Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

25 May at 6 PM 2020

Coronavirus panic leaves travellers and expats trapped overseas

Out of all the stories about people trapped where they didn’t want to be due to the pandemic, this illustrates the worldwide chaos caused by governments’ uncoordinated reactions. On the sixth of March in Dubai, a pair of expat lovers held their much anticipated wedding and jetted off for their honeymoon in Mexico’s Cancun resort without a care in the world. The epidemic had broken out, but had yet to spread all over the world. As a result, they avoided crowds, but the though of travel restrictions simply didn’t occur....
22 May at 6 PM 2020

Trapped South African expat teachers in Cambodia have nowhere to turn

One of the major difficulties caused by a lack of international coordination after the pandemic hit is that huge numbers are trapped outside their home countries. Since the pandemic became established in the vast majority of world countries, a huge number of travellers are now trapped overseas with no way of returning home. As country after country slammed on lockdowns and border closures in order to protect their citizens, many of those needing the same protection were stuck in lands where few or no precautions were being taken....
14 May at 6 PM 2020

Phishing cybercriminal network in Spain now busted

An internet scam investigation which took two full years has now been concluded with the arrest of a group of phishing cybercriminals. The investigation began when police received a large number of complaints from expats as well as Spanish nationals duped into transferring money to fund a ‘confidential financial operation’. The scam became known as the ‘CEO sting’ due to the gang’s habit of targeting high-level executives in large companies. The crooks’ modus operandum was the same every time, involving targeting...
13 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat repatriation flights to UAE now available

For expats working overseas, one of the worst aspects of the pandemic is being unable to return to your present country of residence due to lockdowns. It’ll never be known exactly how many expat professionals on business trips became the modern equivalent of stateless persons, simply due to the fact they were in the wrong place when lockdowns were declared. For those stranded overseas, adhering to requirements such as two-week quarantines, compulsory health insurance covering covid19 treatment when no such insurance is available and...
4 May at 6 PM 2020

Brit government warns would-be expats to postpone their departures

If you’re a British would-be expat planning to take a reconnaissance trip to your potential overseas expat haven, the government would rather you stayed at home. The warning comes from Transport Minister Grant Shapps, who’s begging would-be expatriates not to book a flight just yet in case the destination is still on the ‘high risk’ list for the virus. Shapps added it’s nothing to do with social distancing, but those in charge have no real idea when it will be safe to cancel the present lockdown. A review of its status is...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Captain Tom flypast to happen in spite of mean minded government

British expats in Spain and across Europe are delighted to hear that much-loved Captain Tom Moore will get his celebratory birthday flypast after all. Out of all the news concerning every aspect of the pandemic and its effects, Captain Tom’s amazing story has warmed the hearts of British expats and citizens all over the globe, not to mention those in the NHS who’ll benefit from the astonishing £29 million plus he’s raised. The grand old man’s 100th birthday is tomorrow, his number one hit single featuring Michael Ball is...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Dubai lockdown ends but expats happier staying home

Following the lifting of Dubai’s stay-at-home lockdown, expats don’t seem to be rushing to leave their apartments. Movement restrictions across Dubai were partially lifted last week, allowing expats and citizens to leave their homes between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. without having to get a permit. However, according to local English language media, those asked whether they’re happy about the change didn’t seem to be in any hurry to take advantage of their new-found freedom. One Russian expat said she’s only leaving the house to...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2020

UK finally gets its act in order as regards repatriation flights

Thousands of stranded British expats and tourists are finally being repatriated from the Indian sub-continent. After huge numbers of British citizens stranded overseas took to social media to complain about the UK government’s lack of action as regards getting them home, it seems the message is finally getting through. Over the next week or so, thousands trapped in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India are to be flown home using a fleet of 311 chartered planes. The much-needed air bridge is expected to provide transportation for over 7,000...
27 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Virus traps nomadic expat family in Lapland

Adventurous expats are found all over the known world, although the majority possibly didn’t take into account being trapped far from home due to the pandemic’s closing of all borders. Whilst the vast majority of commentators on the chaos being caused by covid-19 cite elderly expatriates, those who’ve lost their jobs and those who’re now trapped far from home by lockdowns, expat adventurers are being missed out due to a lack of convenient classification. Often referred to as expat nomads, these brave souls and their families...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Benidorm Brit bar owners considering half-price beer to attract holidaymakers

Brit expats all along the Spanish Costas are hoping bar owners will slash beer prices in an attempt to lure tourists back once the pandemic has run its deadly course. Countries whose economies count tourism as an important contributor to their GDP are hoping against hope the pandemic will fade away before it’s done too much financial damage, a stance also taken by the large number of British expat owners of bars in Spain. The popular holiday destination has been one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus, with its tourist industry...