Checklist when Relocating from Hong Kong to London

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Moving to a new country is a memorable experience, yet the move itself may come with a lot of shortcomings. You have to completely prepare for the journey and the new life you’ll begin in London, which has a very different culture to Hong Kong. You’ll find yourself homesick for your familiar faces, places and climate. London is also a busy bustling city like Hong Kong but very different in its cultural outlook.

It is advisable to have a checklist of activities to carry out months before departing to your new home in the United Kingdom.

A checklist will involve different activities you can cross off as soon as you have completed them, not only giving you a sense of achievement but helping to alleviate the pressure of the moving process. Any move can be stressful but moving to a whole new country comes with many hurdles to jump.

Here is Allied Pickford’s checklist to use every time you are preparing to move to a new country.

Make sure you have booked plane tickets and accommodation

Moving from Hong Kong to London is not a walk in the park; you will most likely travel by plane. This will require you to book plane tickets. It is advisable to carry out this activity three months before the departure date to avoid inconveniences and delays.

Also, book a hotel in London three months before leaving Hong Kong to assure you have a place to stay when you arrive. This will prevent you from being stranded in the airport in case you’ve not started looking for more permanent accommodation.

Duplicate the most important documents required for overseas travel

Always travel with copies of important documents close at hand, which include your passport, birth certificate, prescriptions and many more. These documents may be required for you to seek employment in London and you can’t leave the country without a passport, so if you lose it near to the moving date you’ll need to obtain a new one very quickly or your moving plans from Hong Kong will go astray. Do this as soon as possible and be careful not to lose the original documents.

Apply and renew your passport and visa

Make sure you renew your passport three to six months before the departure date to avoid any inconveniences at the airport or immigration office. Some countries request every visitor to have a passport that has a validity for at least six months.

Also, you will need to have a valid passport before applying for a visa for the country you are visiting. The United Kingdom, for example, has laws whereby it requires anyone applying for a student visa to disclose their wealth to make sure they will be able to look after their financial needs for as long as they stay.

Get the appropriate vaccines and immunisations.

Moving from Hong Kong to London is a complete transition into a new part of the world and time zone. There may be a disease or infection that is prevalent in London you have never experienced. Therefore, go for routine check-ups three months before your departure date.

Get the appropriate vaccines for the diseases stated for that country and make sure they are up-to-date. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health.

Hire expert movers for your belongings

The move from Hong Kong to London is quite tedious and long. Therefore, if you have a lot of luggage and belongings, hire an expert moving company such as Allied Pickfords to move your household goods.

Your personal movers will move any items no matter how fragile or valuable. Allied Pickfords even offers 24/7 online tracking so you can check regularly the progress and location of your shipment throughout the journey.