10 things you need to know if you're moving abroad

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From House Beautiful UK

Have you thought about taking the plunge and moving to a new country? A new life, new home, new friends...it's a big leap and one that will take some adjusting to.

While it's an exciting opportunity, it can also be a stressful time. (Think about how stressed you get planning and packing for a holiday? Well, times that by 1000). The reality is, that when moving your entire life from one country to another, it's imperative that you start off on the right foot. And to do that, you need to ensure that you have everything in order.

Here, the experts at Property Turkey talk through their top 10 things you should be aware of before heading off on your new adventure.

1.Passports & Visas

Making sure your passports have been updated, and visas have been bought prior to travel is essential for allowing you to settle in that country. It would be best to get these done sooner rather than later to prevent last minute stresses that you don't need.

2.Local customs

If you plan to work overseas you should really get to know the local business customs of your new home, it's important to observe international business customs to develop successful relationships.

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3.UK tax requirements

So you're moving to another country, but this doesn't mean that you can escape your tax responsibilities from home. It would be best to check with an advisor on this to understand how it will work for you in your new country of residence.

4.Medical & health insurance

Depending on what country you are living in you will need to decide which medical insurance to take and what would be best for you, which may also depend on your line of work. You shouldn't assume you're automatically covered by the country's health system, as each country has its own unique set of requirements for receiving care.

5.Pets

If you're planning on bringing your pets along with you, there are a number of things you will need to consider and organise prior to moving day, such as transportation, immunisation and also cost of living for pets in the country your settling in.

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6.Driving and getting around

If you're planning on driving in the country you're moving to, it would be a good idea to broaden your knowledge on the local driving laws and regulations. The international driving license is recognised internationally, however, you may also need to purchase a local driving license as well.

7.Cost of living

Before you head off to your new place of residence, you really need to fully understand your future financial situation. You will need to figure out the various different costs of food, fuel, drink and general life pleasantries to ensure your new wage will cover this.

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8.Vaccinations

Before leaving you should arrange an appointment with your doctor to see if you will need any vaccinations prior to the move. If you are moving somewhere tropical it may be worth a visit as it will be a lot harder to find somewhere to get vaccinated once out there.

9.Accessibility

You may wish to return to the UK occasionally, as well as your family and friends booking flights to come over and see you – before you decide on your new country of residence, it may be worth looking into flight prices and accessibility to the airport to make sure this is feasible.

10.Language

If you are moving to a country with a foreign language, it is always worth learning vital elements of the language, especially if you plan to live there long term. There are many language pocket books available where you can learn the basics, so you're not a complete fish out of water.

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