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23 Feb at 9 AM

Expats to be banned from Omani private health sector tech jobs

The Omani parliament is debating a proposal to block expat access to private health sector technical jobs. The latest proposal as part of the total Omanisation of the emirate’s workforce is aimed at banning all expat professionals from technical positions in the private health sector. After parliamentary debate and agreement, positions...
23 Feb at 9 AM

British expats in Orihuela rush to join Storm Gloria cleanup

British expats join in volunteer beach clean up for two weeks running. As the world-wide call to protect the planet against its human inhabitants gathers momentum, British expats in Orihuela rushed to join in for two weeks running. The first clean-up was scheduled for Tuesday last week, but only three local government employees were...
23 Feb at 9 AM

Pudong local authorities rush to help expats isolated by the coronavirus

Expats in Shanghai are applauding Chinese efforts to make their lives in quarantine far easier. Shanghai’s Pudong New Area is one of the massive city’s favourite locations for resident expats, but the coronavirus panic has placed the entire community under lockdown and unable to leave their homes, even to get much-needed supplies of...
23 Feb at 9 AM

Taking a chance on buying a holiday home in Thailand

If you’ve visited Thailand a few times and are considering the purchase of a holiday home, it pays to check out on the many recent changes as regards cost of living and visas. From beachfront condo units, gated community villas and even hideaways outside farming villages, the romance of a home in Thailand has kept expatriates arriving...
23 Feb at 9 AM

Older expats in Kuwait to be blocked from renewing their work permits

Expats in Kuwait will not have their work permits renewed once they’ve reached 70 years old. Older expat professionals living and working in Kuwait will now lose their entitlement to work permit renewals once they’ve reached 70, irrespective of their professions or job titles. In addition, the emirate’s Public Authority for Manpower...
23 Feb at 9 AM

Laid back expats in Vietnam enjoy extra time off due to the virus

The coronavirus epidemic isn’t all bad news for expats living in Vietnam. Whilst the newly-discovered virus continues to spread its tentacles across many world cities, expats living in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City are effectively enjoying an extra holiday from their offices and schools. Despite the epidemic’s doom and gloom scenario...
19 Feb at 6 PM

What goes round comes round for expats in China

To live successfully as an expat in today’s China, you’ll need to understand its recent past. China’s popularity as an expat destination began 20 years ago at a time very little was known or, more importantly, understood about the vast country’s present, let alone its stunning, millennia-old past. Pioneer expatriates arrived to...
19 Feb at 6 PM

Expatriate airline pilots in China now on unpaid leave

Pilots working for Chinese airlines are seeking new jobs as demand stalls. Expatriate pilots who’ve been placed on unpaid leave with no idea as to when they’ll be needed again are leaving for their home countries in addition to seeking other jobs. Demand for their services has collapsed after the ban on flights due to the spread of...
19 Feb at 6 PM

Is this the end of the road for Hong Kong expat professionals?

Is the Wuhan coronavirus the last straw for Hong Kong’s reputation as expat heaven? Expat parents who’ve stayed in the city over the past six months’ increasingly violent protests are finally giving up and leaving for fear of the coronavirus. Schools are closed again, the situation is becoming even more unstable and the city...
18 Feb at 6 PM

How does the Brexit transition period affect the QROPS overseas transfer tax?

Britons planning to emigrate and use an offshore QROPs transfer for their retirement savings could be forgiven for feeling confused. The prospect of Brexit has made expat retirement a far more complicated process than previously, especially where financial matters are concerned. However, until the end of the transition period on December...
18 Feb at 6 PM

British expats in Spain urged to cut back on alcohol

British expats in Spain are being encouraged to cut down on the booze! Following an initiative by the UK’s national health authority, a recent survey showed 66 per cent of respondents claim giving up drinking is far harder than starting an exercise regime or eating a healthier diet. The new campaign includes the ‘Drink Free Days’...
18 Feb at 6 PM

Expats expect passport problems post-Brexit transition period

One frequently asked question about Brexit changes involves expats’ British burgundy passports. Although the final consequences of Britain’s exit from the EU won’t be clear in the immediate future, one issue comes up frequently on social media – that of UK expats’ burgundy passports. Whilst blue, it seems, is to be the new...
17 Feb at 6 PM

Qualified expats in Kuwait confused by mixed governmental messages

Older expats in Kuwait are confused over governmental mixed messages. In yet another attempt to hit out at the emirate’s demographic imbalance, Kuwait’s recent cancellation of older private sector expat employees’ work permit renewals wasn’t a popular move. The new rule affected expats over the age of 60, and didn’t involve...
17 Feb at 6 PM

N26 online bank dumps 200,000 British expat clients due to Brexit

Expats in Spain face the closure of their digital N26 UK bank accounts due to Brexit. Several hundred thousand British expats living in Spain but banking in the UK with the digital N26 bank are being forced to close their UK accounts and are struggling to find suitable alternatives. Based in Germany and operating as an online banking...
17 Feb at 6 PM

Brit expats in Spain warned over UK TV and IPTV scams

British expats living in Spain are now being warned over IPTV and British TV scams. For would-be Brit expats heading off to Spain for retirement in the sun, having access to British television services is essential. Unfortunately, not every source of the android boxes giving access to ITV, BBC, Sky, Premier League, thousands of movies and...
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