Top 5 things to consider when planning your move to Cyprus

So, you’ve decided to move from the UK to Cyprus. This is an exciting time in your life, but there are also probably a million questions flying through your mind. 

In this blog we look at the top 5 things to consider when you are planning your move to Cyprus. 


1 Packing your belongings

Packing - move to Cyprus

You’ll likely be thinking about what you will bring with you to your new home abroad. Will you down-size your possessions or bring everything? And what will the cost implications of that be? Of course, the more you bring, the more space you will need on a shipping crate and therefore the higher the cost.

There is also the matter of HOW you will pack your belongings ready for shipping. 

There are three main methods to choose from:

  • Outsource completely – opt for professional packing of all of your goods
  • DIY – pack all of your goods yourself
  • Combination – your shipping company partly packs your belongings e.g. your large furniture and high-value items 

Of course, your decision will depend on your personal preference and budget. There will be different price points for professional and part-packing compared to packing by yourself. 

Your choice will also have insurance implications – see details under ‘Insurance’ below. 


2 Timing your move to Cyprus

A key consideration is your timeline. Do you have a move-in date for your new home in Cyprus that you’re working backwards from? Perhaps you have a move-out date from your home in the UK that you’re working forwards from. 

Either way, you’re going to want to know how long your shipping will take, align that with your own travel and know what your restrictions and flexibility look like. 

In order to plan for this, you’re going to want to know how long your shipping is going to take. This will depend on whether you use air freight or ocean shipping.

Shipping method Time
Air freight A few days
Shipping by water 6-8 weeks


Peter Morton Removals Support - move to Cyprus3 Managing paperwork

As you can imagine, there will be some paperwork to handle as part of your move to Cyprus. This has been made slightly more complex by Brexit.

However, your removals and shipping supplier will be able to talk you through all aspects of required paperwork to do with your move. 


4 Insurance for your move to Cyprus

We strongly recommend that you take out Marine Insurance to cover you for door to door movement of your consignment. Remember some parts of the process are beyond your shipping company’s direct control, such as the container movement & shipping time.

What impacts the insurance cost of moving to Cyprus?

  • How your belongings are packed 
  • The value of goods
  • Where you are shipping to

If you pack everything by yourself, you can secure insurance for total loss, this includes if the ship sinks or your possessions go overboard. However, if your goods are professionally packed, they can be insured not only for total loss, but also for damage. 

Shipments to destinations outside of the EU will require tailored insurance quotations. 


5 Storage when you arrive

There may well be a short time period, after your consignment has arrived in Cyprus, that you require your belongings to be stored securely, before you can move into your new home. 

bar member certificate - move to CyprusReasons to store your goods:

  • Temporary domestic storage of incoming or outgoing shipments.
  • For a ‘stop gap’ during the local move process.
  • If you are renovating, building or decorating and need to store items to create space.
  • When moving into rented accommodation prior to purchasing a new home.
  • If you are working from home and require convenient storage of documents and items.

In any of these cases, you’re going to want a secure, BAR approved storage location that you have the ability to access whenever you need to. 

If you’re planning a move from the UK to Cyprus and would like some advice thinking any of these things through, we would be happy to have a free no-obligation call with you to assist you.


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