Removals to Polland: Preparation
Preparing for moving to Poland can be quite daunting, but if you're organised and you have all the correct paperwork, you'll find the whole process much less difficult. This article will be dealing with preparation for the move, the physical removals to Poland and finally, what needs to be done on arrival.
There will fair amount of paperwork to consider. Obviously you'll need your passport, as will any pets you're taking with you. Pets must be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies and hold an official pet passport. If you hold a non-EU passport you'll need to apply for a visa to stay in Poland for longer than 90 days in a 180 day period. You must inform your local council and benefits office of your move, as well as HM Revenue and Customs. If you claim a pension you'll need to contact the international pension centre.
To take advantage of Poland's free healthcare you'll need to fill in and take with you an E111 form. Vaccinations that are advised are Hepatitis A, B and Rabies. To drive in Poland you will need to apply for a Polish driving licence, although you can use your home driving licence for up to 6 months. To take your own car with you, you may need to register your car in Poland, depending on how long you're planning to stay. And for that some extra paperwork may be required.
On top of sorting out your paperwork you'll need to make your travel arrangements, either by buying plane or train tickets. Don't forget to get hold of some Euros beforehand to spend during the journey!
When packing clothes, dress for the season. Bear in mind that if you're moving during the Winter it can get very cold. The temperature has been known to go as low as -27 degrees. If you're travelling during the Summer it will be quite warm, up to 32 degrees, but possibly also quite rainy. A few other essential items might be a map, a Polish dictionary and a Polish power connector and adaptor plug. In Poland mains electricity operates at 220V.
As the date of the move gets closer, you will need to find a good removal company. Your luggage will be travelling a long way and it's essential to pick a company who is experienced in removals to Poland, and one who will get your possessions to your destination safely and in one piece.
The more experienced a company is, the more hassle-free they're likely to make the move for you. When you're making your enquiries, check with the company that they have travelled the route before. If you would like someone to help you package your items to protect them during the journey, there are companies who will also help with this.
In order to find your perfect removals company, you'll need to create an inventory of all the items that will be travelling with them. The company will need to know which items need to be loaded and when they need to arrive at the destination. They'll need to know which type of service you're after and what the moving date is . Get quotes from several companies before you make your decision and don't necessarily just go with the cheapest. Have a look at the range of options they provide to see which one suits you best. To check the credibility of a transport provider, have a look for reviews or customer testimonials. Their Facebook page might also give you an insight into the quality of the service they provide.
It's rare for transport providers to be fully stocked when driving to a destination, so it's worth looking into companies who already have vehicles travelling along your route at the time you want to make the move. If you can add items to their load, you will save money.
Once you've chosen your transport provider you'll need to finalise all your details with them and make sure they have the paperwork they require. Along with your inventory, make a note of the condition of the items are being moved. You must inspect each piece for damage when it arrives in Poland.
Once the removals to Poland are complete, you're items have arrived and you're in the country there are obviously a few measures to take before you settle in. You might have sorted out a new house before the move, but if you're in temporary accommodation and looking to buy a house it's worth knowing that a Polish notary will complete the house sale for you. Make sure all repairs that were agreed have been done before you sign and it's advisable to use a Polish lawyer for all transactions. The notary will sort out the necessary paperwork but it's not a quick process and can take up to three months. If you're planning on renting out any rooms in your house you must declare your income.
Finally, EU residents don't need any further paperwork to begin work in Poland and once you start work be aware that you will be expected to contribute towards the national healthcare system. Children will need to be enrolled in their new schools and if you didn't have time to get to grips with the language before you left, it might be an idea to book yourself onto an intensive language course.
Poland is a very friendly, welcoming country but you will do well to immerse yourself in local culture and language in order to make friends and find work. The experience will be very rewarding.