Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

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

Chinese students trapped in USA being scammed by US airlines

Chinese expat students are now trapped in the USA via a cash grab by US airlines. Chinese students studying at American universities are unable to return home due to a cash-grab by US airlines looking to their financial bottom lines. The young expats are now trapped in a seemingly never-ending loop of bookings, cancellations and fights to get refunds issued. One informer working as a United Airlines flight attendant told the media he’d seen flights marked as available which couldn’t be found on flight schedules nor had any crew...
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....
19 May at 6 PM 2020

British travel insurers now refusing to cover virus-related cancellations

Elderly Brits hoping to evaluate Spain as a retirement destination via a reconnaissance trip can’t now get travel cancellation insurance. The majority of Britons settled along the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are either retirees or older expats with small businesses in the hospitality sector. As is normal with those planning to relocate overseas, most will have visited several times before finally making the decision to leave the UK. As do most sensible travellers, they’ll have taken out travel insurance for their trips in order...
19 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Cambodia adjusting to the total lack of tourism

Following its unofficial invasion by hordes of Chinese on- and offline casino operations, Cambodia is now struggling to cope with an almost non-existent tourism sector. As in the rest of Southeast Asia, Covid-19 has put paid to tourism in Cambodia, just as the country was recovering from the bad press following the Chinese unofficial but devastating takeover of the former Royal vacation destination of Sihanoukville. Its tourism ministry seems to have realised that, for now at least, the hospitality industry is on its knees and unlikely...
18 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Estonia praise government reaction to the pandemic

Expats in Estonia are coping the best they can with the country’s coronavirus situation. For almost a decade, Estonia and its capital Tallinn have been a mecca for expat professionals from many countries, especially for those in the tech sector. Obviously, the pandemic has affected their lives, but the majority are more than happy with the way the government has reacted to the emergency situation. One expat from the Philippines told local media she’s coping well, especially as her employer is fully transparent and supportive....
18 May at 6 PM 2020

Greece to allow entry to tourists and expats from June 1

British expats planning to relocate to Greece could enter from June 1. Although Greece isn’t a major destination for British would-be expats, many have found homes on its islands and mainland coastal villages over the past few years. The trend is due to continue as Brexit creeps closer, and those interested will be able to take trips from June 1. The Greek government acted swiftly and securely to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, rapidly introducing a lockdown and ban on visitors which proved to be successful. The...
13 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat businesses in Spain give thumbs up to Ryanair plan

Expat hospitality businesses in southern Spain are welcoming Ryanair’s plans for July flights. Although the low-cost airline’s plans to reopen flights to Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca hotspots are being welcomed with open arms by expatriate-owned hospitality sector businesses, others are wondering how the plans will work if many favourite destinations are still under lockdown. Some 40 per cent of Ryanair’s routes are to be re-established, with up to 1,000 flights serving 90 per cent of the airline’s original...
11 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in the Netherlands in favour of government coronavirus rulings

Most expats in the Netherlands remain positive over the government’s reaction to coronavirus. The results of a Dutch media-led survey show some 70 per cent of expats in the Netherlands are largely in favour of the government’s measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Even so, a good number of respondents found certain aspects of its response could well be called into question, including the all-important approach to testing and the wearing of masks. Over half of expat professionals who took part in the survey gave the...
11 May at 6 PM 2020

Favourite expat and tourism hubs plan safe corona corridors

Three popular tourist destinations are setting up a ‘corona corridor’ to allow visitors. For Greece, Cyprus and Israel, tourism is one of the most important revenue generators and is also one of the sectors potentially destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic. Obviously, the lockdowns and quarantines caused by the virus have forced the closure of a huge number of expat and locally-owned hospitality businesses from hotels through restaurants and bars at all levels as well as threatening the failure of low-cost airlines and...