Travel In Retirement Short And Long Term Travels Abroad

If you are considering retiring abroad, you’ll need to find out what documentation your destination country requires from foreign nationals living within its borders. Retirement visas are available in some countries, which allow retirees to stay indefinitely, provided they can guarantee that they have a sustainable long-term income, do not intend to work for pay and can cover the costs of their own healthcare.

Residency, work and travel requirements vary widely in different countries around the world. As with the U.S., residency requirements must strike a balance between welcoming overseas visitors and keeping borders secure.

Travel in Retirement: Short Term

Most countries offer travel visas to visitors that allow for a single entry or multiple entries during a specified period of time, often between a week and six months. It’s in the best interest of many countries to make travel visas easy to obtain, since tourism benefits most local economies.

If you are planning to travel in retirement and need a simple travel visa for entry into one or more countries, contact the embassy of these countries to determine the application requirements. Be aware that if you wish to stay in a country for longer than your travel visa permits, you may have to report to an embassy or a border immigration office to renew your travel visa.

Retiring Abroad and Living

If you are planning to retire abroad and live outside the U.S. permanently, you may wish to apply for permanent resident status in the country in which you plan to live. Although you will still be considered a citizen of the U.S., residency requirements in that country may require you to live within the country for a certain amount of time each year to maintain your status as a permanent resident. Other requirements may forbid you to work for wages or require proof that you have had certain vaccinations. Check with the embassy of your destination country for specific requirements.