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Old 02-20-2021, 09:47 PM   #101
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Checking in on our expats all over the world. How's it going? What's the situation like regarding the virus and the regulations? What about the vaccine?

Hope everyone is doing alright!
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:05 PM   #102
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Checking in on our expats all over the world. How's it going? What's the situation like regarding the virus and the regulations? What about the vaccine?

Hope everyone is doing alright!

Hola from Costa Rica. Vaccines have started for the older folks, Tico's and those with residency. There have been off and on restrictions for driving days based on license plate #'s. Rumor has it the last of these will end at the end of the month.

When it hit, the government allowed all those already in country to just stay, kept extending the tourist visa's. Last time they were extended to March 2nd. Government has said no more extensions now that airports are open and flights going in and out.

We have applied for temporary residency but it takes quite a while. So DW and I made a quick run up to Miami end of January to re-set our visa stamps not on the same 90 day schedule as everyone else. If they extend last minute, it was a bad call. If they don't, we wont be in the hordes trying to get out and back March 1 or 2.

Will honestly say this; feel very thankful and blessed to have been here during all of it than back up in the USA. Beautiful weather, fresh air, lovely nature when you need out. I think that for a small country they have handled it as well as possible.

And after the quick weekend trip to Miami, even more so!
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:17 PM   #103
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Old 02-21-2021, 02:39 AM   #104
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Doing all reet in Yorkshire. Under lockdown until March, vaccine rollout going well, Spring weather bringing out the snowdrops and crocuses. My knee surgery a few days ago went great, going out for my first walk in the woods today to give it a workout. Our cohort (65-69) started vaccinations last week, but because of surgery we had to wait and have appointments for 2 days time.

And my first UK SS payment (aka OAP) went into the bank 2 days ago.
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Old 02-21-2021, 06:57 AM   #105
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Switzerland here. Vaccine supplies delivered/to be delivered are lower than government contracted for, alas. So, going slower than expected. Expect most to be vaccinated by May/June. Since the beginning of the year we have been in a new stricter phase with stores (other than food and pharmacies) closed; but this is expected to ease up in two weeks. Borders still closed, of course.

The sinking of the dollar is a concern, not a worry yet. But over the last 12 months the exchange rate has changed from .98 Swiss franc per $1.00 USD to .88. About 90% of our income comes from investments, SS, etc. in the US and is transferred quarterly to our Swiss bank account (not THAT kind of Swiss bank account, unfortunately). We have adjusted with some easy budget cuts and have identified more cuts we could make if need be.

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Old 02-21-2021, 07:09 AM   #106
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SouthEast Florida here. Vaccinations average to the rest of the US. Heavily focused on senior homes and age 65+, with a fair amount (>10%) undisclosed. Weather is nice, so lots of sun, walking and other outdoor. We’ve made it to the beach multiple times, although it is a bit windy. This is high tourist season. Traffic isn’t as congested as in previous years, so overall tourism appears down, but restaurants are bursting.
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Although I've been an expat, (KSA), I guess I'm actually a pluralistic immigrant, (Australia and Canada...quickly approaching 56 years in the latter)....whatever, I'll never go back whence I came, since I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there in the first place.

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article...alled-an-expat

Regardless....we have a little snow, the sun is shining brightly, no vaccines yet and no word as to when....although the community pool is scheduled to reopen (limited access) tomorrow, and DW is signed up to resume her thrice weekly swims.
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Here in Malta, everything is open except bars and clubs. You must wear a mask everywhere except inside your home and car. Most cultural events are cancelled There are no tourists and very few flights in and out of the country. The options across europe are very limited with curfews, travel restrictions and closed borders so even if you could get out it would be hard to actually go anywhere. Vaccine rollout here is leading the rest of the EU but its still looking like the fall or Christmas before its offered to most people. The summer is looking like a bust in Europe with Ireland saying bars and hotels to stay closed at least through the middle of the summer. UK looking a lot better because they have their own supply. I think that next year when the USA has finished vaccinating, supplies in europe should be more plentiful and that things may be open by summer 2022.
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Old 02-21-2021, 03:50 PM   #109
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Will honestly say this; feel very thankful and blessed to have been here during all of it than back up in the USA. Beautiful weather, fresh air, lovely nature when you need out. I think that for a small country they have handled it as well as possible.

And after the quick weekend trip to Miami, even more so!
Interesting, glad you went ahead with the border run so you don't have to worry about it. One of the travel podcasters I listen to went down to CR in Jan originally intending to spend a month but have decided to stay for the full 90. They shared insight into how things are, at least in the town that they're in. Glad to hear that CR and you all are managing quite well!

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My knee surgery a few days ago went great, going out for my first walk in the woods today to give it a workout. Our cohort (65-69) started vaccinations last week, but because of surgery we had to wait and have appointments for 2 days time.
Yikes sorry you needed surgery during this time, but glad it was a success! Good luck with the vaccine and hope you are able to get back to normal-ish life soon.

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Thanks for sharing. Switzerland hasn't gotten much press here in the states, but I would have imagined they'd manage the outbreak pretty well.

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Although I've been an expat, (KSA), I guess I'm actually a pluralistic immigrant, (Australia and Canada...quickly approaching 56 years in the latter)....whatever, I'll never go back whence I came, since I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there in the first place.

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article...alled-an-expat
Expat vs Immigrant is a fair question. Thanks for sharing about life in Ontario!

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SouthEast Florida here. Vaccinations average to the rest of the US. Heavily focused on senior homes and age 65+, with a fair amount (>10%) undisclosed. Weather is nice, so lots of sun, walking and other outdoor. We’ve made it to the beach multiple times, although it is a bit windy. This is high tourist season. Traffic isn’t as congested as in previous years, so overall tourism appears down, but restaurants are bursting.
Would SE FL be South FL? Or is it more specific? I'm also in South FL and feel extremely fortunate compared to the rest of the country this past week. Seems FL has been vaccinating at a decent pace...I hope it keeps improving. This region seems to include a large share of people who are not, umm, so concerned about the virus.

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Here in Malta, everything is open except bars and clubs. You must wear a mask everywhere except inside your home and car. Most cultural events are cancelled There are no tourists and very few flights in and out of the country. The options across europe are very limited with curfews, travel restrictions and closed borders so even if you could get out it would be hard to actually go anywhere. Vaccine rollout here is leading the rest of the EU but its still looking like the fall or Christmas before its offered to most people. The summer is looking like a bust in Europe with Ireland saying bars and hotels to stay closed at least through the middle of the summer. UK looking a lot better because they have their own supply. I think that next year when the USA has finished vaccinating, supplies in europe should be more plentiful and that things may be open by summer 2022.
Wow. Cannot believe we are talking about summer of 2022, but that's where we are now. Last March I thought I'd be traveling again by the fall.
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Old 02-26-2021, 12:11 AM   #112
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Just jumping in this thread... have not FIREd yet but have already bought in the south of France a few years back. Friends there are having a tougher time with the confinement, one even moved back! Another couple just arrived back for the duration.

I lived in Switzerland for a little over two years and loved it. But wow, has it gotten expensive. And the taxes! So much better for US retirees in France with all the latest changes than Switzerland (or Spain).
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Bangkok, Thailand here. Interesting to read that expats in Europe are expecting to get vaccinated May/June or later. Reading the news from here one would think that it would be earlier. In Thailand I am expecting vaccinations to open up mid-year. We are coming out of a second small outbreak. Most everything is open and they started allowing alcohol to be sold in restaurants and bars a couple of days ago. Now I am just waiting for salsa dancing to return again.
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