Moving to Ukraine
Moving to Ukraine is one of the biggest life transitions you can ever make. While it can be challenging and fraught with paperwork, it can also be an immensely rewarding and enriching experience. Whether the move is for business purposes or for personal reasons, being well prepared will make your transition much easier, and much more enjoyable. This article will show you the things you will want consider when making plans for moving to Ukraine.
3 Month Window
Plan ahead at least 3 months in advance. You’ll need to obtain visas, work permits and vaccinations; and cancel various services (phone, cable, gas & electric) for the home you’ll be leaving – all of which takes time and in some cases a notice period.
Being well-organized by writing a list of things-to-do will make the move less stressful. Each time a ‘to-do’ is checked off the list, it will visually and mentally ease your mind as you will know there is less to do. Remember, the plan should be thorough and deadlines should be set in place.
Ask the moving company specific questions that are related to packing and shipping. Interview at least three different moving companies and get their quotes for moving to Ukraine. Find out what each company is prepared to do: specialized packing, helping with pets, timing guarantees, storage at the other end, etc. Also discuss the possibility of storing possessions in your current country. If this move is short-term and you intend to return, it might be best to leave some, or even most items behind.
If you are currently residing in a leased home, then you have less to deal with. However, a home owner will have to decide whether to sell the home or rent it out. If the plan is to sell the home, time is of the essence. A real estate agent should be contacted immediately and informed of the plans. Do you have time to wait for the best offer or do you need to sell quickly to get the money? Be careful how you convey this to your agent—you still want the best price, whatever your hurry.
If renting it out, interview agents responsible for rental properties and be sure you are completely happy with their services. Ask for references and if possible, favor an agent used to renting out properties for overseas landlords—it’s much harder to be an overseas landlord and much can go wrong in your absence if the agent fails to meet their basic obligations of checking the properly regularly and vetting tenants properly.
Vaccinations & Visas
Be sure that you are up-to-date with relevant vaccinations and ensure that all visas needed are obtained for moving to Ukraine. Any accompanying documentation needed for a permanent or long-term move should also be sorted out at this stage. If you’re planning on renouncing your citizenship of your current country and taking on new citizenship, this will take considerable time, so start working on this from the beginning of your planning.
It is especially important to have children’s education well documented – in certain cases translated as well. You’ll need evidence to enroll your child in a new school. Transcripts and other documents should be obtained well in advance.
As an adult, obtaining college transcripts, certificates etc. can come into play when a career change is considered. Ensuring these documents are held can prevent future headaches.
Give yourself adequate time.
Some corporations and government entities that send their staff overseas are quite happy to give anything from a few months to a few days notice that you’re handpicked to move overseas. In this case, ask for as much help as they’re willing to pay for—you will need it.
- If you do have the luxury of your own timeline, give yourself at least six months. You will need every moment of this time to tie up many loose ends, including dealing with your property, car, pets, insurance, packing and shipping, banking, educational transitions and more. In some cases, you may not have this luxury.
- It is possible to move quickly, so if this has been thrust on you, try not to despair. However, do immediately spend time creating networks of helpers. You really need as many hands on deck as you can gather.
It is becoming easier to transfer money between many countries without giving up too much in processing fees. Talk to your current bank to explore the options for setting up transfers—some banks even allow transfers to overseas accounts via cellphones, so look into all the options.
- Unless you’re planning on never returning to your current country, it’s advisable to keep at least one bank account open in your current country. The longer you have an account open, the better your credit standing, and when you do return, it’s easier to start where you left off than to have to open new accounts. Internet banking makes it easier for you to keep tabs on the account in the country you’ve left.
Do an honest assessment of all your belongings. Consider only taking practical things with you; and either store rest or sell them through online auctions or even a garage sale. The less things you take will save you money through moving companies; and if you sell the things you do not need, it will bring added value to your pocket.
For some people, this means giving them to a friend or family member to care for. For others, it means taking them with you. If you are taking your pets with you, consider the following:
- Is your pet allowed in Ukraine?
- Will your pet undergo quarantine? For how long and at what cost?
- How will your pet travel? Find out about safety, costs and all requirements, such as pet passports.
- How is your pet’s health? Your pet needs to be thoroughly vaccinated and medically fit to travel. There may be other requirements of the country of destination too––check.
- Consider your pet’s frailty when making the decision. Taking an old or disabled pet with you may be too much trauma for the pet.
For information on long-term apartment rentals or properties for sale in Kiev, please visit: www.allstarkievrealty.com