Moving abroad: an essential checklist

If you are moving abroad to live, work or study there are a lot of things to think about.

Here are some of the most important things to check off your list before you go:


Tell everyone you need to

Perhaps the most important people to tell are the relevant tax authorities – HMRC if you are moving abroad from the UK. They will help you to sort your affairs so you are paying any tax you need to in the relevant jurisdiction.

If you have ongoing concerns back home or are planning to return, you might find it useful to keep a bank account open. You should inform your bank and any creditors you have (such as credit card providers and loan providers) about your planned move.


It’s important that you have somewhere to move to. If you are relocating for work, your employers may be able to help you locate or provide a place to live but in general you should take as much time and care about choosing a place to live as possible. Visit the area if you can and never rush into buying a property or signing a long lease that you cannot get out of.


You should ensure you have valid and adequate international health and medical insurance. Regular travel insurance will not generally be sufficient as this is designed for trips of limited duration and will usually only cover emergency medical treatment. Opt for a reliable international health insurance provider like NOW Healthcare International that offers a worldwide cover with their global insurance plan.

Expat medical insurance is ongoing and will also cover you for such things as inpatient treatment, check-ups and continuing treatment of chronic conditions.You may also be covered for maternity treatment, dental treatment and other non-emergency health issues that are not generally covered by travel insurance. You should also make sure you have other appropriate cover such as home and content insurance.


Find out as much as possible about your destination before you go. Learn about customs, regulations and the general locality. You might also consider learning the language – or at least enough to get by or show you are making an effort.

Many expats tend to gravitate towards their own little communities but interacting with the local population can make your new life far more rewarding.

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