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Moving to Armenia, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Moving to Armenia, Colombia? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Armenia.

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What do I need to know before moving to Armenia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Armenia, they said:

"Expats moving to Armenia, should be aware of several factors to ensure a smooth transition. Firstly, it is essential to have a basic understanding of Spanish, as English is not widely spoken in Armenia. Taking Spanish lessons before moving or enrolling in a language course upon arrival can be helpful. Armenia has a lower cost of living compared to many Western countries, making it an attractive destination for expats. However, it is essential to research the cost of living and create a budget to manage expenses effectively. Safety is a concern in some parts of Colombia, and while Armenia is relatively safe, it is crucial to be cautious and aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas, and keep your belongings secure. Healthcare facilities in Armenia are adequate, but may not be up to the standards of those in Western countries. Expats should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical treatment in Colombia and, if necessary, medical evacuation. Public transportation in Armenia is limited, and many expats choose to use taxis or private vehicles for transportation. It is essential to familiarize yourself with the local transportation options and consider obtaining a Colombian driver's license if you plan to drive. The climate in Armenia is tropical and can be hot and humid. Expats should be prepared for this weather and take necessary precautions, such as staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen. It is essential to understand the local customs and culture to integrate into the community successfully. Colombians are generally warm and friendly, but it is crucial to be respectful and aware of cultural differences. Finally, securing appropriate accommodation is vital for a comfortable stay in Armenia. Research the various neighborhoods and housing options available, and consider working with a local real estate agent to find a suitable home," remarked one expat in Armenia, Colombia.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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