What do I need to know before retiring in Ireland?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Ireland, they said...
"- Take into account the cost of living in Ireland which is higher than most other countries in Europe, particularly the South East of England. - It is essential to have the necessary visas to be able to remain in Ireland meaning having an Irish passport, an EU passport or another form of valid visa. - Consider the climate when choosing an area of Ireland to retire in, as tiers can vary significantly in different areas. - Consider any additional or special benefits, services and facilities suitable for retirees. - Take into consideration any potential health care costs you may incur living in Ireland. - Opt for a pension or income from abroad if you plan on retiring in Ireland. - Research the local area you are considering to ensure it meets your needs, including access to transport and amenities such as restaurants, shops, leisure centres, libraries and parks. - It is advisable to carry out a financial plan before retirement, to decide on the funds you will need for your retirement. - Have an understanding of the taxation system in Ireland so as not to be caught out. - Be aware of any legal procedures that must be followed when buying a property in Ireland, such as land registry and title searches. - Consider your pension options and whether a private pension or an annuity would suit you best," explained one expat living in Ireland.
"Before undertaking any overseas residency, PLAN AND RESEARCH IN ADVANCE! My husband and I had the good fortune to be able to retire in Ireland. I hold dual US-UK citizenship so the move and entrance to Ireland was relatively easy for us. In addition, having direct lineage to an Irish citizen (as writing this, that includes Irish parents or grandparents), makes entrance easier. One must be prepared to provide the documents required of Ireland, including background check, financial means, etc. We spent over a year researching all aspects of living here and obtaining Irish citizenship, which we are working on now due to my grandparents being Irish. The best thing to start is online research: Ireland (or wherever your plans are set) Residency Requirements for expats. Above all else, if coming here, join a group like this and make a friend in advance. It pays to know someone who has walked your path before you. And as they say here... Failte (Welcome)," said another expat in Tubbercurry, Ireland.
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What do I need to know before retiring in Ireland?If you live in Ireland, newcomers to Ireland would love to hear your answer to this question.
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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.