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Moving abroad during a pandemic

Most of our clients are recruiting candidates from abroad even in these difficult times and we have many new clients since beginning of this year when the uncertain Covid 19 time started. My colleague Enida and I moved to Spain in the end of August to work from our new office and I would like to share some important information regarding moving and working abroad during a pandemic.There are a few things you should keep in mind when you take the step to move abroad at this time. You should first of all make sure to get the European Health Insurance Card if you are a European citizen. This insurance card is free and is easy to get if you do not already have it. You can get more information about how to apply for it here: the official page of the European Commission.

With this card you have access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. In addition, many of our clients offer a private health insurance through the company you are working for.

Another thing that is important is to search information about the current status of the country you are moving to and what is required from you before you enter the country. In some cases you will need to take a Covid test when you arrive at the airport and in other cases you need to be in quarantine when you arrive. We can give you more information about this depending on your situation.

When I moved to Spain I had to get used to always wear the face mask in the supermarket, in public transportation as well as on the street. I can still go to restaurants, cafes and go shopping so working and living abroad is not a huge difference from before, you just need to be careful and follow the guidelines from the government in the country you are staying in.

To sum up, you do not need to be afraid of moving abroad to work, just get the information you need and make sure you are careful and follow the guidelines given.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we are happy to help!

Maja Andersson - International Recruiter - Malaga
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