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4 hours ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

I would prefer to return to the UK than emigrate to Latin America. Spend short winter in Europe or The Caribbean or West Africa. Im too settled in Thailand and too old to change. I've been to over 60 countries and lived and worked in many ..

just glad i knew Thailand in the glory days before the current regime and cant face swopping it for a latin American despot for ever under the heel of America.

just out of interest where in west africa would you consider?

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4 hours ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

I would prefer to return to the UK than emigrate to Latin America. Spend short winter in Europe or The Caribbean or West Africa. Im too settled in Thailand and too old to change. I've been to over 60 countries and lived and worked in many ..

just glad i knew Thailand in the glory days before the current regime and cant face swopping it for a latin American despot for ever under the heel of America.

Not sure about the returning to the UK part (I love the UK, will not stand for anybody speaking bad about it) but awesome to hear you've found your happy place

 

I've never really visited LATAM (done Mexico twice on 1 day trips) but have done most of the Caribbean Islands on holiday over the years so want to try the real LATAM... I'll be maintaining my BKK Condo / Thai Non-O visa during the "Trial" 🙂  

 

Wish I'd have found Thailand in the Glory Days (Unfortunately work took me the other way & only got to visit Asia in 2008, have lived here ever since :))

 

 

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4 minutes ago, JaiLai said:

just out of interest where in west africa would you consider?

Cape Town.... 

 

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1 minute ago, Mike Teavee said:

Cape Town.... 

 

not west africa

 

beatiful place tho and very cheap with Ex rate. ive got a lot of south african friends (white) and they all agree SA is gonna end up like Zimbabwe - shame!

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1 hour ago, JaiLai said:

not west africa

 

beatiful place tho and very cheap with Ex rate. ive got a lot of south african friends (white) and they all agree SA is gonna end up like Zimbabwe - shame!

It's more West than East 🙂 

 

Beautiful place.... 

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I found out something interesting about the Colombia visa situation. As mentioned before there MAY be a major change coming that would include a major rise in financial requirements including retirement. Well, even if that happened it might not be so bad for people already in the system IF they grandfather the old levels. So I was curious about RESIDENCY TIME REQUIREMENTS for those on Colombian long term visas. Now in Thailand for one year retirement extensions, you aren't required to live in Thailand at all to keep that valid. I found out that in Colombia you don't need to live there much either BUT if you leave and don't return for over six months, the visa status becomes invalid. So that might a useful thing especially for people now in the USA and Canada in that you can pop into Colombia and get a THREE YEAR retirement visa and all you need to do to keep it valid is to show up in Colombia before every six month period ends. So that could be a foot in the door on the current levels and then see if they're grandfathered. Or other personally tailored tactics as needed. Rather more difficult and expensive for those now living in Thailand though. I guess one way to use that rule from Thailand would be to pop in, get the visa, then go back to Thailand and try to end all your business in Thailand within six months (easy for some, hard for others). But then there is the risk that you would need to move again within three years if no grandfathering.

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On 3/4/2019 at 5:20 PM, Jingthing said:

Getting an O-A visa means traveling back to your home country. Please this isn't about Thai visa mechanics per se.

 

Also it sounds like you're falsely conflating visa acquisition fees with FINANCIAL REQUIREEMENTS!

Thailand's financial requirements for retirement visas for example are much much higher than most nations in Latin America that have formal programs, and many of them do. 

 

Believe it or not, many long term expats are feeling like it's time to seriously look for alternative options and some of the best alternative options in the world are in Latin America. Thus this topic. 

The expats I know made adjustments to their status and put money in the bank to obtain their extension of stay, they did not consider latin america at all.

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4 minutes ago, moe666 said:

The expats I know made adjustments to their status and put money in the bank to obtain their extension of stay, they did not consider latin america at all.

Then this topic is not for them or anyone else that isn't interested in consideration of Latin America, is it? 

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Hi

 

Costa Rica.

 

I have never been, it cropped up in conversation with a friend who has been a few times.

 

It got my interest, so started looking on line.

 

Came across this blog post which gives thoughts on cost of living.

Not all that keen on the blogger but some interesting info.

 

https://www.costaricatravel.tips/what-is-the-cost-of-living-in-costa-rica/

 

Then came across this video on Jaco Costa Rica.

 

Very well made.

 

I was almost drooling at the sight of the pizzas ( just over 1 minute in )

 

Jaco looks lovely.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X5H1YG5exw

 

 

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Yeah but Jaco has a very small population and I don't think it's near any kind of big city. Sounds like a good place for a holiday but not so practical for long term expats. 

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On 11/19/2019 at 11:57 AM, Jingthing said:

I found out something interesting about the Colombia visa situation. As mentioned before there MAY be a major change coming that would include a major rise in financial requirements including retirement. Well, even if that happened it might not be so bad for people already in the system IF they grandfather the old levels. So I was curious about RESIDENCY TIME REQUIREMENTS for those on Colombian long term visas. Now in Thailand for one year retirement extensions, you aren't required to live in Thailand at all to keep that valid. I found out that in Colombia you don't need to live there much either BUT if you leave and don't return for over six months, the visa status becomes invalid. So that might a useful thing especially for people now in the USA and Canada in that you can pop into Colombia and get a THREE YEAR retirement visa and all you need to do to keep it valid is to show up in Colombia before every six month period ends. So that could be a foot in the door on the current levels and then see if they're grandfathered. Or other personally tailored tactics as needed. Rather more difficult and expensive for those now living in Thailand though. I guess one way to use that rule from Thailand would be to pop in, get the visa, then go back to Thailand and try to end all your business in Thailand within six months (easy for some, hard for others). But then there is the risk that you would need to move again within three years if no grandfathering.

My Mexican Residency visa will never expire and I have actually spent more time here in Thailand than in México. 

 

I'll be returning to México in a few more weeks.. Immigration allows me to enter Mexico, with my Residente Permanente Card, via the "Mexicans Only" line at the airport. Once, immigration told me "that I am nearly Mexican".. Because I had that card. I always feel welcome there. 

 

Regarding Colombia.. I read a few years ago that all money going into that country was taxable. Never did understand rule fully. 

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21 hours ago, Jingthing said:

Yeah but Jaco has a very small population and I don't think it's near any kind of big city. Sounds like a good place for a holiday but not so practical for long term expats. 

Good point. Confess I never realised just how small.

100kms from the capital. You are right, better for a holiday than long stay.

 

According to this article it is a 24 hr. town

 

 

"Jacó needs a moniker. I propose “The Biggest Little City in Costa Rica.”

Really. Jacó’s population is only around 12,000, but the nonstop activity that radiates from this town belies it’s modest population. Due to its proximity to San José – just over an hour drive on Ruta 27 – city dwellers flood this once-sleepy beach town on weekends and holidays. This ease of access also makes Jacó an easy stop for travelers exploring Costa Rica. The result is a 24/7 city that, with the exception of the capital, doesn’t exist anywhere else in Costa Rica........"

 

From  https://ticotimes.net/travel/the-biggest-little-city-in-costa-rica

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