Asian Tigers Group provides international relocation solutions for more than 16,000 families each year, with offices in 14 different territories. We check in on them to see how the pandemic is affecting moves, and for some tips if you’re relocating.
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 of employment, shipping company and relocation service provider, so you’re kept in the information 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 international relocation company to help your move go smoothly.
If you’d like assistance with shipping or relocation support, please visit asiantigersgroup.com/contact-us or reach out to us via our online contact form.
If you found this article on moving during the pandemic interesting, take a look at the Asian Tigers website, which is filled with articles and others resources; for instance, you might like to read “Timing Your Move – Peak versus Non-Peak Times”, “Common Packing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” and “Top Tips for Surviving Hotel Quarantine”.
This article first appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.