Living in a foreign country often involves adapting to different cultures, learning a different language and, in some circumstances, a complete change in lifestyle. In order to prepare oneself for these changes prior to any move, it is vital that you fully research the country you intend to move to and consider any issues which you may be confronted with once you arrive.

Passports And Visas

  • Obviously, it is essential to hold a valid passport when visiting a foreign country. Some countries however, stipulate that the passport is valid for at least six months after entering the country. Another important consideration is what type of visa may be required in order to live and work in that country. Some countries issue a visa on arrival, whilst others may have to be applied for before travel. Therefore, it may be necessary to contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country for advice before moving.
  • It is also important to remember that different countries have different laws. Consequently, you should familiarize yourself with the country’s laws to ensure that you don’t inadvertently break them


  • If moving to a foreign country where the English-language may not be spoken widely, then it is important to learn the basics of the language which predominates in that country. Even if the English language is spoken widely but is not the native tongue of that society, it is likely that you will find yourself in situations where you will need to have at least a basic knowledge of the nations language.

Healthcare And Medical Insurance

  • Before moving it is vital to contact your medical insurance provider and to inform them that you are moving to another country. In some circumstances, the insurance company may not provide coverage for the country in which you wish to move. If, however, they are prepared to offer coverage, then it is necessary to establish what exactly will be covered, for example, prescriptions, surgery and pre-existing medical conditions.
  • It is also important to be aware of any excesses on the policy and to be sure that you have enough money put aside to cover any gaps between medical bills and excesses on the policy. If you are moving because you have been offered a job in another foreign country, then it is also important to discuss with your new employer what benefits you will receive, such as medical insurance and whether this is exclusive to you, or will cover other family members who you may be moving with.