Thompson & Son Removals

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Specialist in removals to Italy

Moving from UK to Italy with Thompson & Son - The European Specialist

When you’re planning on moving from UK to Italy, you don’t just need any removals company. Instead, you want a company with specialised local knowledge and experience to navigate you from your old hometown to your new life in Italy. That’s precisely where Thompson & Son comes into the picture. As a family-owned business boasting over 60 years of experience in the removals industry, we pride ourselves on delivering a warm, personalised, and professional service that takes the stress out of moving.

At Thompson & Son, we understand that the needs of everyone moving from UK to Italy has unique needs, which is why we tailor our services to meet your specific requirements. Whether you’re moving a few boxes or an entire household, our dedicated team of experts will ensure that your possessions are handled with the utmost care and arrive safely at your new home in Italy.

Before your moving to Italy journey can begin, you’ll need an assessment of the items you plan to transport. At Thompson & Son, we offer both in-person and video surveys to provide you with an accurate quote for your Italy removals. Our experienced surveyors will visit your home or connect with you via video call to assess the volume of your belongings, identify any special requirements, and discuss your preferred moving date.

During the survey, we’ll assess and discuss your packing requirements, whether you’d like us to take care of the entire process or if you prefer to pack some items yourself. Our team of highly trained packers use the finest materials and techniques to ensure that your belongings are protected during transit. We also offer custom crating for fragile or high-value items, giving you the peace of mind that your possessions are in safe hands.

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One of the most daunting aspects of moving from the UK to Italy is dealing with the paperwork and customs requirements. At Thompson & Son, our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process and ensure that all necessary documentation is completed accurately and on time. As a reputable moving company specialising in Italy removals, we’ll help you navigate the complexities of international moving regulations, so you can focus on settling into your new home.

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Storage Solutions

Sometimes, life doesn’t go according to plan, and you may need to store your belongings temporarily before or after your move. Thompson & Son offers flexible storage solutions, including storage in transit, to accommodate your needs. Our secure, climate-controlled facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, ensuring that your possessions are safe and well-protected until you’re ready to receive them.

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Direct and Groupage-shared options

When moving to Italy with Thompson & Son, you have two convenient options to choose from, depending on your specific needs and budget: Direct move and Groupage-shared move.

Direct-Shared Move

Direct move

This service typically involves us coming to pack your belongings and then heading straight to the transportation mode, ensuring a direct journey to your new property in Italy on your chosen dates. This option is ideal for those requiring a faster and more personalised service, as it guarantees that your possessions are transported directly to your new home without any delays.

The Direct Move service is often chosen for various reasons; it could be that your consignment does not encompass a full household’s worth of items, or perhaps you’re aiming for a quick delivery to Italy. This bespoke service ensures that your move is handled with the utmost priority and efficiency, making it perfect for those looking to streamline their relocation process.

Groupage-Shared move

On the other hand, the Groupage-Shared move is generally selected for several reasons; it might be because your consignment is smaller, or you are not in a particular hurry for delivery. These loads are consolidated with other customers’ belongings, which is reflected in the lower costs. The Groupage-Shared move is a cost-effective option for those who are flexible with their moving schedule and are looking to economise on their relocation expenses to Italy. This service leverages the efficiency of shared resources, offering a more affordable solution without compromising the quality and care of your move.

Groupage-Shared Move

Preparing The Necessary Paperwork for Moving to Italy

Relocating to a new country requires meticulous preparation of paperwork and a comprehensive understanding of local regulations, particularly for UK citizens in the post-Brexit era. If you’re planning to move to Italy, the documentation and processes involved may vary depending on several factors. Here’s a detailed guide to the documents and steps you’re likely to need:

