15 April 2014
The title blows our own trumpet somewhat but we believe it to be accurate. Seven Seas Worldwide has worked with tens of thousands of customers moving abroad to South Africa, plus we have our own bases there so we know a thing or two about what it takes to make a go of it in SA.
Moving abroad anywhere is a task and a half. It's one of the most stressful things a human being can do. Now that's a fact, probably. Therefore when the decision has been made that leaving the UK for better prospects is a viable option, it's important to do as much research as possible on the country in question because the journey is a lot longer coming back.
If you're leaving the UK for sunnier climes in South Africa, it's worth noting that South Africa can still get a bit chilly during July and August, and thunderstorms are quite frequent from November through to March. Plus if you're looking to save on energy bills by moving to a warmer climate, remember some countries charge higher than other countries for electricity and gas supply anyway. Find out about your specific destination and perhaps contact someone there to work out the monthly costs.
You know what else you should keep an eye on? Local politics. We know it's not something that sends the heart racing but it's worth monitoring because these are the people responsible for passing legislation that could affect you and your rights as an immigrant. Yep, that's what you are now.
Talk to a tax advisor beforehand to ensure you're not hit with any nasty tax bills, particularly if you're buying property overseas.
Naturally, you will need to apply for a visa. To obtain any kind of visa, you will need to have a radiological report, police clearance, the cash equivalent of your airfare home and a routine medical. If you're moving to South Africa to retire, you will need to possess assets worth R20,000 a month which works out to about £1,420.
Illnesses to be vaccinated against if moving to South Africa include cholera, hepatitis A and B, rabies and typhoid. There's no NHS in South Africa so any medical treatment you receive you will have to pay for. The cost is based upon your salary and how many dependants you have.
South Africa currently has 38,000 UK citizens so perhaps one or two over there will help make your transition easier.
Don't forget that another factor in ensuring an easy transition is Seven Seas Worldwide! We operate a fantastic MoveCube service in South Africa which is proving very popular with ex-pats. The MoveCube is essentially a container on a trailer that visits your home for loading. Once you've loaded your personal belongings and treasured possessions onto the MoveCube, we will then transport them to your chosen destination in South Africa, wherever that may be. It makes this whole shipping to South Africa malarky a bit easier, which is kind of the point.
Give us a call today or get a free online quote from that big button up there.
Oh and best of luck.