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Expats in Thailand considering moving to Latin America prompted by Thai visa changes

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You must be kidding, most of the South American cities have far more hold-ups. Caracas, Rio very high chance of trouble. A Colombian gang even came all the way here for burglaries in the hi-so housing estates. 

The trick is identifying the safer cities in the target countries. Fear mongering about Latin America in general is not helpful here. Nobody here is considering Caracas for obvious reasons.

 

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I wouldn’t mind visiting these countries but permanently residing is another thing entirely. In my opinion a retiree would be very vulnerable in these countries. I know a California lawyer, elderly guy now retired, who loves his life in Pattaya (for women). He used to stay in Costa Rica but didn’t entirely feel safe. I think personal safety should be your main consideration.
Sure. I am interested in an upscale safe neighborhood with a doorman. Cheers.

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I will add even though I've attempted to make generalizations about Latin America in general I am hoping people transition to getting more specific about everything in the specific Latin American countries and even more specific as to specific areas in those countries. There is huge diversity of choices!

 

Also on visa issues obviously there is no Latin American visa. Every nation has their own system of course.

 

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It just boggles my mind why Europeans want to come all the way to Thailand. They have better options in Spain, Portugal and Malta. I have lived in Albuferia and Benidorm and liked it. But I can't stay more than 3-months. I have to spend my next trip for three months in Malta. 

 

https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/baby-boomers/slideshows/the-best-affordable-places-to-retire-overseas?slide=9

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12 minutes ago, brokenbone said:

Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana :

These are French overseas departments & part of the EU. No residency requirements for EU and EEA passport holders.

St. Barthelemy : no residency requirements for EU & EEA passport holders.

https://www.quora.com/Where-can-the-UK-and-EU-citizens-live-in-the-Caribbean

 

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30360990

Move to make health insurance mandatory for long-stay visas

I'm an American and the UK will soon not have Eu passports and health insurance is not mandatory nor is tickets out for retirement.  Plus it's not apples to apples with the healthcare not available on those small hurricane riddled atolls. 

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For any people that are actually considering this feel welcome to post your specific destination ideas in specific countries. Whether you've been there yet or not.

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9 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Medical care is an issue. I don't believe you can match the conditions I described not even close for a similar price in the USA. If you don't want to consider Latin America then don't. This topic is about people considering it.

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Texas and Mexico have a common border and Florida is 90 miles from Cuba?  Are you not considering them as they are only minutes apart?

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1 hour ago, CanuckThai said:

A few friends found their paradise, in the Dominican Republic.  Not sure if it would check all the boxes for everyone, but cost of living, affordable housing options, lots of ladies, choice of village or bigger city lifestyle.  I haven't been in years, but they're enjoying life there...

The DR is for homeys from the Bronx

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22 minutes ago, onera1961 said:

Go to Algrave region. It gets chilly in the winter but still better than snow.

Algarve.

I got horrible hayfever there.

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Texas and Mexico have a common border and Florida is 90 miles from Cuba?  Are you not considering them as they are only minutes apart?

Of course I am considering Mexico. It's number two on my list. If I recall correctly I recently read about a million Americans live in Mexico many are retired. Many of them ironically are illegal aliens. No I have not considered Cuba and like the Dominican Republic it doesn't appeal to me even if it was legal as an American to live there.

 

The cities I would consider in Mexico are - -

 

Queretaro top choice

Merida good but too hot an humid

The above are considered the safest cities in Mexico.

Morelia possibly crime issue too serious

 

 

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9 minutes ago, onera1961 said:

It just boggles my mind why Europeans want to come all the way to Thailand. They have better options in Spain, Portugal and Malta. I have lived in Albuferia and Benidorm and liked it. But I can't stay more than 3-months. I have to spend my next trip for three months in Malta. 

 

https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/baby-boomers/slideshows/the-best-affordable-places-to-retire-overseas?slide=9

 

It still gets cold in those countries. Many older people prefer a warm climate.

So boggle no more.

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Multiple people please don't sabotage this topic soon after it started by insisting on discussion of European destinations. Unless you are really mean spirited and are out to kill this thread.

 

Latin America is a massive area to cover in itself. Not every topic needs to be about everything. Please respect that.

 

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20 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

I'm an American and the UK will soon not have Eu passports and health insurance is not mandatory nor is tickets out for retirement.  Plus it's not apples to apples with the healthcare not available on those small hurricane riddled atolls. 

those small atolls of guadalope & martinique each has 400k population, its reasonable to assume health care equal to pattaya, except its free, and you cant get banned for being late to a 90 day report while doing a triple bypass

 

england has their own samples of caribbean resorts, as do americans

 

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Was hoping someone would post a short list of "Long Term Residency" requirements concerning the different SA Countries mentioned here.
Without such a basic list, all we are doing here is practising the fine art "guessing".

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4 minutes ago, swissie said:

Was hoping someone would post a short list of "Long Term Residency" requirements concerning the different SA Countries mentioned here.
Without such a basic list, all we are doing here is practising the fine art "guessing".

i just did. these are relevant to you.

 

Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana :

These are French overseas departments & part of the EU. No residency requirements for EU and EEA passport holders.

St. Barthelemy : no residency requirements for EU & EEA passport holders.

 

you got your PR the second the plane lands, free,

no reason to ever go to IO

 

 

 

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