The Law in Spain: Easy to Set Up a Bank Account in Spain

It is extremely easy to set up a bank account in Spain, whether you are a resident or not. All you need is proof of a Spanish address (this can be your new property or a rental property) and an official form of identification. Most current and savings accounts with the main banks have a monthly fee, but otherwise they work in much the same way as in the rest of Europe.

Spanish bank branches on the Costa del Sol employ staff who speak English

Shop Around

Remember: the Spanish banking market is extremely competitive, so it is a good idea to research the account that best suits your needs. If necessary, take a Spanish-speaking friend with you. Even though most bank branches on the Costa del Sol employ staff who speak English, some banking terms might be better explained and understood in their own language.


Bank account in Spain: Banking rules

Banking Rules

  • Any banking transaction of more than €3,000 requires both the payer and the payee to be identified.
  • If you transfer money out of Spain, some banks can charge a significant percentage of the amount being transferred. The amount charged varies depending on the entity, so it’s a good idea to check the small print at your bank before transferring money. There are several specialised foreign exchange companies that can advise on these matters, including Moneycorp.

PLEASE NOTE: Every effort was made to check the accuracy of the information contained within our “Legal Advice” articles at the time of writing, but it may have been superseded over time. VIVA cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor for the authenticity of any claims or statements made by third parties. We therefore strongly recommend that readers of these articles make their own thorough checks before entering into any kind of transaction. Prices and figures were correct at the time of publication but may now vary due to circumstances beyond our control. The views and opinions of editorial contributors do not necessarily reflect those of VIVA.

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