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Relocation to Slovakia
Relocation can be a unique and one-time experience, but it comes with many challenges and questions, even when it comes to a comfortable and inviting country like Slovakia. There are several important things to consider before moving to Slovakia.
Here are the areas to take into account when relocating to Slovakia:
Monthly budget – Slovakia is considered a relatively cheap country compared to other countries in Europe. The monthly expenses for a family of three or four people are around 800-1000 euros, not including rent. Rent for a three-room apartment in a reasonable location is 500-1000 euros. In terms of salaries, the minimum wage is 650 euros, and the average salary is 1100 euros.
Healthcare – Every foreigner in Slovakia is required to purchase health insurance. Therefore, before the move, make sure to check what health insurance you will need or if it is provided by your employer in Slovakia, if the relocation is related to a specific job.
Also, make sure to know what happens in case you need treatment, whether you will be treated there or in Israel, and what happens in exceptional situations such as pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, it is important to know that every hospitalization in Slovakia requires contacting your insurance company and keeping track of everything.
Power of attorney – If you own property in Israel, even if you want to sell it or just rent it out, it is advisable to hire the services of a professional who can manage it remotely for you. This professional will come to your property from time to time with your approval to check its condition and inform you. This move may cost you some money, but it will save you a lot of headaches and real damage options.
Getting to know the place – In order to create an easier and simpler adjustment, it is recommended that one or both spouses physically visit the place before the move. A preliminary tour will allow you to get to know the environment you want to live in, search for apartments, and even get to know the way to the neighborhood grocery store. In addition, you can visit your children’s schools and kindergartens and take care of some of the bureaucratic tasks you will have.
Plan in advance how you will get around – Public transportation in Slovakia is well-organized and includes buses, trams, and bike paths for urban travel, as well as high-speed and regular trains for intercity travel. However, unlike several European countries, there is no subway in Slovakia. To travel on public transportation, you can purchase a variety of ticket types – from a single-use ticket to a daily or monthly pass at affordable prices. Additionally, if you want to rent a car, you will need to bring your international driver’s license, passport, credit card, and insurance.
What is important in relocation with children?
When it comes to relocating with children, consider what will make the transition easier for them and don’t be afraid to deviate from the norm. For example, some may argue that it’s better to finish the school year in your home country and start fresh in the new school year. However, others may suggest that it’s better to move in the middle of the school year or towards the end, so that your children have a few months to acclimate to their new class and begin the following school year with confidence and familiarity.
It’s possible that your children may not be thrilled about the move because they didn’t have a say in the decision. Allow them to miss their old home and be attentive to how they feel. They may quickly adapt and have fun, making the issue of homesickness less critical.
Social networks – How to find a community and support for relocation
It’s recommended that you join groups related to the country you’re moving to as early as possible, where you can read and get tips from people who have been living there for some time, starting with which area of residence is preferred, recommended educational institutions, and even reliable car rental companies. Additionally, you can ask any questions you have and receive diverse answers from several people.