It’s an ideology near enough everyone exercises, what isn’t thought of is the unexpected that is to come along with it.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a warning to Britons who have toyed with the idea of moving abroad, with advice to plan for the unexpected prior to moving to an unknown destination.
Minister of FCO, Mark Simmonds, outlined the appeal of moving abroad: “The appeal of warmer climates and experiencing different countries and cultures is strong for many British citizens. We want to pave the way for our expatriates to have the best experience possible when they move abroad.
“Our consular staff across the world have dealt with a high number of British expats requiring assistance for financial issues – whether as a result of a house purchase gone wrong, having inadequate funds to pay for medical bills or experiencing some other misfortune that has resulted in financial hardship.
“It’s important to do your homework so that you are well informed about your new environment before you travel.”
The FCO compiled a checklist that will help movers join the other six million Britons living abroad and help make the transition smoother:
– Research your destination; visit forums and check out community resources to familiarise yourself with the area
– Know the local laws and customs
– Don’t rush into purchasing a property abroad, visit the area before had to get a feel of the place and imagine everyday life there
– Seek out independent legal advice and don’t feel pressurised to use an existing property developer’s
– Plan ahead for your health – once you have left the UK permanently, you are no longer entitled to any medical treatment from the NHS or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
– Financial requirements should be considered for – check if moving abroad may have any impact on benefits or income that is received
– Do your tax regulations homework
– Know the cost
– Say your goodbyes – GPs, the Social Security Office, HM Revenue & Customs and the Department of Work & Pensions will need to be notified you are moving overseas
– Integrate – probably the fun bit of moving is integrating with your local community, also make the effort to learn the lingo!
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