An Overseas Workers' Checklist before Leaving Your Home Country
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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. Here is a checklist for before leaving your home country along with a checklist on </span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">what to pack</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, keep a separate checklist for your documents.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your Overseas Worker Checklist</span></h2> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Offline or paper copies</span></h3> <ul><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">NSO birth certificates (or whatever document you need to produce to get a passport in your respective country).</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your </span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Job contract</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and a photocopy</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">The address-to-be overseas</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your Embassy contact details</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) certificate (or your country’s equivalent) and a copy.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or your country’s equivalent.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your airline ticket (take note of the luggage restrictions and the Terminal).</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your family’s contact details including phone, email, and complete address. You should also have this in case your phone gets lost or malfunctions.</span></li><li><span style="font-weight: 400;">A copy of your visa</span></li></ul> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Online</span></h3> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-4778 size-full"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="1024" height="680" src="" alt="Checklist before Leaving Your Home" class="wp-image-9797" title="An Overseas Workers' Checklist before Leaving Your Home Country" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 1200w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>Check if the public transportation accepts cash.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Look up directions on how to get to and from your would-be-address using public transport. For example, you can chat with live </span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">agents</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to get directions in Dubai. In New South Wales in Australia, you can choose from a multitude of options </span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. 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.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hand carry</span></h3> <ul><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first thing to check before boarding the taxi is your Passport, then, </span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your Airline tickets</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">You also need to have some US Dollars</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">And of course, some local currency</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some countries do not attach the Visa to your passport. Best to check it.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Travel pillow</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A jacket and or a scarf</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A change of clothes in case your check in luggage got lost,</span></li><li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">And finally, sunglasses/Spectacles for glass wearers/ contact lens case and solution</span></li></ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’re all set! 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