A Checklist for International Moving to Your New Home

The process of international relocation is different from domestic relocation. In my experience, it is a very challenging process.

Are you moving to a new home abroad?

Don’t worry; we will tell you how to tackle the challenges associated with international relocation.

We have broken the steps down into many small tasks so that you can have a stress-less move. The checklist includes:


1. Gather Necessary Documents

Before the move, gather all the essential documents you will require for immigration and travel. These documents include the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Marriage certificate
  • Driver’s license
  • School records
  • Medical forms
  • Social security cards

Other important documents include NCB records, medical and dental records, overseas travel insurance, financial records, other travel documents, etc.

You will need these documents in your immigration process and while traveling. It is an excellent practice to make copies of your documents and keep them in separate locations so that if you lose one, you can access the other.

Do keep the original documents in the safest place.

2. Meet an Immigration Official

Even if you are receiving work permits or country visas personally or through your employer, it’s a good idea to set up a meeting with an immigration official. Contact the local embassy or consulate for information.

If you are moving on your own without the help of an employer, you may need to hire an immigration lawyer. He will help you through the visa process.

All you have to do is make sure you know the immigration laws and make notes about deadlines, time frames, and policies regarding importing household goods and currency.

3. Research The Rules of The New Country

Every country has its own set of rules and regulations. It is vital to all the research to know the differences between both.

It’s a great idea to join ex-pat groups on social media to learn the culture and norms of the new country from ex-pats. Moreover, you can also get in touch with the embassy or consulate for information relevant to relocation.

Some of these are:

  • Visa and permit.
  • Vaccines for family members.
  • Restrictions or taxes on the shipment of household items.
  • Import taxes for high-value items.
  • Vaccines and quarantines for pets.
  • Insurance.

Make sure that your essential documents are not nearing the expiry date. Gather all the relevant documents in advance.

4. Think About Your Finances

International relocation abroad is a big decision, and it requires thorough planning. Plan your strategy as to how you will support yourself. There will be a difference in the cost of living, so keep it in your mind while planning everything.

Make a list of the basic costs that include:

  • Average food costs.
  • Rent rates.
  • Mortgage costs.
  • Utility expenses.

To get an idea, pick up a pen and paper and write down the total amount you are paying now and compare it with foreign expenses. It will give you an idea of how your outgoings will change.

You would need a job in the new country. Research local markets, shortlist the companies and send them your resume. Make sure that you find a job before you move.

Moreover, find out if those markets value your language and welcome the immigrants.

5. Obtain Necessary Immunizationshtt

Consult your family doctor to determine which shot you will need before traveling. Get the necessary shots to save yourself from the consequences.

Some countries have this information displayed on their website. However, your doctor or travel health clinic will know best what is recommended. Save the record and keep it with the other essential documents.

If you plan to take pets with you, it’s a good idea to research entry requirements for them in advance. Talk to the vet and get the necessary documentation.

6. Research and Contact International Moving Companies

Before your big move, make a list of international moving companies with experience with the moving process.
The help of moving companies is necessary because the laws are different for each country. It’s critical to research the companies before you choose one.

Here are some tips for selecting a company:

  • Compare three or more companies.
  • Look at their licenses.
  • Find out about the workers of the company.
  • Consider the storage.
  • Select your mover.

The international movers are your key coordinators who will assist you with an easy transition to your new home.

Take care of the vital enlisted points:

  • Confirm your appointments.
  • Review your final contract.
  • Verify document receipts.

7. Buy a Travel Guide and Maps

Internet is an excellent way to get to know about your new country. Still, if you cannot find information online, purchase a country and city guide before you move.

The guide will provide you with necessary details, such as the location of hospitals, embassies, and foreign exchange offices. In addition to this, it’s also a great introduction to your new life.

8. Give your Address to Friends and Family

It is a good practice to share your new address with people back home so you can keep in touch with them.

Furthermore, let your friends know about your relocation. It will give them time to say goodbyes without feeling rushed or that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

In addition to this, contact your bank to make sure your account is transferred correctly. It will enable you to access your funds from overseas.

9. Furnish Your New House

You won’t like landing in a foreign country and going to an empty house. We recommend that you furnish your new house before arrival.

For this, you will need to hire a relocation consultant or ask a friend in the host country to help you out. You can get some basics delivered to your new home and do the rest when you have settled in.

10. Get Ready for Moving Day

Just one day before your departure, pack some essentials for your smooth journey. Take out some time and make sure that you have everything needed. Consider packing the following:

  • Blankets
  • Daily medications
  • Carryon bags
  • Reading material
  • Phone
  • Charger and headphones


Moving internationally to a new place is a big task. Many of us make a big mistake and think that getting ready emotionally is the necessary preparation.

The tasks mentioned above are the necessary steps before moving to your new home. That was all from this topic. Let us know about your feedback in the comments.

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