• Katie Ugland

How to Move to a Foreign Country


Moving to a new country is exciting stuff! Seeing new places, learning about new cultures, and making new friends are all worth the planning it takes to get there. With this guide, you’ll learn how to move to a foreign country!



Get a Passport


Getting a passport can take up to 18-weeks so it’s best to plan ahead. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid for 6-months after your departure date. If it expires within 6 months, you will not be allowed to leave the country.


Pick a Location


Do your research to find the best place for you! You can learn a lot about a location and the culture by watching YouTube videos. You’ll get a better understanding of day-to-day life wherever you’re interested in going. In addition, reading blog posts is super helpful! You’ll hear what people have to say about the places you’re researching. Joining expat groups on Facebook is also a great way to meet new people and is the perfect platform to ask questions.


Study the Culture


Before moving to a new country, you should always learn about the culture. Knowing the differences in your culture compared to wherever you’re moving will help you adjust more easily once you arrive. Researching traditions and the way of life will prepare you!


Get a Visa


Each country has different rules for obtaining a visa and there are so many different types of visas you can get. It is best to research the type of visa you’ll need so you know what documents you will need to provide. If you’re American, find the consulate that has jurisdiction over the state you live in. Some visas require you make an appointment at your consulate, while others allow you to mail your visa documents to a specific address.


Get Healthcare



Moving to a new country will require you to get health insurance. This is normally something you’ll have to show proof of having to obtain a visa. If you are moving to a new country for study purposes, schools often work with medical insurance providers to offer you health insurance services. Whatever your situation, it is important to research different options to find what plan works best for you!


Find an Apartment or Home



Finding a place to live can be made easy using rental platforms! Use them to filter your search results so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Expat Facebook groups often have advertisements for places to rent as well. You can even use these groups to search for roommates!

Contact Your Bank and Phone Provider


Preparing to move means getting your bank and phone details in order! See if your bank offers an international card with low transaction fees if you’re not wanting to open a bank account in the country you’re moving to. Letting your bank know you’re leaving the country will also ensure they won’t lock your card when they see an overseas transaction.


You’ll want to sort out your phone plan in your home country before you leave if you’re hoping to keep the number you have. When you move, your best option is to get a SIM card. There are many different payment options and plans to fit your needs. Head to a local phone store once you arrive to organize it all.


Book a Flight


Organize the date you want to leave and pack your bags! Using Skyscanner or Hopper will help you find the most affordable options.


Wrapping it Up


Taking all these steps will ensure your move goes smoothly! Going to a new place can be made easier by staying organized and doing your research. Use this guide to plan your big move and to enjoy it to the fullest!



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