This is post by Ellie Jo about moving abroad.
Over the course of the past year and a half, many people have felt completely stuck in their domestic situations. If you were planning to travel in or since March 2020 or even move abroad, it is likely that your plans were scuppered, or at least interrupted, by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has forced people to stay indoors and postpone or cancel travel plans; but now that things are reopening, many people are looking to take to the skies once more.
If you are thinking of moving abroad after the pandemic, you will need to do some extensive research to see if it’s possible in the current climate. Here are 3 things to research if you want to move abroad post-COVID-19!
How the country you wish to relocate to is dealing with COVID.
Every country in the world has dealt with the pandemic in a different way, and as a person, you need to see if your values, and the way you wish to live, align with those actions.
For example, New Zealand has been under strict lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic, while the UK and US have taken a more relaxed approach to COVID-19, with sporadic lockdowns enforced only when death rates have increased.
If you want to move to a new country, you need to see how their COVID-19 restrictions would align with the way in which you want to live; we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, and it is important to be realistic about how you want to live over the next few years.
How to acquire, and pay for, a visa.
The availability, expense and requirements of a visa depend entirely on the country you are moving from, and the country that you wish to move into. All countries require a visa for people traveling for longer than a standard vacation time – usually one month – and these visas will be issued with a fee.
Your research needs to include how to acquire a visa for your chosen country, and how much it will cost.
Often, people encounter issues with embassies that are too slow to issue a visa, or there are struggles with the payment, such as payment issues with eta if moving to Canada. To combat this, you need to acquire your visa far in advance, to ensure all the paperwork and payments are complete before you are set to travel.
Whether or not you may be able to get a job in this new place.
The job market has been well and truly skewered by the pandemic, and certain industries, such as hospitality and events, have suffered hugely. To ensure your financial security in the new country you wish to move to, you should research how well your industry is coping in that country.
Are there jobs available, and are they being frequently posted? Are you likely to acquire a well paid role quickly when you enter the country? These are tough questions that need to be answered honestly before you move abroad.
In conclusion, moving abroad is on many people’s to-do lists – but make sure you check how the pandemic will affect this much-anticipated move!
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.