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Guide for British Nationals Living Abroad

The support that you can get from UK government services abroad varies on its limitations. Find out what help is available for British nationals while travelling or living overseas.

LIVING OUTSIDE THE UK: Most of the visits to foreign countries pass by without serious incident. Brits live overseas for a variety of reasons.

They enjoy living abroad and rarely experience significant difficulties. But, living life outside of the United Kingdom can often mean:

This help guide highlights some of the things you can do to stay safe abroad. You will find links to further advice and information if you get into difficulty.

You should always have international travel insurance for a trip overseas. British nationals who live abroad should also get appropriate healthcare cover.

Note: The UK Government cannot, and does not, cover medical costs or make any refunds for lost property.

Are You Going to Live Abroad?

You should consider making plans to go and live abroad as a major decision. It is best to research a wide range of information and advice in advance of the move.

British nationals living overseas can expect to receive the same support as visitors. Check the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate websites. You can also find useful information about living abroad on the foreign travel advice pages.

Help for British Nationals Abroad

Claiming Benefits While Living Abroad of the United KingdomClaiming Benefits Abroad

WELFARE: You might still be able to claim benefits abroad even while travelling or living overseas. Check which countries have social security arrangements with the United Kingdom.


Crime and Compensation Outside the United KingdomCrime and Compensation

ABROAD: You might expect a visit to a country overseas to be free of trouble. But, it is important to know how to get help as a victim of crime abroad (outside the United Kingdom).


How to Legalise a Document in the United KingdomLegalise Your Document

APOSTILLES: It is not uncommon for an overseas official to want a document legalising in the United Kingdom. Find out how to get your document legalised and the costs involved.


Moving or Retiring AbroadMoving or Retiring Abroad

MOVING ABROAD CHECKLIST: If you are moving or retiring abroad of the UK you will need to inform several government offices. Check the list of who to inform before you move overseas.


Taking a Vehicle Out of the United KingdomTaking a Vehicle Out of the UK

PERMANENT EXPORT: The section explains the process for exporting a vehicle abroad. Find out whether VAT is payable on a car you export and the procedures for registration and vehicle tax.


A Help Guide for British Nationals Living Overseas of the United Kingdom