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Please Introduce Yourself Here

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Cyprus.

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Movving to Cyprus soon

Post Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 10:30 pm

Hello, my partner and l would like to move to Cyprus next year. We both work full time here in the UK and would like to work in Cyprus. It would be nice to have a cafe where we could both work. At the moment we live apart because of our jobs. We have the collateral and don't want have a mortgage, although we would probably rent initially. There are so many questions l would like to ask so l hope you will be able to help me...

 

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:52 am

Hi Doreen, I have lived in Cyprus for 8 years and don't regret the move for one minute.
Feel free to ask any questions you have and I will do my best to answer them for you.

 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:12 pm

Hi all

Graham and Deb have plans well under way to move out in Jun 13 (unfortunately I cant retire until 17 May !)

A burning issue that I would like to raise is that of medical cover. I am hearing conflicting stories.

As we are both under the UK state retirement age (54 and 47), I am led to believe that private medical insurance is mandatory and that the equivalent of our NHS is not provided free to residents until we reach retirement age (is that age the same in Cyprus as UK (which as we know is growing all the time!!)). Do we need private medical cover or do all expat residents get access to free medical facilities as EU members ?? Im afraid info on the internet is conflicting too !!

Regards

Graham

 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:15 pm

Hi

As far as I know, if you register for work and obtain a Social Insurance number you will get free health care. Otherwise you will need to be receiving a pension from the UK. No, you don't get free medical care because we are in the EU.

If you are not intending to work and don't want to register, you will need private health care. Be warned, it is very difficult to get jobs in Cyprus especially if you don't speak Greek and the wages start from E3.00 per hour. (Yes I know there is a minimum wage of about E5.50ph. But as they say "This is Cyprus") Please do your homework as many Brits come unstuck.

My wife and I retired here last year and love it but we are both receiving a pension and don't need to work.

Regards

Jeff

 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:15 pm

Thanks for your reply Jeff. No Neither of us will be working, Im fortunate enough to also have 2 pensions coming in when I retire next may. So in a nutshell we will need private international medical insurancr until we reach state pension age ?

Graham

 

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:58 pm

Hi Graham.

I am afraid so, I am pretty sure I am right about what I have said. I have two friends who live here in the same age bracket as you, they are doing cash in hand work and have not registered for a Social Insurance number for various reasons, they have no medical cover!!!

So basically if you can afford to support your self and you can afford medical insurance you will be able to register with the Cyprus authorities for a Residents Yellow Slip, it will be fine, although you will be asked for proof. This is supposed to be done within 90 days at the immigration office.

When you reach state pensionable age, you can see a doctor at the state hospital and collect any medication from the pharmacy there. Free of charge, I believe if a woman is receiving a pension at 60 she will have to pay E2.00 per visit, medication will be free. My wife has to pay the E2.00 but I don't as I am over 65.

Good luck with you move here it is a lovely place to live.

Regards
Jeff

 

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:42 pm

Thanks for that Jeff - all clear and does confirm what I was first told. Luckily private insurance is not quite as bad as the first quote i looked at (around £500plus a month !!) and Ive now found some at around £100-£200. I was told that we will have to register within the first 3 months and show prove, so Im now confused at how your friends can stay there without insurance cover? Can you live there without applying for residency ? Thanks again, Graham

 

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