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Travel & living abroad

Living abroad

British pensioners in Lloret de Mar, Spain. Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images.If you're thinking of retiring or moving abroad, it's important to research your destination, consider your personal circumstances carefully and plan for the long-term.

You can find tips and information here on starting your new life abroad, including some of the issues you should consider before you go, and what steps you can take when you arrive to help yourself settle into your new community.

Where can I move to?

British citizens have the right to live in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA).

The following countries are in the EEA:

All full members of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

For other countries contact the local British Embassy for more info.

How our Embassies can help you

There is information on all our Embassy websites about living in that country.

But remember: our Embassies can only do so much. It’s your responsibility to find a place to live, ensure you can support yourself financially and find a school for your children. You should register with the nearest British Embassy or Consulate or use our online LOCATE service so we can provide assistance if you need it.

Before you go

Information and advice on some of the things you should consider before you move or retire abroad.

When you arrive

Steps to take once you've moved to a new country.

Buying a property abroad

Advice on buying a property abroad.

See also


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