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International Moving Checklist

International Moving Checklist: A Guide for a Smooth Transition Abroad

Moving abroad is an exciting adventure filled with new opportunities and experiences, but it can also be a daunting task that requires careful planning and organization. To ensure a smooth transition to your new international destination, it’s crucial to create a comprehensive moving aboard checklist that covers all aspects of your move. Follow our international moving checklist below to ensure a stress-full and smooth transition while moving abroad.

Research and Documentation:

  • Research visa requirements for your destination country and start the application process early.
  • Ensure your passport is up to date with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Gather all necessary documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and academic records.

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  • Open an international bank account or ensure you have access to your funds overseas.
  • Notify your current bank and credit card companies of your move to prevent any issues with transactions abroad.


  • Arrange international health insurance coverage and understand how it works in your new country.
  • Collect your medical records and prescriptions, and consult your healthcare provider for any vaccinations or medications required.


  • Secure accommodations before your arrival or have temporary housing arranged.
  • Research the local real estate market and neighborhoods to make informed decisions.

Legal and Administrative Tasks:

  • Update your address with relevant institutions and government agencies.
  • Notify your employer, school, and any subscriptions about your move.
  • Obtain an international driver’s license if needed.
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Packing and Shipping:

  • Create an inventory of your belongings and decide what to ship, sell, donate, or store.
  • Choose a reputable international moving company and obtain quotes for your move.
  • Label your boxes clearly and keep a record of their contents.

Language and Culture:

  • Learn some basic phrases in the local language.
  • Research the culture, customs, and etiquette of your new country to adapt more easily.

Travel Arrangements: 

  • Book your flights and accommodation for your arrival.
  • Make arrangements for transportation from the airport to your new home.

Family and Pets:

  • Ensure your family members have all necessary documentation and preparations.
  • Make arrangements for your pets, including vaccinations and quarantine if required.


  • Cancel or transfer your current utility services.
  • Set up utilities and services in your new home, such as electricity, water, and internet.

In Conclusion:

By following this international moving checklist, you’ll be well-prepared for your journey abroad. Keep in mind that international moves can be complex, so give yourself plenty of time to plan and execute each step. With careful preparation, you can embark on your new adventure with confidence and peace of mind. Safe travels!
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International Moving Resources

Lile understands that moving your belongings can be very stressful. Fortunately, you can count on our 60+ years of experience to get the job done. Get helpful international moving tips from a moving company you can trust. 

Non-Transportable Items Checklist

Review our list of restricted items you want to leave out of your moving boxes because they can’t be transported on an international move.

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International Moving FAQs

Whether you’re only in the planning stages of your international move or simply looking for more information on international moving companies, we’re here to help. Read our international moving FAQs.

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