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The Ultimate Moving Abroad Check List for Expats


Moving overseas. It’s stressful, time-consuming, and there are a million and one things to think about. Thankfully, the expat health insurance experts at Medibroker speak to soon-to-be expats and those already happily settled into expat life every day; we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist to help you prepare for your move.


The Paperwork

- Find accommodation

- Buy flight tickets & organise transport to your accommodation

- Check everyone's passports are valid

- Leaving your property: find tenants

- Organise visas

- 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 International Expat Health Insurance compliant with 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 utility companies to disconnect your power if necessary

- Ask your doctors, vet and dentist for copies of your, your family 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


Cultural Preparation

- 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 the post office knows the 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 the 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


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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. Have you claimed expat health insurance?


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