The Ultimate Moving Abroad Check List
Posted by Dannielle Noonan
Moving overseas. It’s stressful, time-consuming and there are a million and one things to think about. Thankfully, the international health insurance experts at Medibroker speak to soon-to-be expats and those already happily settled into expat life every day, and we’ve put together a comprehensive check list to help you prepare for your move.
Buy flight tickets & organise transport to your accommodation
Check everyone's passports are valid
Leaving your property: find tenants
Find out if your driving license is valid in your host country
Research which medical vaccinations you may need and speak to your doctor
Create and safely store both virtual and paper copies of important documents
Get Health Insurance compliant to your expat country
Create a tax and finance folder with any information which can be claimed back on tax. If you are getting your expenses paid for you, put all receipts in this folder
Change your address with credit card companies etc
Tell your bank you are moving abroad
Set up internet banking to make standing orders/direct debits easier
Leave a small amount of money with someone at home in case you have forgotten to pay any bills
Ask utilities companies to disconnect your power if necessary
Ask your doctors, vet and dentist for copies of yours, your families and your pets’ medical records.
Sell your car or furniture if this is something you have decided to do
Research TV, phone and utility companies in your host country
Research standards of local healthcare facilities
Make sure you understand the local currency and have enough to get by in the first few days
Learn basic phrases and the alphabet of the local language so you know how to pronounce words
Culture: research etiquette and differences. If you're moving for work, our guide to international business etiquette may help
Research local amenities
Google map the area and plan your route to the local shop, doctors, school etc
The personal stuff
The big announcement
Say your goodbyes
Collect contact details & make sure post office knows new address
Decide whether the entire family will move at the same time or whether one parent will go first
Make a repatriation plan
Have a full medical check
Find out if any prescription medicine is available in your host country and stock up
Put all your essential items in your suitcase as your shipment may take a while to arrive
Household items: choose an international moving company or find suitable storage
Buy packing materials and bubble wrap etc
Create a list of everything you will pack/ have packed. Take photos and list estimated value
Find out about travel restrictions for your host country
Buy a phone or sim card that works in your new country
Eat or give away food in the house and defrost the fridge/freezer
Clean the house
On the last day at home, take readings of gas meters & lock doors/windows
Moving abroad with kids
Inform your children’s school that you will be moving abroad and ask for transfer certificates
Choose a local or international school for your children. Our guide may help
Decide which of their toys will accompany you to make the transition easier
Teach children about their new country with books, games and pictures
Moving abroad with pets
Check that your breed of animal is legal in your host country
Check quarantine rules in your new country
Do they need vaccinations?
Make transport arrangements
Moving abroad on an international assignment
Evaluate your relocation package. Our guide may be useful.
Find out if expat spouses are legally able to work in the host country
Meeting other expats: find local forums and websites
Read our guide to cultural business etiquette around the world
Decide on whether this will be a permanent move and if not, when you will return home
Plan for family emergencies
Plan for what will happen if your circumstances change. Will you stay?
What’s your minimum test period?
It’s wise to start planning at least 90 days in advance to ensure you get everything covered. Most expats benefit from an introductory trip to the host country to see if they like it.
Why not print this list out and stick it on your fridge while it's still yours?
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