Never get discouraged by procedures, rules and laws when planning to move abroad. A new country means a whole new structure of formalities. So next to cancelling your electricity contract, newspaper and sportclub, you should take some more things in consideration. Probably this sounds more logical than in fact it is. Did you think about your marital status, for instance? A marriage certificate doesn't seem to be EU-proof (yet). Me and my husband turned out to be 'single' as soon as we landed on Portugese ground, very much to our suprise.
House owner without house
Perhaps this new status doesn't seem that much of a problem to you, or even creates new perspectives ;-) But in our case in fact it didn't work out that well, since we bought a house. My mr.P signed all papers, as I was still waiting for a fiscal number and therefore not authorised yet to sign too. No problem, because we're married. At least, as far as we knew. But while signing the official transaction of the house, my 'hubby' turned out to be registered as happy single in Portugal. Although that certainly could have been a good reason for a (constructive) argue, we decided to get ourselves informed by the Portugese embassy in The Hague. Married in Holland, our marriage certificate should've been registered (and paid!) again in Portugual. But not before being translated (and paid!) and reviewed by a lawyer (and paid!) in case of special agreements. Because whatever you might have agreed with your husband or wife, new laws from your new homecountry might change the signification of your agreements. In my case that would've turned me into a house-owner without a house.
Something about the car
And then there is 'something about the car' that you should be informed about. We did miss the boat a little bit there, although we informed ourselves well about import rules we 'forgot' to take a closer (or better) look to road-taxes and the toll-system. For those who would like to know more about this in specific, I wrote a seperate blog article about this subject. We turned out to be stucked to two rather expensive cars, for the next five years. We wished that we would've known before importing both cars, which problably would have made us decide to sell them in Holland, safing us time and money importing and a little frustration with every payment on toll-roads and anual road-tax.
So, after an exchaustive journey with Dutch car-papers, marriage certificate and agreements, translations and a ton of patience with slowly (or better, extremely slowly) working institutions, we're being registered with our happy marriage and two legalised cars. Hallélujah!
EU for You!
And then.....out of the blue....we received a French fine at home. A fine for exceeding eight (eight!!) kilometers per hour. Daredevils. This thoughtful French fine traveled straight to our Dutch address. How great is that, thanks to Europe United. That's what I would call the fun part. Fines crossing invisible borders and marriage certificates with invisible limitations. As I said, never get discouraged by rules and laws, when moving abroad. But be warned ;-)