Moving During COVID: Facts and Tips
10 Mar 2022
Moving to and living in a foreign country can be exciting, but it’s also a challenge. Add a pandemic to the mix, and the stresses and potential problems are amplified significantly. However, if you do some additional research and planning for the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and know what issues there might be, you’ll be far more prepared when the challenges come your way to avoid potential disasters. Below are some considerations that we believe everyone should keep in mind during the pandemic:
#1 Check and double-check if you will be able to relocate
When considering your move, you should check if you’ll be permitted to leave your current country, and whether the destination country allows you to enter. Would you be required to acquire any permits or exemptions to depart or enter? Will you be required to be fully or partially vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID test result? When and how?
#2 Research the way the pandemic has been handled in the destination country
- How well is COVID-19 being managed in your destination country? Would your opinion change if the situation worsened?
- Will you be required to undertake a period of quarantine or self-isolation upon arrival at your destination?
- Will you be able to return to your home country at any time without undue burden, or would there be a significant cost (financial or in terms of time) that may prevent you from returning when you want?
- What is the likelihood of having to work from home for an extended period?
#3 Be prepared for situations to change quickly
Stay up to date with the situation in both countries as restrictions and health guidelines are constantly changing. Having a plan for what you will do in various situations will enable you to respond quickly and adapt to changes. Stay in regular
contact with your place on employment, shipping company and relocation service provider, so you re kept in me momativn loop and one step ahead if circumstances change.
We live in unprecedented times with high levels of unpredictability, but life continues, and many people are successfully moving internationally. As well as the considerations above, be sure to partner with a reputable moving and/or relocation company to help your move go smoothly.
If you would like assistance with shipping or relocation support, contact your local Asian Tigers office or reach out to us via our online contact form.
If you found this article interesting, you might also be interested in taking a look at Timing Your Move – Peak vs. Non-Peak Times, Common Packing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, and Top Tips for Surviving Hotel Quarantine