There are over five million Brits living abroad. Spain is a popular destination, particularly for retirees looking to escape the British weather, and nearly 300,000 expats now call the country home. The numbers in France are believed to be approaching 400,000. In fact, there are an estimated 1.2 million British citizens living across our neighbouring European nations.
If you're planning for a new life abroad there is lots to consider. But with so many people already having made the move, it's certainly an achievable dream.
How will you adjust to life in a new culture? There's lots of research you can do before you move, particularly when it comes to how the property market works and dealing with utilities. Having a basic grasp of the language can be extremely helpful and it's never been easier to learn with language phone apps available.
You'll need to let HMRC know that you're leaving the UK so you don't pay more tax than you have to. Request a P85 Form from Revenue & Customs and use it to notify the authorities that you're leaving so you're taxed at the correct level both in the UK and your destination country.
Our pets are an important part of our household. Will you be taking them with you or rehoming them with family or friends? If you're taking your pet they will need to be micro-chipped and immunised against rabies at least 21 days before you travel. Your moving and transportation company will give you advice on how best to physically move your pet.
The regulations around medical and social security eligibility could well change following the UK's exit from the European Union. Be sure to keep abreast of any changes and how they might affect you before leaving the country.
Whether you’re moving just around the corner or relocating to Europe, Cotswold Carriers can help you plan the perfect domestic or commercial move. Contact us for more details.