What you need to know about moving internationally


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You have decided to take a big step and move abroad. Congratulations! You are renewing your passport and making sure all your documents are in order, and you are looking forward to the new chapter of your life. We prepared a brief checklist for you, so you do not miss any important steps.


Important documents


You might want to bring all your important documents with you. Besides passport and visas, do not forget birth and marriage certificates, citizenship proofs, insurance policies, certificates, diplomas and university files, and other documents and contracts that are important to you. Find out if you need to have them translated, certified or legalized, so they can be also valid in a foreign country. To ensure that your mail is delivered to your new address, fill out the requisite forms at the post office. If they do not route it internationally, find a trusted friend or a family member who is willing to receive it on your behalf. Cancel all the fee-paying subscriptions and memberships in your country.



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Let’s talk about money!


If you’re moving overseas, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll support yourself, so one of the first things you should consider is how the cost of living in your new country compares to your current one. The old advice of bringing six months’ worth of savings is a sound suggestion— and it should be a minimum. We also recommend doing some research on the exchange rate and create a preliminary monthly budget plan.


Moving abroad is not a cheap venture. In fact, it can cost you more than you expected, as there will be costs that you will have to pay upfront. During the first few months, expect to incur unexpected expenses. However, let’s assume that you already secured a job, or have significant savings or another source of income.


First, make sure that you have health insurance. If it is not covered by your company it is a good idea to cover it yourself. Being abroad without insurance, even for a short period, is not a good idea. If you can, bring the medicines you are taking regularly, and bring the medical, dental, and vaccination records, especially if you have a chronic condition.


No matter where are you renting the flat, you will usually have to pay the deposit. The amount can vary, from one rent, up to six. Also, at least one rent will have to be paid upfront. We are sure that by now, you have decided what are you going to bring to your new home, so it is time to talk about the actual process of moving your items to the new location.



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Professional movers


Packing and making sure everything will be safely delivered to the new destination is quite stressful. The good news is that you can hire professionals who will take care of that important step. Movers and packers in Abu Dhabi will help you with anything you need. Their customer support service is available 7 days per week and will even give you a free quote. No matter which option you choose – door-to-door, door-to-port, or port-to-port, they will make sure your precious items arrive on time and in the same condition.


Besides the actual moving, there are other tasks which should be handled by professionals as well. DIY is definitely a cost-saver at the given moment, but in the long-run, it is worth investing in home repairs and improvements related to plumbing, electricity, gas, and roofing.



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Once you are there


Once you arrive and settle at your new place, it is time to deal with some bureaucracy again. Ask your landlord or agency to provide you with proof of residency as soon as possible. You will certainly need to open a bank account in your new country. Then, you will need to get purchase a local SIM card and maybe even choose the providers of utilities, such as internet, TV, or even electricity. That is why we advise you to research beforehand and arrive at your new home with a clear idea of whose services do you want to use. Another thing you have to consider is transportation. Do you plan to use public transport, or you are going to drive? If you plan to drive, make sure that your license is valid in your new country. Maybe you will need an international license, or you will have to obtain the local one. Find out before you depart!


During the process of moving, it is important to conduct research online and consult official sources of knowledge. We wish you a safe trip and a successful life in your new home country.



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