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    Retirement in Aruba

    Interested to know people who have bought home and retired to Aruba, what is life like? cost of living? taxes? Was the process of buying a home easy?

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    Cost of living - for products it's higher because everything is imported. For services it is less than the US.

    It's a pretty easy process to buy a house. No attorneys are involved. They use their notaries (which are different here and appointed by the queen of the netherlands) who make sure the deal is "fair for both parties".

    Life is slower here. There is a "culture" shock because you will be dealing w/ the government for residency and other issues. The language of all documents are in dutch but between on-line and hired translators you can get around it.
    You will also have to have some patience living here - again things are much slower than the US in most matters.

    It's a great place to live if you can accept that this is not the US and
    a foreign land. People seem to "assume" that everywhere is just
    like the US but it's not - laws, views and conducting business is different.

    If you would like any more info in detail - feel free to PM me.

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    Smile What are the rules on retiring in Aruba?

    Please, what are the rules for anyone wishing to retire and live in Aruba? How much income do you need? will they check every year if you have so much money in your bank? will you need to show proof every year? if so, how long does this go on for?

    In general, has anyone been through this, or got any advise?

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    My advise to not to become a resident here. Others can tell you what the rules are but you're life will be much better w/o having to deal w/ all the different government orgs.

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    • Permanent Residence Permit

    When requesting a residence-permit without a working permit, one must submit:
    1. bank references indicating that the applicant is financially self-supporting or any other proof that he/she will not become a financial burden to the local government or community
    2. the home and business addresses for the last ten years
    3. the reasons for wanting to reside in Aruba
    4. police-clearance (good conduct-paper, not older than 2 months)

    Persons desiring a permanent residence-permit must be in possession of:
    1. a passport valid for Aruba
    2. three passport photographs of true likeness
    3. a valid vaccination certificate for smallpox, not more than three years old
    4. a medical declaration that the holder is not suffering from any contagious disease or mental sickness, issued within 30 days before the trip started
    5. a proof of payment of the required legal fee

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    Quote Originally Posted by qlaval View Post

    • Permanent Residence Permit

    When requesting a residence-permit without a working permit, one must submit:
    1. bank references indicating that the applicant is financially self-supporting or any other proof that he/she will not become a financial burden to the local government or community
    2. the home and business addresses for the last ten years
    3. the reasons for wanting to reside in Aruba
    4. police-clearance (good conduct-paper, not older than 2 months)

    Persons desiring a permanent residence-permit must be in possession of:
    1. a passport valid for Aruba
    2. three passport photographs of true likeness
    3. a valid vaccination certificate for smallpox, not more than three years old
    4. a medical declaration that the holder is not suffering from any contagious disease or mental sickness, issued within 30 days before the trip started
    5. a proof of payment of the required legal fee
    Wow....
    I wish the US would use the same standards!!!
    Decided to take down my timer!

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    i am wondering what comes under the category of "mental sickness" ?
    wondering if folks could be denied residency due to:
    mental / intellectual impairment disability?
    depression?
    bipolar?
    anxiety disorders?
    adhd
    add
    all of these fall in the line as some type of "mental illness"

    imo and right now i feel that this mental illness "category" is not quite appropriate.
    unless they are referring to folks that are criminally insane or something similar?
    andrea




    "a medical declaration that the holder is not suffering from any contagious disease or mental sickness, issued within 30 days before the trip started "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i am wondering what comes under the category of "mental sickness" ?
    wondering if folks could be denied residency due to:
    mental / intellectual impairment disability?
    depression?
    bipolar?
    anxiety disorders?
    adhd
    add
    all of these fall in the line as some type of "mental illness"

    imo and right now i feel that this mental illness "category" is not quite appropriate.
    unless they are referring to folks that are criminally insane or something similar?
    andrea




    "a medical declaration that the holder is not suffering from any contagious disease or mental sickness, issued within 30 days before the trip started "
    I would hope that they mean. Like people who would likely be hospitalized. I would hope that people that have some sort of disorder that is controllable would be ok.

    It seems that they are making it clear, that if you will not be a productive part of society then you should not come there.
    Decided to take down my timer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzardo View Post
    My advise to not to become a resident here. Others can tell you what the rules are but you're life will be much better w/o having to deal w/ all the different government orgs.


    Lizzardo,

    why are you so against becoming residents in Aruba? Granted that the burocracy is the same all over the world and Aruba is not different. You have been there for the last 4 years, is it so bad? Can you pls give us the good points and the bad ones about living in the sun?

    Thank you
    Living in Aruba

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    I'm really really busy right now with a family crisis. But I will just say
    this. If you are not a resident - you don't have to worry about
    any of the Aruban governments and what you have to do to live
    here. Everything is in dutch and getting answers to questions
    is not easy sometimes. Most of the time - you have to go in
    person to the different places and deal w/ waiting, etc.

    If you are living here 6 months out of the year - you don't have
    to worry about all of it. Just makes life simplier.

    I love living in Aruba - it's a great place. Can't say enough
    good things about living here.

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