Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Bucaramanga, Colombia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Bucaramanga?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bucaramanga, they said:
"Bucaramanga is known for its pleasant climate, beautiful parks, and affordable cost of living, making it an attractive destination for expats looking to retire. Before making the move, there are several things you should know. Firstly, you should understand the visa requirements. Colombia offers a pensioner visa for retirees with a monthly income of at least three times the minimum wage in Colombia. This visa is valid for one year and can be renewed. Secondly, the cost of living in Bucaramanga is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, it's important to budget for unexpected expenses and consider the cost of healthcare, which may be higher than you're used to. Thirdly, while many locals speak English, it's beneficial to learn some basic Spanish to help with day-to-day tasks and socializing. Fourthly, healthcare in Colombia is generally of a high standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Many expats choose to pay for private healthcare, which is still affordable compared to U.S. prices. Fifthly, safety can be a concern in certain parts of Colombia, but Bucaramanga is generally considered safe. However, it's always important to stay vigilant and take precautions, such as avoiding certain areas at night. Lastly, it's important to understand the culture and customs of Colombia. Colombians are known for their friendliness and hospitality, but they also value respect and politeness. It's important to be patient and respectful of local customs and traditions. In conclusion, retiring in Bucaramanga, Colombia can be a wonderful experience, but it's important to do your research and be prepared," explained one expat living in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
What do I need to know before moving to Bucaramanga?
About the Author
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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