Exodus from Ecuador-Real or Imaginary

Hello Fellow Members,

I've heard a number of stories on an Exodus of folks from Ecuador of late and I'm sure it relates to the COVID thing and downstream fallout thereof.

In any event, I'm trying to get a feeling for the Expat landscape and overall feeling of comfort down there in Ecuador with regard to the current situation in the country and possibly a predictable expectation of what folks may expect going forward.

My wife and I are planning a retirement there come this fall and wanted to get a warm comfortable feeling with regard to the current situation and expected situation going forward during recovery from the COVID thing and life thereafter.

At the end of the day and given the economic, political and social concerns now throughout Ecuador-Should we just stay in place (U.S.) for now and wait til the whole thing blows over (improves) or even consider other places to retire?

Everyone's comments welcome and greatly appreciated.

All the Best

Thank you for your question. I'll be very interested in what people have to say about this because we're in the same boat as you. We're visiting mid-August (if all goes well - it was supposed to be May!) with plans to officially move at the beginning of 2021.

jwhalen55 :

I'm trying to get a feeling for a predictable expectation of what folks may expect going forward.

My wife and I are planning a retirement there come this fall and wanted to get a warm comfortable feeling with regard to the current situation and expected situation going forward during recovery from the COVID thing and life thereafter.

Dear JWhalen,

Covid is unpredictable and so are conditions going forward.

If things are not too bad in one's USA location, I would tend to avoid travel to Ecuador in most cases for now.

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For updates... www.cuencahighlife.com

jwhalen55 :

Should we just stay in place (U.S.) for now and wait till the whole thing blows over (improves) or even consider other places to retire?

Colombia has handled the covid era in markedly different ways from Ecuador  -- i.e. openings and travel restrictions -- with apparently better results.

Keep an eye ;) on Colombia.

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cccmedia :

Keep an eye ;) on Colombia.

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News report I saw yesterday said Bogota mayor wants to reimpose lockdown as cases start to soar again

Wall Street Journal shows Guayaquil in a brighter light:
"Ecuador City Beat One of World’s Worst Outbreaks of Covid-19"
Guayaquil has largely vanquished the new coronavirus after bodies were left on street corners in a crisis the country’s president said was ‘worse than war’
(Video in Desktop, paywalled)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ecuador-ci … 1593532974

lebowski888 :

Guayaquil has largely vanquished the new coronavirus after bodies were left on street corners in a crisis the country’s president said was ‘worse than war’
(Video in Desktop, paywalled)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ecuador-ci … 1593532974

Apparently, the video and the main body of the print article require subscription(s).

Who can tell those of us who don't plan to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal .. how did Guayaquil largely "vanquish" coronavirus?

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For predictions on What's Ahead For Expats (in Latin America), check out Liam Higgins' article with that title dated today 7/2/2020 at the Cuenca Highlife site.

One prediction is that, after covid subsides, there will be an increased emigration of older folks from original Expat countries due to worsened economic conditions back home.

Another prediction in the article is that some countries south of the border will impose maximum age restrictions and pre/existing-conditions limits affecting newcomers.

www.cuencahighlife.com

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