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Generalities

General information
  • Located in Central America, Panama is popular with expats due to its tropical climate as well as its stable government and economy.

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  • Denmark is a small kingdom with nearly 6 million inhabitants and a member of the European Union that is welcoming to expats.

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  • Learn about the main historical, geographical, economic and cultural features of Guatemala.

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  • One of the world's largest and most populous countries and boasting a world-leading economy, China is a popular expat destination.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • You needn't be a resident to get married in Panama, however those marrying a Panamanian are granted permanent residence. Same-sex marriages are not legal.

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  • For citizens of over 80 countries, a visa is not required to enter Colombia. You will need 6 months on your passport from date of entry.

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  • Nationals of the European Union and of Schengen countries do not a require a visa to travel to Denmark, while others need a valid visa or permit.

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  • If you are visiting China for a period of less than 6 months, you can import products such as cigarettes and alcoholic drinks in small quantities.

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  • In order to get married in Australia, both parties must be over 18, unless one is over 16 and there is court approval.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • For expats hoping to live in Colombia, there are a number of temporary visas. After 5 years in Colombia on a TP, you will be eligible for a resident visa.

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  • Australia abolished the Temporary Skilled Worker (457) visa on July 1st 2017. It has been replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

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  • The Greencard Scheme for Denmark was repealed in 2016. As such, expats from outside of the EU can no longer apply for residency under this scheme.

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  • Visas for Denmark are usually issued in the case of short stays. To make a long stay, foreign nationals have to apply for an appropriate permit.

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  • You can apply for a visa to enter Guatemala, though there are a number of country's nationals who are allowed to stay up to 90 days without a visa.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Expats must have a professional visa in order to work in Panama. Start your job search well in advance. Knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

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  • Colombia has a growing economy, and expats may either want to find a job or start a business there. Many jobs require fluency in Spanish.

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  • Calmer than other cities such a Copenhagen and Aarhus, Odense is a major industrial city that has employment opportunities for expats.

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  • Aarhus is home to the largest port in Denmark and has a thriving import/ export economy. As a result, there are a number of job opportunities for expats.

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  • The port city of Esbjerg has an economy that relies on industry. Expats with experience in shipping, engineering or oil and gas will have an advantage.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • The real estate market in Panama is very active, and expats are permitted to purchase property in the country, even if you are not a resident.

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  • Expats considered to be foreign or temporary residents have more limited options than permanent residents when it comes to buying property in Australia.

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  • The capital of Australia, Canberra, has a lot to offer expats, from great history to scenic countryside. The city has a range of accommodation available.

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  • Sydney is a very popular Australian city, however, this means that expats can expect high prices if they want to rent or buy a house or flat in the city.

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  • Located in Western Australia, Perth has a range of accommodation options for expats, from houses to apartments and flat-shares.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Guatemala has a public university and a number of popular language schools for those hoping to study in the country.

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  • China is home to numerous institutions offering higher-education courses. If you wish to study in China, you will need an X1 or X2 visa.

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  • The birthplace of academia offers many studies opportunities, but non-EU students will need to get a visa and pay some fees.

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  • Israel boasts a world-class education system. Find out more about universities, registration and visas procedures and student accommodation in Israel.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Malaysia has a developed health care system which offers quality services. Moreover, many foreigners visit the country specifically for medical care.

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  • Panama has many hospitals (public and private) and clinics which offer quality services, but you should subscribe to an insurance before travelling.

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  • Learn about the healthcare system and the health insurance plans available in Guatemala.

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  • Healthcare in China comprises both public and private hospitals. Both modern formulated medicines and traditional herbal medicines are used in treatments.

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  • EU-nationals have free healthcare with their European Health Card, but everyone should be aware that things can move quite slow.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • An overview of Guatemala's banking system, along with tips about opening a Guatemalan bank account as a non-resident.

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  • There are a number of national banks to choose from in China. However, only residents will be able to open an account.

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  • With the relaxation of capital controls, its once again easier to open a bank account in Greece, but caution is needed.

