I wonder where will this take Hawaiians to, it sounds good but it's still USSA.
That may be true, but I’d given up on the west as a whole, with the exception of Switzerland. Switzerland always seemed to be a safe haven to me, but you need to make good money to live there.
Residency isn’t that bad. Live there for 5 years and speak basic French/Italian/German. You’ll be halfway towards one of the worlds best passports at that point.I spent a summer in Switzerland when I was in my twenties. To be honest, I was bored out of my mind most of the time. It's beautiful, but everyone goes to bed early and is very focused on work. I'd probably love it though now, as a family man with small children.
I hear it mentioned on RVF as a place to move to from time to time, but I don't imagine you can just go there and they give you residency. Maybe I'm wrong.
Residency isn’t that bad. Live there for 5 years and speak basic French/Italian/German. You’ll be halfway towards one of the worlds best passports at that point.
Nationals from certain countries can freely enter Switzerland for short stays of up to 90 days, no visa required. These include EU and Schengen area citizens as well as a select number of other countries who have been granted visa-free entrance to Switzerland. However, when it comes to stays of...visaguide.world
Like many, im sure, Corona has absolutely destroyed my plans for this year.
I had hoped to return to Ukraine & embark on a 3 month daily Russian class, with a view to building a future if not there, then in one of the former Soviet States.
Now i'm just waiting things out, watching the situation from afar, waiting for the wind to turn. My Ukrainian friend gives me updates, & it doesnt sound good right now. Perhaps this will improve in coming month or so, perhaps the much vaunted 'second wave' will strike in Autumn and the situation will go from bad to worse. Impossible to know, but all things considered I dont trust their govt, or the competency of their regulations.
I am considering perhaps Romania, as a cheap option, with beautiful countryside and (apparently) nice small towns, rather than the major cities. Given i have passable Spanish the language may well be easier to pick up, so learning some basics whilst there could keep me occupied. Then when things improve i will be well situated to move East, or find that i like it enough to stay and maybe build a life there.
I try not to get too bogged dwon with following this whole saga, it changes so often, and involves so much skullduggery, mischief making & frankly pretty transparent agendas.
Do people think that it will last into next year ?
Way I see it, is it will be used to lockdown / punishment beat / antagonise the US pop, at very least, in the run up to November's election. I cant imagine its just a flash in the pan, especially considering how potent a tool politically it is for manipulating the public.
What passport(s) do you have and where are you currently located? This makes a big difference. From what I understand, Americans not already in the EU are banned from entering the EU due to our poor effort and poor results in containing the spread of COVID-19.
I think Taiwan and Vietnam are pretty much closed off to all foreign passports. Australia and New Zealand might be the same way.
If you're an American in the US, I would probably recommend leaving as soon as you feasibly can because as our new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths climb, our options of countries to go to will dwindle as more countries ban us.
This article names the countries Americans can travel to directly: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/...americans-safely-visit-this-summer-cvd/#close
"For now, the 14 greenlighted countries are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. In-transit passengers and long-term E.U. residents are among the handful of exceptions."
I think that's not totally accurate though, because I believe Americans allowed into Canada are supposed to travel directly from the lower 48 to Alaska and vice versa. They're not supposed to detour to Banff and elsewhere like some are doing. I read where some got fined and maybe even arrested all the way over in the Maritimes.
American can fly into Canada. They can also use the Alaska loophole, but I would not recommend it.
Canada's west has been pretty good overall. Tourism is waaaay down, which has been a blessing of sorts. I am up in the northern Rockies right now visiting family, and for the first time in 30 years I was able to take highway 93 Parkway over the pass to my families. Normally its not possible due to all the international tourists that clog it up. But this year it was wide open and damn it was beautiful. We even stopped and did an easy 4k hike and watched a snow squall build over the ice fields (headwater for the Columbia River and the Athabasca River). Unreal.
Talking with family up here, the community has banded together to keep some businesses floating. Some they just let go under, but others all the retired moms and dads would descend upon a place run by their kids or friends and buy what they could. Mom has all sorts of things here that she would not buy normally but did because one of her friends would call her up, "Karen's son's business is struggling, we are getting some people together to go and give him some help!" and off they would go.
People in Vancouver have been doing this to some degree as well, which was good to see. Its a big city so community isn't as strong, but there was some of this happening. And as far as work, my business didn't get a single call for a month, so I made some calls and started taking on some side welding jobs to keep going. Now my metal fabrication side business is going hard and work is flooding in.
Our government still seems to be staying mostly out of the way which is good. They want a majority government, so this is their opportunity. They are not testing anyone unless they have all the symptoms, so our over all cases are way down. We had two outbreaks at strip clubs here recently and they just told the guys to watch for symptoms and if they have any, isolate for a week. If they get real sick, then go to the hospital to get tested.
Serbia and Georgia had stricter restrictions than Poland.
Is it being handled differently in Quebec? I've always found the dichotomy between English-speaking Canada, especially the west, and Quebec fascinating. I knew some Canadians from Alberta in college and noticed that they tended to roll their eyes and grit their teeth whenever Quebec was mentioned. A right-wing Canadian author I used to read a lot once called the relationship with Quebec "our bad French marriage" and explained how Quebec drags the whole country to the left politically, because apparently it's almost impossible to win a national election without somewhat pandering to the French speakers.
I’m not sure if online work counts, but that’d be great. This whole Covid thing has made people realize working from home is legit, so that’s a plus.Better than I thought, but still, unless I'm misunderstanding you'd have to find some way to live there for five years without work permission. That wouldn't be easy even in some less expensive part of the world like EE or Latin America. Switzerland is ridiculously expensive, so I'd imagine you'd need at least a half million USD saved up to pull this off. Alternatively, maybe you're allowed to do online work, I don't know.
Also, IIRC they passed a law a few years ago criminalizing any criticism of homosexuality, which might be a problem for RVF guys. Not to mention for raising children there.
Though you have to remember that travel will be tricky once those forced vaccinations are rolled out - entering a plane might be impossible without your vaccination ID, entering a border might be impossible without quarantine - who knows what they come up with.