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Moving country: a guide

As exciting as it is, there is a lot to consider, from documentation to logistics and everything in between.

Whether it is for work or for pleasure, moving to a new country can be an incredibly exciting time. It gives you the chance to experience new cultures, meet new people, and potentially even learn a new language.

As exciting as it is, there is a lot to consider, from documentation to logistics and everything in between.

Plan early
You can never start your planning “too early”. You should start making your lists and doing your research at least 6 months before your move to ensure you have time to deal with any surprises and issues that may arise.

Whenever something new springs to mind that you need to organise, note it down somewhere so that it is not forgotten. This could include anything from what to pack to a document that requires signing.

Look online and connect with other people who have moved to a different country, they will be able to provide valuable insight and offer tips and tricks you may not have thought of.

Research is key
It is well worth doing some research before you move. This should extend beyond the logistics of moving and should include whether there are any cultural differences you need to be aware of.

Doing this ahead of time will allow you to feel more prepared and mean the move is slightly less of a shock to the system. There are lots of ways you can do this, from reading blog posts to watching YouTube videos. Try to consume content from a range of people across different platforms, to get a clear idea of what the culture is like.

Living situations vary from person to person when it comes to moving abroad, but it is a good idea to have something sorted before you leave.

If you plan on buying a property or renting long-term once you have settled into the country, make sure that you still have somewhere comfortable to stay for those first few weeks or months. This will be far less stressful than trying to arrange it once you arrive or hopping from place to place.

Laws & Taxes
Make sure you are aware of laws and taxes in the new country as they could be vastly different from what you are used to.

There will be lots of useful information about these online or meeting with an accountant could be an efficient way of gaining more knowledge. Doing this early on will mean you are better equipped to comply with everything as you should and creates less hassle for once you arrive.

There will be lots of paperwork and documentation such as VISAs and travel insurance that you need to be aware of. It is crucial that you keep this organised so that it can be easily accessed when needed. Consider creating a dedicated folder for all email correspondence and buying a physical organiser for any letters you may receive.

Make sure you have a bank account in the right place and have ways to make sure you are legitimate in your new country. You may also need to look at building your credit score, while this will not follow you abroad, it is still important to be in a solid financial position without too many outstanding debts before moving countries.