Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

22 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in France losing chance to vote again

Expats living in France are afraid their EU election postal votes won’t be counted. Due to the political instability all too common nowadays, interest in the EU MEP election amongst expats living overseas has received a boost, but many now fear their postal votes won’t count. The problem seems to have been due to a bad choice of postal service by councils looking to save money on the UK Royal Mail’s costs. BBC coverage of the issue uncovered that voting papers were being sent by the Adare postal service to British expats in...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in UK fighting for Remain in EU polls

European citizens living and working in the UK as expats are fighting for an end to Brexit via voting in the upcoming EU elections. Several European expats are standing for election as European Union MEPs in order to fight against Brexit. One such candidate is a French legal advisor living in Wilmslow and working in London. Once the immediate threat of a no-deal Brexit had receded, Sophie Larroque and several of her British friends founded the UK EU Party, even although none of them had any experience in politics. Once they’d raised...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
16 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Vietnam hit out at begpackers

Angry expats in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia are calling for action against the begpacking trend. The subject of begpackers is one which brings genuine expats across Southeast Asia together in anger, as it’s considered morally wrong that Western travellers should expect locals to pay for what seem to be no more than sightseeing trips taking in popular expat destinations. Asian cultures in general have a tradition of giving to those in need, but the sight of Westerners taking advantage of local generosity is offending...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Reasons why VPNs are must-haves for expats

One important aspect of becoming an expat is to ensure your online security is in place. Moving overseas can be a chore, as there are so many aspects to consider in order to live a stress-free life in the new country of residence. Ensuring online security is often not considered an immediate priority but, for homesick new arrivals, a break in your service for whatever reason can prevent contact with friends and family back home. Logging on unprotected can also result in viruses, the hacking of bank details and passwords or...
3 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats and business travellers warned over possible SA general election street protests

Expats and business travellers to South Africa are being warned to avoid the streets on the 8th May 2019 general election day. Employers are being advised to be aware of possible risks to their expat employees from street demonstrations and protests, as these have a chance of becoming violent. A good number of UK companies have their regional headquarters in the country’s major cities, with political demonstrations known to occasionally end in street fighting or worse. Although South Africa is regarded as a popular expat...
1 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats and holidaymakers scammed by rental property fraudsters

British tourists and would-be expats have been scammed out of thousands when renting villas online. It’s not known exactly how many British visitors to Spain have been affected by the cleverly constituted rental property scams, but it’s the third year the crooks have stolen large amounts of deposit money from their victims. The bogus travel company trades as Dream Villas Spain, illegally uploading genuine rental properties from other legitimate sites and using them on their own website in order to dupe renters into sending hefty...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Concern rises with demand as questions asked about the risks of second passports

As the expat world becomes more unstable, passports for sale are now a global business worth in excess of $2 billion. First punted as a way to purchase citizenship of a second country, the so-called expat investments soon acquired the nickname ‘Golden Visas’, as well as an as yet unproven reputation for being used as a money-laundering or tax avoidance scheme for the mega-rich. As more and more smaller, less prosperous countries realised the value to their economies of selling citizenship or simply visas and second passports, the...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Dubai eases off liquor license law requirements

Dubai expats are welcoming far easier liquor licence requirements. Expat residents in Dubai will now be able to get the mandatory licence to buy, drink and store alcoholic beverages in the home without having to satisfy the former tough requirements. Previously, expats who wished to avail themselves of the official liquor license had to produce a letter from their employer or, if not employed and female, from their husband or father as well as a tenancy contract and a certificate showing earnings in excess of Dhs3,000 monthly. Under...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2019

British government warns expats and tourists to stay away from Sri Lanka

British tourists and expats are being warned by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to avoid all but absolutely necessary travel to the grieving country following the Easter Sunday terrorist atrocities. The warning came as ongoing threat levels were reviewed, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stating he’d received updates from the Foreign Office indicating the necessity of upgrading travel warnings. At the present time, some 8,000 Britons are on the island, either as tourists or business visitors, with around 10,000...