My husband and I hope to retire to Málaga, Spain and I have been gathering links to websites with all kinds of retirement-related information, so I thought I’d create a post to put them all in one place. And, as I find more, I will add them here.
Visa information and retiring to Spain
- General information on retiring to Spain
- A website specifically for moving to the Málaga region which has other great information as well
- Great post with many details about how to apply for a Spanish residency visa. And here’s another one from a retired couple.
- General information on Visas, Permits and Immigration
- Requirements for residence visas to retire to Spain – Depending on where one lives in the United States determines which Spanish consulate office you must apply for Visas from. This link is from the Spanish consulate in Chicago which is our Spanish consulate.
- Visa application and requirements for entry into Spain and visas , instructions here (Note: since I started this post things have been updated and some links no longer work. The links here are as of 5.31.21)
- Also on the Chicago Consulate website is a list of translators and I think starting on page 614 is a list of translators living in the U.S.
- Spain Expat forum – a forum full of great information by expats living in Spain and those of us that want to live there.
From the Social Security Administration
- Retirement planner – how should I plan for retirement?
- Retirement calculators
- Retirement – many links to a wealth of information about retiring for U.S. citizens
- Social Security Publications
- Your payments while you’re outside the U.S.
- A tax prep service
- Tax guide for U.S. citizens and resident aliens abroad – publication 54
- A tax forum on expatforum.com if you’ve got questions about taxes
One thing I am considering is teaching English once we retire to Spain. I have always wanted to be a teacher and I’ve come across many blogs of Americans teaching English in Spain. I am intrigued and may pursue this not only as a means to make a little extra money but also to fulfill a dream of mine.
- Teach in Spain(CIEE)
- CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Become an Auxiliar de Conversación? – all the benefits of teaching but without the administrative headaches
Living in Spain
- Resources for expatriates – another page full of links
- Information & Guide to Life, Living and Travel in Spain
- Everything you need to know about moving to Spain
- The advantages of growing older in Spain
- Registering on the Padrón (link broken, will update when I find the new link) and one other, a recent article on the web with more information. And, oh heck, here’s one more.
Since we won’t be able to use Medicare, we’ll need to find insurance elsewhere.
- Health, Safety, and Insurance for Travelers and Expatriates Abroad – from transitionsabroad.com, another page full of useful links
- Expatriate healthcare – found via transitionsabroad.com
- A friend of mine has insurance through MAPFRE. I don’t know much about them but they are apparently big in Spain so I thought I would list them here as well. Another one I’ve learned of is Sanitas. And one more is Adeslas.
- I learned of something called Convenio Especial and if I understand it right, after you’ve lived there for a year you can apply for this insurance. Here’s one link and I’ll need to research later.
Retirement in general
- Retirement – what’s the best way to spend your golden years? – an interesting website with practical information on retirement in general. I wrote an article on retiring to Malaga.
- AARP International
For the trip across the Atlantic:
If anyone out there reading this has other links and/or suggestions, please leave a comment and I’ll update this page. Thank you!