Talk:Retiring abroad

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Initial commentsEdit

I started this with text from the deleted retirement in Thailand article. Discussion there indicated this article might be a good idea. I've already deleted some text from the old article & more needs to go.

It needs much more, notably a list of countries that have a retirement visa available, with links to gov't sites with details. Australia, Indonesia & Thailand do. Others? (WT-en) Pashley 21:30, 14 May 2011 (EDT)

I've now deleted most of the old article's text. What is left is a bunch of stuff under the heading "complications", basically anything that looked to me like it might be useful as a reminder of things that need to be covered. It all needs rewriting in this context.
I won't be doing more work on this soon. Others are encouraged to jump in. (WT-en) Pashley 00:59, 15 May 2011 (EDT)
Made first pass on a rewrite. It still needs other contributors. (WT-en) Pashley 02:44, 15 May 2011 (EDT)
Very nice work Pashley. --(WT-en) Burmesedays 08:31, 15 May 2011 (EDT)

Contributions wantedEdit

This is now about as far as I can take it. So far, I'm the only writer. It has been bumped to Guide status, but it is not actually complete. In particular, the list of countries with retirement visa programs has gaps of two types. One is that I almost certainly have not found all the possibilities, for either investment visas or retirement visas. Can anyone add some?

The other problem is that for several countries I found travel agents offering visa services but was unable to find a primary source, government site. I've added those countries to the list but without primary source links. Finding the gov't sites should be relatively easy; just Google for "retirement visa" plus something like "". The latter part restricts the search to government domains. Unfortunately, I cannot do much of that because I am in China and the Great Firewall is currently sabotaging Google. Volunteers? (WT-en) Pashley 00:37, 18 May 2011 (EDT)

Except for the above, I think it is done. (WT-en) Pashley 03:23, 15 June 2011 (EDT)
I changed the text for the investment visas so it now says these are just examples, with enough money you can go almost anywhere. The retirement visa list is still incomplete, though, and that's a problem. (WT-en) Pashley 02:45, 20 June 2011 (EDT)

I have filled in as many gaps as I can, but it is still incomplete. Both types of gap mentioned above still exist. In particular, I speak neither Spanish nor Portuguese so there are a lot of gaps in Latin America & some links that are there may be wrong.

Help! Pashley (talk) 14:44, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

Several links were found to be dead. I fixed one but deleted two others, Mexico & Honduras. Those join several other Spanish-speaking countries where we've never had a link (see last paragraph above). Any volunteers to fix that? Pashley (talk) 22:32, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Colonial remnants?Edit

Are the few remaining overseas territories of colonial powers easy to retire in? Can a Briton go to Gibraltar without a visa, an American to Puerto Rico, or a Frenchman to French Polynesia? (WT-en) Pashley

What about former territories? Do Britons get special treatment in Malta or Americans in the Philippines? Are there some where resentment of the colonial past would be problem for a possible retiree? (WT-en) Pashley
I added text to cover this. (WT-en) Pashley 21:24, 7 June 2011 (EDT)


The section on Retiring_abroad#Information_sources is now fairly large.

Is it too large? Providing a web? directory is explicitly not a goal of the project. Are we on a slippery slope here? I'd say no, but other opinions are needed.

Should it become an independent article? Some of the information it gives would be useful not only to retirees, but to anyone planning to reside abroad, so links from Teaching English or Working abroad might make sense. Parts of it might even be useful in choosing a vacation destination, so it might get links from all over the place. Does this mean it should be in a standalone article, easier to link to? Again I'd say no, but other opinions are needed. Pashley (talk) 15:54, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

