International Moving Checklist

Without the proper international movers, an international move will not be easy. You need to plan and re-check all details along with your Von Paris International Move Manager Specialist, if you want this moving experience to be a success.

The following checklist will help take care of everything you need before an international move.

Obtain All the Necessary Paperwork

All countries require visas for foreigners who plan to reside or work for an extended period of time. Depending on which country you move to, you and your family may need passports. Speak with an official of the country’s embassy or consulate to ensure you have the correct information.

Often you will need to visit the embassy in person to get a visa. Be ready to provide such documentation as marriage and birth certificates in order to get a visa. Since there is often different work, student, and visitor visas available, makes sure you have the proper visa for each member of the family.

If you are planning on bring the family pet, find out what all the requirements are from the country’s embassy or consulate.

Choosing The Right International Moving Companies

Von Paris International will guide you through customs requirements and the step-by-step forwarding process. With an international moving division that has many years of international moving experience and expertise, Von Paris International takes care of the many details associated with an international relocation.

Determine What to Bring and What to Store

Most people do not ship all their belongings with international movers. It is easier to purchase large furniture after arrival. Without adapters and voltage converters 120-volt electrical appliances will not even work on most foreign electric systems. Such items should be put into storage. Personal items that remind you of home and appropriate clothing should be packed. Most people who make an international move suggest bringing a few months’ supply of toiletries and medications until you find local alternatives, and all irreplaceable items such a valuable jewelry.

Choose Schools for Children

If possible, arrange your children’s schooling before you depart. Ask the U.S. embassy and expatriate contacts in your new country for recommendations for schooling. By contacting potential schools, you will be able to determine whether their curriculum, facilities, and class sizes will be a good fit for your child / children.

Language is another consideration. Research both the international and local schools.

Want to Ship your Car?

There are a number of answers you need before deciding to ship your car:

  • You need to ask whether there are special duties or tariffs on car imports?
  • Will your driver’s license be valid?
  • What is the cost of a car rental or car?
  • Will you have parking capabilities at your new location?

Speaking with your Von Paris International Move Manager Specialist and the country’s embassy for advice and planning regarding shipping your car will be helpful.

Packing Items for Shipping or Taking With You

Most of your things such as furniture will be packed in a container to ship. Having said that, remember that international shipping is slow. It may be weeks or even months before all shipping containers arrive. For that reason, you pack separately anything you will need for the short term such as important documents, seasonal clothing, special medications, and favorite children’s toys.

Arrange Your Contact Information

Since people will need to contact you before, during, and after your move, have a domestic phone number working until the last moment before departure. If you cannot get a cell phone that works both at home and in the new country, plan to obtain a new phone as soon as possible. Of course having internet access will help friends and family back home keep in touch, as well as allow your international moving company to stay in touch.

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