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Moving to Germany

You are all set to start the big move but have no idea where you start. There are so many things to take into consideration
You need to find a place to live, compare the cost of living, decide what to do with your belongings, and even what clothes to bring along. 
We created a page with tidbits of information we think will help in your journey. 

Good to know

Your Visas are approved, your paperwork is finalised and you are ready to start planning the big move. This can be a very stressful time, and we hope the information we provide here helps to ease the process.

Documents to bring to Germany

The documents you will need in Germany will depend on your type of visa, your family situation, the company you work for, the schools or

We created a list of documents we think you need to bring with you to Germany, as well as a checklist to make sure you remember to cancel your Television licence and update your insurance policies

The sleeping arrangements in Germany is a bit different from that in South Africa. The bedding sizes are also different. Plan accordingly and don’t bring bedding with you that will not fit on the beds.
Make sure you know what you are allowed to bring into Germany. 
We also have a page about importing a used vehicle. Our advice is only do this if you really really cannot part with your beloved vehicle.

We also have a list of Shipping and relocation companies that was suggested by members that used them.

What can I bring into Germany

It is very tempting to bring some South African goodies with you when you travel to Germany, and while most items are allowed, there are Restrictions.

Beds, Mattresses and Duvets

The sleeping arrangements in Germany is a bit different from what we are used to in South Africa. The average German couple sleeps on a

Import a used vehicle to Germany

The following information was shared to us by someone who went through this process. What documents do you need Proof of ownership – Proof of


Dangerous (Banned) Dogs Some dog breeds are banned in Germany. There are additional rules for individual states.  Up-to-date information can be found on the Zoll

Your furbabies will hopefully come with you. The information on this page will help you smooth their journey to their new home

It helps to start learning German as soon as you can. You can find a collection of tips, rules and suggestions for apps, or schools on our Learning German page

Learning German

There are several approaches to learn German, all of which can help you achieve your language learning goals. You can opt for convenient online sites

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