This post is for those of you who are pondering a longer stay in Nicaragua past the standard three months tourist visa granted to you upon arrival.
First visa upon arrival
So when you arrive by air or over the border to Nicaragua you will find that obtaining a tourist visa is a remarkably easy and inexpensive task to accomplish for you and your family. You will fill out one brief immigration form for yourself and any family travelling with you. Additionally, you will then pay $10 by air and $12 by land for each visitor in your group to the immigration official who checks your paperwork.
Will they grill me on my assets and intentions?
Most Nicaraguan immigration officials at border entries and airports are extremely relaxed and amiable and respond very kindly to smiles and pleasantries. Tourism is a well-oiled machine that consistently provides Nicaragua with abundant access to dollars and Euros. Entering Nicaragua as a tourist should constitute only a brief encounter with an immigration official. Having said that… Continue reading “Managing multiple visas for your family’s extended stay in Nicaragua.”
Healthcare without insurance
When you get sick in Nicaragua you will experience what it was like in the era that predates insurance companies. During your time in Nicaragua you can glimpse for yourself a life where people can manage to pay out of pocket for their medical care expenses by having any modest savings or income.
While there do exist a few insurance companies in Nicaragua they are largely connected to an employment plan or a private hospital. Most Nicaraguans do not have health insurance, nor do they need it. What does this mean for you as an expat in Nicaragua?
You will have direct personal access to doctors, laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals that you would never dream of having back in your home country. You will pay them directly and you will be the intermediary between all of these parties. It will be inexpensive and liberating to see how a system works when the system gets out of the way.
Securing your first landing pad
Establishing a home away from home for your family is always a priority. If this is a move you are making with kids, I know that the primary concerns are for safety and comfort. You want them to have a unique experience traveling and yet not so extreme that their lives feel out of whack. When your home in Granada feels right there is a direct positive impact on your families well-being and the success of the trip overall.
Securing your accommodations in Granada is a relatively simple task compared to many areas around the world. Because the city is a tourism hub for travelers, the furnished home rental market took off years ago and has become more abundantly available every year. You can easily rent a beautiful, fully furnished and maintained home that will allow you to focus your energy on your stay and reconnecting with your family.
Considering everyone’s needs
When you fly into Nicaragua and you know that you have a comfortable home to welcome you, anxious members of your family can be reassured that this new adventure thousands of miles from home is going to be okay. This is particularly essential if you have kids that are aware that they are leaving their lives behind for an extended stay or permanently. It is important that the move doesn’t feel like a total downgrade from everything they are leaving behind in their home countries! This seems particularly important for kids over the age of six. Continue reading “House hunters Nicaragua! Finding your ideal kid-friendly home rental for your family in Granada.”