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Moving to Providencia Island, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

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

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What do I need to know before moving to Providencia Island?

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

"Expats moving to Providencia Island, should be aware of several important factors before making the move. Firstly, it is essential to have a valid visa and necessary documentation to live and work in Colombia. Researching the different types of visas available and their requirements is crucial. Language is another important aspect to consider, as Spanish is the primary language spoken on the island. Expats should have a basic understanding of Spanish or be prepared to learn the language to communicate effectively with locals. The cost of living on Providencia Island is generally lower than in major cities, but it is essential to budget accordingly for housing, utilities, groceries, and other expenses. It is also important to note that the island's economy is primarily based on tourism and fishing, so job opportunities may be limited. Healthcare facilities on Providencia Island are limited, and expats may need to travel to the mainland for more specialized treatments. It is essential to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation if necessary. The island has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round, so expats should be prepared for hot and humid weather. It is also important to be aware of the hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November. Transportation on the island is limited, with most people relying on motorcycles, bicycles, or walking to get around. Expats should be prepared for a slower pace of life and limited public transportation options. Finally, it is essential for expats to familiarize themselves with local customs, traditions, and etiquette to integrate smoothly into the community. Building relationships with locals and participating in community events can help expats feel more at home on Providencia Island," remarked one expat in Providencia Island, 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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