International Relocation Advice

Bath Removals International Relocation Advice

Whether you have decided to take a gap year and travel, or whether you have landed your dream job and need to move out of your accommodation temporarily there’s an awful lot to do before you hand over your passport at the airport!

Moving away from the UK for whatever reason can potentially be a stressful and emotional time, so knowing exactly what needs to be done when and where can help to lighten the load and lift your mood. Here’s a few tips you should know before you leave:

Local Laws & Customs Abroad

Ensure you know as much about your destination country as possible before you arrive. Read up on all the local customs and regulations so you don’t get caught out and to avoid any unexpected nasty surprises at Departures and Arrivals early doors because of items you have packed that you are prohibited from taking with you.

Travelling to Australia

Did you know? Australia bans the import of live animals, plants and certain types of foodstuffs, spices and objects made from wood. If you are travelling overseas and want to know what you can and can’t bring back to Australia, try the web app Can I bring it back?

Here’s a handy PDF detailing everything you need to know.

Overseas Healthcare

There are a whole host of different rules for accessing healthcare overseas than in the UK, so double check your health insurance plan is valid before you fly. Read the fine print, what is covered and be aware of the excess fee.

Free Healthcare in Europe

Apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). An EHIC gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare on temporary stays in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. It will cover immediate and necessary state funded treatment until your planned return trip back to the UK. 

It also covers the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care, provided the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth or seek cosmetic or other treatment

For more in-depth information about what is covered in each country, see this country-by-country guide.

Notify the UK government

You may want to make sure that you’ve told organisations like HMRC, the Social Security Office and the Department of Work and Pensions that you’re spending some time abroad out of the UK, as well as informing your local GP.

Airport Tax

Some airports charge tax to land, so if you are travelling to lots of different destinations then make a note of each country’s tax charges in advance to be prepared.

Additionally, ensure as well that you’ve done your homework on the different taxes that will apply if you are moving to a property temporarily for any length of time, as well back in the UK so you are covered wherever you reside.

Pets Travel Scheme

You may want to bring your cat, dog or any other pet with you, so ensure that your pet is microchipped and immunised at least 21 days before you are due to fly. 

Consider pet insurance and check with your vet about the general health of your furry friend and to confirm the jabs and pet passport is up to date.

Speak to the Pet Travel Scheme helpline who will be able to provide you with in depth information and advice about transporting and travelling with your pet abroad. You can call them on +44 (0)370 241 1710. Full contact details can be found on the UK Government website.

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