Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

23 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat in Asia warned over Wuhan coronavirus

Western expats living and working in China are being urged to monitor their health closely and avoid crowds due to the increasingly rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. To date, Wuhan city now has 198 confirmed cases of the Sars-like virus infection, thought to have originated in a local seafood market. Guangdong province has reported 14 confirmed cases and five have been reported in Beijing. In an attempt to stop further transmission and infection from the virus, the city has now taken strong measures including control over and...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Dubai fearing fake news may be true

Dubai claims fake news on report that it’s unsafe for expats. As a result of the US’s assassination of Soleimani, expats in Dubai are concerned violence may spread across the Gulf State region, but the UAE’s Media Office is claiming recent reports of Dubai as a possible Iranian target are simply fake news. British media outlets have been highlighting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel warning to UK tourists headed for the Gulf States as well as Turkey, but Dubai officials are denying Iran has issued any security...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Dubai reject exaggerated media accusations of danger

Expats living and working in Dubai are encouraging incomers to ignore exaggerated reports by international media over the urgent need to leave. Long-term expats in the UAE believe the doom and gloom media reports concerning the likelihood of regional conflict are exaggerating the situation. Many are claiming the favourite expat professional destination is still safe for foreigners and that there’s no need to pack up and leave, with some blaming the British press for publishing misconceptions about Dubai. One Briton who’s lived...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

UK and US expats and tourists now at risk in Middle East

Expats and tourists in Egypt are being warned they’re now soft targets for terrorists demonstrating their loyalty to Iran. Although it stopped short of placing a travel warning for 14 states in the Gulf region, the British Foreign Office is telling it like it is as regards the risks to both expats and visitors. Dubai and Turkey are also included in the warnings, and Iraq is now considered a no-go area for Westerners, especially American and British citizens. Embassies and Foreign Offices are now reminding expatriates and tourists of...
6 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in the Gulf States advised to evacuate

Are British expats in the Gulf States at risk from Soleimani assassination reprisals? Experts in the USA and many Western nations are now urging their expat citizens to leave Iraq and the UAE as retaliation against US and other western targets is highly likely. Following the attack, British PM Boris Johnson came out in favour of Trump’s possibly illegal decision, with many now believing his statement puts UK expats in the region at risk. One Tehran-based analyst is strongly advising all Western workers in the region to evacuate...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat visitors to major Saudi events offered free three day visas

In an attempt to boost its flagging tourism industry, Saudi Arabia is now offering free visas to expats in the Arab States interested in visiting major events. Residents living in the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain will be allowed visa-free entry for a three day stay, enabling those interested to visit several of the major events due to take place over the Kingdom’s festival season. Events include the Riyadh Season and Al Ula’s Tantora Festival, with the latter taking place in Saudi’s northwestern quadrant. The idea of giving free...
17 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brexpats in Spain leader tells it like it is

Anne Hernandez, head of the campaign group Brexpats in Spain, told the media she was hugely disappointed with last week’s general election result. Comparing the Tory victory with Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 result, she said the vote must have represented what the majority of Britons thought they wanted, but added she finds this fact very hard to believe. Hernandez is now telling it like it is in that UK expats living in Spain who were disallowed from voting must now accept their futures have been decided by UK residents in the home...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat pet owners in EU fear Brexit loss of pet passports

A Spanish vet is warning British expat pet owners over post-Brexit travel with their pets. Dependent on which format becomes the ultimate Brexit result, Britons living, retiring or working on Spain may have to allow at least three months in advance of a travel date if they want their furry friends to travel with them. According to the vet, the majority of UK expats in Spain have pets, normally more than one, meaning a considerable number of cats, dogs and other pets are at risk, especially should a no-deal Brexit be the final result....
12 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats trapped in Kuwait for not paying hospital bills

Kuwait is now issuing travel bans to expats who’ve not yet paid their hospital bills. The above headline will be all too familiar with expats in Thailand who’re also being accused by the junta government of leaving without paying medical charges, an accusation roundly rejected by the expat community. Kuwait’s reaction to unpaid hospital invoices appears to sound very similar, in that the emirate’s State Audit Bureau is reporting it’s non-Kuwaiti nationals who’re heading for the airport without paying for treatment...
9 Dec at 6 PM 2019

What to avoid when heading for Thailand as an expat or visitor

If you’re a determined digital nomad planning on a stopover in Thailand or are visiting for the first time, there are a few things best avoided as part of staying safe. The so-called Land of Smiles has a lot to offer those wishing to stay for a relatively short visit whilst travelling and earning, but there are a number of activities best avoided if you want to enjoy your time in this exotic destination. Heading down south to the country’s Andaman beaches and islands is a favourite, but it should be remembered that Phuket during...