Moving to a foreign country is an exciting and useful experience, encouraged by many international mobility programs funded by European Commission, International organizations, etc.
Nevertheless you need to plan your mobility experience carefully in order to avoid stress and problems once you arrive in the hosting country.
Here follows some practical information about what to do before leaving Italy and how to plan your stay abroad in advance.
Before leaving permanently from Italy, please make sure to:
Registry office – inform the Ufficio anagrafe about your moving. When you will settle down in the new place, remember to register yourself at AIRE (Anagrafe Italiani residenti all’estero) at the local Italian Embassy.
Health insurance – check about your EHIC (TEAM-Tessera europea di assicurazione malattia) and its validity before moving to another EU country OR check with the local Heath office about bilateral agreements between Italy and Non EU country on health matter. Pay attention that when moving the residency to another country, the registration with SSN will be automatically suspended. Short term coverage will be granted when in Italy.
Schooling - inform about schooling in the new country well in advance and inform the school and the teachers about your relocation abroad.
Utilitiesand other service (water, gas, electricity, etc.) - cancel all services you were subscribed to and notify your bank. Do not leave debts or bills unpaid. You may be blacklisted on an international debtor registry, which will affect your credit record.
Driving license – depending on the country, you could be asked to exchange or recognize your Italian driving license. If you are moving to a country with no bilateral agreement with Italy, please get information about the International Driving licence. Contact the local Motorizzazione Civile.
Accommodation - send a non-renewal notice (disdetta) by registered letter with a return receipt (raccomandata con ricevuta di ritorno) to the owner according to the terms indicated in the contract or if moving earlier. Take an appointment with landlord to check flat/house conditions. You are entitled to get back total or partial devolution of the security deposit.
Utilities and other service (water, gas, electricity, etc.) - cancel all services you were subscribed to and notify your bank. Do not leave debts or bills unpaid. You may be blacklisted on an international debtor registry, which will affect your credit record.
Health insurance – (If registered with the national health system) inform the local health office (Azienda sanitaria) that you are moving; If you have taken out a private health insurance, remember to cancel it. Before moving it advisable to take out a travel health insurance.
Resident permit/Registry office - permit of stay should be handed in at the Police border control; cancel your registration at the local Registry office at local townhall.
Banking - cancel bank/post accounts and any payment methods you used while in Italy.
Schooling – if you are travelling with kids, ask for certificates and titles for your children to school.
Pension – obtain a pension statement (estratto conto contributivo) about your contributions to INPS before moving check that the information is correct.
Driving license – remember to notify at the local Motorizzazione civile your departure if you have exchanged (conversione) your driving licence or your driving licence has been recognised (riconoscimento) in Italy.