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Know Before You Go - from the FCO & Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage

Know before you go - moving overseas

Know your rights and responsibilities when you're moving to a new country. Living abroad is an exciting and interesting experience, but the decision to make the leap shouldn't be taken lightly.

Familiarise yourself with your new destination before moving

  • Understand the different laws, regulations, and customs abroad. What applied at home may be completely different in your new home.
  • Don't forget to budget correctly to take into account currency fluctuations.
  • Find out the health care coverage and system in your new home, so you're not hit with unexpected charges or worries and confusion in an emergency.
  • Contact the local education authorities about the education system in your new home. Most countries also have English or international schools which you should be able to find on the internet.
  • If you are considering buying property abroad, research thoroughly in advance. Keep in mind that property laws and customs in many countries are different from those in the UK and you may encounter problems with ownership rights due to these differences.
  • Contact the Department for Work & Pensions for more information about collecting your pension abroad.

When you arrive in your new country

  • Register with the local authorities as soon as you arrive in your new country, if required. Failure to do so may be a crime in some countries, and registering may give you access to health care and welfare services.
  • If you are moving within the EU and Switzerland, register for a residence permit within the first three months of your arrival. Failure to do so may be a crime in some countries, and registering will give you access to health care and welfare benefits.
  • Register with the local Embassy/High Commission/Consulate in your new country.
  • Keep your passport up-to-date, and include contact information for friends or relatives on the appropriate page.
  • Contact your local Embassy/High Commission/Consulate for information on preparing a will, as laws vary from country to country.
  • Check to see what you need to do to continue driving in your new country. In some cases, you can exchange your driving licence for a new one, however, in some countries you may need to sit a driving test before being allowed to drive.
  • To vote in UK elections your name must appear on the electoral register as an overseas elector. Contact the local electoral registration officer at the local council where you were last registered in the UK.

How can we help with your overseas removal?

Britannia Bradshaw can help your international move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester) 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham) and speak with a removals specialist.

Are you thinking of buying property abroad?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has produced a very informative video with insights and some excellent advice on buying a property and living abroad. Before you make a move abroad, be sure to view it.

Know Before You Go - Moving Abroad


Information on buying property abroad, moving abroad, and international relocation from the government

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