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3 Jul at 6 PM

Survey shows increase in US citizenship renunciations due to FATCA

A recent survey has revealed even more US expats are considering renouncing their citizenship. The USA is the only world country which taxes non-resident expat citizens on their world earnings, using a regime which causes confusion as well as anger amongst those it affects. Amazingly, this rule also applies to those known as ‘accidental...
3 Jul at 6 PM

Kuwaitisation and the pandemic causing chaos in Kuwait’s expat property sector

Kuwaitisation and the coronavirus are set to wreck the emirate’s real estate sector. Kuwaiti government measures to drastically reduce the numbers of expat workers in the emirate plus the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing market are set to wreak havoc on the emirate’s real estate market. The rulers’ attempts to...
3 Jul at 6 PM

Tourists in Spain charged sneaky covid-19 tax on beer by expat bar owners

As tourists return to Spanish beach resorts and British expats shake off the lockdown blues, a new owner-introduced tax on beer is causing consternation! Tourism has finally returned to the Spanish Costa’s with the first tourism flights bringing financial relief to British and Spanish-owned bars and restaurants alike. However, savvy bar...
2 Jul at 6 PM

Expat fashionistas in Prague eagerly awaiting their very own Primark mega-store

Expat fashionistas at present located in Prague are counting the days until Primark’s new mega-store opens. Female expats in the Czech Republic eager for the latest styles at an affordable cost won’t need to take the regular bus tour across the German border to Dresden’s Primark store, as the famous budget-conscious retailer is...
2 Jul at 6 PM

ulf States worst hit by pandemic as expat professionals leave

Out of all world economies affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Gulf States are considered to be the worst hit. Due to the region’s reliance on oil prices, the Gulf States are seeing a free fall in their economies as well as an unprecedented expat exodus. According to the International Monetary Fund’s bleak predictions, the six...
2 Jul at 6 PM

Brit expats on Corfu divided over opening up

British expats on Corfu are not overjoyed by the government’s air bridge tourism start-up. In all of Greece, the island of Corfu is the most popular with foreign tourists and has suffered economically from the coronavirus pandemic. However, expats and citizens alike aren’t best thrilled at the prospect of hordes of Europeans arriving...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Expat-owned dog shelter in Qatar fears mass dumping of abandoned pets

Dog rescue centres in Qatar are fearing mass dumping as expats are forced to leave. Expatriates in the emirate number 90 per cent of its total population, with many being forced to leave at short notice and unable to arrange for their pets to be shipped out to the home country. One dog shelter is already seeing an increase in numbers of...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Expats and locals in Oman can now take on part time work

In a bid to diversify its failing economy, Oman is looking to allow both expats and citizens to take on part time and temporary jobs. As the expat professional exodus from the Gulf States continues, Oman is planning to open up a part-time private sector job initiative aimed at both expatriates and locals. The move forms part of an attempt...
1 Jul at 6 PM

Will UK expats in the Czech Republic be left without free healthcare?

British expatriates living and working in the Czech Republic may be at risk of losing their free healthcare, and it’s got little to do with Brexit. An agreement which was signed between the UK and the Czech Republic as long ago as 1976 is likely to be dumped due to the fact that its financial burden has fallen unfairly on the republic...
30 Jun at 6 PM

Expat charity shop owners urge VAT tax relief on their sales

Expat charity shop owners in Spain are fighting to end VAT taxation. The expat owners of two charity shops on Spain’s Costa Blanca are taking on the Spanish government in an attempt to cancel the charge of 21 per cent VAT on all sales. According to David Young, the new president of the Reach Out charity in Torrevieja, the government is...
30 Jun at 6 PM

Expats trapped outside Thailand can now return home

Expats trapped outside Thailand by the anti-coronavirus measures have been exchanging information via their own Facebook page. Now that the long wait is almost over, Western expats with jobs as well those with Thai wives and families will be permitted to return to their homes. Some have been trapped outside the country since the first...
30 Jun at 6 PM

Expats still in Hong Kong are forced to accept the end of an era

What can expat professionals in Hong Kong do now? Expats and Hong Kong citizens alike are now fearing the effects of China’s sweeping new rules aimed at crushing all freedoms in the unique former British colony. After millions joined the last 12 months’ daily demonstrations demanding autonomy from Beijing, the imposition of the new...
29 Jun at 6 PM

Expat dogs get good news but expat Brits not so much

Brexit’s potential is still confusing UK expats in EU member states, but it’s good news for dogs. A recently published article is attempting to clear the fog around British expats' post-Brexit rights. Posted by Europe Street, it attempts to clarify the real deal for British pensioners via an analysis of statements made by both the...
29 Jun at 6 PM

Longterm British expats still angry over losing their rights to vote

How are long-term British expats feeling now they’re still not allowed the vote? British expats scattered across the modern world have been fighting long-term for their rights to vote after they’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years, but in spite of occasional governmental comments nothing has been done. One of the scandals of the...
29 Jun at 6 PM

Has the pandemic changed expat housing designs for ever?

Life under lockdown is looking towards changing architectural norms all across the planet. The worldwide lockdowns following the invasion of the coronavirus may well have changed architectural design across many countries. New builds will now take into account a new, more private lifestyle, allowing time outside to be spent on extended...
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  • "The law has been passed this week and Spain offers arguably the most attractive "Golden Visa" option in Europe. We should not expect this to move the market in Spain. We are talking about investment over €500,000, the luxury end. And nationwide we would expect no more than a few hundred transactions in the first year. But it is a positive..." left by La Vida Spain on New Spanish property investment visa draws Chinese and Russians
  • "After reading about the expats survey in our local freebie paper and deciding to take part, logging on to this left me quite bamboozled as to where the survey is, there seems to be no sign of it. I suggest if a survey is being conducted under whatever guise a list of questions be published for expats to answer. Otherwise this survey is..." left by Brian Milnes on Massive new independent expat survey now live online
  • "The article is quite clear and as usual in this country ( spain) because I live in a remote area I only find things out accidently or by being surprised and fined. I don't understand how the European parliament does not act against this type of 'robo'. It is so frustrating to see a corrupt and authoritarian Spanish government get away with..." left by john porro on Spain to apply stealth tax to residents with solar power
  • "Absolutely right - already we have been receiving requests from cliets based in Italy to look at how they can 'avoid' the new regime. The Italian government is shooting itself in the foot on this one - people will relocate!" left by TaxTeddy on Changes to Italian tax regime to hit hard on expats
  • "Although there are a large number of British curriculum school in Dubai it's not easy to get into one. The waiting lists are long to start with, sometimes artificially long. People move away and don't remove their name from lists, and fearing the long lists parents put their children's names down on several lists. It's also an expensive..." left by Expat Explorers on British curriculum international schools popular in UAE and Asia