Spain expat says ‘the perfect time is now’ to move – ‘solutions’ to travel restrictions

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Around 285,000 Britons currently live in Spain, having relocated into the sunshine. However, the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 has seen an influx of travel restrictions which may see some Britons hesitant about making the leap overseas.

According to one expat, though, these should not act as a barrier for those who are hoping to relocate.

Speaking on his podcast Moving to Spain with David Wright, the British expat turned podcast host reveals he thinks the “perfect time” to relocate is right now.

“There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment what with Brexit, travel restrictions and the virus and the uncertainty fit all,” he said.

While the expat says he appreciates and understands the current “fears and anxieties” some people may have, he does not believe this should put people off from following their dreams.

“There are problems with moving to Spain and difficulties associated with such a move,” pointed out Mr Wright.

“There always has been and there always will be.

“These difficulties and problems will change and continue to change every year.

“We all have dreams and desires of what we want and how we want to live our lives and things we wish we could do.”

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Currently, COVID-19 restrictions mean that only vaccinated Britons can enter Spain without quarantine.

Unvaccinated Britons must provide evidence of a negative PCR test if they are to sidestep the quarantine rule.

These tests can cost anywhere from £60 to £120, which is off-putting to some.

Meanwhile, new Brexit rules mean Britons no longer have freedom of movement throughout the European Union.

Instead, they must apply for a visa – a rule which often comes with its own costs.

Despite these rules, Mr Wright says the key thing is to remain “positive and organised”.

“Whatever you can dream you can do, and moving to Spain is no different,” he explained.

“It’s all about your mindset. The perfect time is always now.”

He continued: “There is going to be loads of paperwork. There are going to be rules and regulations to follow but you can learn how to get the solutions to all of these problems.

“Wishing it won’t work, you need to take daily action and even the smallest of actions can get you on the right path.

“All of the excuses you think you have are all in your head – money, kids, family commitments or work.

“We all have these same things to get over. Everyone who has ever moved to Spain has been through similar things and they found solutions for these problems.

“The internet is full of people posting and pointing out the difficulties and problems when moving to Spain. But you need to stay focussed and find positive people and the information that will help you push forward.”

Living in Spain with David Wright is available on Spotify.

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