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Moving abroad advice

If you dream of retiring abroad or are about to take up anew job abroad, the whole process is an exciting time however moving abroad can be a huge challenge.

Here are a few top tips for a successful move abroad;

Passports and Permissions

Make sure that your passport is up to date and that you have visas and permissions in place to enter the country that you are planning to move too. EU citizens shouldn’t have to worry too much about visas and passports because of the free movement act within the EU; however if you are relocating from the UK to the US or Australia you will need permission to live in the country and need to have a passport that is valid for at lease 12 months.

Changing Residence Status

One of the biggest and most important hurdles when relocating abroad is giving up residency in the old home country and establishing residency in the new country. Inform tax offices of departure and arrival and make sure you are aware of the formalities involved in changing residency or you could face a few fines along the way.

Stay Healthy

You may be moving to a country whereby certain inoculations may be required before the departure. Find out about health insurance plans and the health system that is available overseas. It may be necessary to take out private health care cover and keep money aside in  case of future health requirements.

Keep in pocket

Moving abroad can be expensive. With removals costs, travelling to your new home, finding a home etc etc, so it is important that you keep on top of costs to establish a removal budget to stop expensive spiraling out of control. Open a bank account abroad and take credit references from credit card and banks back home to establish your credit rating overseas. It might be a good idea to leave a bank account open if you ever decide to return home.


Some countries accept the PETS travel scheme and some don’t. Find out about the requirements, inoculations, quarantine, and the cost associated with moving your pet abroad at least eight months before the departure.

To find out more tips on moving abroad, come back to our Robinsons blog on Monday to see how our helpful tips can save you time and money.


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