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When you have reached the end of your time as an expat it is time to follow similar steps to "Before the Departure" and close down your household. You will need to give your notice at your current position, change information at your bank or change banks entirely, end the lease if you are renting, and sell your house if applicable.

Note that ending your lease early will usually result in a penalty so try to time your departure so that it coincides with the end of your contract. If selling your house, employ an estate agent and start early as selling a house can be a very slow process. Make sure to cancel your utilities upon leaving your residence.

Contact your consulate to find out details about your countries recommended procedures on issues such as pensions and unemployment.

Take the time to make some lists. Have you seen everything, experienced everything and purchased everything that you wanted too in Bangkok? Make sure you arrange to say goodbye to all of your new friends and share info on the Thailand forum with other future expats.

Prepare New Home

In tandem with shutting down your foreign house, you need to prepare your next location. This possibly includes finding work, searching for a new apartment or house, or preparing your house to be re-occupied. A visa may be necessary depending on your status, research and start the process well in advance. If moving with a pet, check with the country you are bringing the animal into and follow similar steps to when you entered the country. If you have children, you will need to find the right school and arrange for their records to be transferred. Use the EasyExpat City Guide to prepare for your move.

The peculiarities of repatriating are explored in the article, "The Art and Science of Repatriation". Best of luck in your move abroad!


Related article: Preparing for your move

Update 15/09/2013


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