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Your Guide to Moving Overseas or within China: COVID-19 Edition

Allied, the careful movers
May 11, 2021 | 12:00 Tue

Moving domestically or overseas now requires significant consideration and planning due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Non-essential travel is limited and many of the things we love have been put on hold. Yet life can’t be paused. Whether you are trying to return home, reunite with loved ones or relocate for a new opportunity, we understand there are things that can’t wait.

To simplify the process, we’ve created this guide to moving internationally or within China during the pandemic. Below we have addressed the most pressing questions about moving during COVID and provided resources to help you make safe, informed decisions. Protecting your health and the community is our top priority, so make sure to check the latest travel advice before you go. The world has changed a lot since Allied began, but our commitment to safe, quality transportation remains unchanged. As life moves on, we’re here to help you move with it.

Can I move overseas or domestically during COVID-19?

Allied is considered an essential service and has continued to help move people and possessions around China and the world throughout the pandemic. This means that if you are permitted to move, we can help you do it safely and smoothly. However, acquiring the documents to travel will depend on where you are travelling to and from, as well as your reason for doing so. Each country has its own specific rules that you must follow in order to relocate safely and legally. These laws and guidelines are subject to change. So, whether you are moving overseas or even domestically it is essential to do your research first and to check updates regularly.


Health guidelines within China have not limited domestic travel. In the rare instance of a COVID-19 outbreak in a city, the city would get marked as a red zone by the government. However, this declaration does not limit travel to the city, so we simply advise you check the current status for the regions you are travelling through to ensure there is no red zone declaration.


There are no restrictions on people leaving the country. However, it is important you have the relevant approvals and documentation for the country you are traveling to, as border entry requirements vary greatly around the world. You can easily check the entry requirements using this handy matrix or the official government website of the country.


How do I plan to move overseas or domestically during COVID-19?


Planning your move should begin by ensuring that your region of departure will permit you to leave and your destination will allow you to enter. What is deemed to be essential will vary between different authorities but normally includes family, work, education or humanitarian purposes.


Once you have confirmed that your trip is permitted by the authorities, the next step is to apply for any relevant documentation. Typically, this documentation comes in the form of a border permit or travel exemption to signify that your trip has been approved. The application process for these can be slow, especially for international itineraries. We recommend commencing your application as early as possible to ensure you can acquire the documentation in time for your desired move date. 


To minimise the risk and stress that you take on through the process, make sure you choose a moving service that is adapting to the times. That means movers who have implemented social distancing measures and flexibility around rescheduling for coronavirus-related circumstances. It also means choosing a service that is responsive to your needs, adapting to health advice and prioritising the safety of its customers and crews.


Remain up to date with all relevant health guidelines. As the rules and recommendations are constantly changing to keep up with the developing health situation, it is imperative that you keep yourself informed and continue to follow recommended safety procedures. This means wearing a mask where recommended, practising social distancing and regularly sanitising your hands. Practicing social distancing will greatly reduce your chances of contracting the virus and of spreading it to other people.


What should I consider when moving overseas during COVID-19?


Be aware that many regions around the world enforce a mandatory quarantine period for any travellers entering their jurisdiction. These quarantine orders range in length and severity. Some authorities will require short term stay-at-home orders until you can produce a negative test result. Others will require a mandatory hotel or dedicated facilities quarantine at your expense. So before you move, make sure that you are aware of any possible quarantine requirements and factor in the duration and requirements in your moving plan.


COVID-19 test for outbound pre-departure and upon arrival may be mandatory in certain countries. In certain countries, a COVID-19 PCR test will be required at end of a quarentine period.


Available seats on flights are in short supply. Start your search early and don’t confirm your other plans until you’ve secured yourself a ticket. Be aware that each airline may have different health requirements for passengers. Familiarise yourself with the airline regulations and check for any last-minute changes to your itinerary and the relevant health guidelines. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan in place in the event of cancelled or postponed flights.




Ensure that you purchase travel insurance that can protect you from any of the risks you may incur through your move. Many travel insurance policies will not cover claims relating to COVID. Double check your travel insurance policy and know what you are getting before you commit to buy.


When planning your overseas move, you need to be aware of any possible delays or cancellations that might impact the timing of your move. From cancelled flights to snap lockdowns, there are many things that can pop up unexpectedly in the current climate. It’s a good idea to always have a backup plan ready and aim to be as flexible as possible with your moving plans.


Health is a top priority during a pandemic and so you should take all necessary steps to care for your personal health. This includes monitoring for symptoms, avoiding high risk areas, sanitising your hands regularly and wearing a mask.


Keeping the community safe starts with taking care of your own health. If you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone showing symptoms, wear a mask and stay home if possible. Taking any unnecessary risks can potentially expose vulnerable groups to the virus.


Move with Allied to Enjoy Great Savings this May

Allied is now offering exclusive promotions when you book a move:

  • ¥3,000 off when you book a 40-foot container international move.
  • ¥2,000 off when you book a 20-foot container international move.
  • ¥1,000 off when you book an international move under 10cbm.

Booking must be made by 31 May 2021 to be eligible for these promotions.

Why Move with Allied?

As the world’s largest removals provider, Allied is uniquely positioned to adapt to the challenges of a pandemic. We are constantly updating our service to align with the latest information from our vast global network. Our quotes can now be completed over video instead of coming to your home, making the process faster and safer than ever. If you are planning to move domestically or overseas get in touch by filling out our Request a Quote form or calling us on 800 988 6683 today.