Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

8 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Caymans government backs repatriation airlifts for jobless expats

Expats in the Cayman Islands are increasingly being let go by their employers, forcing the government to consider airlifting them back to their home countries. As economies across the world grind to a hopefully temporary halt, the government of the Cayman Islands is facing up to the plight of a growing number of jobless and cashless expats. Pressure to provide repatriation flights is growing by the day, but is being made difficult due to airport shutdowns in many countries worldwide. The island archipelago has long been a favoured...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Pattaya hit by yet more local travel rules

Thailand’s infamous sin city of Pattaya is now under even tougher measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Although Thailand’s total numbers of covid-19 infections and deaths seems far lower than in the majority of other affected world countries, it seems some regions are worse affected than others. Known as ‘party central’ or ‘sin city’, Pattaya’s popularity with older male Westerners is well-known, and its tourism revenue was high as a result until the arrival of the unwelcome Chinese visitor...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Dublin charity gets €20,000 worth of masks from Irish expats in China

An appeal by an Irish expat living and working in China has resulted in donations totalling €20,000 being used to send protective equipment to the home country. Fiona Sheahan, an expat teacher at a Shanghai primary school, also heads up an Irish community group holding traditional cultural events such as St Patrick’s Day, cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Intending to raise money for essential personal protection items desperately needed back home, she posted on WeChat calling for donations. Much to her amazement, over four...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Repatriation flights for Brits trapped in UAE now on the go

Finally, British expats and visitors trapped all across the UAE are now being repatriated via chartered flights. Several thousand British expats, residents and visitors have been stranded in Dubai and the rest of the UAE, with no idea when the British government would organise repatriation flights. As a result of coordination between the two governments, the first batch of 345 Brits flew out on Sunday from Dubai International Airport in a specially chartered plane. UAE airspace was closed March 26, leaving a large number of worried...
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...
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

Brit Foreign Office shamed again over Peru repatriation chaos

As pressure on the government to repatriate all stranded Britons grows, UK citizens formerly in Peru tell of their experiences. Following the UK government’s recent announcement of its intent to bring home all stranded Brits, the chaos and confusion surrounding repatriation flights from Peru isn’t something to be proud of. Three chartered flights had been organised, with the first arriving on schedule at Heathrow Airport, but its passengers were far less than impressed by the performance of the Foreign Office. All those who landed...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British government finally plans to repatriate stranded expats and tourists

Finally, the UK government has pledged to supply the funds necessary to repatriate British tourists and expats trapped overseas by the worldwide coronavirus lockdowns. In an announcement made yesterday by the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Britain has now taken financial responsibility for the repatriation of over a million tourists and expats stranded worldwide. The briefing confirmed a budget of around €85 million and stated a memorandum of understanding has been signed by Virgin, EasyJet, Titan Airways and jet2. UK nationals who...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Caymans government pledges to assist expats as well as locals

Expats in the Cayman Islands are to get governmental assistance if needed. Following his controversial announcement that governmental assistance will be offered to trapped foreign permit holders without mentioning the islands’ expat communities, the Cayman Islands' PM was forced to confirm that any foreigner in dire straits would also be supported. His initial comment may have been influenced by islanders’ social media posts saying foreigners should not receive assistance as there were high numbers of locals in dire need even...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Is FATCA failing due to US expat non-compliance?

The USA's dreaded FATCA reporting ruling may be failing due to massive numbers of American expats ignoring its filing rules. According to recent reports, literally millions of US expats living overseas are comply ignoring the American taxman’s regulations as per the hated FATCA annual report. Introduced some 10 years ago, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act compels all American citizens living overseas to give the US taxman full details of their foreign investments and bank accounts with balances of more than $10,000, even if...