Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

9 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Major war erupts between expat newspapers in Spain

It seems the coronavirus doesn’t just wreck lives, as it’s now caused an unpleasant major war between Spain’s two favourite English language media outlets. As is true for many businesses during this unprecedented threat to both expats and residents all across the world and the economy in general, expat-aimed media outlets have also been hard hit due to a massive loss of advertising revenues. Many are at risk of closure as a result, especially if they’re providing printed copies as well as an online presence. The two papers...
9 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats now being repatriated from Myanmar as medical supplies arrive

In spite of an overall incoming flight lockdown, Myanmar has been busy repatriating expats as well as receiving medical supplies from China. Myanmar’s incoming flight ban began on March 30 and is due to be reviewed next Monday, but relief flights out of the country and incoming essential supply flights have been taking place on a regular basis. To date, some 800 Chinese expats stranded in Yangon have been repatriated to Guangzhou and Seoul via Myanmar Airlines International flights, with two more flights due to leave today and...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Oz PM urges travellers and expats to leave as soon as possible

Oz government urges all on visitor or student visas to go home. As in the rest of the world, expats, students, tourists and other visitors at present in Australia are no longer welcome due to the increase of coronavirus infections. The Australian Prime Minister is now urging all to leave as fast as is practicable, but seems to be forgetting two important facts. Firstly, ‘going home’ is almost impossible nowadays as land, air and sea borders all over the world are now closed to incomers and, secondly, the majority of international...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats attempting to avoid covid-19 are almost out of luck

Where to go to escape the coronavirus or even a mention of it? With over one million now recorded as having contracted the deadly-for-some infection, where are the refuges it hasn’t reached and perhaps never will? Believe it or not, 18 world countries have so far escaped contamination with the covid-19 virus, but how many of these have expats as well as citizens of those now infected ever heard of? North Korea, Samoa, Tajikistan, Micronesia, Tonga, Lesotho, Turkmenistan, the Solomon Islands and South Sudan may well be names...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Kuwait now facing lockdown of foreign residence areas

As coronavirus infections soar within Kuwait’s expat community, the state government is mulling a total lockdown of all foreign residence areas. As the emirate reports 77 new cases, 74 of whom are expatriates, its first death was declared on Sunday and its total of confirmed infections increased to 556. The vast majority of the new cases involve expats from India, with Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Iranians and Egyptians. To date, no Western expatriates have been reported as having the virus. In addition to possible lockdowns in expat...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Oz expats trapped in Cambodia getting no help from their government

An Oz expat group is trapped in Cambodia after the Australian government ignored their pleas for help. As fears mount over the likelihood of a full lockdown and state of emergency in Cambodia, a group of 85 Australian expatriates desperate to leave are being refused any assistance from their government. Commercial flights out of the Southeast Asian country are being sold at extortionate rates and then cancelled, forcing those affected to pay even more with no guarantee of further cancellations. Worse still, most routes to Australia...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in the Gulf States fearing an ongoing coronavirus limbo

Expatriate professionals living and working in the Gulf States fear becoming trapped in a never-ending coronavirus limbo. From covid-19 containment strategies through worldwide lockdowns to the withholding of salaries, curfews, containments and the threat of redundancies, expats nowadays could be forgiven for feeling massively stressed. It’s the same sad story in the Gulf States as it is in other favourite expat destinations, especially as it seems the non-Western world is beginning to blame its resident expats for the spread of the...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK offers easy visa extensions to Aussie expats and travellers

At the same time as thousands of British expats and tourists are trapped in lockdowns overseas, the UK government is offering visa extensions to stranded Aussies. The numbers of Australian visitors and expatriates stranded in the UK due to the pandemic are to be offered easy visa extensions by the British government. Flight cancellations, border closures and the UK’s recently announced lockdown have resulted in many thousands of Australian citizens being unable to return to their home country. Many are expats and the remainder are...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK Foreign Office washing its hands over Brit expats trapped overseas

As country after country closes its borders and bans new arrivals, an increasing number of British expats and tourists find themselves stranded overseas and running out of funds. One MP and former Conservative cabinet member is now claiming British expats and tourists are now trapped by lockdowns in many world countries, unable to stay, unable to leave and desperately needing state aid in order to return home. MP Caroline Noakes was scathing about British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s message to stranded Brits urging them to come...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat businesses in danger of immediate closure due to Spanish lockdown

Expat businesses and SMEs in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are now predicted to fail at a rate of three per day. The Spanish government is being urged to assist expat-owned SMEs and self employed traders affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Auditors and accountants are predicting business failures at a rate of three per day should assistance not be provided. All businesses along the famous Costa del Sol have now been closed for two weeks in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, with both expat and Spanish owners in the...