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Living or Retiring Abroad
« on: November 10, 2023, 06:52:32 AM »
This topic was born from chat on another and I thought it deserved its own thread.

Many Russians like to go to Thailand as they don't need a visa there.   I just never found as much appeal to live in Asia.  I like the south of France, Nice, Monaco but it's very expensive there.  Spain is a popular expat place for many Brits. lots of sunny, cheap..you ever thought of living there?

With Brexit now it's made things more difficult. would UK passport holders need a visa to live in EU countries?


Brits need residence I think in the EU now if they want to live there. I don't think it's too onerous, Andrewfi did it in Estonia.

I agree with you about the South of France, but yes, it's expensive.

Spain has a certain reputation for a certain type of expat. I'd not be inclined to stay in the EU I think. The immigration problems are pretty much everywhere, and it's only going to get worse when 2.5m Gazans are thrown into the mix.

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Re: Living or Retiring Abroad
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2023, 07:31:12 AM »
Yeah, I did it. My application for permanent residence is now in hand.

I just have to wait 30 days for approval; I do not anticipate any issues along the way.

A bonus of having permanent residence in one country in the EU is that it can be exchanged for residence in any other EU country with minimal fuss.

The rules for residence vary across the EU; however, Britons would have several routes that would lead to residency. For example, in Estonia, one can obtain residence on the basis of existing income (which is not too high).

A visa is required if a person from outside the EU wants to spend an extended period in the EU. There are all sorts of these, and they vary from country to country. But it isn't too difficult to get one, as long as one is solvent and not from a 'troublesome' country.

Once one has EU residence, one can spend extended periods in all the countries of the EU. So, Spain is a nice destination; it is where I spend a chunk of time. I obtained an NIE which is a non-resident bit of paper that registers one as a person in Spain, enabling one to have bank accounts, buy property, interact with officialdom, etc.
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