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Is it time to start a new and exciting adventure? Important tips to plan your international move from Russia to an overseas destinationThen relocating to a new country might bring you that much needed change in your life. Some of the benefits of leaving your comfort zone in Moscow or St. Petersburg behind include better career opportunities, soaking up a new culture and making new friends.

Once you have made the decision to move out of Russia, the stressful task of planning the relocation begins, and it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with all the details that need to be taken care of. Have a look at these few steps you might want to follow to help minimize stress on the big day:

The Day of your International Move

If you need to make special allowances for parking space for the removal truck on the moving day, contact your local council in advance so this can be arranged.

Settling Utility Bills

As is the case with any move, there are utility bills that will need to be paid for. Electricity, Gas, council tax and any other bills will need to be up to date and it’s advisable to let the companies know up to five months in advance.

Organizing Mail Re-Directing

We recommend to arrange a mail re-directing service so that when you leave you don’t need to return to collect important letters and so that things don’t get lost. Post offices usually provide reliable services at fair prices so that you can inform companies that you have moved, as well as family and friends.

Ensuring Education for your Children

If you have kids, make sure you give the school a reasonable time of notice before your relocation date. Check if there are any outstanding bills for school fees, transport expenses or meals to be settled before you move.

Request recent reports and certificates of grades passed by your children as you might need to provide these to the new school. It’s recommended to leave your new address with the school so you don’t miss out on any correspondence.

Banking Services

It is advisable to keep your bank account open for a medium period to settle final bills. Any direct debits in place should be cancelled and credit card companies will need to be notified of a new address for statements.

Banks usually allow clients to close accounts and change addresses online. If this service is not available, accounts should be closed in person or by sending a letter via registered mail.

Relocating your Pets

The relocation of your pets overseas will require documentation and possible additional vaccinations or medical treatment.

The majority of domestic pets require documentation before they can travel. Local veterinaries can provide information and documentation. Contact the Embassy in the new country of residence for up-to-date information.

As a general rule, animals have to travel in approved pet containers and by approved routes. Be aware that sudden outbreaks of diseases (such as avian flu) can affect the travel of your pets. Depending on the destination of the pet relocation, some animals may require a period of quarantine.

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