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Moving To Colombia: How To Prepare For A New Life In South America

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Moving to Colombia is an exciting decision, but years of experience have shown me that most expats are unprepared for the challenges of moving to a new country. Learn how to prepare for expat life in South America. Get advice on how to pack for your move, hire a visa attorney, find affordable housing, and learn Spanish.


   
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(@Ryan Young)
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I’m interested in making this move. Please advise as soon as you can


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Ryan,

Did you have a quick question about the move to Colombia, need information about shipping your belongings, or would you like assistance filing for a visa?

Cheers,

Marco


   
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Hi Marco, I heard that all US citizens are entitled to a “one time” free international container from the US to abroad. Is this true?

Thanks,


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi John,

I've never heard of that incentive. Also, it would be an unusual incentive to target only US citizens. What is "free," the shipping cost or the customs and duties?


   
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(@Matthew Yodis)
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Marco, thanks for writing a great intro to moving to Colombia!


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Thanks, Matthew. I'm glad you found it useful.

If you are looking at Medellin, check out my new article on the best neighborhoods.

If you still don't know where in Colombia you are headed, my post on ideal expat locations to live is a good start.

Cheers,

Marco


   
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(@Arnie)
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I have a question maybe you can help me with. I am a Canadian living in Colombia for 3 months, if I stay for more that 6 months my ccp is reduced, my question is, if I go back to Canada how long do I need to stay in Canada to keep my ccp at the same rate when I return to Colombia. Would I have to stay 1 week or one month, do you have any advice? Thanks. Arnie


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Arnie, the CCP out of country requirements are dictated by Canada, not Colombia. Regrettably, my partners focus on Colombian laws and don't have any information on the Canadian Pension Plan. Those are questions you would need to ask the Canadian government.


   
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