2021 continues to present challenges for those who wish to move overseas. Border restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19 can impede a person’s ability to enter certain countries, but not all hope is lost. With some careful planning and consideration to the entry requirements of the country you have chosen to move to, your dream of living and working abroad can still become a reality in these unprecedented times. Today, we’re going to look at some of the most important considerations you need to keep in mind before moving overseas in 2021.
Deciding the Right Country to Move To
Each country has responded to the pandemic in a different way, and each country has established different border restrictions for expats looking to move there. If you are planning to move overseas from Australia, then you should always stay up to date with the latest health information and travel advice by visiting the government’s Smart Traveller website.
Depending on the country you are moving to, you may have to quarantine, present a negative COVID test result, or have had the COVID vaccination. These restrictions can ease or harden without much notice, so always keep your thumb on the pulse on what is happening in your chosen destination country. If the measures you have to take seem achievable to you, then you can start planning your overseas move.
Can You Receive Healthcare?
Healthcare has always been an important consideration when moving to a new country, but it seems more relevant now than ever due to the current global health crisis. As such, researching your new country’s healthcare system is vital before you move to gauge what requirements you’ll need to meet to be covered and what you’ll be covered for.
In some countries, you’ll need to pay for private healthcare, while others have public universal systems in place. However, each country’s healthcare system may only be eligible for certain residents, or may only be available if you pay a certain amount of tax. If you want to take care of yourself and your family, then pay careful consideration to a country’s healthcare system before you move there.
Get All of Your Insurance in Order
With how uncertain travel and moving currently is in 2021, having all of your insurance in order is a great way to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances disrupting your plans. Before you move, you will want to have travel insurance and health insurance in place so that you’re covered during the full moving process.
Depending on your new living situation, you may also want to get renter’s insurance. And removal’s insurance will ensure that all of your belongings will be covered while they are in transit.
Apply for Visas as Early as Possible
The process of applying for visas in a new country can be a lengthy and stressful one, so start applying for them as early as you can. This should be one of the first steps you take when planning for an international move as so much is reliant on your application being successful. Once you have all the relevant visas, you can start to make arrangements with an international removalist and look for where you will be working and living once you arrive at your new home.
There’s no denying that moving overseas in 2021 still requires having to jump over more hurdles than in previous years, but for those who need to move for work or personal reasons, then it can be done. As long as you follow all the rules and adhere to your destination country’s guidelines, then you can begin setting up a new life for yourself in a new country.