Tips from Perth’s leading international removalists

After a quiet couple of years, we’re seeing renewed interest in our international removalist solutions.

As Perth’s trusted international removalists, it’s our job to help families and eager explorers relocate to foreign lands.

But the world has changed a little bit. 

So in this guide, we’ll outline what it’s like to move overseas from Perth in 2022/2023, including some things you might not have considered.

Planning for an international move in 2022 and 2023

Moving overseas is one of life’s most exciting adventures.

Whether you’re chasing the American dream, hopping across the pond to England or seeking a cultural immersion in Europe, there’s a lot to look forward to.

Before you get there, though, you need to take care of a few things.

Here are the top 10 tasks to put on your international moving checklist:

  1. Apply for the correct visa
  2. Obtain important documents (and copies)
  3. Gradually downsize by selling or storing excess belongings
  4. Plan your packing before beginning
  5. Cancel subscriptions
  6. Redirect mail
  7. Book an international removalist early
  8. Take out transit insurance
  9. Create a personalised moving plan
  10. Make arrangements for pets

With enough preparation and the right Perth removalist on your team, moving overseas can be an exciting and stress-free experience. 

Book international removalists early

Although global supply chains have been in the news recently (not always positively), we’re making every effort to keep things moving smoothly.

We recommend contacting removalists in Perth at least 12 weeks ahead of your planned move date.

This gives you plenty of time to:

  • Source quotes
  • Assess the removalists’ global moving network
  • Check reviews and credentials
  • Work with the removalist on 
  • Take out transit insurance

Twelve weeks also gives you enough time to decide what to do with excess furniture.

Ship, sell or put in storage? The decision takes time.

Organise documents

International borders tend to be stricter nowadays.

Make sure to check which documents you need on arrival at least 4 weeks in advance.

If you need to source or update vaccination records, organise an AFP clearance or apply for new identification, you may need even longer.

Other documents that are often handy to have include:

  • Bank statements
  • Passport and driver’s licence photocopies
  • Ticket confirmations
  • Vaccination certificates

If you are landing in a non-English speaking country, you may need to provide translated documents.


Australian passport holders enjoy many privileges, including visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 185 countries.

But that doesn’t mean we can stay indefinitely.

Make sure you apply for the correct visa for work, travel or study with enough time to allow for the backlog of applications that have built up in recent years.

Have we forgotten anything?

You know the feeling: the plane is taking off, but your stomach is sinking. You’ve forgotten something.

Your toothbrush? No problem, you can buy a new one when you land.

Your credit card? That’s a different story.

In the excitement of packing your life to move overseas, it’s easy to misplace something you’ll need when you land or forget to book a storage container.

Get organised early to avoid last-minute stress. 

We’re here to help. KEYS The Moving Solution is a trusted international removalist with over 25 years of experience, a reliable global moving network and low-cost storage solutions.

With our support (and your own good planning), you can start your overseas adventure in the right way.

removalist perth | KEYS