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diesel40 replied to the thread Getting Your Dog Out of Nica to Return to USA on the Nicaragua forum:
the2bearsandme initially posted:
NOT as easy as you might think! I thought I would share this experience for those who plan to return to USA, briefly or permanently. Here is what has to be done before you leave: (1) Go to vet and get Rabies shot and paperwork started. (2) Then our paperwork was sent to another vet in Managua for the Managua vet to sign and take the records to Apen /then Global/ then Centrex (Nica government agency) (3) BEFORE the papers can go to Centrex, you have to bring your dog to Managua to Apen to have the dog and crate weighed and measured. The vet met us on our arrival and took us to Apen. The weighing and measuring is a Nica law/requirement. Then, we were taken to Global to get them to stamp the weigh/measure papers and to pay for the weigh / measure. (4) After Global, the Managua vet took the papers to Centrex for yet another stamp and then, he sent the papers back via bus (same day) to our Matagalpa vet, who then returned the papers to us (same day). COST FOR ENTIRE PROCESS: $75 for health certificate for the dog $15. for vet to send papers to Managua. C$134 cords to Global to pay for the weigh/measure and then to stamp the paperwork $20 to Managua vet to go to Apen / then Global / then Centrex. CATCH 22 NOTE: We don't live in Managua. We live in Matagalpa. So we had to transport my dog to Managua. The vet had agreed to make arrangements: send the dog, in the crate, via express bus, to Managua. We said NO WAY! We want to go with her. So vet called a bus driver friend to make arrangements. We paid for two tickets for dog/crate in addition to our own. Turns out they couldn't get the crate into the side door or the back door of the bus and were therefore going to put the dog/crate ON TOP OF THE BUS. We said NO WAY! Landed up paying $100 for private transport to Managua from Matagalpa! Geez!!!! Just so ya' know ... it ain't easy!
diesel40 replied on November 21, 2014 with:
We have a flight booked to bring our dog home to Miami on Dec 6 - can you tell me how many days in advance of your flight did you go to Managua to have your dog weighed? We're in Leon - can we go to Managua for the weighing the day before the flight? Or how many days in advance of our flight would you recommend that we do this to be safe?
the2bearsandme replied on April 19, 2014 with:
Need to talk to your local vet re rabies shot .... I don't know that answer. Marilyn (the one with the cat) did NOT have to go to Managua for weigh/measure of cat and crate .... only the dog.
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elduendegrande replied to the thread Medicaid in Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
bushamy13 initially posted:
This was discussed a while back on this forum. Medicare is not available in Nicaragua. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article4014757.html Eleven people associated with a South Florida managed care company were charged Wednesday with fleecing Medicare for services provided to U.S. citizens while they were living in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, according to an indictment. Coral Gables-based Florida Healthcare Plus filed false bills for retired Medicare beneficiaries who claimed to be living in the state but were being treated by foreign doctors while they resided in the two Latin American countries. That is illegal under the federal taxpayer-funded program for senior citizens and the disabled, authorities said. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article4014757.html#storylink=cpy
elduendegrande replied on November 21, 2014 with:
I think Medicare`s call center is in New Dehli, but this part of the web page is more helpful. http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11037.pdf
elduendegrande replied on November 21, 2014 with:
http://www.elderlawanswers.com/getting-medicare-while-traveling-or-living-overseas-8229 I`m not familiar with this website, but it seems to be saying the same things I have been picing together from other sources. Medicare and social Security are the least helpful sources, especially if you talk to a live person by phone. Part a is automatic and zero cost to you. get part b before you leave and keep paying it while you are abroad just incase. part c and probably d are not available.
