The Ultimate International Moving Guide

Are you planning to move out of the country but don’t know where to start? Affordable Quality Moving and Storage has created a guide for your international move. Moving internationally is daunting—this is why we have listed a few essential items to set you up for success before your departure day.

Below are some things you will want to do before you leave the country:

Get Visas Fully Settled Well Before Your Departure Day

Believe it or not, many people don’t have their visa situation fully locked down on their moving day. To save you some headaches on your travels, it is essential to do your due diligence on your legal situation. You will also want to ensure that your spouse’s legal situation is set since many countries don't automatically grant spouses legal status.

Tell Everyone You Are Moving—Not Just Family & Friends

It's natural to focus on goodbyes to your family and friends, but it is vital to notify your financial institutions too. Contact your bank and explain that you are moving abroad—if they are unable to offer you a global account, you will want to find a bank that can. Aside from notifying your bank, you will also want to notify your children’s school, the post office, and your insurance company.

Do Research for Unique Relocation

Are you moving with children or with pets? Then there might be a few prerequisites you need before you move. Moving internationally with children means you need to enroll your children in school and ensure that there are programs or teams they can join. This will help them become familiar with their new home and make friends.

You'll need to do extensive research if you are moving internationally with pets. Some countries require medical certificates that verify your pet is healthy, while others have restrictions on the type of pet or breed permitted in the country. You will also want to figure out how your pet may travel and what options are available to ensure they are as safe as possible during the move.

Dog breeds banned in certain countries:

  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • Cane Corso
  • English Bulldog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Rottweiler

Figure Out How You’ll Get Around

If you plan to drive in your new country, it might take some time to get your official license. You’ll want to look into an international permit to fill in the gap. Or, if you’d rather wait, you should familiarize yourself with the public transportation options available to you.

Another major consideration if you plan to drive in your new country is whether or not your current car will make the move with you. Look into shipping costs and decide if you’d rather sell your current car before the move and purchase a new one once you’ve settled abroad.

Don’t Forget Your Taxes

Before moving out of the country, we recommend speaking with a tax professional to understand how to file your taxes. Yes—you still have to pay taxes while you live abroad if you plan on remaining a citizen. Depending on your international status, you may be taxed twice. It is important to do your research and talk to a professional to find ways to mitigate double payment and understand foreign tax codes.

Moving Your Belongings

Last but not least, you will need to figure out a way to get your belongings to your new home. Packing your belongings can be a tiring process, especially with everything else on your to-do list. That is why Affordable Quality Moving and Storage is here to help you pack and relocate your life. Our goal is to make your moving process as stress-free as possible.

Ready to get a free estimate? Call our international movers today at (661) 622-2636!