Whatever your motivations and objectives, you’re now about to embark on a new journey across borders, in a whole new land. If you’re nervous, it’s only natural, and if you’re anxious, well, that’s natural too. In fact, the way we see it, these emotions in small doses are actually healthy.
That said, in today’s highly globalised world, migrating to another country isn’t as nerve-wracking as it once was. Communicating with loved ones back home isn’t as problematic, thanks to social media and other mediums. With an ever-expanding network of flights covering the globe, you also have the option of heading back for a visit whenever you need to. Plus, the cuisine is also for the most part international, so there’s a high chance you’ll find your favourites wherever you go.
However, there are still a few key things you should bear in mind as every country has its own laws, culture, and traditions, and it’s important to respect them. Here are a few significant things to take into account, whether you’re migrating via citizenship by investment or permanent residency.
Map Out Public Transportation
Some countries are exceedingly high on travel costs, and taxi fares can add up to ridiculously exorbitant amounts. If the city you’re moving to is quite large, then this will be especially handy. You’ll not only be able to save a sizeable amount on transportation costs, but you’ll also be able to take in and explore your surroundings blending in with the locals. Find out train, bus and ferry schedules for both weekdays and weekends, as the latter tends to be less frequent so if you have work on the weekends, you can be better prepared.
Learn The Language
This is something we’d really like to stress on, particularly for those of our clients who apply for Golden visa. Europe is a smorgasbord of colorful, vibrant languages, and though English is spoken, it’s sparse. Europeans are very patriotic about their respective mother tongues, and therefore expect all visitors to know at least a bit when they get there. So though you needn’t roll Portuguese out like water, it’d do you good to know the basics. They certainly appreciate the effort, and will, in fact, be even more willing to help you out. Over time though, you’ll inevitably pick it up so don’t worry.
Organize Your Health Insurance
As much as you’d want to see what this new city has to offer, it’s more important for you to get the technicalities out of the way. Health insurance, for instance, tops the list of priorities. Of course, if you’re applying for say our Portugal golden visa program, we can offer you advice on Portugal health procedures, and what they mean for you and your family. Whilst the final decision rests with you, it’d be useful to remember that health insurance is also sometimes a visa requirement, and they may choose to reject it if you’re not covered.