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Living in Goa
Hi folks, wondered if anyone can offer some advice. My wife and I aged 40 and 42 are thinking of spending a lengthy period in goa as weve heard so many good reports about it and how cheaply you can live. We have an income of Â£1000 per month between us and what I need to know is whether we could afford to live in goa for that amount including all costs such as a long term rental of a house, electricity bills, food ect.
We were thinking of buying somewhere but it seems if you bought a place and made any profit on it you cannot get the profit away with you out of india... that seems too unusual to be correct.
Would really like to hear from someone living out there now who could tell us if its possible to get by on that amount of income as we are keen to come out in late september.
Also does anyone know how long you can get a visa for(we are both uk citizens)
Any advice greatly appreciated.
You should have more than enough money to live very comfortably so that won't be a problem.
In September you will catch the tail end of the monsoon which lasts from June - October but it shouldn't be raining all the time at this time of year.
With regard to visas, you will probably only be granted a 6 month tourist visa so you will need to leave the country to renew it; Sri Lanka and Thailand are the usual places. The Indian High Commission seems to have put an embargo on foreigners having a longer "X" visa. Even those people who have previously been granted X visas for 1 year or more are finding that these are being replaced with 6 month visas when the renewal date comes up.
With regard to buying, it's much more complicated than not being able to export any sale proceeds. Unless you are an Indian citizen or a person of Indian origin you cannot legally own property at all. I would suggest that you check out www.indiamike.com and www.britishexpats.com as part of your research.
We have friends who, after their first visit to India for a 2 week holiday, came back and lived in Kerala for 6 months. However, the cheap cost of living didn't compensate for being so far away from family, the dust, the heat, the ants and loads and loads of burearocracy. They now live in Turkey.
In my opinion, you should take a holiday there first to see if it's for you.