Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

15 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU promises Brits visa-free travel after no-deal

The European Commission has now promised visa-free entry to Britons wishing to take short trips to the EU after a no-deal Brexit. The offer, which must still gain agreement from the EU parliament and the EU Council, would allow British citizens to visit France, Spain or any other countries in the Schengen zone and stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa. Several stages are involved in allowing a new EU law, but it’s expected the offer will pass. Should Brexit end with a no-deal exit, the new law would...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Spanish tourism minister in Brexit talks with Thomas Cook and Jet2

UK tour operators and the Spanish tourism chief met in London earlier this week to ensure Spain’s future as a UK expat and tourism hub. Spanish minister for industry, trade and tourism Reyes Maroto met up with CEOs from Jet2 and Thomas Cook to shore up Spain’s future as a tourism hub should a no-deal Brexit scenario become reality. Tourism contributes 11 per cent of Spain’s one trillion euro economy, with British visitors making up 25 per cent of total tourist numbers. Also threatened are UK expats resident in Spain who...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Spaniards join UK expats in concern over Brexit

As controversy over the prospect of a no-deal Brexit soars, Spanish businesses join with British expats in concern about its effects. Fears are mounting in the British expat community, the Spanish expat community in the UK and the Spanish business community about the likelihood of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal. Spain hosts around 19 million British tourists every year, and bilateral trade is also a major earner for Spanish businesses. Add to these factors the spends of a quarter of a million UK expats...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is the Rock still at risk from Brexit?

Is the Gibraltar dilemma really sorted? Most expat residents on Gibraltar and the Spanish workers who travel across the border daily may be feeling more secure since the news broke about a Brexit deal, but are they celebrating too soon? It’s good that the move is in the positive direction, thus easing fears of a Spanish takeover, but the Rock is a still a small piece of the complicated jigsaw of the Brexit negotiations. The entire two years of talks have been conducted on the basis of ‘nothing is agreed until everything is...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Flood-hit Spanish animal shelter makes desperate plea for funds

An Estepona-based cat sanctuary is desperate for funds to rebuild their shelter, destroyed by torrential floods caused by huge storms. The non-profit Gatos y Amigos cat rescue shelter was flooded and almost completely wrecked during the massive thunderstorms which hit Estepona last weekend. Nine cats were drowned and many others managed to escape and have not yet been found, but the rest are in desperate need of a safe haven. The shelter’s volunteer organisers are appealing to locals and expats alike for funds to rebuild the...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2018

IRS now chasing passports of US expat tax debtors

US expat taxpayers who owe money to the IRS are now having their passports seized. As if being subject to the IRS’s toxic oversight isn’t bad enough, US expatriates who owe money to the US taxman are now having their passports seized. It’s not just a threat, it’s actually happening, as both the taxman and the State Department have the legal right to revoke or cancel the passports of those who’re in debt to the state. At the present time, some 360,000 US expatriates and frequent travellers are thought to be affected....
22 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Omani locals rescue expats from wadi during flash floods

A group of local men living in the mountainous Tiwi region of Oman were on hand to rescue four expatriates whose cars were trapped in a wadi following heavy rain. The first sign something was wrong was spotted by Hamed al Hussaini when he saw a lone foreign woman climbing a tree to escape from her vehicle after it was trapped during the rains and was being carried away by the force of the flood. He and several friends helped her climb the tree and get out of danger, then took her to Hussaini’s house, where she told the men there...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat voters with representatives could change the world

Over the last five decades, the number of expats living abroad has soared to 250 million, but almost all have no effective political representation back in the home country. Whilst it might seem illogical that citizens who’ve opted to spend many years overseas should have a say in the politics of the home country, the last few years have shown how necessary this is. Across the world, recent elections and one referendum have brought in disastrous changes which would possible not have happened should expat opinions and their votes...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Devastating flood kills British couple in Majorca

A massive storm and torrential rain have caused devastating floods in Majorca, killing at least eight people including a British couple. Rescuers are still searching for survivors of devastating floods which hit Majorca’s eastern region during a huge storm. At least eight people are believed to be dead, including two Britons who were travelling in a taxi when the floods hit. Their bodies were found in the taxi, and the driver is still missing, but it’s not yet certain whether the couple were tourists or expats living in Sant...
8 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat boy invents new international Wolfenoot holiday

A South African expat mom’s seven-year old son has invented a brand new international holiday. South African author Jax Goss, now living with her seven-year old son in New Zealand, has cause to be extremely proud of her dog-loving boy as he’s invented a new international holiday. Wolfenoot is a one-day festival especially for dog-lovers the world over, and has gone viral since she posted his idea online. The holiday celebrates the ‘spirit of the wolf’ and is aimed at global dog owners and dog lovers. It’s already been...