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elduendegrande replied to the thread The Nicaraguan Grand Canal Project on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
shashaway initially posted:
I just arrived in "Le'on" but,...I will soon be traveling to "Rivas" to "check-out", if possible, recruitment for workers on "The Grand Canal Project". Any and all leads/insights would be appreciated.
elduendegrande replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Ah conteir, mon ferer...(sorry, I can`t spell any better than Bart Simpson) This canal is going forward exactly because of the politics! This is the Chinese Century and subservient nations need to learn their place. That includes both the US and Nic, so there! Anyway, a project of this scope will not be a round up the muchachos in the barrio and bring in some Chinese engineers. It will involve major outsourcing to european, asian, southamerican and even US companies and suppliers. I noticed a similar thing when an indian tribe built a casino in my county. People thought they would hire indians but in fact that was not the case. One, the tribe was too small. two, the available indians did not have the skills. and 3, the few indians they hired were not a net benefit--they had a lot of lazy racists who bothered the other workers. I saw the same thing when Home depot opened up a store in our town--they moved in 75% of the employees from other stores to get this one opened. On a big project, you cannot afford to doodle with locals with no experience. later you can break in some locals a few at a time. Anyway, if you are looking for canal work, go for it. I would suggest you try to locate the names of the outsourcing comapnies an get hired by one of them. I suspect they will have the means to get the necessary work permits and maybe housing, etc.
elduendegrande replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Ah conteir, mon ferer...(sorry, I can`t spell any better than Bart Simpson) This canal is going forward exactly because of the politics! This is the Chinese Century and subservient nations need to learn their place. That includes both the US and Nic, so there! Anyway, a project of this scope will not be a round up the muchachos in the barrio and bring in some Chinese engineers. It will involve major outsourcing to european, asian, southamerican and even US companies and suppliers. I noticed a similar thing when an indian tribe built a casino in my county. People thought they would hire indians but in fact that was not the case. One, the tribe was too small. two, the available indians did not have the skills. and 3, the few indians they hired were not a net benefit--they had a lot of lazy racists who bothered the other workers. I saw the same thing when Home depot opened up a store in our town--they moved in 75% of the employees from other stores to get this one opened. On a big project, you cannot afford to doodle with locals with no experience. later you can break in some locals a few at a time. Anyway, if you are looking for canal work, go for it. I would suggest you try to locate the names of the outsourcing comapnies an get hired by one of them. I suspect they will have the means to get the necessary work permits and maybe housing, etc.
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elduendegrande replied to the thread hotel/bed & breakfast in Managua, Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
janerush initially posted:
Please recommend a reasonably price hotel in Managua that would be safe and conveniently located. Thank you. Jane Rush
elduendegrande replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Specify price range and whether you expect people to speak English to get better results. Also, for any hotel you need landmark directions and the name of the barrio to give to the taxi driver.
arthotelmanagua replied on November 21, 2014 with:
We are located by the Parque Las Palmas in Managua, about 1.5km from the National Stadium. We can offer a room for 1 or 2 people for $41 plus $.82 INTUR tax ($41.82) per night. Contact us for pricing on larger rooms to accommodate more than 2 people. We have natural gas hot water heated showers, air conditioning in all rooms, ethernet cables in most rooms, WIFI. lobby computer. The price includes a full breakfast cooked fresh between 7am and 11 a.m.
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KeyWestPirate replied to the thread Future expat to Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
TerryCicada initially posted:
Greetings to everyone in this forum. I expect to be a new resident in Nicaragua in the near future. Currently I make trips down but only for short period s of time. One of my greatest concern is health care. Although I am covered by Medicare and medigap, the part F option will only cover you for the first six months. Are there any alternatives for those who who need such services ? Since US law does not allow coverage under Medicare is anyone aware of any coverage that could fill this gap? Or is it better simply to just self insured and make the trip back to the US in case of emergency ?
