Now that you know you are moving to Europe, there are so many things to think about. In the excitement of planning your move, it’s easy to get distracted and not remember some things that are vitally important in order for your move to be successful…

Any other country is going to have their own sets of rules and you can’t expect anything to be the same. Being prepared for change, keeping good records and staying as organized and focused as possible will help make your move less stressful and successful.

One of the first things you need to do before moving to Europe is to get your money in order. Remember to check out the exchange rate for the currency you are using. The embassy will be able to tell you how much cash you will need to have in your account before you can enter their country. If you are planning on funds from other people, be sure and carry letters of confirmation with you so you can use them as references. A work contract or letter of intent is also most helpful to have on hand for outside authorities.

You need to apply for a visa as soon as possible. If you are going to work or go to college in a European country for longer than three months, you will need either a work or student visa. You should contact the embassy of the new country at least six months before you plan to make your move. You may have to register with the local police department to get a special immigration identification card. Every country, even within Europe, has their own way of doing things, so find out for sure before making any plans.

A few months before you plan to move, you will want to contact an %link1% to arrange for your things to get moved. Try to get a quote from at least three reputable countries so you can find one that will give you the best deal for your money and the best service to make your move stress-free. There are many options such as rather or not you do your own packing, how you want to move your things, and the time frame for the move. Write down what you need to know and ask questions. Make sure you know what your options are and exactly what services you should receive.

You may want to get an international driver’s license. Like everything else in Europe, each country has their own laws. For example, if you are %link2%, they will only accept United States driver’s licenses from some states, while Britain will accept any legitimate driver’s license. If you are %link3%, you can only use an American driver’s license in particular instances and they would prefer you to have an international driver’s license.

Plan to visit your doctor, dentist, optometrist and other health professionals before going overseas. You will find it much easier to get things taken care of in your local facilities, with your own doctors and health care. Although there will be people to care for you in cases of emergencies, you should get plenty of your prescription medication ahead of time to avoid delay and possible health problems.

If you plan things by researching and proceeding slowly, you can avoid some of the potential problems. Remembering that everything will be different, from banks to transportation to housing, you will be more prepared for the change that you are about to embark upon. Do not be afraid to ask questions and be as informed as possible. Oftentimes, you can get the most help from talking to someone who has already traveled and/or moved to Europe. They can sometimes give you some tips, along with places to get help and how to better acclimate yourself to your new surroundings. Go with an open mind, being as flexible as possible, and you will soon fit right in to your country.

<< Back

Written by Einat Mazafi
Einat Mazafi is the owner of NY International Shipping, an International Shipping and moving company based in New York. She is also a specialist in providing the best relocation solutions to clients worldwide.