Moving Back To The UK?

Moving Back To The UK

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
17th December 2014 (Last updated on Monday 21st August 2017)

As Dorothy famously said in The Wizard of Oz “there's no place like home” and may British expats are starting to realise this and move home.

Whether this is because they've run out of money, are getting older or simply miss family and friends, packing up and moving internationally again can be scary (even if it is the right thing for you).

But not to worry, we have you sorted. We offer free quotes from international removals companies, and here are a few things you should consider before jumping on that plane.

No one likes the tax man, but getting your affairs sorted as soon as you return to the UK can save you a lot of hassle in the future.

When moving back to the UK after an extended period of absence, you will have to fill out a lot of paperwork in order to start paying tax again. These forms of course will depend on the type of work you are returning too, and even if you are not intending to work, you must still contact HMRC.

It is likely that you will also be asked to take a Statutory Residence Test (SRC). This is a simple quiz to analyse your residence status for tax purposes. This can be done online here.


As well as sorting out your tax allowances and payments there are a number of other financial elements that will need sorting;

  • Get in contact with the Department for Work and Pensions. They will be able to inform you of your possibilities in transferring your pension back to the UK, as well as if you are entitled to any benefits.
  • Also ring the HM Revenue and Customs National Insurance Contributions Office to obtain your National Insurance number and how much your contributions should be.


Here in the UK we are very lucky to have a public health service, but did you know that if you are not a permanent resident you may have to pay for treatment?

Before moving home to the UK, it is important to inform your local doctor of your move, so that they can transfer your medical details ASAP. You will have to register with a GP, dentist and optician in the UK first, so they know where to send the information. And if you have private medical insurance you may be required to cancel this before leaving the country.


Before heading back to the UK it is important to line up somewhere to stay, whether this is a permanent home, or staying with relatives until you get back on your feet again. It is important to get all of your issues in order before you apply for a mortgage or to rent.


If you are moving back to the UK with children it is important to sort out their schooling. Notify their current school that you are leaving, and contact the UK schooling authorities in your new area to enquire about available school places.

Although children adapt well to new situations, it may be better to move during the holidays, so they can start their new school at the beginning of a term.

Good luck on your return to the homeland, if you require any other moving advice then check out a few of our other blogs, or send us a message on Facebook. We're always happy to help a mover in need.

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