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What Documents Do I Need for Moving Abroad?

Learn how you can simplify when moving internationally.

International moving documents

Moving internationally will be one of the most nerve-wracking things you accomplish, but you can simplify the process by keeping certain paperwork on you during the move. Do not place it in checked luggage and keep copies on a USB drive you keep on your person, just in case your carry-on gets stolen.

The following documents can make or break your initial days in any new country:

  • Passports: Passports should absolutely never be placed in checked luggage. They shouldn’t be copied straight to disc either. Certain modifications should be made to prevent anyone who might come across the files into using them to steal your identity. Just make sure enough is left intact to prove who you are in a pinch.
  • Birth certificates and certificates of citizenship: Every person in your moving party should have a certified copy of their birth certificate handy. Certified copies are notarized and are not merely photocopies. They also aren’t the fancy adorned copies you might have received from the hospital. Official copies can be purchased through the courthouse in the county where you were born or requested through the mail. If you’ve changed nationality, make sure to bring a copy of those papers along as well.
  • Marriage, divorce, adoption, and child custody paperwork: If you’re attempting to leave the country with a child, you will absolutely need proof that you’re able to legally make that decision. Without it, expect to have your trip delayed.
  • Important contact information: From your old doctor’s office to your new utility companies, it helps to collect all of the numbers you may need in an emergency before you travel. Keep these on paper with the rest of your things, just in case something happens to your phone.
  • New lease, lodging, or purchase agreement: Whether you need help finding your new place or just need to prove residency, having an official agreement or receipt can go a long way in being taken seriously.

Those with special needs may also want to carry copies of their medical or dental records, travel insurance, or other essential paperwork. Being prepared for the worst will help you stay safe and secure while you establish your new residence overseas.

Plan now for moving internationally. Contact us to learn from the moving pros at Nilson Van how to make the process of moving internationally as easy as possible.



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