Expat Immigration News

Latest 10 news items tagged Immigration

21 May at 6 PM 2020

Confusion for Brit expats aiming to use Gibraltar’s border crossing

Yet more chaos is on the cards for British expats attempting to get back to their Spanish homes, as they’re now forbidden from using the Gibraltar border crossing. From midnight on May 18, the Spanish immigration authorities stopped British expat citizens from entering Spain at the Gibraltar border crossing after leaving the UK via Heathrow Airport. The reason for the sudden change seems to have been the introduction of new sanitation and hygiene ruling at Malaga Airport and four other air arrivals points. Strangely, it’s OK to...
21 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats now heading for Mexico as Europe closes down

For would-be British expats unable to decide between European countries due to Brexit, relocating to Mexico is good for retirees, but less so for job hunters. Everyone who’s ever been an expat or conducted objective online research as part of an emigration plan knows full well that nowhere is perfect, even although some locations may be better than others. It all depends on your requirements as well as the reasons for leaving the home country – even more so since the entire world and its economy seems to be caught up in the...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Vietnam praise government efforts to control the pandemic

Vietnam joins the growing international movement to make life easier for expats trapped due to anti-pandemic measures. One of the toughest aspects of becoming a long-stay expat in Southeast Asia is the necessity of keeping up with ever-changing visa requirements. Since the pandemic took hold, expatriate residents all over the region have been fearing xenophonia, deportation, blacklisting and other official and unofficial measures destructive to their lifestyles in their countries of residence. At the present time, Vietnam seems to...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats and visitors trapped in Thailand finally granted visa amnesty

Thailand finally announces a visa amnesty for expats, tourists and other foreign travellers. Expats and foreign travellers trapped in Thailand after the government shut down all borders are now relieved a government amnesty has given them the right to extend their stays without worrying about their status. The amnesty will last until April 30, giving those affected more time to work out how to leave the country. Tourists, business travellers and expats heading to their home countries due to the pandemic are all relieved, especially as...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Can the Gulf States survive without its expat professionals?

From high-ranking expat professionals to workers in the private sectors, many believe the Gulf States as a whole would suffer should all foreign workers decide to return to their home countries. Workers from overseas at all levels make up a very high percentage of the entire region’s workforce, making mass layoffs a very real risk to the economy. At the present time, it’s not just the coronavirus which is threatening the monarchies of the Arab Gulf States, it’s also the collapse in the price of oil. The double whammy is forcing...
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...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Visitors and tourists trapped in Thailand get no relief from new rules

Thailand has now made it even harder for foreigners trapped in the country to comply with visa requirements. As expats living in Thailand shudder at the thought of a threatened 24/7 curfew, visitors and tourists trapped in the country are now under even stricter measures when applying for extensions due to their inability to leave. Nine documents are now required for an extension to a tourist visa, several of which may be impossible to obtain. As well as the usual forms, the TM7 application now requires a certificate from...
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...
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...
11 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat residents in Thailand uneasy about official coronavirus reports

Expats in Thailand are now questioning how many Chinese arrivals from Wuhan are still in the country’s popular tourism destinations. Until the first few days of breaking news over the Wuhan coronavirus, Thailand’s southern islands, the capital Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai were crammed with Chinese tourists, the majority of whom were believed to have arrived from Hubei province and Wuhan itself. Frequent flights from the virus-hit city continued until China itself locked down flights from its infected areas, but...