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  • An overview of Israels banking system, along with tips on how to open a bank account in Israel.

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  • There are international, national and online-only options when it comes to banking in France, so opening an account should be fairly straightforward.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Find in this article an overview of the major taxes applicable in Guatemala, including income tax, capital gains tax and VAT.

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  • If you are moving to China, you need to pay income tax. Expats will likely benefit from China's many non-double taxation treaty's with other countries.

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  • There are several types of tax you will need to pay if you are a resident in Greece, such as social security, VAT, and income tax, among others.

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  • During your stay in Israel, you will be subject to a range of tax including income tax, VAT and land tax.

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  • There are several types of tax you will need to pay if you are a resident in France, such as social security, VAT, and income tax, amongst others.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Learn about the different means of transportation in Guatemala. Buses are the main way to get around and there is also an international airport.

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  • Transportation in Greece is rather cheap, but, with the exception of Athens, it can be unpredictable, as buses in remote areas tend to suffer from delays.

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  • China is a large country, however there are different types of transportation to help you move around, from national flights to bikes in towns and cities.

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  • Useful information about planes, trains, buses, taxis and shared taxis in Israel.

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  • Travelling has never been easier in Toulouse, thanks to its well-developed transport network that will allow you to get around, day or night.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Expats are allowed to drive in Panama with your foreign driver's license for 90 days. You will need a local driver's license for longer stays.

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  • Find information about drivers licenses, driving regulations, road networks, and road-related customs in Guatemala.

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  • Certain non-EU nationals are able to convert their licence to a Greek one, but in many cases you may need to take the full driving test.

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  • If you are a permanent resident in China, you can exchange your national or international driver's license for a Chinese driver's license.

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  • Learn about the requirements to obtain a valid Israeli drivers licence and the traffic regulations in Israel.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Expats moving to Panama should find a reliable moving company, though those moving from the Americas may consider moving their belongings themselves.

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  • Find out how to bring your possessions and your pets with you if you are moving to Guatemala. You should abide by customs rules and find reliable movers.

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  • EU nationals will be exempt from the hassle of complex customs procedures, but if moving from a third-country, you should find a reliable moving company.

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  • If you are moving to China, you will probably need to move your belongings. You are advised to hire professional international movers.

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  • Learn more about the conditions under which you can import your belongings and pets into Israel.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Expats will find good internet coverage throughout most of Panama, though they may have to rely on internet cafes in some smaller towns.

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  • Greece has a well-developed telecoms network that will help expats stay in touch with loved ones back home, but post-offices are not that reliable.

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  • Find out what to expect from Guatemala's internet and telephone services. Though there is limited infrastructure, mobile phones are very popular.

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  • China's mobile phone market has known a real boom over the past few years. The number of smart phones has been growing, as well as services provided by mob

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  • China is a well-connected country, with a high number of internet users. Though it is easy to get online, expats should be aware of censorship rules.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • From visiting the famous Panama Canal, to sampling the local cuisine, there are a number of ways to spend your free time in Panama.

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  • Whether you're after cultural outings, quality cuisine and fine drinking, or adrenaline-raising outdoor activities, Greece has it all.

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  • There is no one Chinese language, though Puthonghua is most commonly spoken. You can start learning before you leave, or enroll in a course once in China.

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  • Chinese cuisine varies across different provinces and involves a range of ingredients and spices. International cuisines are available in most cities.

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  • An overview of the leisure and entertainment options in Guatemala, including the natural and cultural sights.

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Miscellaneous

  • For a smooth expatriation, it is best to have a few useful contacts and to be aware of public holidays celebrated in Malta.

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  • Join for a new era of consumer rights. In Vietnam, you have to learn how to bargain. Do not accept the price they tell you as there is no fixed price by the government.

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  • In this article,I want to summarize some important facts about my personal experience of living in Santiago de Chile for 15 years.

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  • Discovering Bangkok: information to get to know the city of Bangkok, The City of Angels

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