Stay safe when moving abroad
Moving abroad can be daunting and a stressful time for everyone involved. There is so much to think about and consider, it is important that you are organised and in control of the whole process so you feel satisfied that everything has been done and you have had a successful move.
One of the most important things to consider is keeping safe in your new home and neighbourhood. Wherever you are moving to, it will be a different lifestyle, different culture, way of living as well as new people, and it is important that you are fully aware of what you are moving into and that you and your family stay safe.
To help you along the way, here are a few safety tips and good practice guide for travelling or living abroad.
- Contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website or telephone 0870 606 0290 for information about the country and area you are moving too.
- You still need travel insurance, even if you are only moving home. Your personal belongings all need to be insured to ensure that you are covered if something does happen to go wrong.
- Buy a good guidebook about the area and get everyone to read it. Become familiar with the roads, the town and what’s surrounding the area so you have a better idea of your bearings.
- Find out about the local laws and customs.
- Ensure that your passport is valid and that you have all the necessary visas before you leave. You won’t be able to enter any country without them.
- Check whether you need vaccinations and remember to pre-book these at least six weeks before you go. Some vaccinations are given over a course of three over a certain period of time.
- Check to see whether there are extra health precautions you need to take.
- Make sure that your travel agent is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and if you are flying over, make sure your holiday package is financially protected by Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL)
- Make copies of your passport, insurance policy (including your insurer’s and card protection’s 24-hour emergency number) and ticket details – leave copies with your family and friends.
- Carry cash on you as well as some back up funds, eg travellers cheques so that you have money at hand to change or use the second you arrive.
- Leave a copy of all the details of your journey as well as contact details with family and friends so they can get hold of you if need be.
If you are in the process of an international move and need some help and advice on where to start as well as the packing and shipping of your personal belongings, then why not contact international removals company Robinsons today. The team are specialists in the removal of your personal belongings whether you are moving within the UK or abroad. For more information call 0800 521 541.
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