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9 Must-Do Tasks for Your Moving Overseas Checklist

moving overseas checklist

Moving overseas is exciting. But often, it can be confusing to figure out where to begin from. While you may be interested in a step-by-step guide, this article provides in-depth details into the most vital aspects of your preparation. Get ready to embark on your overseas journey with confidence! If you want our weekly moving overseas checklist in detail, read Moving Like a Pro: What to Do 30 Days Before Moving.

Research your new country thoroughly.

We often talk about how important research is. However, figuring out the specific themes you must focus on can be challenging. Here are some ideas:

  • The types of visas and permits applicable

  • Vaccines for family members and pets

  • The cost of moving to that country and especially the cost of living in specific states or regions you like

  • The weather and climate in that region

  • The general lifestyle (laid-back versus super active)

  • The local tourism

  • Restrictions or taxes on shipped household items

  • Import taxes on high-value items

  • Insurance includes moving insurance, medical insurance, and property insurance.

You can prepare a digital (or physical board) of everything you find. The more detailed you are, the better your chances of assimilation.

Plan your finances

You should have up to three months of living costs saved up before making that move. This provides ample opportunity to focus on transitioning correctly in your new location.

  • Living costs: research on the food, rent, mortgage, and utility expenses. Compare your findings to your present situation to unravel how that would change.

  • Jobs: Consider your present employment situation and whether or not you’ll need a new job in the new country. Ensure you’re not moving to a place where finding work as an expat would be challenging. Also, determine the values of the languages you speak, the rate of unemployment and whether it is welcoming to immigrants.

  • Retirement: If you plan to retire abroad, consider what it will take. Have your finances in order, including the path for transferring your pension overseas.

Make sure of your healthcare provisions.

Healthcare differs from one country to the next. That’s why you need to consider the following factors.

  • Medications: if you or your family members take regular medicines. You want to stock up as best as you can. When you move, you may need more time to access prescriptions. So you need to have enough to tide you over.

  • Health insurance: Research what it would mean if you were relying on local healthcare or taking out private health insurance. Understanding your health insurance options will help you get appropriate coverage for your household.

What to Do with Mail When Moving Overseas

One of the critical aspects of your moving overseas checklist is organizing your mail.

Here’s what you should do:

  • First, notify your postal service of your address change. That way, your mail will be redirected from your old address to your new one.

  • Next, ensure that your mail is redirected from your old address to your new one. You may need mail forwarding or redirection services.

  • Alternatively, you can explore virtual mailbox services. These services provide you with a digital mailbox where you can view and manage your mail online. They can also help with mail scanning and forwarding to your new overseas address.

Lastly, remember to inform important contacts about your new address. This includes updating your address with your bank, insurance companies, and any other relevant organizations you interact with via mail. Stay connected even when moving across continents!

What to do about your phone plan when moving overseas

First, research the phone plans available in your destination country. Compare options and consider coverage, data allowances, and international calling rates. Choose a plan that fits your needs and budget.

Next, consider unlocking your current phone or purchasing a new one. If your phone is locked to a specific carrier, contact them to unlock it so you can use local SIM cards abroad. Alternatively, you may purchase a new phone compatible with the networks in your new country.

Set up international calling and data plans with your chosen phone provider. Be aware of any additional charges or data limitations that may apply. Finding a plan that allows you to stay connected with your loved ones and access the necessary services when needed is essential.

Lastly, remember to transfer important data from your current phone to the new one. Ensure all your contacts, photos, and other valuable information are safely backed up or transferred to your new device. Stay connected, no matter where you are in the world!

Sort your living situation.

Finding the proper accommodation is also vital to your moving overseas checklist.

  • Selling: To finance your move abroad, you may need to sell your existing home. If you’re doing that, you need to list your home beforehand. That way, you can process the sale. If the home sale doesn't happen as quickly as possible, you might need to create a contingency plan. It’s also possible to lease out your home to access extra funds, especially when you already have the finances to relocate abroad.

  • Buying: what if you’re purchasing property in your new country? You may need a loan or mortgage. Even so, you should contact a solicitor or estate agent in your destination to help. They’ll help navigate the purchase and local tax issues alongside language barriers.

  • Renting: You may also choose to rent your accommodation. You need to secure that before moving and, sometimes, being issued your visa.

Moving Overseas Shipping

You have two primary options for moving overseas shipping: air and sea freight. Each option has its pros and cons, so consider the following factors when choosing the most suitable method for your move:

Air Freight

If you need your belongings to arrive quickly or have limited items to ship, air freight might be the best choice. Air shipments are typically faster, but they can also be more expensive. It's essential to weigh the cost and time factors against your specific needs.

Sea Freight

Sea freight is often a more cost-effective option for larger shipments, such as furniture or household goods. Although it takes longer than air freight, it offers more space and flexibility. Sea freight is more economical if you're planning a long-term move or don't need your belongings immediately.

Moving Overseas with Pets

If you have pets, then you must also plan carefully for them. Follow these steps to make the process as smooth as possible:

  • Research pet import regulations for your destination country. Countries have various pet import requirements, including vaccinations, quarantine periods, and documentation. Make sure you are aware of these regulations well in advance.

  • Schedule veterinary appointments for necessary vaccinations and examinations. Also, obtain all the required documentation from your vet.

  • Make necessary arrangements for pet transport. Research and decide on the best method of transporting your pets. This may involve booking a pet-friendly airline, hiring a professional pet transport service, or arranging ground transportation.

  • Prepare your pet for the journey and their new environment. Familiarize them with their travel crate before the move to reduce anxiety. Pack their favorite toys, blankets, and any necessary medications. Once you arrive at your new home, create a safe and comforting space for them to adjust to the new surroundings.

By following these steps, you can ensure a safe and stress-free move for your pets, allowing them to settle comfortably into their new home abroad.

Moving Overseas Checklist: 50 essential tasks

We've compiled a comprehensive checklist for your overseas move to help you stay organized throughout the entire moving process. Here are essential tasks to tackle before, during, and after the move:

1. Research visa and immigration requirements

2. Determine your moving budget

3. Research schools and educational options in your destination country

4. Notify your current landlord or real estate agent of your move

5. Obtain quotes from moving companies

6. Secure necessary travel documents and passports

7. Check that your visas and passports are valid

8. Check whether you need permits, e.g. for work, vehicles, or residency

9. Notify your bank and credit card companies of your move

10. Set up international bank accounts if needed

11. Arrange for healthcare coverage in your new country

12. Notify your utility companies to disconnect or transfer services

13. Cancel or transfer your gym membership

14. Sort and declutter your belongings

15. Obtain necessary vaccinations for your family

16. Research and book travel arrangements

18. Notify friends and family of your move

Check out this article for the comprehensive checklist to move abroad.


When planning to move overseas, there are core aspects you need to consider before everything else. By ticking off each item on the moving overseas checklist, you can rest assured that you have covered all the necessary tasks and can focus on settling into your new home. Remember to research extensively, stay organized, and seek professional advice when necessary. With these tips and suggestions, you will surely have a successful and stress-free relocation. Good luck with your move abroad!

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