How to plan a move to another country: 8 useful tips

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How to plan a move to another country: 8 useful tips

More information about each country can be found here
More information about each country can be found here

Moving abroad is an extremely interesting and exciting experience. At the same time, this decision is always exciting and responsible. Therefore, for such a cardinal step, you need to prepare as thoroughly as possible, so that the trip will be safe and comfortable. It is important to take into account every detail in order to adapt as quickly as possible in another country.

We offer some tips and recommendations to help prepare for the move, as well as equip the necessary information.

Start saving and setting aside money for the trip

We are not talking about an ordinary tourist trip. Moving abroad carries with it decent expenses: tickets, moving things, renting a place, a financial cushion for the first few months, a visa and other paperwork. This is only part of the cost. So it's wise to think about the money in advance, so that there will be no unpleasant situations.

Take care of documents, including a passport

An important requirement for entry into any country is a passport that is valid for at least 4-6 months. Therefore, check your document. Renew it if necessary. Also take care of all other documents you will need to move and live in another country. 

Apply for a Visa

If you've made up your mind about moving, it's best not to wait too long to get a visa. Sometimes you have to wait much longer to get permission to enter the country. Also, this procedure can be protracted due to various formalities and bureaucratic delays. Therefore, contact the embassy in advance, find out the types of visas, clarify the details of all necessary documents and apply.

Study the information about the country to the smallest detail

Since we are talking about moving not just to another city, and in a completely different environment, it is recommended to make a detailed reconnaissance of life in the country. Try to find out literally everything: how to rent or buy a house, how to transport your belongings, employment, education, recreation, paying taxes, people's habits, traditions, laws, and more. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the locals. 

Take care of health insurance and other aspects of health care

Before you move, learn in detail how the country's health care system works and how to get care for foreigners. Check your health insurance plans to see which one is right for you. Find out about all the possible risks and consult with insurance companies.

Also, get a physical exam, get the necessary immunizations, and take care of medical records. Find out which medications are available in the country and which are prohibited. You may have to take certain medications with you in reserve.

Alert your bank about the move

When you move to another country, it is advisable to keep your bank account. It's also a good idea to notify your bank of your change of residence and consider getting an international credit card. This will save on fees and overseas transactions. Also, find out about local banks and services for foreigners.

Make copies of your documents

Make sure you have copies of all important documents, including passports, birth certificates, medical certificates, driver's licenses, etc. You will need this information to apply for residency and permanent residency in the future.

Book tickets in advance and know the conditions of transportation of your belongings

If the move is not urgent, check the airline websites to see when cheaper flights are available and book. Very often the prices of airline tickets can vary significantly depending on the day of the flight. If there is an opportunity to save on tickets, why not. You should also find out information about the conditions of transportation of belongings, because each country and airlines may have their own prohibitions.

Moving is a painstaking business that requires a lot of effort and thorough preparation. But once you arrive and get the hang of it, you can enjoy a new page of life, learn the country directly from experience, as well as fully immersed in its culture.