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Living in South America guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in South America with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Expats are drawn to Colombia's tropical climate and natural scenery, as well a the opportunities the developing economy has to offer.

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  • Located in the West of South America, Peru is a Republic which is divided into 24 regions. Spanish, Quechua and Aymara are the languages spoken there.

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  • Discover the different aspects that combine to make Ecuador a popular expat destination: its geographical situation, history, politics...

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  • Brief description of Cartagena as a holiday destination, plus a little history of the place.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • 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 come countries need a visa to travel to Peru. In general, conditions vary according to the duration of stay in the country.

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  • Is Ecuador's reputation as a retirement haven justified? Take a look at the reasons that attract retirees to Ecuador.

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  • If you want to get married in Argentina, you must apply for a certificate of legal capacity to marry from your Embassy or Consulate in the country.

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  • You are advised to learn about formalities to be filled prior to your expatriation project in Argentina. Citizens of many countries are exempt from visa for stays of less than three months.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You will need a work visa to be able to work in Brazil. You can choose between a temporary work visa and a permanent work visa. You have to make your reque

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  • 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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  • To travel to Peru, you can choose between two main types of visas: the temporary visa and the resident visa, depending on the purpose of your stay.

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  • Whether you are planning a first visit or intend to live there full-time, its best to know in advance what Ecuadors visa policies are.

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  • To be able to work in Argentina, you will need a work visa. The request has to be made at the Argentina Embassy of Consulate in your home country. You can choose among different types of professional visas according to your activities.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Want to become a digital nomad in Colombia? The digital nomad's guide to Colombia will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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  • Want to become a digital nomad in Peru? The digital nomad's guide to Peru will help you make the most of your nomadic life abroad.

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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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  • The city of Guayaquil has been working on making itself attractive to foreigners. And it's worked, since you're looking for a job there!

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  • Experiencing a real economic boom since a few years, Peru is very open towards young foreign nationals looking for internship opportunities.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Expats in Colombia's cities can expect to live in an apartment. If you are looking for larger detached housing, you may need to look further afield.

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  • Relocating in Arequipa can have several advantages such as a lower cost of living, proximity to businesses, less traffic jam, etc.

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  • Trujillo is deemed to be a modern tourist city. However, the local rental market provides affordable housing units for expatriates.

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  • Lima is Peru's biggest city with some 8 million inhabitants. But with proper planning, finding accommodation there should not be difficult.

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  • Foreign nationals are allowed to buy a property in Peru. However, conditions are rather strict due to some specific restrictions.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • This article has helpful information on courses, admissions, and tuition if you want to study abroad in Colombia.

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  • Peru hosts some 140 public and private universities. But to be eligible for enrollment, foreign students have to pass a selection examination.

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  • To study in Argentina, you have to apply for a visa and a residence permit. The request has to be made at the Argentina Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The country has many prestigious universities from which you can choose.

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  • To study in Brazil, you must submit your application to the university of your choice. Once your application has been approved, you must go to the Brazilian Embassy in your country to apply for a student visa.

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  • A fun and very easy way to start learning the Spanish Language

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • This article is an overview of types of health insurance as well as information about public and private medical care in Colombia.

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  • Health care in Peru is provided both by the public and private sectors. You can find hospitals, clinics and health care centers everywhere.

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  • Healthcare is a huge concern for expats. Ecuadors healthcare, however, may lay many of your fears to rest and incite you even more to move there.

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  • Argentina has quite developed public and private health systems. However, the private health system is noted to be superior. You are advised to subscribe to a health insurance before moving.

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  • Before leaving for Brazil, it is essential to subscribe to insurance. Make sure you have completed the necessary vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Note that viral infections such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever are still active in the country.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • This article is an overview of how to open a bank account in Colombia as well as information on budgeting and the cost of living.

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  • To be able to open a bank account in Peru, you will be required, in most cases, to produce your foreign resident card.

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  • Opening a bank account in Ecuador is a necessity for most expats. Knowing what is required of you can make it quicker.

