What do I need to open a bank account in Spain?

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29 Apr 2015 4:31 PM by Teesdale Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

Can I open an account by taking 500 euros in cash into the bank? What else will I need apart from my passport? Do I need an NIE number? thank you.

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29 Apr 2015 5:44 PM by camposol Star rating in Camposol. 1406 posts Send private message

yes,you do need an NIE number

Your solicitor can arrange this for you.

you will need this in order to accept the inheritance.


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29 Apr 2015 6:06 PM by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5241 posts Send private message

I agree with Campo, however, there are posters  on the net who say they and people they know have accounts without having an NIE.  So take you pick and then do what that bank wants.

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29 Apr 2015 9:37 PM by baz1946 Star rating. 2317 posts Send private message

It has to be that those who have bank accounts without an NIE were probably the one's, like me years ago, because back then the bank didn't ask, make any mention or even insist on these, much the same as I bought my very first house with no NIE, then I got one about two months later.

My solicitor did arrange all this but after I bought the house and paid for it. I understand that what happened years ago isn't the case now.

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29 Apr 2015 11:55 PM by joe1949 Star rating in Manchester. 61 posts Send private message

My only advice would be to steer well clear of Sabadell. My time in Spain is now over and the stress of getting out was made ten times worse by this incompetent Spanish Bank. I'd banked for years with no problems with Banco Halifax &  then Lloyds but my troubles started with Sabadell and will hopefully soon be resolved.

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30 Apr 2015 8:59 AM by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5241 posts Send private message

Re the need for an NIE.



Where Starfox says, "Well, you can go to the Sabadell website and open an expansion account online in a matter of minutes using just your passport number in English. There is no requirement for an NIE and there wasn't when we opened an account with them in the office, they have our scanned passports and that is the end of it

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