Moving abroad is very exciting, especially when you are moving to a new country, but at the same time, the process itself can be very stressful and make you feel anxious. To release you from tension and pressure, we have a moving abroad checklist to help you overcome the moving period stress.
Since the moving process usually takes three to six months, our checklist will help with the things you need to do during that period, to ensure everything goes smoothly.
1. Travel Arrangements
Passport And Visas
If you are a citizen of a country with the Schengen agreement and you are moving to another one, you will not need a Visa, but if you aren’t, you will need to apply.
Also, if you are a U.S. citizen, you should check the requirements for the visa. Take a notice that the process of getting Visa can take time, so make sure you apply as early as possible.
Book Your Ticket
Try to find the best deal on the flight, since it’s no secret that airplane flights can be pricey.
Copy Important Documents
The last thing you want is to find yourself in a foreign country without necessary documents, like a passport or ID. If you lose them and you don’t have a copy with yourself, you can find yourself in a needlessly unpleasant situation.
Reserve Accommodation for First Night
Make sure that you have someplace to stay for the first night. Keep in mind that you are in a completely new city, so you will have to deal with a lot of other things – you don’t want sleeping to be one of them.
2. Health Checklist
Invest in health insurance coverage, just in case. You never know what can happen, so this type of investment is a smart way to be stress-free in a new country.
Schedule a check-up to examine your condition before you go. While you are there, ask the doctor what kind of immunizations shots you might need, that will help you prevent any unwanted diseases.
Pay Attention to Travel Warnings
Check out the biggest threats in the host country that you could be dealing with.
3. Home Checklist
What to Bring
Which items you’ll bring depends on a situation. You don’t want to bring three big suitcases if your accommodation is not certain and you will probably move from one place to another. Also, be aware of fees that airports charge for extra luggage.
What to Leave
On the other hand, decide what are you going to do with the things you aren’t taking with you. Sell, donate or store everything that’s left. If you want to take your car with you, arrange to ship it, and be aware of the price for that. If not, sell the car, too.
4. Managing Your Finances
When comes to setting up a bank account overseas, we recommend using international banks. Meantime, call your current bank and inform them that you are moving so that they can expect transactions from a foreign country.
Don’t forget to visit your local bank before you go and get some of your host country’s currency. Even if you are planning to use your debit card in the future, you should always have some cash in your pocket, just in case.
5. Don’t Forget Your Pets
If you own a pet and you want to take it with you, consider all the requirements – documentation that the host country looks for when it comes to pets, like microchips, rabies shots, vaccines, and tapeworm treatments for dogs.
Like you did it with yourself, examine your pet’s health condition.
This is the basic moving abroad checklist, however, if you need more information about this and similar topics, feel free to reach out to us, and we will gladly help you!