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What is the standard of mental and psychiatric healthcare in Czech Republic?

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Submitted by ElaineB on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:23
Destination: Czech Republic

There is a possibility that my Czech husband and I may move to (or even retire in) Czech Republic. My husband is a Czech citizen who was born, raised and educated in Prague. He is a native speaker. I am an American. It's my assumption that if we were to move there, I would not have too much difficulty obtaining healthcare coverage. Actually, I'm not exactly sure what the process would be for me, and any costs, etc.

What do I need to know before moving to Jakarta?

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Submitted by Dave Langley on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:12
Destination: Jakarta

Hi, I am considering relocating to Jakarta and the business district. Can anyone give me some advice on the area and what its like. I am getting mixed messages on Google telling me its not a safe place to be at the minute and then its an amazing place 

Im confused

Thanks in advance,


Can I get medical treatment in Dubai on a tourist visa?

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Submitted by Sammar ali on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 17:27
Destination: Dubai

I will be in Dubai soon with my toddler and baby. My husband will be on a work visa but we will be initially on visit visas, which will eventually convert into family residency visas. But my question is, in the meanwhile if we need medical treatment or vaccinations what will be the procedure be? Please let me know. 

Getting a job in Melbourne, Australia

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Submitted by aicelv on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 16:35
Destination: Melbourne

I'm a management graduate with 9 years of experience working in the corporate setting. My background is mainly in marketing, but I'm also keen on operations and working with startups. I'm looking to take my expertise a step further by embracing the challenge of finding success in a foreign setting, particularly in a cosmopolitan city like Melbourne. I see job postings online but don't want to waste my time if employers are only accommodating locals. What's the most logical advice to take?

Does anyone have tips for adjusting to life in Costa Rica?

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Submitted by EddieJ35 on Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:49
Destination: Costa Rica

I have moved to Costa Rica for quite some time now and I still feel like I am failing to get the hang of the Costa Rican life. I know that I am a foreign man in an unfamiliar land; I already have my citizenship yet I still feel like I am only a visitor. I have the trouble in communicating with the locals there and you can only imagine the struggle that I have trying to understand the people around and trying to make them understand me as well. How should I deal with this?

Will I have to pay income tax in Kenya?

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Submitted by andyp on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 20:06
Destination: Kenya

Hi everyone

I’m British but living and working in Qatar. I may relocate to Mombasa soon but im looking for some advice on income tax on earnings.

i see that it’s capped at 30% but is there any relief for expats if you stay a short time or can it be claimed back.

As my current salary is tax free I’d prefer not to have to give 30% away if I come.

Any help would be appreciated.


Will I be able to live comfortably in Latvia?

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Submitted by Lamnguyen on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 05:43
Destination: Latvia

Dear All Friend,

First of all, I am glad to say "hello" and thank you in advance for your reply and reading my question.

The second, I just knew the information to moving to Latvia with visa immigration, I am considering the safety in this country because this is a new independence nation. 

Some questions about moving to Nice with my EU-citizen wife

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Submitted by Samuel1505 on Wed, 07/04/2018 - 18:15
Destination: Nice

Dear all,

So my fiancée and I are getting married in October in Amsterdam, she is a Dutch native and as soon as we get married I will basically have more or less the same right that she has. We fell in love with Nice last year during our vacation there our walk on the Promenade des Anglais and journey in the city was breathtaking. We, therefore, decided since then to move there after our wedding.

Best practices for finding an apartment in Oslo?

Destination: Oslo

Dear community,

I'm trying hard finding a small partly / furnished apartment for lease in the Oslo area from September 2018 but the housing market seems to be very challenging.

Are there any other websites beyond, Are there any real estate agents you would recommend? Are there any other local resources or organisations I could contact for support?

Thank you very much for your help and kind regards,


Am I eligible for a Romanian passport?

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Submitted by miraeck123 on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:31
Destination: Romania


I have lived in Romania for almost 5 years with my family. My husband and my kids have Romanian citizenship. I have a permit to stay in Romania. I understand that after 5 years in Romania, I'm entitled to apply for a Romanian passport subject to a language test. Where can I take this test? Are there any examples of the test?





I'm moving to Ireland, will my pension be taxed?

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Submitted by citadeldrive on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 14:52
Destination: Dublin


My wife and I are discussing the possibility of retiring in Ireland.  I've been researching taxes in Ireland and there are some areas that are vague.

My spouse was granted her Irish Citizenship through her grandmother and will have an Irish Passport. We are both in our 60's, retired, receiving pensions and social security and have no inclination to work.

