Swiss Expatriate Checklist

Moving to a new country means a bucketload of things to worry about – which is why we have prepared a checklist to help you prepare and make sure that nothing is forgotten before your big move!

3 Months Before you Leave

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your departure
Register yourself and your family members at the mission or embassy of your new resident city
Medical check up: keep any medical exam results or scans, as well as the names of your usual prescriptions
Tell the authorities why you’re leaving:

o    Pension
o    Tax office
o    Health care 
o    Other: __________________

1 Months Before you Leave

Cancel your subscriptions and contracts:

o    Phone
o    Television
o    Insurance
o    Memberships (gym, club, etc)
o    Credit cards
o    Other: ________________

  • Get your mail forwarded by a post service,

  • Check your pension, some countries allow you to take it out before the age of retirement.

  • Close your bank account if you’re moving permanently to your new destination, or designate someone to the power of attorney to look after your account,

  • Get your documents translated by a sworn translator (https://www.ge.ch/traducteurs/recherche.asp) if they’re not in English, French, Italian or German.

  • Get quote from international movers to get the best price if you’re shipping furniture or luggage.

If you have pets

  • Get vaccinations for rabies,

  • Do a medical checkup, which can come in handy if your pet is over 7 years old and need insurance,

  • Buy a space on the place for your pet (for small animals: usually about 100$ USD for the space by your feet)

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Right Before You Go

Bring a copy of:

o     your passport and keep it separate from your passport, in case of theft or loss
o    your birth certificate
o    diplomas and certificates
o    your work contract, if you already have one

  • Bring some money for the country of your destination, at least the equivalent of 100$ USD is a good idea.

  • Check the local weather of your destination and bring appropriate clothing on board.

  • Learn the emergency numbers of your country of destination (for Switzerland).

  • Prepare your luggage (don’t forget to grab your favorite snacks/book for the flight!).

  • Make sure your liquid bottles are under 100ml for the carry-on and they all fit into a standard sealable plastic bag.

  • Buy a travel or international insurance.

  • Online check-in and print your ticket(s).

Off you go, safe travels!