7 steps to move to Ibiza
1 Find your bearings
You fell in love with Ibiza for a reason and it goes without saying that you know it well. If you haven’t done so already see if you can stay for longer periods at a time and definitely spend plenty of time here off-season. Ibiza winters is where it’s at, everyone gets to make time for one another and the island shows you her most amazing side in all its magnificent splendour.
2 Get your NIE
Come again?!! Shouldn’t this just say ‘groove on’? This one here is at the top of many a to-do list when it comes to making the actual move. Basically all it entails is a Social Security number. Obtaining it can be somewhat daunting at first however. First you go to the Central Police Station in Ibiza town, only to make an appointment. Then you get your application form all filled out and copied along with your passport, show up at given date and get payment details as well as the message that you will indeed have to return to your new favourite hangout for a third time. Once you have been able to prove that in fact you paid, you will jump for joy for you are now the proud owner of your very own NIE number!
Between May and September queues are incredibly long and often involve waiting for hours on end and since huge amounts of people apply for the season, a significant backlog might cause your NIE to come through much later than desired.
Should you not wish to experience any of the above you can either download your NIE form and make the appointment online or go to the local Gestoria, which basically is an accountant firm that does all the paperwork for you at a somewhat higher cost.
3 Learn Spanish
Please do! This will open up many doors for you and make your life just so much easier. There are plenty of options available, whether you have taken classes before the big move or not. There are lots of good private teachers to be found on the island, word of mouth will tell you who they are. Local Council offers cheap as chips, subsidized courses and anyone will refer you to Ibiza Town located Instituto de Idiomas for top quality Spanish classes.
4. Find a place to live
Again, to be done either on the spot or beforehand. If you are planning on renting, there is many a Facebook group that will accommodate you and there are indeed some good finds on there. Use your common sense to spot a scam, if something sounds too good to be true it often is. Trustworthy ads can be found in newspaper to the White Isle, Diario de Ibiza, which hits the shops every Friday. Another option is free paper De Todo en Ibiza.
Take your time finding the right place for you, word of mouth works wonderfully here too! Best time for house hunting is the off-season period between October and March, after this finding just the right place will prove more difficult and prices are likely to go up.
5 J is for Job
You must know what it’s like when you first mention the wonderful step you are about to take. Loving and well-meaning friends and family members asking you the same question over and over again, ‘So what will you DO?!!!’, along with ‘How will you survive, are you sure your business will do well?’.
You will be happy to have brought some savings with you for the first year. Just to be able to settle in nicely and to properly adjust to the feel, energy and atmosphere of the island.
Aforementioned is definitely a plus if you are both settling in as well as starting up your own business, allowing you to go with your own flow instead of immediately having to succumb to the pressure of securing an income. Having said that, this won’t be the same for everyone, for some working their way through summer and relying on ‘Ayuda’ in winter works perfectly and others (especially those among us that have taken Step 3 to heart) have winter jobs or are even with a steady occupation throughout the year.
Whichever of the above applies to you, go easy on yourself, use the network you already have and enjoy this journey every step of the way!
6 Go with the flow
As soon as you set foot on the island and have to start arranging things, be prepared to develop a new set of skills in terms of having patience. Sorting out paperwork often means going back to the same office on numerous accounts. As one islander puts it, ‘There is always a form they forgot to tell you to fill in.’
Things simply tend to take longer here, if you set out to apply for your NIE be sure to reserve some time for this. Post Office and other queues are formed by everyone gathering inside the office and the last person to come in demanding who was the last one to come in before them. At first, this may strike you as odd, but rest assured that there is a method to this madness and in fact this organised chaos is great for striking up a conversation.
Remember this and you will turn out to be a master in going with the flow.
7 Embrace your new life!
This is it, you are here! Every single day you are treated to magnificent skies, nature all around, beach life abound and lots of people you meet here turn out to share your very own values and mindset! Embrace it, love it, and make sure to let us know how you are doing! When you need some help with your move, join our Ibiza Inside Coaching membership. We will help you personally with every step of the way to make your move to Ibiza or anywhere in the world.