Are you moving to another country? Make sure you are organised as you need to take care of a lot of things before you even get there.
1. Make sure you know what the rules and regulations are of the country you’re heading for. Contact the embassy or consulate about work permits, visas, required vaccines for pets, restrictions or taxes on shipped household items, etc.
2. Sort out your passports, visas, work permits and international driving license (if required). Fill in the paperwork, send it off and wait….. The whole procedure can take quite a while, so start doing this well in advance.
3. Make sure you have all other official paperwork sorted. Get official copies of your birth and marriage certificates, naturalisation papers, social security details, medical and dental records, insurance policies, diplomas, will/testament, driving license, etc.
4. Get quotes from international removal companies. There can be huge differences in prices, so make sure you understand what they quote for. Check their reputation, insurance details, etc. before you commit to one company.
5. Sort out insurance. Make sure you know what kind of insurance you’d need in your new country. If you want to take your car with you, rather than buy one there, make sure you have an international car insurance policy. (This might be extremely expensive!)
6. Decide what you want to do with your home. Do you just have to cancel your rental agreement or do want to rent it out if you own the place? Find a good property management company to handle the whole process or instruct a friend or family member to manage it for you. You won’t be able to manage tenants from abroad.
7. Medical stuff. Even if your destination country has a social healthcare system, you may not be eligible for coverage. If you are not covered under a group medical insurance program, individual policies can be purchased to protect you in a foreign country. These policies include worldwide medical protection and also can include evacuation services. If you use prescriptions, make sure you have sufficient pills and potions to last you for a while. Take copies of the medication you need.
8. Finances. Decide what you want to do with your bank account(s) at home. Keep them or close them down. Decide on credit cards as well. Sort out your tax obligations. You don’t want the tax man to stop you at the departure gate.
9. Notify everyone you know of your changed address and set up mail forwarding for mail that still arrives on your old doorstep. Cancel your subscriptions or have them forwarded to your new address.
10. Cancel your phone or have your phone number transferred to a VOIP service, so you can receive calls on your home number via the internet abroad.