Thompson & Son Removals

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Specialist in removals to Germany

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

When you are planning on moving from UK to Germany, you don’t just need a German Removals Company. Instead, you want a company with the specialised local knowledge and experience to get you from your old hometown to the new. That’s where Thompson & Son comes in. As a family-owned business with 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 every move is unique, which is why we tailor our services to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re moving a few boxes or an entire household, our dedicated team of experts will ensure that your possessions are handled with care and arrive safely at your new home in Germany.

Before your move to Germany 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 move. 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 best 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 peace of mind knowing that your possessions are in safe hands.

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One of the most daunting aspects of moving from UK to Germany 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 in Germany, 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-shared and Groupage-shared options

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

Direct-Shared Move

Direct move

This is a service that generally means we come and pack your belongings and then head straight to the boat and directly to your new property on your chosen dates. This option is ideal for those who require a faster and more personalised service, as it ensures that your possessions are transported directly to your new home without any delays.

Groupage-Shared move

This is generally chosen for a number of reasons; it could be that your consignment is not a full house, or you are in no particular rush for delivery. These loads are grouped together with other customers’ belongings, and this reflects in the costs being lower. The Groupage-Shared move is a cost-effective option for those who are flexible with their moving schedule and want to save on their relocation expenses.

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Preparing The Necessary Paperwork for Moving to Germany

Relocating to a new country requires a thorough preparation of paperwork and understanding of regulations, especially for UK citizens in the post-Brexit era. If you’re planning to move to Germany, the documentation and processes involved may vary based on several factors. Here’s an in-depth guide to the documents and steps you’re likely to need:

  1. Passport and Visas: Ensure your passport is valid for a considerable time. For your move to Germany, depending on how long you plan to stay, you may need a visa or a residence permit. Further information on this is provided below.
  2. Work Permit: A move to Germany for employment purposes necessitates a work permit. It is your employer’s duty to apply for this permit and ensure all conditions are met.
  3. Residence Registration: Following your move to Germany, it’s mandatory to register your residence at the local Residents’ Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt or Bürgeramt) within a specific period.
  4. Health Insurance: Proof of health insurance is essential in Germany, as access to the state healthcare system requires it, and healthcare is not automatically available to all residents.
  5. Driving Licence: Your UK driving licence is acknowledged in Germany for a set period. If your UK licence is nearing its expiry, you will need to exchange it for a German driving licence.
  6. Customs Forms: Transporting personal belongings or vehicles into Germany may necessitate customs declarations and potentially incur import taxes. We will manage all the necessary customs paperwork for the items we transport, facilitating a smooth transition to Germany.
  7. Bank Statements and Proof of Income: Demonstrating financial stability through bank statements and proof of income is often required to rent property or access certain services in Germany.
  8. Tax Documents: Inform the UK HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your relocation and get acquainted with your tax obligations in Germany. Becoming a permanent resident implicates the requirement to pay income tax on worldwide income in Germany.
  9. Birth and Marriage Certificates: Various administrative procedures, including visa applications and registration processes, might necessitate officially translated versions of these documents.
  10. Pet Documentation: When planning to move to Germany with pets, ensure you have their EU pet passport or animal health certificate, vaccination records up to date, and any necessary microchip information.

Visas For Germany

If you’re planning to move to Germany from the UK, especially considering post-Brexit regulations, the visa requirements differ based on the duration and purpose of your stay. Here’s a specific breakdown tailored to those looking to move to Germany:

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 Germany for brief periods relatively straightforward for UK citizens.

For Longer Stays or Residency

If your plans to move to Germany encompass living, working, or studying there for more than 90 days, you will likely need to apply for a long-stay visa, which may also serve as a residence permit. It’s essential to apply before departing from the UK.

Types of Visas for Long-term Stay

  • Work Visa: If you’ve secured employment in Germany, both you and your employer must 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 a German 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 Germany, you may be eligible for a family reunion visa.
  • Job Seeker Visa: For those wishing to move to Germany to look for employment, the job seeker visa allows you to stay in the country for up to six months to find a job.

Application Process

  • First Step: Initiate your application online through the official German visa application portal, then arrange an appointment at the German consulate or visa application centre in the UK.
  • Documentation: Compile necessary documents, including proof of accommodation in Germany, financial means, health insurance, and the reason for your stay.
  • Consideration Period: Visa processing times can vary, so applying well in advance of your planned move to Germany is recommended.

Post-Brexit Considerations Brexit has reclassified UK nationals as third-country nationals within the EU, modifying the process for those aiming to move to Germany to more closely align with that for other non-EU countries. Staying informed with the latest information from official sources such as the German Consulate or Embassy in the UK is crucial, as immigration policies may change. For individuals with specific circumstances or seeking detailed advice on their move to Germany, consulting an immigration lawyer or relocation specialist is highly advisable for bespoke guidance and support.

Why Choose Us?

As a Germany 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 Germany 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-shared 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.