Ultimate Moving Overseas 2021 Checklist

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International travel has become quite more complicated than before. Coronavirus pandemic is, of course, the main reason for this. Luckily, even though health regulations have become stricter, moving overseas is still possible. You just need to inform yourself well before leaving and, because these regulations are changing frequently, you will need to follow the situation constantly and be ready for every possible change that might happen. Transparent International NYC, has prepared this moving overseas 2021 checklist that should help you to prepare your relocation properly and reach your desired destination on time.

The number one item on the moving overseas 2021 checklist is to make a moving plan

Moving overseas was a complicated process before the pandemic. Now, of course, things have become even more complex. That is why it more important than ever to plan your relocation properly and to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong. Naturally, besides standard relocation stuff like preparing your relocation inventory, hiring international services, dealing with your paperwork, you will also need to plan your health procedures depending on your destination country’s requirements.

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International relocation is a complicated process. Make sure that you plan it well

Inform yourself of health requirements in your destination country

When it comes to health regulations, they are currently the biggest topic in the world of international travel. Some countries are banning international traffic altogether. So you will have to consider that fact when you are choosing where to move. On the other side, many countries allow foreigners but with different health requirements. Some may ask for a negative COVID-19 viral test no older than 1-3 days. Others may ask for a vaccination. Or order you to self-quarantine usually for 14 days. While some do not have any requirements and continue their politics the same way as they did before the pandemic. Therefore if you are, for example, moving to Luxembourg from US, you will need to check Luxembourg health regulations and inform yourself on how to prepare.

Prepare appropriate paperwork

Regardless of the pandemic, when you are moving internationally, you will need to prepare appropriate paperwork. Naturally, it all depends on the country you are moving to. Visit the country’s immigration website or contact their embassy and see what the documents that you will need to prepare are.

Ensure that you have the accommodation ready before you go

Besides paperwork, the most important task that you need to accomplish is to find appropriate accommodation. Unfortunately, the pandemic has affected real estate markets across the world. Therefore you might find that the prices have gone up since this whole situation started. Keep that in mind, and plan your budget accordingly.

Find a school for your kids

If you are moving with kids, you will also have to find them an appropriate school. Likewise, you will also have to bear this pandemic in mind and ask around what is the process of assigning to school these days and what documents you will need to provide.

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Find a school for your kids before you leave the US

Pets need to go through rigorous testing before they move

If you are moving with pets, this is as complicated as they were before the pandemic. All those things that we need to do now as humans, pets were going through in the past. This means blood tests, appropriate vaccines, and a passport. Bear in mind that some vaccines for certain destinations need to be received well before the trip. So make sure that you start dealing with this as soon as you can.

Prepare your moving inventory on time

When you are moving, whether you are moving overseas or domestically, handling your items is one of the most important tasks that you will need to deal with. Even though most people avoid moving their entire households when moving overseas, if you are doing so you will need to do a lot of work. In general, you will need to get rid of as many items as you can and create a list of items that you are planning to move with you. Depending on the number of your items, this task may last for more than a month. Bear this in mind and start dealing with your moving inventory as soon as you learn about the move.

Find reputable and trustworthy international movers

Once you create a moving inventory list, it is time to start searching for a moving company. International travel is a complicated process that needs to be handled by experienced professionals. So make sure that you do a lot of research before you decide what moving company to hire. Pay attention to their reputation, experience, price, and available services. If you are moving your car, for example, make sure that your movers offer international car transportation service. If you have any sensitive items that need additional protection, find movers with packing and crating services. Our suggestion is to find several companies that offer things that you need, ask for their quotes, compare and pick the one that suits your budget.

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Do thorough research before you decide on a moving company

In the moving overseas 2021 checklist, your essential bag’s content is one of the most important things

The best way to handle the packing process, which is one of the most demanding tasks when moving overseas, is to hire packing professionals. However, even if you hire packing services, you will still need to pack your essentials bag. Besides standard items that you will pack every time you travel, in 2021 you will also need to have a pack of disposable facemasks and hand disinfecting products with you.

Follow the guidelines and everything will be fine

As you can see, the moving overseas 2021 checklist is not much different than in the past. Except that you will need to follow certain health guidelines in order to be allowed to travel internationally. Still, if you follow these recommendations and prepare on time, moving abroad is possible even during the pandemic.

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