No Fee 1.1121 1-3 days more...
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Being a member of the single currency eurozone, Spain does not employ currency controls and has completely deregulated all individual and business transactions between residents and non-residents Read More
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Top 11 Money Transfer Providers

Latest prices for transferring money from UK to Spain
Exchange Rates as of 4 June 2020, 07:28

TorFX

Est. 2004

Excellent exchange rates | No transfer fees | Thousands of 5 star reviews 

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EUR €11,121.27
GBP £246.09
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OFX (UK)

Est. 1998

OFX (previously UKForex in the UK), provides secure and speedy international money transfers to over 300,000 people in 55 currencies at better-than-bank rates

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EUR €11,029.00
GBP £163.54
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Currencies Direct

Est. 1996

Great exchange rates | Specialist services | No added fees, 24/7 transfers | Safe and secure

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Amount Received
EUR €11,121.27
GBP £246.09
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Moneycorp

Est. 1979

One-off payments | Regular payments | Great rates | Safeguarded customer funds

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EUR €10,989.38
GBP £128.09
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Global Reach (formerly FC Exchange)

Est. 2005

Great rates | One-off payments | Regular transfers | E-Money Institution | No fees for FXcompared customers

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Amount Received
EUR €11,076.56
GBP £206.09
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WorldFirst

Est. 2004

Transparency and security | Great customer feedback rating from Feefo

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EUR €11,120.80
GBP £245.67
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RationalFX

Est. 2005
Established in 2005, RationalFX helps individuals and businesses achieve significant savings on international payments
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EUR €11,082.15
GBP £211.09
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Western Union Business Solutions

Est. 2009

The Personal Payments team at Western Union Business Solutions look after the overseas currency requirements for private individuals.

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Amount Received
EUR €11,009.50
GBP £146.09
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Currency Solutions

Est. 2003

Currency exchange specialists ranking No.1 on Trustpilot for the past two years

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Amount Received
EUR €11,086.62
GBP £215.09
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Smart Currency Exchange

Est. 2004
Smart is focused on helping clients to effectively and efficiently send and receive payments internationally
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Amount Received
EUR €11,082.15
GBP £211.09
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Rates From The Average UK High Street Bank

Est. 1934

Banks are the most expensive way to do an international money transfer, the quotes from the providers above show you the typical savings that can be made. All providers on FXcompared.com are regulated in the UK  by the FCA, in the USA by FinCEN, In Canada SSC and Australia, ASIC.

We check all rates regularly and this quote is an actual quote of the average from UK banks for this month. It includes all major and small banks. Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC, Santander, NatWest, RBS, Coutts, Handelsbanken, Metro bank and more - tracked every month. We obtain our rates via our IMTI platform.
 

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EUR €10,809.21
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How to Transfer Money from UK to Spain

What is in this guide

UK to Spain Guide

Summary

There are no restrictions when transferring money from the UK to Spain, both countries being members of the EU. The UK has become a popular destination for Spaniards, particularly younger people, seeking employment opportunities given their home country’s economic weakness. Spain, meanwhile, has long been a popular destination for UK retirees. There are up to an estimated one million British expats in Spain. This may all change as the Brexit process draws closer to being completed. At the moment, there is a lot of uncertainty in place, and no one really knows how expats are going to be impacted by the ending of freedom of movement.

Visas and immigration

British and Spanish citizens are free to relocate to the other country, whether for work or retirement, and do not need a resident or a work permit. If you are moving to Spain, you should obtain a foreign identity number, Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE), and a residency card, Tarjeta de Residencia (TR), within three months of arriving. This has been slimlined by membership with the EU but, as previously mentioned, could be under threat with the current Brexit negotiations.

Buying property in Spain

The number of Spanish domestic properties bought by British nationals rose in 2012 by 3.5% to 4,148, though this is still far from the peak of more than 17,000 in 2007. The strengthening of the pound since 2013 and continued weakness in the Spanish property market may see interest continue to grow. After Brexit, the value of the pound falling combined with uncertainty regarding residency has led to British investment in Spanish property falling away.

It is difficult to get a mortgage in the UK against a foreign property, so any mortgage will likely come from a Spanish lender. There are specialist brokers in the UK that focus on overseas property purchases. Whether borrowing or buying outright, it is essential to budget for buying costs, such as a mortgage and lawyers’ fees, taxes and insurance – around 10% of the purchase price is generally advised for Spain. Securing such expert property, legal and tax advice is absolutely essential before making any overseas money transfer. The British government has a dedicated website offering advice on buying property in Spain.

Retirement and pensions

Spain has become one of the most popular retirement destinations for expats from the UK, with some 57,000 retirees settling there (out of 808,000 British expats in total) as of 2012, according to the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions and the Institute of Public Policy Research. Some estimates put the number of British expats at around one million. If you live in but have never worked in Spain, you must contact the International Pension Centre in the UK in order to claim your UK state pension.

The UK state pension can be paid to a Spanish bank account, but it may be better value to receive the money into a UK account and send money to Spain. Given that the British government is not obliged to raise pensions in line with inflation, using a broker may be the best way to make sure that you receive as much as possible. If you become a non-UK resident, you will not pay UK tax on your state pension but may still pay tax in Spain.

Taxation

With Britain and Spain having a double taxation agreement, people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. In accordance with Spanish and international law, all residents in Spain, both nationals and non-nationals, are obligated to declare assets held outside Spain. Assets may include bank accounts, securities, rights, insurance, annuities, property, etc. The Spanish government requires all residents to file an annual declaration of overseas assets by 31 March each year. This agreement has been come to via the EU. This may not still be in place if the UK finally leaves the EU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the money transfer companies shown above safe to use?

Yes, all the companies are safe and fully-regulated money transfer services. Each are authorised and regulated by the relevant authority such as the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK, FinCEN in the US, FinTRAC in Canada or ASIC in Australia.

How long does an international money transfer take?

The speed of delivery will depend on where the money is being from and to and how you are sending and receiving the money. Transfers sent using bank to bank transfers can depend take anywhere from minutes to days and you should check the time estimates from the relevant provider. Debit and credit card payments sometimes allow for faster transfers for smaller amounts.

How do I use FXcompared?

First review the comparison results (such as for a table above) for a given amount of money sending from UK to Spain. Then select a provider based on factors such as price, speed, their rating and click the green button to be taken to their website. From there, you can register and sign up for an account. Once you have done that and the provider has verified your identity to ensure the money can be send safely, you will be ready to transfer money.

What payments methods can I use to send money overseas?

The results shown above are typically for bank to bank transfers. It is possible via some providers to pay in your funds for the transfer via cash, debit or credit cards as well but this is usually reserved for smaller amounts. Some providers also give you different options for how the money will be received - to a bank account (most common), to a debit card, to cash or to a digital or mobile wallet.

What if the price shown above isn’t exactly what I am offered when I try to transfer money?

There can be a number of reasons why the final price you are offered may be different to that shown in the table above. Exchange rates between two currencies change all the time and is the most common reason. Additionally, some providers offer different pricing depending what method you are using to send funds or how the funds will be received. Others may offer you a premium service for faster payments. In some cases FXcompared has a special rate with a provider and this is reserved for first time customers who sign up to the provider starting from FXcompared’s website. As prices do change often, be sure to confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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