Moving to UK from South Africa – 2022 Returning Guide

Moving to UK from South Africa – 2022 Returning Guide

Are you considering moving to UK from South Africa?

In the years since you moved to South Africa, it may seem as if so much has changed!

As a result of multiple lockdowns and Brexit, returning to the UK has changed significantly.

As a result of these significant events, we have also been able to examine our daily routines in some detail.

Increasingly, people are reevaluating what is most important to them.

Some individuals may choose to take on new projects, reconnect with friends and family, or purchase their first home.

We are here to assist you no matter what your reasons are for moving to UK from South Africa.

You may need to make some extra planning for your move since the relocation process has changed so much.

The purpose of this article is to cover the most important aspects of moving to UK from South Africa.

It is our hope to provide you with all the information you need to make your move as smooth as possible.

This guide will hopefully assist you with moving to UK from South Africa.

House Prices

In the UK, property prices are likely to be higher than wherever you have lived most recently.

The current average price of a property in the UK is £299,249.

Selling your home in your previous country is a good idea before moving to the UK from South Africa.

As a result, you will have a fresh start once you return.

It’s important to have a solid understanding of the UK market before moving there!

Checking house prices online is easy thanks to a variety of excellent websites

If you are moving to UK from South Africa, Rightmove and Zoopla can give you a good idea of current property prices.

In the last 18 months, property prices have increased dramatically in the UK.

A few factors have contributed to this.

Among the reasons for this is the widely known stamp duty holiday, which made getting on the housing ladder more appealing.

In many parts of the UK, record prices have been paid for homes with homes being snapped up overnight.

Cost of living expenses

Cost of Living in the UK

Living costs are almost always high in the UK.

As daily living costs rise at an alarming rate, most of us in the UK are now evaluating our financial situation.

As a result, you should expect the cost of living in the UK to be high when you return home.

However, some costs will vary slightly from one part of the country to another.

There is generally a decrease in prices as you move further north.

It’s important to keep in mind that UK wages tend to be higher, despite the increase in the cost of living.

According to numbeo, you can earn an average of 102.03% more for a similar job compared to South Africa.

We recommend ensuring that you can afford moving to UK from South Africa prior to starting the process.

Car on road

Driving in the UK

Driver’s licenses are a crucial consideration when moving to UK from South Africa.

Contacting the DVLA is essential if you own a foreign licence.

It will then be possible for you to exchange your licence for a valid UK driving license.

For a period of 12 months, holders of a South African driving licence can drive in the United Kingdom.

The UK Department for Transport states that South Africans moving to the UK won’t need a foreign driving license for the first year.

South African drivers with permanent residence in the United Kingdom, however, will not need to take another driving test to exchange their licences.

When you become a citizen of the UK, you will have the ability to switch your license for a period of 5 years.

Bank Building

Organising Your Finances

Getting your finances in order is a must if you are moving to UK from South Africa.

Since this is such a big move, we are sure this is already a top priority for you.

Regardless, the importance of your finances when moving to UK from South Africa should not be overlooked.

When it comes to moving internationally and finances, there are so many factors to consider.

Your first step should be to open a bank account in the UK.

You may already be familiar with the process of opening a UK bank account if you have lived here before.

Currencies Direct offers excellent exchange rates with no transfer fees for those returning to the UK.

Additionally, they offer phone, website, or app support for their customers.

As far as finances are concerned, notifying HM Revenue & Customs of your returns and understanding your pension should also be top priorities.

Financially, moving to the UK from South Africa won’t be that different, but you’ll still have to arrange your finances a bit differently.

So be fully prepared.



Make sure you can actually move to the UK before hiring a removal company to move your household contents.

There are various ways to obtain a visa, but it can be a pricey venture.

Although getting a British passport can be expensive, time spent in the UK on an Ancestral visa contributes to permanent settlement rights.

There are several other visa options available to individuals who want to relocate to the UK but do not qualify for ancestral visas or British passports.

There are increased opportunities for skilled South African workers after Brexit, and the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee announced the Seasonal Agricultural Scheme that can be accessed and started in the spring of 2019.

The scheme is open to all South Africans and provides a new visa route to the UK.

Shipping Your Belongings

You will need patience and precise planning to move your belongings when moving to UK from South Africa!

First, determine if you will be bringing back all your belongings when moving your goods.

In most cases, people moving to UK from South Africa will return with all their belongings.

It is important to contact a reputable international mover if this is the case.

Picking one may seem overwhelming since there are so many options to choose from!

However, it is imperative to ensure your chosen removals company is a member of FIDI, BAR, and Omni.

A very high standard of auditing is consistently applied to companies that are members of these organizations.

This way you will be receiving the highest level of service when moving to the UK from South Africa.

Be sure to get in touch with White & Company in the UK.

We have been working with reliable partners across the globe for years.

To ensure your move goes smoothly, White & Company can provide you with the contact details of our trusted partners in South Africa.

Afterwards, your removal company will explain the export process and assist with UK import documentation.

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Ready to Start Moving to UK from South Africa?

Are you thinking of moving to UK from South Africa?

Moving abroad can be a tricky process for everyone concerned.

That’s why White & Company are here to help your move to the UK be as stress-free as possible.

Over the years, White & Company has positioned itself as the international removals firm of choice for removals worldwide.

Our experience is second to none. As members of BAR, FIDI and OMNI, White & Company have been relocating people to destinations worldwide for 150 years.

Our experienced teams located across the UK will pack and prepare your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture ready for export

To find out more about how we could get your dream move underway, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

Alternatively, fill out a quick quote form or chat with our bot and we’ll get in touch with you straight away.

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