Preparing to leave
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Don’t forget to claim your National Insurance credits!
De-registering at MOD Schools
De-register with your doctor/dentist
Bringing your pet back to the UK
Disconnecting your CYTA telephone and internet
Got a question?
On receipt of the posting order your soldier needs to complete an application for SFA. This form, MOD Form 1132, can be found online on Armynet or from your unit’s admin staff.
Want to know more about the new area you will be based in? Your local HIVE will be able to help through their network.Back to top
Whether you have been working in Cyprus or not, as a Service spouse or civil partner you will be able to claim National Insurance credits to maintain your National Insurance record for time spent accompanying your soldier in Cyprus post 6 April 2010.
These National Insurance credits will protect your entitlement to the basic state pension and certain contribution-based Social Security benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.
So, if you are leaving Cyprus soon (or at any time in the future) we encourage you to apply for your credits by completing the form which can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/forms/modca1.pdf and having it verified by your welfare office.
Some spouses have been led to believe that they do not have to apply for the credits if they have been claiming state benefits whilst in Cyprus, for example Child Benefit, but that is not the case; irrespective of whether you have been claiming any state benefits or not you will still have to make a separate application for your National Insurance credits.
If you have any questions, please contact AFF Cyprus branch on 2596 2110.Back to top
Ensure you complete the departure form from your child’s school in order for their records to be transferred to the new school.
Although it is useful to know where you are being posted to, you do not need to give your new address.Back to top
The medical centre has a de-registration form for you to complete. Ensure any outstanding bills are paid.Back to top
You must arrange for your pet to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route.
There are a list of companies and vets that are available in the area from the HIVE. If you require any further information, visit www.defra.gov.uk or call the PETS helpline on +44 (0)870 241 1710Back to top
Call 132 to arrange disconnection of your CYTA services; this must be done at least ten days before leaving your quarter.
You must settle your bill prior to leaving the island.Back to top
You must return your BFBS box, viewing card and leads to your local BFBS Direct to Home (DTH) office otherwise you will be fined and will not pass your clearance process.Back to top
Book your removals online through Agility Logistics.
If you have items in storage, you can arrange for them to be delivered to your next posting once you have your new address.Back to top
Once you have advised your Housing and Community Support Office (HCSO) that you are posted, you will receive a cleaning standards booklet with details of approved contractors if needed.
Don’t forget to keep essential items from being packed, including:
- Car seats
- A change of clothes
- Personal effects
You will be told if you are entitled to a hotel as this is dependent on what type of march-out you opt for. Usually, if you opt to self-clean your quarter you will be entitled to stay in a hotel prior to flying.Back to top
Flights for the whole family can be booked via the Joint Air Booking Centre (JABC); don’t forget to ask about onwards travel from Brize Norton to your new quarter.
Need a hire car to get you to the airport in Cyprus? The HIVE has a list of companies to choose from.Back to top
If you have any other questions which are not addressed here, the AFF Cyprus office will be happy to hear from you. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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