Congratulations! You’ve finally been given the opportunity to transfer abroad. With a new and exciting time looming in the horizon, it’s easy to get swept up and forget about the reality of relocating.
Our employee mobility team have helped many an expat out of a pickle, and we’ve found that most overseas oversights can be avoided if some simple precautions are taken.
Follow our team’s travel tips to make sure your relocation is as relaxing as possible.
- Before you pack your bags, head to smartraveller.gov.au and get up-to-date travel advice, especially if you know you’re heading to a volatile area. They also have a free notification service, so sign up, regardless of where you’re going.
- Unfortunately, accidents happen and bags go missing. If you’re relocating for work, travel insurance generally won’t cover your goods in transit. So, talk to our team about our insurance options.
- Read up on the laws and customs of the country you’re moving to. Never assume that all English-speaking countries have the same laws and legal systems. Some countries have harsh penalties, regardless of whether it was an innocent mistake, so always play it safe.
- Before heading overseas, register your details with smartraveller.gov.au and let them know where you’re going. That way, you’ll be reachable in case of an emergency.
- Let people know your change of address or call Australia Post and arrange an international mail redirection. You’ll also need to register yourself with the Australian Electoral Commission as an overseas voter.
- If you’ve ever lost your wallet overseas you’ll know how hard it is to identify yourself without an ID. Make multiple copies of your passport details, insurance, visas, driver’s licence and credit cards. Keep one copy with you and store the other online so you’ve always got access.
- Book an appointment with your GP and get a checkup before leaving. While you’re there, make sure your vaccinations are up to date and ask for a copy of the record. If you take medications, get a letter and a copy of the prescription as some medicines aren’t allowed or over-the-counter in some countries
- There’s nothing more disappointing than getting all the way to the airport and not going anywhere. To avoid missing out, make sure your passport has at least six months left until expiry. It also doesn’t hurt to keep a few extra passport photos with you.
- Don’t forget to keep in touch. Set up a blog or an online travel journal to keep in touch with family and friends back home.
- If you’re travelling with kids, make sure you keep sentimental and comforting items with you in your hand luggage. As exciting as an overseas adventure is, adjusting to a new routine and environment can be stressful.
And with that, we bid you farewell and good luck!