  • Passport and Visas: Ensure your passport is valid for a considerable period. For your move to Italy, depending on the duration of your stay, you might need a visa or a residence permit. Italy has specific requirements for different types of stays, from short visits to long-term residency. More information on this below.
  • Work Permit: If your move to Italy is for employment purposes, a work permit might be necessary. It’s typically the employer’s responsibility to apply for this permit on your behalf, ensuring all conditions are met for your employment.
  • Residence Registration: After relocating to Italy, registering your residence at the local registry office is mandatory within a certain timeframe. This process is crucial for accessing various services and benefits in Italy.
  • Health Insurance: Proof of health insurance is vital in Italy. Access to the state healthcare system is contingent upon insurance, which isn’t automatically provided to all residents. It’s essential to arrange for health coverage before your move.
  • Driving Licence: Your UK driving licence is recognized in Italy for a limited period. If your licence is close to expiry, or you plan to stay in Italy longer, you’ll need to exchange it for an Italian driving licence.
  • Customs Forms: Moving personal belongings or vehicles to Italy may require customs declarations and could incur import taxes. We will handle all necessary customs paperwork for the items we transport, ensuring a seamless transition to Italy.
  • Bank Statements and Proof of Income: Demonstrating financial stability with bank statements and proof of income is often necessary for renting property or accessing certain services in Italy.
  • Tax Documents: Notify the UK HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your move and familiarize yourself with your tax obligations in Italy. Becoming a resident may affect your requirement to pay income tax on worldwide income in Italy.
  • Birth and Marriage Certificates: For various administrative procedures, including visa applications and registration processes, you might need officially translated versions of these documents.
  • Pet Documentation: Moving to Italy with pets requires specific documentation, including an EU pet passport or animal health certificate, up-to-date vaccination records, and microchip information if applicable.

This guide aims to simplify your preparation process, but it’s always advisable to check the latest regulations as they can change.

Visas For Italy

If you’re planning to move to Italy from the UK, especially in light of post-Brexit regulations, the visa requirements will vary depending on the duration and purpose of your stay. Here’s a detailed breakdown tailored for those looking to relocate to Italy:

For Stays Up to 90 Days

For short-term visits up to 90 days within any 180-day period, UK nationals do not require a visa for tourist, family, or business visits, thanks to a visa exemption agreement between the EU and the UK. This makes a move to Italy for brief periods quite straightforward for UK citizens.

For Longer Stays or Residency

If your plans to move to Italy involve living, working, or studying there for more than 90 days, you will likely need to apply for a long-stay visa, which can also serve as a residence permit. It’s crucial to apply before leaving the UK.

Types of Visas for Long-term Stay

  • Work Visa: If you’ve secured employment in Italy, you and your employer will need to navigate the work permit process before you can apply for the relevant visa.
  • Student Visa: For academic pursuits lasting more than 90 days, securing a spot at an Italian institution is necessary before applying for a student visa.
  • Family Reunion Visa: If you’re joining a family member who is a resident or citizen of Italy, you may be eligible for a family reunion visa.
  • Elective Residency Visa: For those wishing to move to Italy without working, such as retirees who can prove sufficient income, the elective residency visa may be an option.

Application Process

  • First Step: Initiate your application online through the official Italian visa application portal, then book an appointment at the Italian consulate or visa application centre in the UK.
  • Documentation: Gather necessary documents, including proof of accommodation in Italy, financial means, health insurance, and the reason for your stay.
  • Consideration Period: Visa processing times can vary, so it’s recommended to apply well in advance of your planned move to Italy.

Post-Brexit Considerations

Brexit has reclassified UK nationals as third-country nationals within the EU, modifying the process for those aiming to move to Italy to align more closely with that for other non-EU countries. Keeping up to date with the latest information from official sources such as the Italian Consulate or Embassy in the UK is essential, as immigration policies may change.

For individuals with specific circumstances or seeking detailed advice on their move to Italy, consulting with an immigration lawyer or relocation specialist is highly advisable for customised guidance and support.

Why Choose Us?

As a Italy Moving Company Specialist, Thompson & Son offers numerous reasons to choose us for your European move:

  1. Over 60 years of experience in the removals industry
  2. Family-owned business providing warm, personalised service
  3. Tailored solutions to meet your specific needs and budget
  4. Highly trained and professional packing team
  5. Assistance with paperwork and customs requirements
  6. Secure, climate-controlled storage facilities
  7. Direct-shared and Groupage-shared moving options
  8. Free, no-obligation quotes

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Moving to Italy doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. With Thompson & Son, you can enjoy a smooth and stress-free relocation, knowing that your belongings are in safe hands. Whether you opt for our Direct or Groupage-shared services, our experienced team is committed to providing exceptional service and support throughout your move. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and let Thompson & Son take care of the rest.