Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Umag, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Umag?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Umag, they said:
"Umag is a small town located in the Istrian region of Croatia, known for its beautiful coastline and historical sites. Before moving to Umag, expats should know that the official language is Croatian, although English, Italian, and German are also widely spoken due to the town's popularity as a tourist destination. The cost of living in Umag is relatively low compared to other European cities, but it's important to note that salaries are also generally lower. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, and it's advisable to have a basic understanding of the exchange rates. Umag has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The town is also known for its high-quality local food and wine, with many restaurants offering traditional Istrian dishes. The healthcare system in Croatia is generally good, but it's recommended for expats to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation in Umag is reliable, but many residents prefer to use cars or bicycles for getting around. Umag is a safe town with a low crime rate. However, like any other place, it's important to take basic safety precautions. The town is also family-friendly, with several good schools and plenty of outdoor activities for children. The process of getting a visa and work permit in Croatia can be complex, so it's advisable to seek professional advice. It's also important to note that Croatia has a double taxation agreement with many countries, which means that expats may have to pay tax in both their home country and in Croatia. Finally, it's worth noting that Umag is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the summer months. This means that the town can get quite busy, and prices for goods and services may increase during this period," remarked one expat who made the move to Umag.
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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.