While plenty of people are waiting out the coronavirus pandemic in their hometowns, some — particularly digital nomads and employees toiling under liberal remote work policies — are are taking advantage of discount plane tickets and relocating to countries around the world.
However, seeing the world, let alone moving abroad, during a pandemic requires careful research. Not only do you have to consider which countries are accepting U.S. citizens, but you must also take into account factors like health care, the nation's response to COVID-19, the culture, and more. Here's what you need to know before becoming an expat now.
Consider the country’s public health response to COVID-19.
For starters, if you’re planning on relocating, pay close attention to the countries that have dealt better with the spread of COVID-19.
Bloomberg recently combined stats about COVID-19 infections and mortality rates to create a list of countries that have dealt best with the pandemic. The top five nations include New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Finland. (The U.S. ranks 18 out of 53.)