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If you are moving overseas this year, don’t leave anything to the chance and start on a good foot your international move! 

Apply for the visa, cancelling your utilities, closing your bank accounts, finding a new home… The list of things to do before moving to another country is never-ending.  What it’s worse is that missing any important steps might bring extra headaches – and it can even delay your departure! 

To avoid suffering from any “beginners mistake”, read our article, but have pen and paper ready – you might have to answer some questions. And now,  it’s time to bring some order to your international move!


12 months before: Preparation and budgeting 

After taking the decision to stay in another country, one needs to start paying attention to the requirements:

  • Are there any important deadlines or processing timing you should be aware of (i.e. visas, qualifications recognition…)?
  • Do you need a proof of language skills? 


Living costs and your available income while you are abroad are also things to look at.

  • How high are the living costs in your destination country?
  • Will you able to continue with your current lifestyle?


6 months before: Organization – part 1

Around half a year before your planned departure date, it’s time to start with the practicalities:

  • Do I need to apply for a visa? 
  • Should I renew my passport? 
  • Am I going to take my pet with me? If so, what should I be aware of?
  • Do I need to take a health insurance? Shall I do any medical examination before I move? Do I need any vaccine?


3 months before: Organization – part 2

  • Where am I going to live (type of accommodation, city area…)?
  • Should I cancel any contract (phone, internet,  utilities…)?
  • Do I need to inform my bank about the move?
  • Are the (flight/train/bus..) tickets booked?
  • How many things should I take? Is it worth to contact a relocation company? 


1 month before: Farewells and luggage

Make sure you meet everyone before moving – make a list if necessary- and prepare your luggage with time, so you don’t forget anything. 


Do you need extra help for your move? See how we can help you or directly talk with one of our advisors. 

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