International Moving Insurance Questions Answered

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You’ve decided to move to another country. It’s a huge change, but you’re confident it’s the right decision. Now it’s time to figure out the details, including how to move all your stuff, and how to get the best international moving insurance. You don’t want to risk losing everything you own, after all.

But you have questions—so many questions. Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place.

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Here are the answers to your top five international moving insurance quandaries.

Q: Why can’t I use my homeowners insurance?

A: Some homeowners insurance policies cover damage to belongings during a move. However, this is not something that should be assumed. Many policies exclude or limit damage for valuables while they are in transit and away from your home. When you’re moving to another country, the situation is even more complicated. Homeowners insurance rarely covers valuables outside of the country. You can double check your policy, but most likely, you’ll need to get moving insurance from your mover or a third-party moving insurance provider. Read more…

Do’s And Don’ts When Relocating Abroad To Australia

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Moving to Australia Hassle Free

Moving to the land down under is a life-changing decision. Taking the right steps to make this a smooth transition will start you off on a good foot. Australia is one of the world’s most sought after migration destinations. Its high quality of life, beautiful beaches, and multicultural communities make it a desirable location. Aside from employment opportunities, quality education, infrastructure, and recreational options, we’ve compiled a a few tips on moving to Australia.

Applying For A Visa

Applying for the right visa is the most critical step in pursuing a move to Australia. The entire list of visas available along with the eligibility requirements is available for public viewing. Requirements for each different visa vary. Generally, this entails showing evidence of available funds, health insurance, police clearances, English language testing and the skills and qualification eligibility. There are also types of visas that require an existing Australian bank account.

The most common types of visa include family migration, skilled migration and for education opportunities, study migration.

 Arrange A Professional Company To Move Your Belongings

Regardless of where you’re moving from, to make the big relocation easier, it’s integral that you hire professional international removalists. When relocating international, it’s best to hire a moving company that can help you with the transportation of your things.

A premium removalist firm can help you sort your belongings and advise you on what is the most efficient and economical way to move your things. Before you take on the behemoth task of packing, keep in mind that Australia has some very tight quarantine laws, specifically when it comes to food, plant and animal material. It’s best to check with their customs before you begin the task of packing.

If you’re considering a move to Australia with pets, make sure to have all your paperwork and health checks in order so there are no untoward or unforeseen circumstances come travel day. The Australian Department of Agriculture lays out the conditions for moving with pets so it’s best to check this out first.

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Pet Restrictions: Things to Know Before You Move Abroad

Kate  @awaywithkate

From fish to hamsters and from cats to dogs, we consider all members of our scaly, furry, and hairy house guests a part of the family. Moving overseas without our four-legged family members is not an option for many of us. Before boarding your plane (and before even booking the flight), it’s important to know the steps involved in pet relocation when moving overseas and to know which countries have pet restrictions.
Countries with Pet Restrictions

Moving overseas and leaving your pet behind is not an option. They are family after all! Here are three things to consider when preparing to move abroad with a pet:

1. EASY VS. STRICT

Some countries are certainly easier than others when it comes to bringing bring dogs, cats and other animals across the border with you. These are the countries you can count on to have a relatively easy process:

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Hungary (Fun Fact: dogs are welcome in most cafes and restaurants in Hungary.)
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Switzerland

I hope you like to write. If you plan on traveling to one of the below countries, be prepared to fill out lots, and lots, and lots of paperwork:

  1. Australia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Jamaica (Not-so-fun Fact: Regardless of the animal or breed, only pets from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are allowed entry into Jamaica.)
  4. New Zealand
  5. Vanuatu

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The IKEA Global Price Index: To Ship Or Not To Ship

Kate  @awaywithkate

“Do I ship my stuff to my new home or do I sell it and replace it in my new country?” That is the question many expats are forced to ask when deciding what to pack (or not pack) when moving overseas.

For many people, this question comes down to cost: is it cheaper to ship everything or to sell everything and buy new furniture in your new destination? It’s helpful to frame this decision by answering the questions below.

Do you have expensive stuff?
If your home furnishings are expensive items, then you will get a fraction of that back if you sell. And worst of all you’ll still need to replace your items, regardless of which country you move to. If this sounds like your situation then it’s more likely that shipping makes sense.

Is there anything you’re emotionally attached to, such as family heirlooms?
You’ll need to think hard about selling, storing, or shipping your items. If you have a family heirloom then selling might not be a viable option.
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Pet Relocation – Getting Your Furry Friend Overseas Safely

Kate  @awaywithkate

It’s not just us, the travelers and expats, who get excited about moving abroad… our pets do too! A stroll around the Louvre, balcony views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or a game of catch around Central Park, we just want to give our furry friends the best. That’s why getting them to their new home safe and comfortable requires some careful planning and attention to detail.

