So you’re finally moving to another country – something that you long dreamed of doing – and now that the opportunity has presented itself to you, there are a myriad of things that you need to take care of in order to have a smooth transition from your home country to your new “adoptive” country.
First, you need to take care of things back home; from deciding on whether or not to lease your house to taking your pets with you, plus there’s the car, your other possessions; not to mention all the documents you need to prepare in order to gain legal entry into the country of your destination.
This being said, it is important to make a moving overseas checklist to ensure that you will not leave out anything essential in your moving-abroad plans.
Make a List and Check It Twice
There are two general categories that you may want to use for your list: one is for things that you need to do at home and the second is for things that you need to take care of in your country of destination.
This way, you will not be leaving any loose ends back home and you will have likewise prepared your move to another country by taking care of such essentials like where you will be staying, who will be meeting you at the airport once you land in your new home country and where you will be shopping for food and other necessities.
Now, for your list of things to take care of at home; these include, apart from deciding on what to do about your house or apartment, pets and car; getting all your travel documents ready.
Passports for you and your family, if you will be traveling with them; visas, birth certificates, marriage certificates, medical records, international driving license and prescriptions for medications if you have a health condition are important papers you need to have ready weeks before your planned departure.
It is important to note here that these are travel must haves so you won’t be held up at Immigration once you land at the airport or worse, you won’t be sent back for lack of documents.
Lastly, scout for excellent movers or shipping companies that can bring your stuff over including your car and your pets if you plan on taking them with you.
Preparing for the Transition
Other than making sure that you have a place to stay in once you get to your country of destination, it is also important to know a bit more about the country especially its customs, laws and its people.
The last thing you need is to get on the wrong side of the law in a foreign country!
As for customs and the locals, it is also very important to understand these so as not to offend any of the locals especially about their religious beliefs and worship customs; particularly if you plan on visiting sacred sites such as temples and churches during your stay in their country.
Finally, if you plan on driving in your new home country, you should know their driving rules and regulations and if you are accustomed to right-hand driving and the country uses left-hand driving, you should practice first before attempting to drive in this new way.