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Ecuador Welcome Forum: Airfares for retirees?:

But even that represents a substantial savings. One thing we found when investigating this phenomenon is that it is not good for the entire traveling party. It is on an individual basis. My husband is now 65, so his ticket was 50% off on the fare. I am only approaching 65, so paid the full amount. At 65, there are also discounts on certain services, like phone, water, electric. Once again, it does not apply to fees and taxes. You can also request that the IVA you paid be refunded - when you are 65. I've heard that when you leave after visiting Ecuador, IVA can be refunded by filling out the appropriate form and providing the required documents in one of the departure lounges of the international airport. CasadeCuenca - do you know how that works? Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Global Expat Forum: Need my help?:

Evasandra - where are you now? You say returning to Norway in 2014 - but could be located anywhere in the world. Thanks. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Ecuador: Two Americans Assaulted, Robbed Cuenca:

What to do after the fact - my cell phone has been stolen. http://latinamericacurrentevents.com/ecuador-stolen-cellphones-being-used-by-criminal-gangs-victims-beware/29318/ Nicholas Crowder's book is also linked here at a very reasonable Kindle price. I don't know the gentleman, but based on Oceanhideaway's previous comment, this looks like something very worthwhile. 165,000 stolen cell phones were deactivated in Ecuador according to http://www.ecuadortimes.net/2013/08/07/supertel-deactivates-mobile-phones-reported-as-stolen/ So, just one more way to protect yourself - report the theft of your phone! Check out the information on living in Ecuador and on security and safety at http://ecuador.usembassy.gov/service/living-in-ecuador.html and http://ecuador.usembassy.gov/acs/security-safety.html They mention things that someone who has not lived overseas may overlook and will refresh the memory of those who are experienced expats. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Ecuador Welcome Forum: When can I return:

When you entered Ecuador, you were given a 90 day visa. From your statement that you were here July and August, the 28-30 days should be left on the original visa. You will not get another 90 day visa for 365 days; however, if you have all your documents ready for your visa, you should be able to come back and submit them without problem. We can refer you to some lawyers or a facilitator. We do not do visas. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Global Expat Forum: Questions about moving to Quito area:

Both Suziehammond and CasadeCuenca make good points. Don't commit to one location until you have visited. Chile is a beautiful country, so is Uruguay, parts of Argentina (personally Buenos Aires and Quito are way too big for me). Among the questions to ask yourself are: what do you plan to do besides go to the organic markets (which abound in Cuenca); what will you need to bring with you - are you a suitcase person or a home mover? Secure being by yourself and able to protect yourself if the need arose? Easily make friends or prone to homesickness? Etc. Would love to see you visit Cuenca - we are not on a direct flight, but only a couple of hours from Guayaquil by land and they do make direct flights. Speaking of that - airline accessibility issues could be another minor thing to consider. These are just a few of the many questions Suzie suggests you ask yourself with good reason. It is sad to see people move here and then leave because the reality is not the same as their expectations. There is a lady here in Cuenca who, in addition to Suzie, offers reality checks on one's capacity to survive in a foreign culture. It is not just Spanish that can be challenging - it is a whole different mindset. Karen Relocationservicesecuador.com

Ecuador Welcome Forum: Registration w/ Embassy in Quito:

Great points, Susan. Having lived in various countries, my husband and I have appreciated the efforts of the wardens and our embassies. Those of us in Cuenca are fairly far removed from the embassy functions, but it is still here to assist us. There is nothing more difficult for someone back in the states during a time of duress for their overseas family than to call the embassy, trying to locate someone and the embassy either has no record. Or is not authorized to speak to that family member who is calling. It is heartbreaking for both sides. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Ecuador: TAME Carry-On Luggage Size:

Oversize, overweight, too many bags (limit 1 20 kilo checked and 1 7-8 kilo, according to the officer at their sales desk it is 8 kilos) TAME does not use international standards because they are national carriers. Another option Guayaquil to Cuenca are drivers, vans, buses. Each has restrictions of some sort. Contact for more information. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Ecuador: Internet quality in various parts of EC?:

Here is a great blog - hope they will let me post it - dealing with the Internet services in Ecuador. http://www.gringosabroad.com/ecuador-internet-2013/ 2013 speed update We have TVCable and went through a series of home visits when we first set it up. Finally they sent a supervisor who confirmed that there was a problem in the connection outside our house and corrected it. Our big issue was downloading our backup from Carbonite after the failure of two hard drives upon arrival. Carbonite backs up daily, so that is not a big deal. Downloading was something else, until TVCable fixed their device. Make sure you have a good surge protector, regulator connected to any computer on electric power here. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Ecuador Welcome Forum: Birth certificates for residency visa application:

http://cancilleria.gob.ec/immigrant-visas/?lang=en And check the spelling of all names on the birth certificates. Sometimes they change and do not agree with the original on the birth certificate. The lawyer helped me with that one. (Andrea) Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com

Ecuador Welcome Forum: Shipping Oddities:

If you are a returning Ecuadorian, having been out of the country for sufficient time to import a vehicle, the cost will need to be the manufacturers cost. It doesn't matter how much you massage the price, customs will look at their official documentation for the vehicle as registered by the manufacturer. They will consider your invoice, but remember that tax is also included as part of the cost the customs officer will see. Send me pm for additional information regarding the importation of vehicles. Karen Relocationservicesecuador@gmail.com


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