Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain reopens 370 hotels for stranded expats, tourists and essential workers

For stranded British expats and tourists, life under the Spanish lockdown just got slightly easier. As the huge number of British tourists and expatriates hit hard by Spain’s current lockdown increases, the government has reversed its recent decree forcing all hotels to close. Flights out of the country are now discontinued, leaving thousands of stranded British tourists as well as expats and those on business trips to find a way home on their own. The only light at the end of the tunnel is that the Spanish government is now...
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

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...
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...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Fight to end Brit expat frozen pensions gets tougher as campaign ramps up

Brit expat retirees in Commonwealth countries to remain on frozen pensions whilst those in the EU will get uprates. As British retirees living in EU member states post-Brexit sigh with relief at the news their state pensions will be uprated, their equivalents in Commonwealth countries are being denied parity yet again. The British government’s press release on last Monday’s Commonwealth Day hit a sour note with its hollow message of a ‘common future’ coupled with its ignoring of the financial plight of retired Britons in...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Kuwait now in near lockdown due to pandemic

Kuwaitis and the emirate’s huge expat community are now in a state of near lockdown as new measures against the pandemic are introduced. Harsh new coronavirus measures were announced yesterday, aimed at holding back the spreading virus infections and deaths. Commercial passenger flights are now banned, although cargo flights will be allowed to continue, and a public holiday will begin today and last until March 26. Residents and expats are now forbidden to gather in malls, restaurants and cafes and the majority of banks will remain...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Elderly expats in Spain urged to beware of crooks posing as medical workers

British expats living in Spain’s Costa del Sol region are being warned over robbers posing as medics. As the newly-declared coronavirus pandemic hits out at expats all over Spain, a new danger is being warned against for residents in the popular Costa del Sol region. Residents in Manilva, Mijas, Calahonda and Cordobra are being warned they’re in danger from crooks posing as doctors or nurses checking up on coronavirus infections. The scam has being ongoing since the beginning of the Spanish outbreak. One older expat female...