Moving to India from the UK
Moving advice from Sirelo

If you’re moving to India from the UK, Sirelo is here to help you on the way! Here you can find all of the information you need to prepare yourself for moving to one of the most diverse countries on the planet. From moving costs to life in India, we can help you have a safe and smooth relocation to India by helping you move with a smile 😊

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Moving to India from the UK

No idea where to start when it comes to your move to India? No worries! As experts in the industry, we can share all of our knowledge with you to ensure you are up to speed with the costs of moving internationally and offer any extra tips we have.

Cost of Moving to India

The two major factors that affect the cost of moving to India is the volume and distance of your move. You can use our removal volume calculator to help you calculate just how much stuff you’re bringing with you. This way, you can receive more accurate quotes from moving companies!

We recommend checking out our top international removal companies to India to help you compare quotes and services. Alternatively, you can let us do the hard work for you by requesting up to five free quotes! We match you with trusted packers and movers to India and you can decide which one suits your move best.

Size of HouseholdTimeCost
1 bed flat6-12 weeksÂŁ2,700 – ÂŁ4,800
3 bed house4-8 weeksÂŁ6,000 – ÂŁ10,000
5 bed house4-8 weeksÂŁ9,500 – ÂŁ15,700

Disclaimer: Above are only the estimated costs of moving the entire contents of your home from London to Delhi by sea. You will be able to choose whether you would like to send you belongings by sea or by air. Even though sending your stuff by air will be quicker, it will be considerably more expensive so we recommend shipping by sea – it’s the most popular choice!

Trying to choose a container to India can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what you need! If you would like more information on container sizes and costs, visit our container shipping costs page.

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Sirelo Top Tips for your Move to India

Moving to India from the UK, or any country for that matter, is a big step. But there’s no need to panic – we’re here to help you with the process! Have a look at our Moving Abroad Checklist for help and advice about everything you need to know about moving abroad. In the mean-time, here is some advice to make your move to India a little less daunting:

  • Preparation is key when it comes to moving country. The earlier you start, the more ready you’ll be to move when the day comes. Check out our Moving House Checklist for a step-by-step guide on what to do in the months and days leading up to your relocation.
  • Make sure you get the right vaccinations before you leave! Book and appointment with you doctor or the travel nurse and they can advise you on what vaccinations you will need 😊
  • Of course you will be conscious of your budget during your move. To ensure you spend your money efficiently, check out our top tips for cheap removals to learn how to save money on your move to India.
  • For even more advice on your move, check out these 21 tips to help you as you’re relocating to India.
  • It might take a while, a few days or weeks perhaps, before your belongings arrive in your new home in India or maybe you are shipping a container to India from the UK. Regardless, you may need storage facilities. Look at our page for advice on moving your house into storage.

Moving Pets to India

If you’re planning on moving pets to India, then there are some requirements that you need to take care of before you leave:

  • Pet Microchip
  • Import Permit
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Health Certificate

You may only take up to two dogs and cats with you, unfortunately any other type of animal is not permitted. For more information visit the pet travel’s information page on immigration to India with pets.

Did you know? One of our favourite childhood games originated in India! Snakes and Ladders can trace it’s beginnings back to India. It was originally created to teach young children about morals and lessons about karma – who would have thought it would become a world wide board game!

Moving to India

Visas, Healthcare, Education: Things you should know before your move


If you’re moving to India, then you will most definitely need a visa. You can now apply for a tourist visa online, which can last for up to 60 days. However, if you’re moving to India for work or for family then there is a bit of a longer process you have to go through.

If you’re moving to India on multiple long term entry visas, you must register with the nearest Foreigners Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival.

If you’re a British-Pakistan national, the process of applying for visas to India are different. You have to apply with you Pakistani passport and unfortunately, the processing times are substantially longer.

For more information on the cost of visas to India and how to apply, check out the UK government website for all foreign travel advice you will need.


Another thing to consider is what you’re going to do about your healthcare. There are still big differences in the healthcare in India, between rural and urban areas and also the private and public sectors. A lot of Indian citizens turn to private healthcare, as they offer world class quality healthcare at a fraction of the price of developed countries. So, this should be something that you look up before moving to India.


If you’re planning on moving to India with your family, then you are probably interested in what the education system in India is like. Education is provided by the public and private sector and is funded by the central, state and local levels of government.

Primary education is from the ages of 6-14, Secondary is from 14-18 and after that people can choose to go onto higher education. If you would like more information on education in India, Scholaro gives a good overview of what is involved at each stage of education.

What’s it like living in India?

India offers a very diverse and exciting lifestyle for incoming expats. Whether you’ve decided to move to bustling Delhi or the business centre of Mumbai, you are guaranteed to experience a complete culture shift from the UK – How exciting!

Cost of Living in India

The cost of living in India is one of the most popular reasons for moving to India. However, despite low living costs, wages are also very low. So, unless you are emigrating to India with a western company, you may expect your wages to reflect the very low living costs.

The Indian Culture

Something that you should definitely prepare for when moving to India, is the massive difference in culture. Indian culture is very different to the culture in the UK: the food, languages, religion and even how shopping is done, are all things that you should be aware of before packing your bags!

Fun fact: There are 23 official languages in India but in reality, there are around 780 languages spoken in the country! Good news for you though – it is also the second largest English speaking country, second to the USA, so you should have no issues with communication!

Infographic with facts about India

Best places to live in India

Trying to decide on where your new home will be? We can help! Here are the top five best cities to live and work in India according to

  1. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Pune, Maharashtra
  4. Bangalore, Karnataka
  5. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

You’ll be happy to learn, the cost of renting an apartment is much cheaper than the UK – 82.73% lower to be exact! For a one bed-roomed apartment in city centre, the average rent price would be £115.68 per month. For the same apartment outside of the centre, the rent price on average is £72.61.

The best place to start your housing search is with an estate agent. Although they charge a high commission, their knowledge of the area is invaluable for incoming expats. You can also check English language newspapers published in India for available accommodation or more conveniently, you can search yourself online! Some popular websites are:

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Working in India

The IT industry in India is growing fast, as well as engineering, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical sectors. So, if you’re planning on moving to India for a job in one of these sectors, you’re in luck.

For help on finding work in India, you can use people who you already know or personal contacts. However, if you don’t know anyone then you can use online portals such as:

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What are you waiting for? Request five free quotes from us today and get started with your upcoming move to India! In the words of Rachel Wolchin, “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet”

We hope this article managed to give you a better understanding of everything you need to know when it comes to how to move to India. In case you might need some extra assistance, check out the rest of our website – at Sirelo, we’ve got your back 😊