I don't think it is too large and I also think this is a case where an exception to our "non-goals" is warranted.
One of the reasons we don't like non-primary external links is to encourage writers to actually put the information in new, originally written text here. As one of our most enduring and loyal editors (you've certainly proved your stamina trying to staunch the flow of spam over at having (this ordinarily too large) sources section is not going to endanger your participation and I'm sure you'll be around to weed out any spammy or out of date links that anyone inserts. (If you do cease your personal interest in this article, that opinion would change, of course.)
Another reason that the external links are appropriate here is that many of them contain dense statistical information or data (like prices, for example) that change on a frequent (and sometimes daily) basis, and it wouldn't be a good use of anyone's time to simply re-locate the data here (there might even be intellectual property issues, too).
I would also say that there might be a case here for an exception to our link display policy - all those little numbers are both ugly and confusing to a casual reader who might not instantly realise that the displayed sequential numbers are of no significance whatever.
Finally, as long as the section title doesn't change (or you could create a shortcut such as REDS - retirement external data sources), linking is still easy and would be better than creating a more easily found spammer's delight stand alone article. -- Alice 19:34, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

Pathetic need for reassuranceEdit

I inserted a paragraph about Polish visas and linked to Poland and to a list of links to the province offices that issue long-term visas. The surrounding text didn't go into great detail, so I tried to keep it short and sweet with links to more info in case Poland was of particular interest to the reader. Please let me know if you see how how I could have done better. Jimmu (talk) 05:35, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Pashley's obviously the best judge of that, but it seems just right to me - after all the data may change rapidly and you can't get a more authoritative source than the government website. Keep up the good work! -- Alice 06:13, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
Looks fine to me. Pashley (talk) 17:49, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

From Wikivoyage:Star nominationsEdit

Retiring abroadEdit

Could this be our first star travel topic? Teaching English has been nominated and slushed; as far as I know no others have even been nominated.

It is not entirely complete — see the talk page for comment on that — but I think it is at least close to star level. Of course I'm the only author so far, so I cannot really judge. Comments here or contributions could fairly easily get it the last bit of the way, I think. (WT-en) Pashley 02:33, 20 June 2011 (EDT)

Query. Really like this article and would love to see it as a Star. Are there though any criteria for travel topic status?--(WT-en) Burmesedays 02:01, 23 June 2011 (EDT)
Link at top of this page takes you to Project:Travel_topic_status. (WT-en) Pashley 02:47, 23 June 2011 (EDT)
Ah yes :). That will teach me for not looking. --(WT-en) Burmesedays 03:49, 23 June 2011 (EDT)
Also Burmesedays, it may be useful to keep in mind as you read the stated goal within the article: "This article covers moving abroad to retire."
Are there any countries where you simply cannot retire in even if you want to or that you absoultely have to move to/become a citizen to live in? I tried looking up Uzbekistan, Kenya and Senegal, for example, and couldn't find any information on how to retire in these countries. Perhaps they have investor's visas, but maybe not.
The article is also highly centralized around retiring to Asia, which I know is the most common, but some geographical diversity in examples and pictures would be good. There are plenty of amazing coastal cities in Africa, for example, that have the same sort of exotic appeals that may attract someone to Thailand or the Caribbean, but it's difficult to know what/how much information applies for areas outside of Asia. (WT-en) ChubbyWimbus 04:04, 23 June 2011 (EDT)
Yep I am sure that is the case. I suspect finding the information (if it exists at all) for most African countries would be a bit of a nightmare. :::This is a very worthy topic, and one I am quite close to as I have assisted a number of retirees in understanding what is involved in acquiring a retirement residency visa in Indonesia. I think Pashley has done an excellent job with the structure of the article, it is certainly well written, and as far as I can tell, it seems complete. --(WT-en) Burmesedays 10:43, 24 June 2011 (EDT)
Not the first Star travel topic. Chicago skyline guide has that distinction, and there are 5 others related to Scuba Diving around Cape Town. See Project:Star article#Travel topics
South Africa has quite a number of Europeans who have retired here. Mostly Germans and Britons, who take advantage of the good exchange rate to enjoy the milder climate. Many are what is locally known as "Swallows", as they tend to go north for the winter, and so don't actually stay here permanently. However some do, though permanent is never certain while one is still alive. I have no idea what the arrangements are, as I am local, so retiring here would be a natural progression for me, requiring no special procedures. The information must be available somewhere. • • • (WT-en) Peter (Southwood) Talk 08:55, 26 June 2011 (EDT)

