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Cost of Rio 2016 Olympic Games rises again!

April 18, 2014

While the romance and the atmosphere of Brazil is there for all to see there is growing concern that the Brazilian government may not be able to deliver on time for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We have already seen major concerns expressed about the World Cup, with some stadium not totally finished just weeks [...]

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Is the Migranteweb Digital working in Brazil?

April 18, 2014

Back in December 2013 the Brazilian authorities introduced a new electronic visa application process which is known as “Migranteweb Digital”. The simple idea was to bring the Brazilian immigration system up to date with the 21st-century and try and speed up the time taken to process visa applications. We will take a quick look at [...]

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Brazil gets ready for the World Cup

April 1, 2014

The Brazilian authorities have started a brutal clampdown on drug trafficking in some of the slums around Rio airport. It is being reported that security forces attended the region in a dawn raid and effectively took control of a prominent slum. This is the latest in a long-running campaign to “cleanse” Brazil ahead of the [...]

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Etiquette in Brazil

March 11, 2014

When moving to a new country it can be difficult to know what to do, when to do it and sometimes you can offend people without actually meaning to. It is therefore imperative that you learn etiquette in Brazil if you’re looking to make a new life in the country and you want to get [...]

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How to open a bank account in Brazil

February 27, 2014

As the expat community continues to grow in Latin America the issue of opening new bank accounts is certainly coming to the fore. On the surface it looks fairly easy, paperwork requirements are public knowledge, there is an array of banks to choose from and at the end of the day, the Brazilian authorities have [...]

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How to open a bank account in Colombia

February 23, 2014

As the number of expats in Latin America continues to grow the subject of opening local bank accounts is something which rears its head time and time again. Even though many expats will maintain their former banking facilities and use the international ATM banking network to draw funds, in the long term it can be [...]

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Moving to Medellin

February 20, 2014

If you’re looking to move to Colombia we guarantee that one name which you will come across on numerous occasions is Medellin. This is the second largest city in Colombia and is capital of the Antioquia region with a population in excess of 2.4 million people. If you take into account the surrounding metropolitan areas [...]

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Starbucks looks to crack Costa Rica

February 17, 2014

Despite the fact that Starbucks has a very deep-seated history within Latin America many find it bizarre that the company is looking to become number one across Costa Rica by literally selling Costa Ricans their own coffee at “inflated prices”. Of course, just like McDonald’s, Starbucks will follow the expat community and the rising capitalist [...]

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Brazil to take on a further 6000 Cuban doctors

February 16, 2014

Under the terms of the Mais Médicos program the Brazilian authorities have recently confirmed a further 6000 doctors from Cuba will be taken on to assist with relieving enormous pressure on the Brazilian healthcare system. There are currently 5400 Cuban doctors contracted by the Brazilian authorities from their Cuban counterparts at a rate of $4,000 [...]

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How do expats in Colombia make a living?

January 30, 2014

The gringos.com forum is full of an array of different views, opinions and suggestions for those looking to move to Latin America. One particular thread which caught our eye covered the matter of employment when moving to Colombia and what were the most popular employment opportunities for expats. While each individual expats will have very [...]

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Popular Colombian visas

January 28, 2014

As more and more people look to move to foreign lands one area of Latin America which is grabbing more than its fair share of attention from the expat community is Colombia. While the likes of Brazil and Mexico continue to grab the headlines, Colombia is one of the most developed countries in the region [...]

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