Living in Ecuador guide

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

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

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  • The cost of living is one of the first questions asked by potential expats. GringosAbroad, Bryan and Dena Haines, Canadian expats living in Ecuador share their family budget. Their family of three is living in Cuenca, Azuay Province.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Thinking about retiring in Ecuador? What are the advantages of retiring in Ecuador? Here are some of the steps to follow to make that move a reality.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • The rules to obtain an Ecuadorian permanent residency permit can be quite complicated to understand, and in the article below we provide some information

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  • Ecuador’s visa policy, one of the world’s most lenient, makes it easy for tourists from almost all the countries in the world to visit Ecuador as a tempora

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  • Brief information on how to obtain a Residence Visa for Ecuador

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Work out what the most likely fields to find employment in Ecuador are for an expat and how much one can expect to earn.

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  • You don't just want to be an expat in Ecuador, you want to be an entrepreneur to boot. We commend you for your ambition.

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  • If you're moving to Ecuador you may as well be at the heart of the country, right? So you want to settle in the capital, Quito.

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  • You want to live in Cuenca, but in order to support yourself in your new hometown, you need to find work there. Here's how to find a job in Cuenca.

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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! Find out more.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • If you're looking to relocate close to the coast of Ecuador, gives you some tips on the local real estate market and how to find accommodation.

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  • In your minds eye, you picture your dream Ecuadorian home. But do you know how to realistically go about renting or buying accommodation in Ecuador?

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  • You have ascertained that you want to live in Quito. Great! But where in Quito, exactly? In which type of accommodation? For how much? Find out more.

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  • Although Guayaquil is changing for the better very quickly, it is not advisable to live anywhere in the city. Envision where to look for accommodation.

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  • Cuenca is a highly-coveted city to live in. How does this translate in terms of real estate? Find out what kind of accommodation you can hope to find there

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Student visa, University registration
  • If you're looking to study in Ecuador, or to learn Spanish, gives you an insight into the Ecuadorian education system.

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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
  • 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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Tax system, income tax
  • Ecuador makes many a provision to please potential expats but exempting them from taxes is not one of them. Here's an insight into the tax system.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • 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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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • 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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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • 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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  • It's completely conceivable to you to expatriate and leave everything behind for a new life in Ecuador. Everything, that is, except your pet. Find out more

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • 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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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Discovering your new country will be one of your favourite passtimes in Ecuador. Here is an insight into the various leisure activities available.

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

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  • Moving to Ecuador with your family? Here is all that you need to know about education, childcare and family activities in Ecuador.

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  • Discovering the local cuisine is one of the best ways to adapt to your new environment. Here is what you need to know about the cuisine in Ecuador.

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  • Safety is always a crucial issue when moving abroad. To stay safe in Ecuador, follow's tips on how and where to keep your passport.

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  • Formalities might almost make a person forget why they first felt compelled to move to Ecuador to begin with: a better lifestyle.

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  • Awareness of Crime. How to protect yourself and be less of a target.

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