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Relocating for a job can be a difficult process at any normal times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has not made it any easier.
Is moving overseas during COVID-19 smart? Well, there is no reasons why you should not move if you got your dream job in Luxembourg, the work permits are still processed in 6-8 weeks and you are entitled to travel when your get your temporary authorisation to work. Just make sure to check the latest travel requirements with the local Luxembourg Embassy as in some cases you might need a letter from them allowing you to travel even if you don’t need a visa.
Since January a PCR test of less than 72 hours is required before you fly to Luxembourg.
Looking for a new accommodation in Luxembourg is a stressful and time-consuming process in normal times. With travel restrictions right now, you might not be able to come and see the property in person before selecting it. A stressful situation for some people.
Here are some tips:
Start planning early
Have a look at the cost of living and especially the renting costs
Make a list of important things you want to have for your new home as well as the location (close to the school, the office or the shops, city or countryside, ….)
As your company policy during COVID might be to work from home, you might need to look at a bigger accommodation to allow enough space to set up an office at home.
Ask people on Facebook Groups like “Expats in Luxembourg” or on some dedicated forums if they have neighbourhood recommendations. • Use Google Street View to virtually tour the neighbourhood
Request a video tour of the property with the estate agent or relocation company. It can be pre-recorded, but I suggest that you do it online via WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype. Don’t hesitate to ask questions during the online visit.
Even if there is a pandemic, don’t try to over negotiate the rent as there is still more demand than offer and most of the times the landlord has several proposals, and he will most probably choose the tenant that will accept the requested price.
Just before your move to Luxembourg, don’t forget to:
Look at food delivery options in case you need to be quarantined because you tested positive upon your arrival. You could also ask one of your future colleagues to do some food shopping.
Set up an appointment with your provider to install internet, TV and phone as it takes longer than usual to have an appointment. Some of them like POST offer the option of a free mobile internet box while you are waiting for the installation date.
Check with the schools what online system they use and test it before you move.
Look for an English-speaking doctor (you can have a look on www.doctena.lu) and the nearest hospital
For more information on relocation services that could help you to smoothly settle in Luxembourg: https://www.luxrelo.lu/our-services