Tell Your Bank that You’re Expatriating to Hong Kong
Sounds like an obvious thing to do, but because of the headaches this can cause if you don’t do it, the writer decided that it was worth mentioning. Simply call your bank and they’ll usually ask where you will be in the next six months and note it. Quite often you’ll need to top this up every six months.
See how to open an account in Hong Kong here.
Arrange Accommodation before Moving to Hong Kong
Be it long term rental or short term accommodation, expats are best having some sort of an arrangement before you arrive in Hong Kong. If you’re looking for immediate accommodation in Hong Kong at reduced cost, check out Hotels Combined to get the cheapest rates going in Hong Kong. It is possible to arrange a short-term apartment prior to moving to Hong Kong, which is cheaper than staying in most hotels. Visit our guide for more.
Go through a number of quotes if possible, before deciding on a moving company. If possible, the shipping company you decide on should have a partner in your home country, and DEFINITELY should have an office in Hong Kong. It is a good idea to ask your employer, or another reliable source for advice on which moving company to take. Moving to Hong Kong will be so much easier if you get a decent mover.
Getting this part right can save months of phonecalls and complaints that come with a rogue mover. Having said that- be prepared to pay the premium for a reliable mover- it’s worth it. To ensure reliability, look for accreditation like licenses, affiliations and recommendations. Also, make sure that the mover/shipper does not subcontract parts of the move as this creates real problems if something is mislaid. Finding the one responsible in this situation can be tiresome.
Before moving to Hong Kong, getting a full health check is a good precaution as it will be one less thing to worry about once you arrive. Having final treatments and checks done by doctors and dentists that you know and trust will save time and give you peace of mind- one less thing to worry about. Having said that, healthcare in Hong Kong is among the best in the world.
Making sure that you are fully covered before moving to Hong Kong is very important. Make sure that you’re either covered by your employer, or make sure that you arrange to be fully covered. Getting emergency treatment in Hong Kong as an expat is very expensive.
Have Important Mail Forwarded
Again, this is quite obvious but will save time later, after moving. Any important mail should be forwarded to someone that you trust to open it, or it should be cancelled. Trying to co-ordinate this after moving to Hong Kong will be tricky.
Make Sure Your Passport is Valid
Hong Kong and all neighbouring countries require passports to be valid for six months. Almost make sure you have at least half a passport of pages left before moving to Hong Kong- many of the countries in the region gobble up an entire page for the visa.