Thompson & Son Removals

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Specialist in removals to Poland

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

When planning on moving from the UK to Poland, you don’t merely require a Polish removals company. Instead, you necessitate a company endowed with specialised local knowledge and experience to transition you from your former hometown to the new. This is where Thompson & Son enters the picture. As a family-owned enterprise boasting over 60 years of experience in the removals industry, we take immense pride in delivering a warm, personalised, and professional service designed to alleviate the stress of moving.

At Thompson & Son, we recognise the uniqueness of each move, which is why we customise our services to meet your specific requisites. Whether you’re transporting a few boxes or an entire household, our dedicated team of experts will ensure that your possessions are treated with the utmost care and arrive safely at your new abode in Poland.

Before initiating your move to Poland, an assessment of the items you plan to transport is essential. We offer both in-person and video surveys at Thompson & Son to furnish you with an accurate quote for your move. Our experienced surveyors will either visit your home or connect with you via video call to evaluate the volume of your belongings, pinpoint any special requirements, and discuss your preferred moving date.

During the survey, we will ascertain and converse about your packing needs, whether you desire us to manage the entire process or if you prefer to pack some items yourself. Our team of highly trained packers employs the finest materials and techniques to guarantee that your belongings are safeguarded during transit. We also proffer custom crating for fragile or high-value items, ensuring your peace of mind, knowing your possessions are in secure hands.

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One of the most intimidating facets of moving from the UK to Poland is navigating the paperwork and customs requirements. At Thompson & Son, our knowledgeable staff will steer you through this process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is completed accurately and promptly. As a reputable moving company in Poland, we will aid you in manoeuvring through the complexities of international moving regulations, allowing you to concentrate on settling into your new home.

With over 785,000 British citizens living in the EU, if you’ve decided to join their ranks by moving to Poland, let Thompson & Son be your choice for a seamless and efficient moving experience.

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 options

When moving to Poland 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

Direct-shared transportation is typically chosen for various reasons; it might be that your consignment does not constitute a full house, or perhaps you are not in any particular hurry for delivery. These loads are amalgamated with other customers’ belongings, which is mirrored in the costs being more economical. The Groupage-Shared Move is a cost-efficient choice for those who are adaptable with their moving schedule and are looking to economise on their relocation expenses. This method allows you to benefit from the same high-quality service and expertise we offer, while also providing a more budget-friendly alternative.

Groupage (Shared) move

For those seeking a more cost-effective solution for moving to Poland, our Groupage Shipping service is an excellent choice. This option is perfect for clients whose consignment does not fill an entire moving truck or those who are flexible with their delivery schedule. Groupage Shipping consolidates your belongings with those of other customers moving to the same destination. This shared approach allows us to offer lower costs by distributing the transport expenses across multiple clients. Although this option may result in a longer delivery time compared to Direct Shipping, it represents a highly economical and environmentally friendly choice, making it ideal for individuals looking to reduce their relocation expenses without compromising on service quality. Groupage Shipping exemplifies our commitment to providing versatile and budget-conscious moving solutions for our clients.

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Preparing The Necessary Paperwork for Moving to Poland

Moving to a new country necessitates a comprehensive preparation of paperwork and a full understanding of regulations, especially for UK citizens in the post-Brexit era. If you’re planning to move to Poland, 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 for Poland:

  1. Passport and Visas: Ensure your passport is valid for a considerable time beyond your planned stay. For your move to Poland, depending on the duration of your stay, you may need a visa or a temporary residence permit. Poland is part of the Schengen Area, and UK citizens can stay visa-free for up to 90 days in any 180-day period for tourism or business. Stays beyond this duration will require appropriate visas or residence permits.
  2. Work Permit: If your move to Poland is for employment, you will likely need a work permit unless you qualify for an exemption. It is usually your employer’s responsibility to apply for this permit on your behalf before you commence your employment in Poland.
  3. Residence Registration: Upon your arrival and decision to stay in Poland, it’s mandatory to register your residence at the local Voivodeship Office if your stay will exceed 30 days. This registration is also a prerequisite for applying for a temporary residence permit if your stay extends beyond the visa-free period.
  4. Health Insurance: Proof of health insurance is crucial in Poland. All residents must have health insurance coverage to access the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ) services. As a UK citizen, you may be eligible to apply for a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or its replacement, the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), for temporary stays. However, if you’re moving permanently or working in Poland, you should enrol in the state health insurance system or obtain private health insurance.
  5. Driving Licence: Your UK driving licence is recognised in Poland. However, if you become a resident, it’s advisable to exchange your UK licence for a Polish one within the first few months of your residency. This process requires a medical check-up and sometimes a driving test.
  6. Customs Forms: Moving personal belongings or vehicles to Poland may require customs declarations, particularly if you’re importing items from outside the EU. Thompson & Son will manage all the necessary customs paperwork for the items we transport, facilitating a smooth transition to Poland.
  7. Bank Statements and Proof of Income: For various administrative procedures, such as renting accommodation, you may need to demonstrate financial stability through bank statements and proof of income.
  8. Tax Documents: Notify HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your move to Poland and acquaint yourself with your new tax obligations. Becoming a resident in Poland means you will be taxed on your worldwide income there.
  9. Birth and Marriage Certificates: Some administrative processes, including applying for residence permits, may require your birth and marriage certificates. It’s advisable to have these documents translated into Polish by a sworn translator.
  10. Pet Documentation: Moving to Poland with pets means ensuring you have an EU pet passport (for pets coming from EU countries) or a valid animal health certificate, alongside up-to-date vaccination records and microchip information complying with EU regulations.

Visas For Poland

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

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 moving to Poland for brief periods relatively straightforward for UK citizens.

For Longer Stays or Residency

If your plans to move to Poland include living, working, or studying there for more than 90 days, you will likely need to apply for a national visa (D-type visa), which may also serve as a temporary residence permit. It’s essential to apply before leaving the UK.

Types of Visas for Long-term Stay

  • Work Visa: If you’ve secured employment in Poland, you must obtain a work permit before applying for the relevant visa. This process is typically initiated by your employer in Poland.
  • Student Visa: For academic pursuits lasting more than 90 days, securing a spot at a Polish 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 Poland, you may be eligible for a family reunion visa.
  • Job Seeker Visa: Poland may not offer a specific job seeker visa similar to Germany‘s. Instead, individuals wishing to move to Poland to look for employment would need to explore other visa options or enter under the 90-day visa-free regime to seek employment, followed by applying for a work permit and visa as required.

Application Process

  • First Step: Initiate your application through the nearest Polish consulate or embassy. Online application procedures may vary, so it’s advisable to check the specific requirements with the Polish consulate.
  • Documentation: Compile necessary documents, including proof of accommodation in Poland, 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 is recommended.

Post-Brexit Considerations

Brexit has reclassified UK nationals as third-country nationals within the EU, altering the process for those aiming to move to Poland to more closely align with that for other non-EU countries. Staying updated with the latest information from official sources, such as the Polish 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 Poland, consulting an immigration lawyer or relocation specialist is highly advisable for bespoke guidance and support.

Why Choose Us?

As a Poland 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 Poland 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.