It goes without saying that your pets well-being should always be the main concern when transporting them overseas. Traveling can be a stressful experience for any person and that only multiplies for an animal whose flight seat is in a travel carrier. And as you may expect, all airlines have different regulations when it comes to bringing pets on board so it might pay off to contact a few different companies before booking your ticket.

Before you decide to bring your animal friend overseas with you, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions first.

Pre-Travel Checklist
1. Is my pet healthy enough to fly in a plane?
Some important things to consider before traveling with your pet on a flight are: the age of the animal, if any existing health conditions could worsen because of travel, and whether their personality can withhold the stress of the flight. Many times, a health record from your home vet is needed prior to boarding.
2. Can my pet legally be brought into the Country?
Some countries are more pet-friendlier than others. Do your research to see what paperwork is required upon arrival and whether other requirements such as an IOS pet microchip or quarantine will need to be arranged. You can find a detailed list of countries and their requirements on PetTravel.com.
3. Do I need to check my pet as cargo or can he/she come on board with me as a carry-on?
This decision will affect both the cost of the pet transport and the experience of the transfer. See below for some more information.
4. How much am I willing to spend?
Carry-on can go as low as $30 on some airlines, whereas cargo carriers can soar up to $1,100 for a one-way flight!

Carry-On vs. Cargo
Carry-On Kennels

As a flight attendant I get to see many animals board the cabin as carry-on luggage. From the cute and fluffy to the growling and whiny, it’s safe to say I’ve seen it all.

Recently I operated a flight from Lima, Peru to Toronto, Canada (an eight+ hour flight) where we had the sweetest, softest, green-eyed mixed mutt puppy on board that I have ever seen. Lucy, the passenger and proud new fur mama, had gone to Lima with no intention of coming back to Canada +1. Let me tell you a bit about Lucy’s experience to give you an idea on how the process worked for her (keeping in mind Lucy only had two days to plan the Peruvian pups flight).

The nameless green-eyed pup caught Lucy’s attention after visiting a volunteer animal rescue in Lima, Peru. She immediately contacted the airline she was flying home with to ask about their requirements and after finding out she could bring the pup on board with her, she set out to buy a carrier that fits the required sized allotments (10.5 x 15.5 x 21.5 for a soft case). The very next day she brought her new animal friend to a registered veterinary clinic to have his rabies shots (a requirement to enter Canada from Peru) and left with a hardcopy of the paperwork.Voila! In less than two days, a new cozy home was just a plane ride away for this pup that otherwise might have ended up on the streets of Lima.

Carry-On Pets: The General Rules

  • the carry-on carrier must be an approved design from the airline
  • the kennel must be placed underneath the seat in front of you for runway taxi, take off, turbulence and landing
  • at any other point in the flight, the carrier can be placed on your lap
  • all zippers must remain closed and your fur friend needs to remain in the carrier for the duration of the flight
Cargo Kennels
I won’t lie; the thought of having animals in the cargo hold of an airplane had made me feel a little unsettled in the past.An important clarification that certainly changed my views is to note that cargo animals are not crammed in a big, dark hole in the belly of the plane. Instead they are placed into a temperature controlled and pressurized compartment which is completely separate from all the checked baggage. And contrary to both you and I who are often sitting in our plane seats well before take off, all animals traveling in cargo are the last to go on and the first to come off and are handled with extreme care by baggage professionals.

Before the flight, it’s helpful to get your pet well acquainted with the carrier it’ll be traveling in. It is imperative there’s enough room in the cargo crate for your pet to get up, move around and lay down comfortably. I talked with Rachel from AirAnimal.com who said her #1 tip was to make sure to leave items with your scent in the carrier for the flight: socks, a t-shirt, or a blanket work wonders. Give him/her a few toys to play with during the flight, too.

Keep in mind airlines transport animals safely worldwide thousands of times a year. Don’t be shy to ask the gate agent or flight attendant to advise you when your pet has been loaded in the designated animal cargo area.

For more information, I really liked this article by National Geographic on the quirky rules to traveling with pets overseas.

So whether you’ve stumbled upon this article because your story is similar to Lucy’s or maybe you’re moving overseas indefinitely and cannot bear the thought of leaving your best fur friend behind, we’re here to tell you it’s absolutely possible to travel with animals around the globe. But don’t just take it from us…

What are some of your tips and tricks when it comes to transiting pets overseas?

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