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  • If you want to open a bank account in Argentina, visit any branch of your prefered bank with your identification documents, as well as proof of address. You can open a bank account both in dollars and in pesos.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Any foreigner working in Colombia is liable for taxes. This article has helpful information on the Colombian taxation system.

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  • Three different types of taxes apply in Peru, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT) on consumer goods and services and corporate tax.

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  • Ecuador makes many a provision to please potential expats but exempting them from taxes is not one of them.

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  • If you are a resident of Argentina, you will have to pay different types of taxes. Income tax is deducted at source on the net income. The maximum deduction rate is 35 %. Corporate tax on profits and property and value-added tax (VAT) also exist in the country.

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  • If you have been in Brazil for more than 183 days during a 12 month period, you will have to pay taxes. Income tax is generally deducted at source. You must fill in your income tax form and return it each year by the end of April.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Expats in Colombia have many transportation options, from mass transit to affordable taxis. There are several international car rental companies available.

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  • Lima has a rather uncommon transports network compared to the rest of the country. It includes buses, trains, tramway, taxis, etc.

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  • Peru hosts a wide transport network which will allow you to travel anywhere across the country during your stay, at affordable rates.

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  • How simple or complicated is it for an expat to cover the distance from point A to point B in Ecuador? See how to navigate the transport system.

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  • If you want to travel through Argentina, you can choose among different modes of transport: plane, bus, train or taxi. Rates are rather affordable.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Foreigners in Colombia may need a national driver license. This article has information about regulations for temporary drivers and residents in Colombia.

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  • Many people find they can do just fine without a car once in Ecuador. But what kind of license do you need to drive in Ecuador?

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  • During your stay in Peru, you are allowed to drive with your international driver's license for a maximum of three months.

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  • If you intend to drive in Argentina, you have to apply for an international driver's licence. You will have to produce your identity card, your national driver's licence as well as two passport-sized photos.

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  • You must hold an international driver's license to be able to drive in Brazil. This applies to expatriates on short stay in the country. If you intend to stay longer, you will have to pass oral and practical tests in order to obtain a Brazilian driver's license.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • This article has practical advice on working with international shipping companies, transporting pets, and moving your belongings to Colombia.

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  • Relocating to Peru requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • If you are about to settle in Ecuador, you are advised to hire international removal experts. They will take care of related formalities on your behalf.

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  • If you are moving to Argentina, you are advised to hire an international remover. The latter will handle all paperwork on your behalf.

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  • Before moving to Brazil, you must seek information about products you can bring to the country and those which you can buy on the spot. You have to plan your removal carefully with the help of an international removal company. Make sure to subscribe to insurance.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Keeping in touch is important for anyone living abroad. This article has information on cell phones, the internet, and postal service in Colombia.

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  • Peru's telecommunication market is undergoing continuous development, thus providing quality land lines, mobile networks and Internet.

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  • Living in Ecuador does not exclude keeping connected with the world at large. What are the phone and internet options available in the country?

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  • Brazil has many telephone service providers which offer different types of packages. Choose the one which better suits your needs and your budget. Mobile telephony is becoming more and more popular in the country at the expense of fixed land lines.

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  • There are a few telephone service providers in Argentina. This is due to the growth of the mobile telephony market in the country.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • From rich culture to a diverse landscape and modern cities, expats in Colombia have a lot to choose from for leisure time activities.

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  • As Peru's capital city, Lima has a rich cultural heritage. You can discover it through several leisure activities that are available there.

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  • Peru, known as the Land of Incas, is definitely a place to discover thanks to its numerous places of interest and magnificent landscapes.

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  • Recommendations for touring the Cajas National Park outside of Cuenca, Ecuador

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  • Argentina offers many tourist attractions: beautiful landscapes, a rich flora, marine and terrestrial fauna, endemic birds.

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Miscellaneous

  • 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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  • The Peruvian lifestyle is a cocktail of religion, music, dance, traditional festivals, etc. Indeed, Peruvians are very attached to traditions.

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  • Traveling to Peru with your pet, whether it is a cat or a dog, is rather simple. In general, they have to be vaccinated against rabies.

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  • Its completely conceivable to you to expatriate and leave everything behind for a new life in Ecuador. Everything, that is, except your pet.

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