Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

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...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Hong Kong expats warn returnees to obey the rules or be reported

Expats living in Hong Kong are blaming recent returnees for the spike in coronavirus victim numbers. Expat professionals who decided to ride out the epidemic in Hong Kong are accusing those who’d left and are now returning as being responsible for last week’s sharp rise in the numbers of infections. According to long-stay expats, those who’re now returning from overseas are the wealthy who fled the island in the early days of the outbreak and who are rushing back because the pandemic has spread worldwide. According to one...
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....
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...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Mijas multilingual hotline aims to inform British expats

As Spain shocks the world with its latest coronavirus statistics, an expat-aimed multi-lingual hotline has been launched in Mijas. Spain’s latest information on its coronavirus statistics is truly terrifying, as its confirmed COVID 19 cases have risen to 17,147 over the past 24 hours – a jump of 3,500 infections. Deaths from the virus now stand at 767, a 30 per cent increase on yesterday’s figures, and the shocking statistics cover almost all Spanish regions. The only good news coming out of the favourite European country...
18 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat students fear for their degrees as international unis shut down

As coronavirus lockdowns and closures spread across the world, international students at foreign universities are facing challenges which may mean the end of their degree education. Universities in the UK, the USA and Europe are now shutting their doors due to the pandemic, leaving expat students all over the first world afraid for their futures should they not be able to finish their courses and sit for their degrees. At best, online learning is expected to be set up all across international academia, but exams are uncertain as...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British expats still trapped by lockdowns and airline chaos

British expats desperate to get back to their businesses or retirement havens in the sun are being stymied by cancelled flights and entire country shutdowns. Along with Europe’s tourism industry, the aviation sector is facing its worst challenge since the 2008 financial crisis, with many believing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will eventually cause financial ruin for other expat SME sectors as well as unprepared larger companies. Governments are now being urged to provide financial relief as well as other urgent measures...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK citizens and expats urged to report phishing emails offering tax refunds

British expats are being warned by HMRC over a new corona virus-related scam email purporting to be from the British tax authority. As infections rise across Europe including the UK and more people find themselves quarantined at home with little to keep themselves busy, a phishing email is doing the rounds. The message is luring the vulnerable via incorrect information that the British taxman is offering refunds to those in financial trouble due to the virus. According to the email, the British government has introduced a tax...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Danish lockdown and school closures affecting expat parents

It’s not yet two full months since the coronavirus pandemic began, with almost every expat destination now caught in its deadly clutches. As entire countries go into full or partial lock-down including school closures, travel bans and the cancellation or outlawing of anything involving crowds of humans, how are expats with families getting by? For many, being forced to work from home whilst attempting to entertain or control their children whilst they enjoy an unexpected school holiday is a step too far, but there’s nothing anyone...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Spain angry over suspension of UK/EU negotiations

The temporary closure of UK/EU post Brexit negotiations due to the pandemic has caused concern for British expats in southern Spain. Post-Brexit talks between Britain and the EU have just been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving UK expats living in Spain bitterly disappointed. All across the popular retirement destination, older British expats have been awaiting desperately needed clarification of their ultimate positions as Spanish residents, with yet another delay causing a combination of anger,...