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Beware What You Take With You To Australia

Australia has a rigorous approach to protecting its agriculture and tourism industries from pests and diseases brought from abroad. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources manage the arrangements and you can see full details on arrangements on arrival in Australia on the website. All those entering the country are given an Incoming Passenger Card before arrival in Australia and are requi ...

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Choosing A School When Expats Return To UK

When moving to a new expat posting, often the best-known expat school is the obvious choice for your child. Even when there are wider options, often these are restricted by where there are places, or where a company may have a fast-track debenture. By Fiona Hodgkins Perhaps the most complex and challenging school choice of all for expats is when you decide that either it is time to return to the U ...

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Comparing Quotes From Moving Companies

Make sure you get quotes from three potential removal companies. Then you will need to evaluate them and make a choice. Price will clearly be a factor, but you should decide what is important to you and ensure that you take these into account and avoid choosing the cheapest and then incur more cost down the line when you have problems.   Factors to consider: When can they collect your goods a ...

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Customs Requirements For Entry To America

Household goods and other personal belongings owned and used for at least one year may be taken into America duty free. A complete list of items and valuations is necessary. Items must remain in your possession for at least one year after your arrival in America. Disposing of them in any way during the first year requires customs authorisation. If the shipment is arriving unaccompanied, a customs ...

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Customs Requirements For Entry To Canada

Transfer of household furnishings into Canada is a relatively simple matter, although there is a small administration charge. Paperwork is minimal. Only the owner of the goods or the spouse can clear the shipment through customs; a representative is not eligible to handle the transaction. Personal and household goods can be taken into Canada temporarily without payment of duties or taxes, although ...

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Customs Requirements For Entry To France

Household and personal goods may be shipped into France from another European Union (EU) country without customs formalities, although an inventory must be presented. A non-EU resident planning on moving to France is also allowed furniture and personal effects free of duty, provided the items have be owned and used for at least six months previously. VAT must be paid on items owned for less than s ...

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Customs Requirements For Entry To New Zealand

There are no duties or taxes on household goods taken into New Zealand for personal use. Clothing and other personal items need not have been previously worn or used, but they must be for personal use. Furniture, stereos, refrigerators, and housewares are some items which must have been previously used by the importer in order to be free of duties. It facilitates the landing of your household good ...

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Customs Requirements For Entry To Spain

Visitors taking up residence in Spain may import household goods and furnishings and personal effects free from duty and VAT if the items have been used for at least sixmonths for a citizen of a non-EU country. They must have a certificate of change of residence issued by the shipper’s Embassy/Consulate at origin, stating that the importer has been registered as resident at origin for a peri ...

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Customs Requirements in Portugal

Portuguese customs require that the owner of goods be present in Portugal before your shipment arrives for inspection, and that your shipment arrive no later than 90 days from the date of the owner’s arrival. Plan your arrival and shipment accordingly. Household goods All household effects and furniture belonging to persons relocating to Portugal are admitted duty-free, if proof can be prese ...

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Despite Brexit, Britons Still Keen To Move To The EU

Despite fears that Britons will not be so well-off, welcome or cared-for in mainland Europe after Brexit, there are signs that many of us still want to find a retirement ‘place in the sun’. There is a rush to find that sunny home on the Mediterranean while the Brexit talks continue. Enquiries to a company that helps those moving to Europe have more than doubled in the past year. Blevins Franks, wh ...

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Expats With Kids Take Six Months To Settle

Despite the benefits of raising a family abroad, parents and children alike take time to settle into their new life. However, the challenge can bring families closer together, according to new data. Almost half of expat parents say their children take longer than six months to feel at home in their new country, with 25% saying they take more than a year, according to the HSBC Expat Explorer survey ...

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Expats: How To Select An International School

Moving to a new job, a new town, a new country – effectively a new life – is challenging. Add in the fear and guilt that you are disrupting your children’s lives, that they may struggle to adapt, and your anxiety and stress levels soar. By Fiona Hodgkins Although local schools offer the best opportunity to learn the local language, as well as experiencing the indigenous culture a ...

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Finding Expat Schools In America

As an alternative to American public and private schools, there are a number of international and foreign-language schools. The latter are concentrated in areas where there are large communities of foreign diplomats and businesspeople, notably New York City and Washington, DC. While international schools accept students of all nationalities, instruction is usually in English. The curricula, howeve ...

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Finding Expat Schools In Canada

The quality of education in Canada is high. The educational system is administered by the provinces, and primary and secondary education is free. As an alternative to public and private schools, there are a number of international and foreign-language schools. These tend to be concentrated in areas where there are large communities of foreign diplomats and businesspeople, notably Toronto, Vancouve ...

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Finding Expat Schools In France

When deciding between a French school and an international school, parents have several factors to consider. A local school offers the advantages of acquiring fluency in French, broader acquaintanceships with French children and their culture. Young children typically adapt well to the French system, becoming comfortable within a matter of months. For older students, the adjustment takes longer an ...

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Finding Expat Schools In New Zealand

Many expat families opt to place their children in one of New Zealand’s excellent public or private schools. There are more than 20 schools in New Zealand, most in the Auckland area, that offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Some are private and some are state-sponsored. More than a dozen schools offer the Primary Years Programme, one school offers the Middle Years Programme, ...

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Finding The Right School

Viable and attractive school options will be a major factor when relocating with family. The choice will generally be between sending your child(ren) to an international or a local school. The Expat Network Destination Pages include information on the local school systems, international school and pre-school options. International Schools International schools can provide real advantages: They are ...

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Sponsored: Five Tips To Avoid Culture Shock

Moving to a new country is very exciting but adapting to a new culture can be stressful and make you feel confused and disorientated. Preparing your expatriation to a new country should be coupled with in-depth research of your new country in order to avoid culture shock. By AGS Movers When you move to a foreign country you should allow yourself an adjustment period to adapt to the new country’s c ...

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Getting Connected in Portugal

How to get telephone and internet connections in Portugal. Telephone The main provider of telephone lines in Portugal is the formerly government-owned Portugal Telecom.  Most other providers of telephone and internet services run their service through Portugal Telecom’s lines. Portugal Telecom will provide a telephone line or if one is already in place you will need to contact them to get it recon ...

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Getting Connected In Spain

How to get telephone and internet connections in Spain Movistar (formerly known as Telefonica) is the main national provider of telephone services in Spain. Other providers can offer telephone and internet services, but they will be delivered through lines provided by Movistar as they are the only company authorised to install landlines in Spain.  There are cable services in some parts of the coun ...

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