Moving abroad with your family is a big step, and it is easy to become overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. Creating a checklist when immigrating to South Africa is crucial if you want to stay on top of things. Below is a basic checklist for your move to South Africa.
Ensure that you have copies of all your doctor's records and that all medical conditions are mentioned. Make sure that any chronic medications you will need are prescribed in advance
Passport and Drivers Licence
Make sure your passport and driver's license is valid and up to date. Apply for an international driver's license in your home country. It might also be wise to renew your passport before leaving since trying to renew it in SA might prove to be challenging
Medical Aid (Health Insurance)
In South Africa, it is vital to have medical aid or else you'll have to rely on the government facilities which isn't exactly reliable. Waiting periods tend to be extremely long when you need to be seen by a specialist and government hospital conditions are not exactly favourable
If you have children, you'll need to find out everything you can about the different schools available in South Africa
Phone and Internet
Telkom is the company for internet and home phones. Additionally, cellular providers include Vodacom, Cell C, MTN as well as Telkom mobile
Getting around in South Africa without a car will be a challenge since the public transport can be unreliable. It will be in your best interest to buy a car which you'll need to register at the traffic department
Insurance on all your belongings (car and household) is extremely important in South Africa.
If you need help with your visa application or are unsure of which visa option will work for you, speak to one of the immigration consultants at Black Pen Immigration today for a free assessment.