KeyWestPirate replied on November 21, 2014 with:
We've had this discussion, but I successfully re-enrolled in a Humana Advantage plan with drug coverage with a zero premium. The re-enrollment was necessary because I moved my US address of record. There is emergency out of country coverage, was $25K on my old plan (which was also Humana, but different market). I haven't had a chance to read the new plan info. I opened up a bank account (Chase) in the same city in a couple of hours, got a debit card and tied it to my PayPal. With a MagicJack which you can fund five years in advance for a little over $100 you have a number that is not going to change, with voice mail that comes to your email address as a .wav file. The MagicJack phone number can match your geographic location (matching area code). If you get the one that plugs directly into your router (also plugs into your PC),, then you can plug in a regular "house" phone and be in the US. I have a wireless phone setup with five handsets scattered around my compound. I'd love to die with my boots on too, but unfortunately have a lot of longevity in the family. I suspect that I will get SOMETHING before I meet my maker. SOMETHING that will require more than Nicaragua has to offer. A lot of people die here from simple problems and delays, and more suffer the consequences: amputated limbs because their diabetes is not properly diagnosed and controlled. The lack here is diagnostic capability. I live in a decent sized town that serves the large surrounding campo community, but they don't even have an X-Ray machine. You have to go to Estelí for an x-ray. So the overworked doctors guess, then guess again, and again. ... Hopefully,, you live long enough to finally discover what is wrong with you. Many Nicaraguans don't. A good doctor in Estelí is $16; an untrasound,, urinalysis, and complete blood workup is less than $50. An X-ray is $4. If you are a campesino who maybe sees $500 /year in cash in a good year, these are daunting numbers. Add some transportation, a place to stay, and some food. A final piece of advice: Start looking for a good doctor in your locality BEFORE you need one. Mine charges $8 for an office visit, double that to come to the house. If you do get really sick before you can jump on a plane, he will know who to call. You may have a chance, although I wouldn't take the bet. If you show up really sick looking for help from the Nicaraguan public health service, well, all I can say is, you will get what you deserve. Some very sophisticated mail solutions exist. When I was a sailor there was a service in Florida that would receive your mail, go through it, chuck the trash and forward the important stuff via UPS or Fed Ex to anywhere in the world. They would also pay your bills if you wished, although with online banking that is no longer a necessity. This is not rocket science. PayPal is becoming more and more an accepted means of payment. The US Embassy in Nicaragua accepts visa payments made to CitiBank (find a bank and stand in line)-- OR made via PayPal from you computer in 30 seconds..
elduendegrande replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Best bet is to die suddenly without running up any bills. You will be spread out on the livingroom table (probably the kitchen table moved to the living room) within the hour with viewing until mid morning when you will be buried. the best I have come up with is a patchwork which revolves around how sick I am, what I can afford at the momment, and my ability to get on a plane. Seems to me the 14th Amendment (irresponsible and premature as it was) says all citizens are equal--until you pay into Medicare all your life and can`t get it!
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JohnSS replied to the thread Nicaragua Canal on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
majicjack initially posted:
If anyone is interested on Yahoo.com web search "Current status of the Nicaragua canal project". It has several different opinions and not too many good revues. I did not say they were all negative before you start preaching or whining. Honest open study related opinions. Someone stated that you should invest your money in a project regardless if it happens or not. If you have a lot of money and want to invest in something like this just to keep money flowing into Nicaragua, there are a lot of people in this world that wants to meet you. I know of one and he does have a history. You can check this out on your own. The Stock Market of Nicaragua depends on the United States. 56.7 percent of Nicaragua's gross revenue comes from the USA. Nicaragua is mainly and agriculture economy and there are so many factors when it comes to agriculture. Droughts,(Which we just had) floods,(which we just had) market prices and supply and demand. 19% comes from industry and most of which are Zona Francas owned by overseas companies. The Growth Rate is currently a 5% which is not too bad but the current inflation rate is at 19.37 Japan, the worlds third largest economy just went into recession. Russia's currency is tanking, China manipulation of currency and price fixing is fixing to catch up with them and the U.S. Stock Market is shakey at most with rapid up and down cycles. The US Stock Market is largely held up by the feds influx of 85 billion dollars of freshly printed money each month. What happens when this ends? There is also big doubts that the world shipping market can support two canals. Most investors or at least successful ones do not invest in projects that there is doubt in. If it does happen, Nicaragua will become a puppet state to the Chinese and dance to their music. Large countries do nothing regardless of whom they are for small poor countries with out strings attached. Now, if anyone is offended by this I don't know what to say for you except it is time you broke the suction on that tit and grow up.
JohnSS replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Anuncian el inicio de la construccion del Canal Interoceanico de Nicaragua Nicaragua iniciará a construir× Interoceánico el 22 de diciembre del 2014 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fisFmmUi_s&feature=share
wanewbee replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Just curious as to how this affects local tribes? Always seemed to me that if there was a way to do so their resources would get seized especially if they had large tracts of land.
