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Moving within the EU
Moving in the same city is tough, in the same country is a bit more intimidating but moving within the European Union is a complete challenge. Some people plan on taking their family only once after they have settled down and found a reasonable place to live in. There is a lot to do not just after you arrive but before you even take your first flight. Moreover, you have to study the rules and regulations of the new country and while moving to any other country belonging to the European Union does not require a visa, you still have to fulfill some tax requirements.
Here is a checklist to ensure a hassle-free relocation to your new home:
Plan in advance to settle in successfully. Many people get homesick very quickly when they move to a new city or country without advance planning. Get some material on the new country and start reading about your new destination and its culture weeks before your departure date. Another important aspect of settling in meritoriously is to understand the language of the foreign land. If there is enough time, try to learn some basic words. Make sure you keep in touch with friends and family on a regular basis and keep them informed about your progress. There are many expat forums online where people come and discuss their experiences. Join these forums days before you leave and make new friends. It is also a good idea to understand some of the local customs to save the embarrassment of not knowing how to meet and greet in public or how to dress up for certain occasions.
Being organized goes a long way not just in everyday life but also when you have to move and relocate to a new country within the EU. Make sure you have the right-size bags as well as organizers for all the essentials including tickets, passports, ID, and other documents. Learn about the weather of the new country and pack accordingly especially if you have kids traveling with you. The last thing you want when you land in a foreign land is sick kids. It is also a good idea to pack some basic medicines with you including antibiotics, if allowed by the customs, to avoid getting in trouble once you land. Bear in mind that it is not easy for anyone to settle down immediately in a foreign country or even a new city within the same country. It takes time to adjust to the new surroundings, make new friends, and start liking your new home. So, be patient and be prepared when it comes to packing and moving.
Fulfill the tax requirements. People who plan on leaving the UK need to inform the tax authorities that they are planning to move to a new country within the EU. In case you forget to perform this step, you will be required to pay additional tax from which expats are exempted. You need to get your P85 form, fill it in and return it to Revenue and Customs. If you plan on receiving interest income from the UK, there are some other requirements to be fulfilled. Make sure you obtain enough information to avoid problems later on. Usually another form is required to be filled out from HMRC. This form should be submitted to the banks or other institutions from where you expect to receive the income. Tax will be deducted from your income before you receive it. In some cases you still have to submit tax returns even if you leave the UK and acquire the status of non-resident. You should obtain information in this regard and complete a tax return as a non-resident.
Take your pet. Many people decide to take their pet along when they move to a new country. If you plan on doing the same, make sure you get your pet immunized at least 3 weeks prior to your flight. A professional animal transportation company needs to be contacted in order to transfer your pet to the airport and then to your new location easily and effortlessly. Make sure you buy the crate, food and bedding for your pet and hand it over to the transportation company in order to make your pet as much comfortable as possible. Taking your pet abroad requires proper planning and preparation so don’t overlook the importance of this step if you really care about your pet.
Find out about healthcare and insurance. It is a good idea to be informed about your eligibility for medical care once you arrive in the new country. There are agreements made by the UK with some countries on healthcare insurance and social security benefits. Make sure your country falls under this category to receive the benefits and if this is not the case, make proper arrangements before you land in order to enjoy proper healthcare for you and your family. Some people also opt for a European Health Insurance Card or EHIC if they plan on moving to another European country. This card provides required medical covers for a short duration only but it will be helpful before you finally settle in and find out more about the new laws and regulations.
Open an international bank account. Before you leave the UK, it is advisable to open an international bank account in order to save on transaction fees and exchange rates when you receive or send money. A local bank account will also be required once you land so that you can apply for an ATM card and receive other benefits for carrying out day-to-day banking. Yet another option available is opening an Expat Bank account, which allows expats to hold money in various currencies. Such accounts offer huge flexibility especially when you are still unsure about the other options available. Online accounts like PayPal also come in handy in certain situations so make sure you retain the one you’re already using in order to shop online and pay your utility bills easily.