Are You Moving to Portugal?

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  1. Beth
    What great useful info. Wonderful summary. Agree with it all, especially having patience, perspective & perseverance. We’ve moved within the USA, I think 9 times. So really understand the donate, trash or keep decisions to be made with stuff.
    Thanks again.
    Leslie

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    1. Moving is tough no matter where you are or how many times you do it. My family moved 16 or 17 times in 18 years when I was growing up (my father was in the Air Force). I thought I was a pro. 😂 Guess not! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 👍

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  2. This is so helpful, thanks Beth! We do hope to travel outside of the US next year and Portugal is top on the list! Do you have an email I can contact you directly for Qs on visas and healthcare? Thanks so much!!
    Eileen

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    1. Hi Eileen – Thank you for your kind note. Are you an American citizen planning to visit or are you planning to move here? If you are only going to visit (and are an American ), no visa is necessary only your passport. I have written about the health care system and our insurance coverage in two separate blog posts. The first is called “The Quality and Cost of Health Care” and the second is called “1.25 for an EKG?!” Links to both can be found in the list of prior posts at the bottom of this page. Let me know if those posts help to answer your questions.

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      1. Yes we are American citizens. We want to visit and if all goes well, live there. I plan to retire next year. My husband is already retired. We will travel for awhile (once World is safe again after pandemic) and are ultimately open to living abroad. I’d like to be able to visit for a year at minimum, and a regular passport seems to give us only 90 days in Portugal and most of Europe. Thoughts? Thanks Beth!

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      2. Ahhh…OK. Yes, you are right about time limits traveling only with your passport. I’m not an expert in this area so the best thing to do would be to contact the closest Portuguese embassy and ask them what type of visa is appropriate for your specific objectives. However, based on some quick research I did on your behalf, I believe you would need to apply for a D7 visa. The D7 is a temporary residency visa intended to help the holder to obtain a long-term residence permit in Portugal. You can read more about this visa by clicking the following link: https://getgoldenvisa.com/portugal-d7-visa Good luck! Please stay in touch and keep me posted on how you are progressing.

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      3. Thank you! How were you and your husband able to get residency? Did you invest in a business or property?

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      4. No, we just applied for it. We did not buy a home or invest in a business. We have the financial means to ensure we are not a burden to the government (i.e. social assistance isn’t required). Our original D7 visa expired 120 days after it was issued. During that time, we prepared everything we needed to apply for (and receive) our residence permits.

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  3. Great summary, Beth, of so many of your previous posts. The devil is in the details, which fascinates me for some reason!

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    1. Thanks, Taffy! I guess you don’t realize how much is involved in setting up a completely new life when you move to another country. I certainly didn’t, but in many ways, it’s been fun when it’s woven into the adventure and excitement of seeing this beautiful country. Have you been able to get fully vaccinated?

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    1. LOL! I’ve had the same 100 euros in my wallet for months. The idea of using cash is becoming less and less necessary or desired. I still get a little rush of endorphins when I hear that “ping” and see the big green check pop up on my phone when I buy something electronically. The great thing is how much of Portugal is electronic. It’s a fascinating dichotomy when we are surrounded by so much visual history. Love it. Can’t wait for you and Heather to come for a visit. I’m thinking maybe later this year? Let’s discuss this weekend.

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  4. Even though we now live in Portugal, I had not heard of the Bolt app. We’ll definitely download that one. Thanks for all the invaluable advice and information.

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  5. Beth, your updates are a God send! Thank you for taking the time to write down all the things that I think about and especially, all those things I’m not yet thinking about for our move to Portugal! You and Won seem like such great people, I sincerely hope we can meet you both and share a nice glass of wine when we get there – we are hoping it’ll be sometime in mid 2022.

    I look forward to reading your next insightful post.

    Keep up the FANTASTIC work! Your efforts are truly appreciated!!

    Happy Easter!

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    1. Hello!! It’s nice to “meet you!” What a kind and generous note. I’m so happy to know you have found my posts to be helpful and informative. Won and I would enjoy the opportunity to meet in person and have a glass of wine when you get here. I know you will love it as much as we do. Until then, if you have any specific questions I can answer or a topic to cover in a blog post, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Happy Easter or as they say in Portugal, Feliz Páscoa!

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  6. Beth – I have been enjoying your posts ever since I came across them on LinkedIn. I have been trying to persuade my (Brazilian) wife that we should take the same step, but for the time being we remain in Vevey, which is I suppose a pretty good place to be retired.
    It is true there is no amazon.pt. However, amazon.de is available in English, has an English books section and is, of course, in the EU. Perhaps that could be the answer to some of your problems?
    Best regards
    Peter

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    1. Hi Peter! I’m delighted to hear from you! I agree, Switzerland is a beautiful place to retire. Lucky you! I’m also happy to know you’ve been enjoying my posts. Thanks for the Amazon tip, but we discovered both Amazon Germany as well as Amazon Spain a few weeks back. Interestingly, they don’t always carry the same products. We would have most likely used Amazon UK for language ease, but now that they are no longer in the EU we just use the German and Spanish sites to order. My husband just mentioned this morning that it’s rather unfortunate that we’ve found them…we’ll likely be ordering more frequently. LOL! I hope you will let me know if you and your wife come to Portugal for a visit. It would be nice to get together. Please stay in touch.

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