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wanewbee replied to the thread Business in nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum on November 21, 2014:
billdavis initially posted:
I was wondering what type of business is needed or wanted in nicaragua?? Or what type of business does well??
wanewbee replied on November 21, 2014 with:
Good information. I have been around a lot of "boom towns" here in the US while working in the construction industry. At first I found it unbelievable how some of these workers would come in and prey on the locals. They would scam as much as they could and move on before the bulk of the workers would arrive in the area driving prices across the board through the roof. Prostitution and drugs were the norm. Many naieve local young women were caught up in it. By the time things wound down, as they always will, people and towns were basically destroyed. The money has gone away but the local desire for it hasn't, as well as the desire for the drugs they can no longer afford but desperately need. The local trust and ethics that were there before have now been permanently altered.
Salsera replied on November 15, 2014 with:
sorry: alcoholics and prostitutes..
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ssure38 replied to the thread Res. documents on the Nicaragua forum on November 17, 2014:
ssure38 initially posted:
Couple questions about documents that need to be produced for residency: !) Birth Certificate - does it have to be a NEW paper (rather than the old wallet sized plastic ones) original one or can it be a copy of the old wallet sized plastic ones? 2) What exactly is the medical requirement document? Just a letter from my Dr.? Can I get that from a Dr. in Nicaragua? 3) Anyone cleared by Interpol in Managua or is that always done back home in country of origin? One last; anyone know someone trustworthy in Granada that speaks reasonable English and knows the in's and out's of the process and charges reasonable rates? Thank you
ssure38 replied on November 17, 2014 with:
Thank you for the information
bushamy13 replied on November 16, 2014 with:
The answers to some of your queries vary but since you ask for someone that can assist I will defer them to her. Patricia has helped many people in the Granada area and has been getting good reviews. Patricia Sanchez Quintero patriciasanchezquintero@gmail.com 8950-8211 2280-6990
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cedelune replied to the thread Recommendations for oral surgeon on the Nicaragua forum on November 17, 2014:
Mbuzi0775 initially posted:
Looking for oral surgeon to do extraction and preparation for implant. Would appreciate anyone wishing to share name of surgeon. Managua, Leon or Granada would be fine, however prefer Leon. Thanks
cedelune replied on November 17, 2014 with:
Quote from the blog: Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua: "Meet the dentists: Dr. Erwin Esquivel Chavez and his wife Dra. Ximena Urbina Ordoez Website: Clinica Dental Esquivel-Urbina e-mail: erwinesquivel@hotmail.com Office Phone: 2552-0664 The oral surgeon,Dr. Gilberto Martinez, aka TITO, comes every Friday." Dr. Martinez is the drop-dead cute one. I don't know how to contact him directly but if you're in Granada, you can see him at Esquivel-Urbina's office, or email Dr. Esquivel for his Managua contact info. I'm a patient, and am very pleased with the quality of their work.
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arthotelmanagua replied to the thread fingerprinting in Bluefields on the Nicaragua forum on November 16, 2014:
hanneke65 initially posted:
Hi, I need fingerprinting done for the FBI in the US in Bluefields Nicaragua. I've already discussed it with someone at the FBI and they say as long as a law inforcement person does it it's ok. However in Bluefields at the police station they just gave me the ink and said go for it. Well that's not really what I need. Any suggestions? I know I can go to Managua but just curious to hear some thoughts. Thanks
arthotelmanagua replied on November 16, 2014 with:
If applying for residency in Nicaragua, the easiest way to get a police report is to go to Interpol at the National Police Station at Plaza del Sol, Managua. They charge $25 and the document is certified by them and accepted by immigration. As far as Bluefields Police not helping you take the prints, ask the police who processes the prints for arrestees and then offer him 100 cordobas to do the prints for you. If that doesn't work, ask to speak to a subcommissioner or Commissioner.
elduendegrande replied on November 14, 2014 with:
Don`t have a clue, but I went that path to get my residency and Nic. rejected it because the fingerprint card didn`t say enough and wasn`t signed and notorized. 4 months and 40 bucks and the FBI sents a card. that anyone could do on a zeroz. Ay a minimum, if you plan to use the card for any legal purpose, see if the feds will notor ize it.
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