Expat Guide to Living in Colombia
Whether you're already living in Colombia or preparing to move to Colombia, our Expat Guide to Living in Colombia offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Colombia. For answers to specific questions, visit our Colombia Forum to talk with expats in Colombia.
Expats talk about some of the biggest challenges they've faced living in Latin America. Whether you're moving to Panama City or Punta del Este, this article is a must read to help you prepare (hint: you'll be much happier if you learn the language) and adjust your expectations (realities: the roads are rough, the pace of life is slower and bureaucracy is unavoidable). Despite all of the challenges, the list of what expats like about life in Latin America far exceeds the challenges.
Our guide to healthcare in Colombia covers public and private healthcare in Colombia, hospitals, vaccinations, prescription medications and more.
Expats in Colombia talk about what it's really like living there - deciding where to live, the pros and cons and more.
The healthcare system in Medellin, Colombia gets generally positive reviews from expats there. Find answers to questions about universal healthcare in Colombia, what it takes to get an EPS card and more.
Here are the best places to live in Medellin, Colombia, based on the recommendations of expats that already live there. There are options for a variety of budgets in this now popular destination in Colombia.
An expat in Cartago, Colombia has found a little bit of heaven living in Colombia. He appreciates the much lower cost of living and admits he lives like a king in Colombia for $2,000 a month. He advises others moving to Colombia to bring only the necessities and buy furniture there.
An expat living in the mountains outside of Palmira, Colombia talks about the culture shock she experienced moving to Colombia.
An expat in Medellin talks about adapting to the manana way of life, starting a real estate business in Colombia and the friendly Colombians.
What's it like living in a small town in Quindio department of Colombia not far from Armenia? A expat retiree and his Colombian wife have found their dream destination. But, life in Colombia does come with challenges - bureaucracy being a big one.
A retiree in Medellin talks about loving life in Medellin - it's been a great change of pace for him and his wife. He says that while some expats live on $1,500 per month, others live in $3,000.
More Culture Shock Reports for Colombia
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Colombia handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Colombia:
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Living Overseas Report
What are people's priorities in Colombia - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Help other expats and people moving to Colombia by filling out our Living Overseas Report.
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More Moving to Colombia Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Colombia? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Colombia? Below are some of the responses from expats in Colombia:
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Reviews of Schools in Colombia
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Colombia. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Colombia:
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Dream vs. Reality of Living in Colombia Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Colombia. If you are already living in Colombia, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Colombia:
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Retiring in Colombia Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Colombia, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Colombia:
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Having a Baby in Colombia Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Colombia? Below are some of the reports from expats in Colombia:
Working in Colombia Reports
What's it like to find a job in Colombia? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Colombia? Below are some of the reports from expats in Colombia:
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Cost of Living in Medellin, Colombia
Expats in Medellin enjoy a far lower cost of living than in major cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. However, work is scarce and low pay unless you are transferred there by a large company, so you'll need an established income stream to make it as an expat in Medellin.
9 Best Places to Live in Colombia 2021
Here are the 9 best places to live in Colombia according to expats living in Colombia. Expats share why they love living in each city, the climate, cost of living, social activities and more. Don't overlook the comments about heat and humidity in some coastal cities - while these conditions are ideal for some expats, they're oppressive for others.
Living Abroad: Digital Nomads in Medellin, Colombia
Expats in Colombia have taken full advantage of this South American nation's miraculous comeback after decades of chaos. Digital nomads have also found there way to Medellin, its second largest city, for a wide variety of reasons.
Expat Banking: Tips for Expats in Colombia
Expats in Colombia face unique and inconsistent challenges in managing their finances, and that means persistence is needed. Here are some basic tips from expats living in Colombia - their insights are based on their actual experiences managing their finances while living there.
22 Expats Talk about What It's Like Moving to Colombia
If you're moving to Colombia, read these tips from expats living Colombia. From what to bring to Colombia, hiring a lawyer for visa issues, buying vs. renting, health insurance and hospitals, the frustrations of using Amazon in Colombia and more.
Expats in Colombia: Pros and Cons of Living in Colombia
Expats in Colombia discuss the pros and cons of living in Colombia. From the Colombian people to driving to taxes and more. As challenging as it can be, expats in Colombia clearly find that there is a lot to love about a country that is a surprising expat hot spot.
12 Things to Know Before Moving to Colombia
With its bustling cities, beautiful beaches and friendly Colombians, Colombia is an increasingly popular destination for expats of all ages. Expats in Colombia offer insightful tips for those moving to Colombia.
9 Tips for Buying Property in Colombia
Expats in Colombia share insightful tips for buying property in Colombia. If you're thinking about buying real estate in Colombia, there is much to learn from their experiences.
6 Best Places to Live in Colombia
Colombia has made an incredible transformation. Expats in Colombia have a lot to say about the best places to live in Colombia. From cities on the Caribbean coast to inland cities, here are 6 of the best places to live in Colombia.
5 Tips For Living in Medellin, Colombia
Expats living in Medellin, Colombia report that there are safe places to live - and that the nightlife is fun, too. Read about how to live in Medellin - a city that has become quite a popular destination for expats.
10 Tips for Living in Bogota
Expats offer advice for others considering a move to Bogota, Colombia. Topics include safety in Bogota, best neighborhoods for expats, international schools in Bogota and more.
A New Life in Colombia?
Expat Dean LaCoursiere gives an overview of several pueblos (communities) in or near the coffee country that are little known outside of Colombia and are even off the radar of most expat magazines.
Living in Colombia: Finding the Charm in Bogota
At first view, Bogota reminded Kathleen Peddicord of some West Baltimore neighborhoods (where she grew up). But, she found old Bogota to be charming. "While modern Bogota is urban sprawl defined, old Bogota is the most impressive and extensive collection of Spanish colonial structures I've seen," explained Peddicord.
World's Top Retirement Havens 1 Through 9
Where are the best places to retire overseas? Which retirement haven is right for you? France? Ecuador? Panama? Nicaragua? Thailand? Kathleen Peddicord shares the pros and cons of the world's top 9 retirement havens.
10 Tips for Living in Colombia
Colombia is an up-and-coming expat destination. With it's low cost of living, and wonderful people, Colombia has a lot to offer.
Moving to Colombia?
Moving to Colombia? John Douglas provides a wealth of information on housing, security, cost-of-living and more.