Begin consular procedures
procedures, request information on how to obtain your visa,
residency and work permits before you leave. These procedures
take time, sometimes many weeks - even months. Begin as soon as possible.
documents required for the exportation of your goods from your
country of origin and for their importation into the country of
destination. Your status may enable you to benefit from certain
advantages, such as the obtaining of an " EXEMPTION ". This will
avoid you having to pay duties and taxes upon importing your
used personal effects.
renewing your passport and those of all accompanying family
members. These should be valid, at least, until your next return
to your country.
international driving licenses. Depending on the country of
destination, you might have to obtain a local driving license by
going to a local driving school and eventually passing a
practical /theoretical driving test. In all cases, keep your
actual driving license with you. It may be requested by the
local authorities in order for you to avoid having to pass a
Educating yourself about
your country of destination
informing yourself about your country of destination by surfing
on the net or by obtaining guides, brochures, videotapes and CD
ROM's, to be read and watched by all family members. Some
expatriate sites will guide you in your host country or in your
electrical supply available at your country of destination. Ask
your local electrician if your electrical appliances will
function with the use of adapters and/or transformers. TV
systems will need be compatible too, don't forget to check this.
yourself with the currency in your destination country; some
currency converters are available via Internet.
abilities in the host country language. Maybe you require some
Cross-Cultural program will be useful for you and your family.
There are seminars available to prepare for international
relocation, these are designed to help expatriates communicate
and do business successfully.
Searching your new home
Try to obtain
information about real estate market in your destination
country. Visit web sites and online newspapers to have an idea
of the prices in the country. Sometimes, there are expatriate's
neighborhoods (not far from international schools); a good
realtor will provide you with this information. If the
destination country is not too far from your own, a home search
trip should be arranged.
countries appliances are included; in others (particularly
Anglo-Saxon countries), is not easy to find a house without
furniture. The type of accommodation on offer in the country
will influence the final cost (moving furniture, just personal
goods or storage for several years, etc.)
services exist to help expatriates in moving and settling. These
services are sometimes paid for by the employer, because
expatriates will be expected to become productive as soon as
possible after their arrival with no concerns about housing. The
relocation companies will help you with the inventory of
fixtures before moving-in, with all of your contracts (gas,
electricity, water and telephone companies or insurance, etc.),
they may help you to discover your new country (city tour, open
a bank account, etc.) even ask for a visa for you.
Now is time for
you to search a school for your children. Some international
organizations gather international schools and give the
accreditation of the curriculum and educational levels compared to
schools in the county of origin.
information available about your country of destination, via
Internet you will find the latest information for travelers,
with health information on specific destinations. Check for
hospitals and how healthcare is structured in your new country.
Take out an
international health insurance able to cover you and your family
in any case (even in short term missions of several days).
vaccination requirements for travelers of all ages. Some
vaccines must be given several weeks before leave, ask your GP
to schedule this.
Ask your GP,
dentist, ophthalmologist and any other specialists to renew all
your prescriptions so that you can continue your treatment
abroad. Do not forget to ask for your medical files.
list of all household goods and personal effects being moved.
Contact at least two moving companies. Arrange for an
appointment for a pre-move survey.
survey is the key a successful move. During this visit don't
hesitate to ask about the period of time required for delivery,
the mean of transportation that should be used. Explanation of
all the human and technical issues concerning packing and
unpacking, anticipation of additional services (external
elevator, difficult access, disassembling and reassembling of
furniture, packing of heavy / large items, etc.) Is the
reassembling of the furniture included in the quote? Is an
additional insurance coverage necessary? What documents have to
be submitted to the customs? If your goods share the same
container this will be cheaper or will direct transport be
If you have a
pet, ask if they can transport it and be in charge of customs
regulations (you are responsible for medical documents and
(price, services, volumes/weight estimate). Following these
procedures, choose your mover and determine the date for Packing
or Rail reservations. Be sure to keep your tickets after
arrival. These could eventually be requested at your destination
for Customs Clearance purpose.
Make a car
rental reservation if necessary.
Make plans for
temporary accommodation for the post - Packing period on
Relocation Index (section Apartments). The same should be done
at destination, whilst you are waiting for the final delivery of
Change of address
local authorities (Condominium Association etc.) of your
various organizations of your forthcoming change of address.
Transfer your subscriptions or cancel your contracts.
possible, it's recommended to shut off water, light and
telephone 24 hours after moving date, in case moving day falls
behind schedule. Make the same arrangement at your destination,
everything must be installed 24 hours before you move in, this
will avoid any unpleasant surprises.
MINUS 30 DAYS
house linen, curtains and carpets cleaned
Sort out your
goods and disregard those you will not be using anymore.
benevolent associations to whom you've decided to donate all
effects that you will not be moving. Set up an appointment so
that these can be picked up from your home.
bicycles, garden tools and furniture and empty the tanks of all
Now is the
time to sell or donate all unwanted effects. Do not forget to
return things that you had borrowed from family or friends.
Give all your new contact
Give your new
contact details to your circle of family and friends. Make sure
that the moving company have both your addresses; at origin and
destination. Any intermediate contact numbers should also be
transmitted (parents, hotel, etc.).
moving dates to your moving company. Make sure you have their
addresses at origin and destination.
have your children looked after during the packing and loading
and/or transformers to your shipment. These are necessary for
the operation of your electrical appliances at destination. You
will also be able to purchase them before the delivery of your
effects in your new residence.
"Valued Inventory List" of all household goods and personal
effects being moved. Fill the inventory in while being as
precise as possible.
luggage: consider season and likely weather conditions in the
destination country on your arrival.
destination stickers to sort out your goods by destination or
method of transportation (by sea, by air, etc), if more than one
destination (storage, cottage, etc) or method.
dismantling your furniture, removing curtains, pictures and
light fixtures, unless the moving company is contracted to
provide this service.
Clean and let
dry all kitchen appliances to avoid the appearance of mildew
during shipping. Disconnect all electrical and cover naked wires
If at all
possible, reserve a parking spot for the removal van or
container as close as possible to your residence. Loading
operations will become much easier.
Put aside a
few soft drinks and some food for the packing crew in order to
optimize their working conditions.
Put away all
important documents and articles of value (passports, airline
tickets, cash, travel addresses, destination country contact
details, portable computers, phones, keys etc.) that you wish to
carry personally. This will avoid having them packed
arrival of the packing crew, you should go round your home with
the crew foreman and point out all that needs to be packed. If
you have any special requests; i.e. packing of your beds last,
now is the right time to mention them.
truck or container departure, you should go round your home with
crew foreman if some goods were left behind.