The UK leaving the EU has certainly changed the landscape of European removals. It is however, still entirely feasible to move household goods and vehicles from the UK to Cyprus to start a new life on the island. Here we take a look at a few things to bear in mind if you’re planning to make the move in this post-Brexit climate.
Growing interest in Cypriot properties- Cyprus seems to be very much in vogue with British expats looking to make the move abroad and has seen a notable increase in interest since the onset of the pandemic. Interestingly, Place in the Sun have stated that property searches for Cyprus increased by a notable 71% in 2021 over the number of searches in 2020, which can be seen to indicate quite an uptick in interest in people making the move to Cyprus or purchasing holiday homes there.
Arranging a visa- If you’re planning to relocate or retire there, you’ll need to look into either the Category F Residency along with the purchase of a resale property for any value or the Category 6.2 (fast track) Permanent Residency Visa when purchasing a new build property over 300,000 Euros plus VAT. Allow enough time to be able to complete all of the paperwork for this procedure to be completed.
Healthcare-If you’re retiring to Cyprus, the healthcare system can be accessed if you have permanent residency status. If you’re receiving a UK state pension, you’ll need an S1 form. Some expats making the move do opt for private medical insurance for extra piece of mind in these matters. The island has approximately 140 facilities offering private healthcare.
Choose a trusted and experienced professional remover- It’s important to select the right international moving company to move your household effects and vehicles, particularly in this post-Brexit climate. An experienced and reputable international removal company will be your best ally in navigating the maze. Calling on the services of a professional really will save a lot of heartache in the long run.
Make contact with a, carefully chosen, removal company with as much notice ahead of the move as you can. They should arrange to conduct a pre-move survey to accurately assess the volume that needs to be shipped and also to talk you through the process. This is a good opportunity to ask the international moving company any questions that you have- they are a really good source of reference. Once the move is booked and the process begins, supply the documentation that they request, as early on as you can. It’s also important to maintain a dialogue with the moving company and keep them updated on how progress is being made.
Moving currency- When it comes to transferring your money to Cyprus it is well worth speaking to a currency transfer company like Currencies Direct as they are able to offer more favourable exchange rates than banks. Currency companies really can provide an efficient and cost-effective way to transfer money overseas and it’s well worth researching these options as the savings can be quite significant.