As of Monday, May 18, 2020, a few more areas of Spain have moved forward in the de-escalation process while the major metropolitan areas remain under restrictive conditions. According to the Minister of Health Salvador Illa, 70% of Spain’s population is now in Phase 1, thus 30% remain in Phase 0.
We’re often asked about racial/religious tolerance and about how accepting the locals are in various countries toward LGBT lifestyles. While you’ll typically find a warm welcome in any of the countries we suggest for expat living, here’s what our experts on the ground had to say about the countries they live in.
Italy has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, as everyone has seen on the news. It arrived silently and took the country by surprise—and by storm. The information on the virus was still scarce and leaders took a wait-and-see approach at first, convinced the few cases would be contained...
I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live
I’m proud of our President Moreno as he reacted early and instituted a total quarantine on the country starting on March 17 before cases got out of hand.
Laura Diffendal, IL Belize Correspondent What is Daily Life Like at the Moment in Belize? We have had two confirmed positive cases as of today. Both cases were, thankfully, on the island of Ambergris Caye. I say thankfully, because it seems to be easier to cut off an island than it is the mainland. Ambergris Read more...: Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Belize During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
As of March 21, Colombia has 196 cases with nearly half of those in the capital city of Bogotá. The situation has been changing rapidly over the past two weeks as health and government officials are reacting to the spread of the virus and doing their best to contain it.
In Uruguay, schools and many businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and gyms are closed. Professionals who can work from home are encouraged to do so. The government is providing televised updates daily on the numbers of cases along with recommendations and instructions.
As with everywhere, regulations and mandates are changing at lightning speed. I commend the Costa Rican government for taking bold steps to try to flatten the curve quickly by declaring a national state of emergency on 16 March. All schools and churches are closed...
As I write this—halfway around the world from most who will read it—it occurs to me that we are all in the same boat. No matter where you are, there are worries…compassion for many who have lost jobs or worse, loved ones…and hope that we can slow the spread of the specific strain commonly referred to as the Coronavirus...