This one has been hanging out there a long time. I would like to propose that it is promoted to star. --(WT-en) burmesedays 12:22, 27 August 2011 (EDT)

  • Support (Pashley's a "star" editor, too). -- Alice 04:16, 9 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Support. It's high time this one joins our star articles. --Peter Talk 18:10, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
So, who gets to close this nomination and promote it to Star status, then?-- Alice 10:57, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
There are no outstanding criticisms that have not been dealt with and there does not seem to be any remaining opposition to promoting this topic to STAR status, so I will do just that in 2 days if nobody objects! -- Alice 19:44, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
There are some open questions; see Talk:Retiring_abroad#Contributions_wanted. I do not think these should block the nomination, but that needs more opinions. Pashley (talk) 20:40, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
I have now fixed nearly all of them. Pashley (talk) 22:52, 22 March 2013 (UTC)
Well done!
I have some comments about the horizontal style of ToC but they will have to wait until I have a faster Internet connection, Sandy. -- Alice 00:33, 5 April 2013 (UTC)


This got overlooked in the star nomination, but the lede to this article is currently quite weak:

It is moderately common for people to retire to countries other than where they spent their working life.

Yawn. It's wishy-washy and doesn't serve to hook the reader into reading on. Could we spice this up, and evoke the romance of adventure and/or beautiful beaches and climate in one's latter years? --Peter Talk 16:06, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

The next paragraph did mention climate etc. and the photo suggested that too. I'm not entirely convinced there was much of a problem.
Originally, though, what you quote was just the first sentence of a longer lede that did mention reasons to go. I've now moved it back to that format and reworded a bit. I think it is an improvement. What do others think? Pashley (talk) 20:06, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I also think it's an improvement. It still would be nice to throw in a more spicy line or two up front, though. It really stuck out as dryly informational when added to Star articles, where most entries feature especially creative/lively writing (by our standards). Retiring abroad is kind of an exciting prospect, and I don't think that is currently captured in the intro. The more prosaic reasons could follow using a transition like, "Of course, there are also more prosaic, sensible reasons to retire abroad..." --Peter Talk 00:56, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
I took a crack at that. Maybe others can do better? Pashley (talk) 19:17, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
I think the recent change was a big improvement, and have updated the star articles page accordingly [1]. --Peter Talk 03:20, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Review neededEdit

I sent the link of this article to a friend who is considering a number of south american countries - and he has noted there is little information about the issue of residency (costs, requirements, etc)

anyone with any ideas as to whether more needs to be put in that is country specific to the issue (or not) ? sats (talk) 07:50, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

It does need more info in that region. See above #Contributions_wanted. Pashley (talk) 11:18, 12 May 2013 (UTC)


Any preferences? I like the first one best. Danapit (talk) 14:46, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I prefer it too. Some of the others are too similar to the photo in the lead section or are not the full 2100*300 size that I think we need. I'll insert that one. Pashley (talk) 14:56, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
I read on a discussion that exact size doesn't matter, important is the ratio 7:1. If you happen to like another one, I can also resize it, no problem. Danapit (talk) 15:06, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
I added one more. Not very colorful, but I quite like it. I have some doubts about the license of the current one, although I took it from Commons... Danapit (talk) 17:33, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
I like all of these a lot, and have a hunch that some that are not being used here could probably be used in some other travel topic. --Peter Talk 18:50, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Peter (I like your SPB banners a lot). Here another version of the last one. Danapit (talk) 19:40, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
Yes. Some of these may well be useful elsewhere. I just dropped the second one into Belize; it is not ideal there, though, because all of the beach part gets covered by the linked section names. Pashley (talk) 21:07, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
Borrowing one of those for senior travel. /Yvwv (talk) 19:46, 11 June 2017 (UTC)


I have changed many links from footnote style ("[1]" etc.) to front links in accordance with recent policy changes. See Wikivoyage_talk:External_links#Front_linking_.28hear_me_out.29.