I have read that Irish residents have to pay tax on income derived from both inside and outside Ireland, while non-residents pay tax only on their income inside the country.

Will I find a suitable international school in Jakarta?

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Submitted by karimkamel on Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:07
Destination: Jakarta


For international schools in Jakarta, I have a few questions please

1- Is there is ranking of BEST international schools in Jakarta?

2- I can not find schools that offer American curriculum as the base !?

3- When does schools start in Aug ?

4- Any tips in how to choose school for 13 and 11 year old ?



Do I have residency rights in Sweden?

Destination: Sweden


I'm British and an ex-resident of Sweden (lived and went to school there as a child for a few years). I still have a personal number which i suppose needs to be reactivated to use. Since i left i have lived in the Seychelles, got married to a seychellois local and have two kids, both whom are british through me.

...Where to go?

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Submitted by louiserose on Fri, 06/29/2018 - 23:44
Destination: Europe

My boyfriend and I are both 25 and have been living in London since graduating university. Although we love London (food, liveliness, open park spaces... to name a few things), we would like to experience living somewhere else while we are still young and have limited commitments.

What's important to us is not necessarily where we go (within reason), but as two career driven individuals we want to make sure that we can secure jobs that are not too dissimilar to those available in the London job market. FYI, we are unable to move with the companies we currently work for.

Can I cater for my food intolerance in Malmö, Sweden?

Destination: Sweden

Currently living in the Netherlands, since 2014, originally from the UK. I've seen a job, in Malmo, for which I might apply. The problem or worry is my food intolerances - I am severely intolerant of whey (so no dairy), sugar (stevia etc I think is okay), corn, oats etc Gluten is absolutely fine. I avoid soy too. I use almond milk but it needs to be additive and sugar free. Plus I eat sourdough bread, avoiding yeast as much as possible. These things are not a fussy eater's choice - it's all dictated by health issues.

Will I qualify for a work permit in South Korea?

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Submitted by Younghee on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 06:31
Destination: South Korea


I am US citizen and want to get a working permit in South Korea.
I have applied job and they asked me if i am able to get a working permit or visa and they do not offer it.

Am i able to get working permit? 
If so, what kind of visa or permit? and how do i get it?

Thank you.

What do I need to know before moving to South Africa?

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Submitted by Makeba85 on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 21:19
Destination: Johannesburg

Heyyyy everyone! 

I've always wanted to experience living in a different country. Born and raised in NYC, United States of America, I've interacted with people from all over. And I just want to experience and explore. I'm looking to live in Johannesburg for 6-months to a year, just to test it out and eventually set up shop for good. If anyone can give me the in's and out, it will be greatly appreciated.  

How do I apply for a critical skills visa for Australia?

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Submitted by ChefXero on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:17
Destination: Australia

I am a qualified Chef and want to move to Australia or New Zealand from South Africa. As the profession is on the critical Skills list, I need to know if there are any employers who can sponsor me, or any information about how I can get to apply for the visa. Both myself and my wife we are Chefs. I would be grateful to anyone with information that can assist me.


Do I need to learn Hebrew before moving to Israel?

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Submitted by BLOCHNATH on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 09:41
Destination: Israel

Hi everyone, I will be moving to Israel in October and I don't speak Hebrew.

I am French and I speak a bit of English. Will I find a job? I am a functionnary of National Education.

I am ready to work with old people, babies as a helper, or housekeeper or nanny.

Thanks for your answers,


What's the best way to move with my desktop computer to Saudia Arabia?

Destination: Saudi Arabia

Hi all! I am moving to Jeddah in August to teach. I'm very excited about this opportunity.


I own a very nice desktop computer that has a lot of my teaching materials on it as well as all of my important personal documents. It's an expensive desktop and houses a lot of important stuff for me. None of it is illegal or at odds with Saudi Arabia's import restrictions.


I'm curious of the best way to get it into the country, if it can be brought with me or, ideally, shipped over. Any advice is very appreciated. Thanks!

Will my salary be enough to live comfortably in Hong Kong?

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Submitted by Bommel on Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:43
Destination: Hong Kong

Hi all,

My name is Thomas from Germany and I´ve got a job offer for moving to Hong Kong.


Monthly salary would be 65,000HK$ + 5,000HK$ transportation allowance. (before tax)

In addition 35,000HK$ housing allowance. I´m aiming for a 2 bedroom apartment in Kowloon/Jordan/Mong Kok. Possible?

I need to get private health insurance & dental insurance. Any references regarding the costs?  

I´ve checked costs for mobile plans, bank accounts, lifestyle costs. That´s fine so far.

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