Preparing to move to a different country can be a daunting task regardless of where you are moving. As with any move, there are several factors to consider but global moves need even more attention to detail. There are countless things to be excited about when moving to a new country so it is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of it all and forget logistics. Use our guide to assist you during the international moving process and stay organized!
- Do Your Research– For most Americans, moving to a new country will mean being exposed to a new, foreign culture that they aren’t familiar with. Prior to your move, do your research about the people and culture you will soon be surrounded by to get a better feel for your new home to adjust to your new environment and adhere to cultural norms.
- Begin the Visa Process Early– Moving to a new country typically requires you to file paperwork to tell both countries you will be moving. If you are moving for a job, often times your employer will guide you through this process but either way, be sure to look into the process and make sure this is taken care of far in advance.
- Health Insurance– Most basic health insurance plans do not cover you if you are abroad so be sure to contact your insurer to inform them of your upcoming travel and ask what your options for coverage are.
- Call Your Banks– If you do not inform your banks that you are moving to another country, they will likely put a hold on your account thinking your airport snack or first dinner in your new home is a fraudulent charge. Getting stuck with frozen bank accounts will add unnecessary stress to your move so be sure to take a few minutes to call your bank before traveling.
- Choose the Right Moving Company– If you’re making a big move, you will surely need help getting your belongings to your new home. By choosing a company experienced in international moves, you will alleviate much of the stress of moving to a new place. Choose a moving company who will handle your belongings with door-to-door service so you can focus on the mental aspects of the move while leaving the physical to trusted professionals.