However, some pose a problem so I have not touched those yet. We currently have several dozen links under Retiring_abroad#Retirement_visa and in the following section that look like this:

What should we do with those? Just turning them into front links is not ideal because it loses the link to our article on the country. We could add some other text to get, for example:

However, that seems a bit odd, especially if "visa info" gets repeated 20 times.

Anyone got a better idea? Pashley (talk) 20:41, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

I don't see a problem with the footnote-style links in this context. On the other hand, I don't know if the internal links are necessary either. LtPowers (talk) 00:26, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
What if you used the name of the government department whose website the link goes to? Or perhaps there is enough variety in the official visa names that you could use that. Just clicking through a few I see "Assured Income Visa", "Retirement Visa", "Dream Home Visa", etc.. Texugo (talk) 12:46, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
I took Texugo's suggestion & there are now no footnote-style links left.
Some of the problems mentioned at #Contributions_wanted are still present, though. Pashley (talk) 15:24, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Taxation and privacyEdit

Some New Zealand banks have a problem because NZ has privacy laws that make it illegal for them to provide info on US citizens in NZ that the US gov't is demanding. The NZ gov't is considering adding an exception to their laws to accommodate the US. [3]

It is possible that this & similar things elsewhere should be covered in our Taxation section. However, it is a complex area so hard to do well and it is not clear if it belongs in a travel guide. I am not about to attempt it, largely because I would find it hard to be objective. To me, it is horrifying that the NZ gov't would even bother to discuss this rather than telling the US to get very thoroughly stuffed. Pashley (talk) 16:10, 4 February 2014 (UTC)


According to website , Ecuador is the best country to retire to. It also lists another 'top 25' countries. Maybe useful for this article?

--Andrewssi2 (talk) 01:29, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

The section Retiring_abroad#Information_sources includes links to that site and at least one "ten best" list. Should we add more lists? There are quite a lot out there; I linked to several toward the end of the discuusion at Wikivoyage:Destination_of_the_month_candidates#Dumaguete. Should they all be here?
Ecuador, especially Cuenca (Ecuador), is certainly a popular destination. In Retiring_abroad/Table it shows as one of the cheaper destinations and the only country where prostitution, homosexuality and cannabis are all legal. Pashley (talk) 04:09, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
I wasn't suggesting another 'Top X' list. I just did a search for Ecuador in the article and only saw two minor references. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 04:20, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
I added a new section Retiring_abroad#Destinations that includes a list. I also moved some existing text into that section which makes the intro shorter & I think much cleaner/punchier. Comments? Additions to my first-cut list? Pashley (talk) 22:54, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Special casesEdit

Two things that might be added at Retiring_abroad#Special_cases:

  • Taiwanese in China. I've met some Taiwanese retirees there, but do not know details.
  • Jews going to Israel.

Does anyone know enough detail to add these? Pashley (talk) 13:14, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Excessive use of quotesEdit

As brought up on Wikivoyage:Travellers' pub, this article has a lot of quotes. Most of them deal with travel in general; hardly any of them are specific to the travel topic. Should we move them to articles where they are more appropriate? /Yvwv (talk) 16:04, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

I'm biased since I inserted most of them; to me nearly all are appropriate & should stay where they are.
The two exceptions are in the sections Retiring_abroad#Visas and Retiring_abroad#Other_ways_to_retire. I'd say those should be replaced with more appropriate quotes, but I do not have any candidates. Pashley (talk) 17:52, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

Articles that look relevantEdit

8 countries where you could retire on $150,000 Pashley (talk) 23:40, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

13 things people should do to save for an international retirement, according to Americans who retired abroad Pashley (talk) 14:30, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

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