Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

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...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain closes all hotels due to worsening infection rates

British expat businesses in Spain face ruin as all hotels close. As Spain’s coronavirus statistics soar, the government has given an order that all hotels must close today, adding tourists must make arrangements to leave the country as soon as is practicable. In addition, the hard-hit country is now in lockdown, with a ban on leaving home unless it’s totally necessary. According to the British Foreign Office, visitors and expats wishing to return home should make immediate travel plans via contact with an airline or tour operator....
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Vietnam trapped with no consular assistance

Expat English teachers in Vietnam are facing homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic. As have many other world countries, Vietnam has closed down all its schools, leaving expat English teachers without salaries and potentially without homes. The Asian Tiger state had been focusing on English as a second language for all its pupils, but the schools are now shuttered with no plans to reopen until the pandemic subsides. Vietnam was one of the first Southeast Asian countries to take the threat of Covid-19 seriously and close down...
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...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British expats as well as Thai citizens disallowed entry to Thailand

British expats living, working or retiring in Thailand are being warned time is running out for those wishing to repatriate. A message from the British Ambassador to Thailand has stated Britons wishing to return to the home country are running out of time due to the closing down of almost all flights to the West. By the end of last week, passengers using Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport were at their lowest level since the facility opened its doors to worldwide travellers. Internal flights via Don Mueang airport showed...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Thai officials spur racism against expats over face masks

As the COVID-19 virus tightens its grip on Thailand’s major cities as well as its capital, expats are fearing cultural clashes between the foreign community, local Thais and Thai government officials. Since the country’s incidence of infections and deaths tripled over just one week, the Thais themselves began to regard the wearing of masks as obligatory, as it showed their concern for others’ health even if no infections had been reported in their areas. Westerners and resident expats, however, tended towards believing the...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats on Gibraltar to get financial watchdog and new laws

Expats living on Gibraltar may get financial compensation and a financial watchdog once the Brexit transition is a done deal. The British government is now keen to extend its financial compensation and watchdog provisions to British citizens living and working on Gibraltar once the Brexit transition is done and dusted. Britain’s Treasury office has now launched a consultation aimed at discovering the extent of consumer and market support available for the idea. Under consideration will be the setting up of a financial ombudsman...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit ambassador to Kuwait puts foot in mouth over expat difficulties

UK expats in Kuwait are laughing behind their hands as the British Ambassador is forced to apologise for a thoughtless comment. After his embassy staff posted a message to its expats stuck in Kuwait urging them to seek money from local charities if they were short of cash, the ambassador was forced to grovel and apologise. The message was sent via a tweet, later deleted, and called on Britons unable to leave due to the lockdown to beg for cash from family, friends, Kuwait’s Salvation Army or other local charities. The...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Gulf State-based expat families urged to forego their usual UK summer break

British expats in the UAE are being urged to stay put during the summer holidays. Thousands of British expat professionals living and working in the UAE along with their families normally return to the UK during the summer period in order to catch up with relatives and friends back at home. It’s an annual ritual which seems to be the worst idea ever now that the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold in both the UK and the Gulf States. Doctors in Dubai are urging foreigners to stay put to avoid spreading the virus either in the UAE...