When you’re moving abroad, having the right documents in place for you, your family and what you’ll be shipping is essential to a smooth moving experience. Here’s a list of everything you need to ensure a stress-free international move and enjoy your new home.
This is the basic traveling document that you’ll need to legally enter a country. Without your passport, you won’t be able to stay in many places for long. If you don’t already have your passport, you can obtain it from the country where you hold your citizenship by presenting required documents and paying fees. For example, you’ll need items, such as passport photos, the appropriate passport application, and supporting documents that prove your citizenship, such as a certified birth certificate, to get a U.S. passport.
Permits may be required for a variety of reasons, including imported goods or pets. If you’re shipping pets abroad, you’ll need various supporting documents, including any required importing permits, health certifications and proof of vaccinations. Check with the State Department Embassy of your destination for the required documents to get permits.
Visas can be obtained from the embassy or upon entry to the country. The Visa type you’re granted is based on the reason you’re staying in the host country. For instance, Thailand requires different types of Visas for foreigners who are working as journalists versus those who are working as teachers. Therefore, it’s important to be clear about why you’re moving.
You can employ an international moving company that offers destination services to streamline your move. Ensure you have everything set with the international movers you plan to use by asking these questions:
In addition to these document-related questions, make sure you ask moving companies these questions to ensure you get an accurate quote.
It’s important to prepare for your international move by knowing which documents are required for a seamless move. To get this done, consider partnering with a professional moving company that’s experienced in international moving.
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