- Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2011 12:15
When you have the opportunity to choose which city in Serbia will be your new home, your lifestyle and what makes you happy will dictate the best suited one to your needs and desires.
After considerable thought, you made a decision - you're definitely moving to Belgrade. Congratulations!
Belgrade is a friendly, fun and the most important all safe city offering a unique experience of living. It’s unlike anything you've seen before. It may not be fancy like Paris, or as architecturally beautiful as Prague, but it has that X factor that makes people revisit it or stay for longer. In Belgrade you will be witnessing how Serbs are living to the full, 24/7, that their food has an important place in the life, that girls are really as beautiful as they say. So, put all the prejudice aside, open your mind and enjoy.
Moving overseas takes a lot of determination, patience and the most important – planning so before you arrive to Belgrade you should prepare yourself for living overseas. Familiarize yourself with Serbian Position and climate, find out facts about Population, Language and Religion in whole Serbia, check out the cost of living in Belgrade etc. It’s quite important to learn a bit about the country, local customs and even a language. Knowing all relevant factors will allow you to ease the effect of culture shock. For more information, read the text on Well-being while in the foreign country.
Now, it’s time for the less interesting things concerning the bureaucracy. You need to determine if you need a visa for Serbia. This article is dealing with that issue. Decide whether you will be working in Serbia to determine your need for a work visa but also find out if there are any residency requirements. It would be wise to visit the local authority and find out what you need to do to become an immigrant and what forms you'll need in the future. If you are planning to make your pet an expat too, contact the Serbian Embassy or Consulate in your country for current information regarding this issue, since this information is subject to change. Do not be afraid, the procedure of moving involves a large number of relevant papers and documents, you will need in every step of the way.
In the next step, consider hiring Relocation Agency. When moving there are a thousand little details which need to be taken care of in order to ensure your that your move will go as smoothly as possible. Because of this, you need help to take care of at least the detail concerning your moving and this is the reason why relocation companies exist. A few tips that will help you in the process of moving to Belgrade.
Of course, it’s noteworthy to remember the property in your native country. Are you going to sell, rent or give it to your family depends on your preference and time you will spend outside the country. In addition, carefully consider what kind of accommodation will be most suitable for you in Belgrade. Our advice is to get it sorted in advanced. Whether it’s about a temporary accommodation in a hotel, longer one in a rented apartment or becoming an owner of property in Belgrade.
If you don’t have it pre-arranged, finding a job in Belgrade, on the spot, can be tricky. If you are able, it would be a good idea to arrange a job position before moving to Belgrade. That will facilitate the living in the first period after the arrival. Finding a job can be extremely hard if you don’t have the citizenship, knowledge/diplomas or speak Serbian language. You'll be surprised at the many inventive ways expats have of making money in Belgrade. If you are more interested in starting your own business in Belgrade or if you would like more information on the labour market situation, please go HERE.
Moving to another country means moving into a new environment where the everyday practical matters become a little more complicated. One of the more complicated things in Belgrade is Health Care system. This text will help you become more familiar with the system and choose what to do in situations where there is a need for a doctor or a pharmacist. If there is a possibility, we suggest the use of private medical institutions, at least until you are completely familiar with the intricate and complicated state system. A large number of expats even after that, decided to confide the care to private health institutions because when living and/or working in Serbia, you may not have the same level of access to the healthcare system as to the local population and you will be liable for full medical costs.
Booking your transportation will be the final step before coming to Belgrade. Depending on your country of origin, choose the most suitable way of coming here.
Congratulations, you’ve succeeded! Before you relax and Enjoy Belgrade, familiarize yourself with the banking situation, education system, car and public transport and even collect information about pets, you never know when you will need it. Now, when you feel like a local, it's time to take a break, visit all the important sights of Belgrade, discover the new interesting spots and create memories with loved ones.
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