The days leading up to your flight overseas can get very hectic, more so when you’re leaving for a job overseas. The excitement of beginning a new life and being on your way to make your dreams come true may be overwhelming for most people. This would be especially true if you have never set foot outside the country. Along with a checklist on what to pack, keep a separate checklist for your documents.

Your Overseas Worker Checklist

Offline or paper copies

  • Photocopy of your passport pages. It’s best to get a backup just in case you lost your passport or if an authority asks you for it.
  • Passport pictures. Some offices require your pictures attached to your documents. It’s best practice to be prepared, plus, you can choose to look nice on the day you have your picture taken. Imagine having lost your passport and taking your picture in the midst of that harrowing experience.
  • NSO birth certificates (or whatever document you need to produce to get a passport in your respective country).
  • Your Job contract and a photocopy
  • The address-to-be overseas
  • Your Embassy contact details
  • Pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) certificate (or your country’s equivalent) and a copy.
  • Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or your country’s equivalent.
  • Your airline ticket (take note of the luggage restrictions and the Terminal).
  • Your family’s contact details including phone, email, and complete address. You should also have this in case your phone gets lost or malfunctions.
  • A copy of your visa


An Overseas Workers' Checklist before Leaving Your Home Country
Check if the public transportation accepts cash.

Look up directions on how to get to and from your would-be-address using public transport. For example, you can chat with live agents to get directions in Dubai. In New South Wales in Australia, you can choose from a multitude of options here. Usually, you will be met at the airport by your agency representative to give you an orientation. They also normally take care of getting you to where you’ll live while you’re working for them. If in some rare cases that you don’t have someone waiting for you, your public transportation research will help you a lot. You may also want to look up points of interest so you can do touristy stuff in your spare time.

Hand carry

  • The first thing to check before boarding the taxi is your Passport, then,
  • Your Airline tickets
  • You also need to have some US Dollars
  • And of course, some local currency
  • Some countries do not attach the Visa to your passport. Best to check it.
  • Your vanity kit, like a toothbrush and a toothpaste (airlines and hotels now rarely hand them out for free), as well as a washcloth or wet wipes in case of inordinate delay, etc.
  • Travel pillow
  • A jacket and or a scarf
  • A change of clothes in case your check in luggage got lost,
  • And finally, sunglasses/Spectacles for glass wearers/ contact lens case and solution

You’re all set! Good luck on your new venture.