Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

13 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Urgent travel warning issued for expats and tourists as Spain’s extreme weather returns

British expats and holidaymakers in Spain are being urged to take note of the Foreign Office’s urgent travel warning. Following on from the earlier ‘worst storms in over a century’ in Valencia, the Foreign Office is now warning tourists and expats over more outbreaks of extreme weather. Last week, Valencia and its region suffered biblical floods, massive storms, flash floods and damage to property and vehicles, with the latest travel warning an indication there’s more of the same on the way. Torrential rain is expected to...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expat residents, tourists and locals in Spain hit by monstrous storms and a tornado

As massive thunderstorms and floods hit Spain’s favourite expat locations, Madrid residents are trapped in biblical-style floods. Worst hit was Arganda, a semi-rural district to the southeast of Madrid, with huge storms releasing torrents of rain turning the streets to rapids and washing away cars just a few minutes after the storm broke. The capital’s metro was badly affected with its lines 5 and 9 cut off, and parts of the M30 and M40 motorways are under water. The fast-moving hailstorm hit yesterday between 5.30 and 6pm, with...
20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Leaked report quantifies major post-Brexit hassles for UK expats

The leaked Yellowhammer report is warning UK citizens and expats attempting to travel to or in the EU will face maximum stays of just 90 days and stricter passport checks on arrival. The British Embassy in Spain is expected to be overrun with consular enquiries from devastated and angry Brits as well as having to deal with consular assistance for vulnerable UK citizens. One of the major elements in Theresa May’s rejected Brexit deal was aimed at protecting the rights of both the one million Brits in the EU and their 3.5 million EU...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Is expat sexism alive and kicking in the Czech Republic?

Expats are taking sides over controversy concerning female-only parking spaces in Prague. Whilst parking spaces reserved for women drivers are commonplace in German and Austrian restaurants, outside motorway restrooms and in shopping mall basements, it’s not usual to find the facility in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague. However, it seems that, should one be discovered, expat females take the provision as an insult as men don’t have the same designated facilities. The few that do exist at the present time include a...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Hong Kong expats now heading home in a hurry after travel warnings

As the protests continue and the risk of Chinese military action increases, expats in Hong Kong are looking for an exit strategy. Political turmoil resulting in safety concerns is spurring expatriate professionals to consider finding safer havens for their talent. Earlier this week the Canadian government issued a travel warning for those thinking about visiting the beleaguered city, with Canadian nationals already living and working on its main island seriously considering moving on before the seemingly-inevitable arrival of the...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Expats and holidaymakers in Greece warned over increasing wildfires in tourist areas

As the heatwaves continue drying up the land, expats and summer season visitors to Greece are being warned about the dangers of fast-spreading wildfires. The UK Foreign Office has issued warnings to expats and travellers about the increasing risk of wildfires and their spread across affected regions. The warnings are rated at the extreme level 5 and the country’s alert system remains on red. Last weekend, both expats and holidaymakers were evacuated from Elafonisos Island due to a powerful wildfire which spread after starting in a...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Greek island expats and visitors caught in 5.3 earthquake

A 5.3 strength earthquake hit close to the port city of Heraklion early yesterday morning, alarming resident expats and tourists. The strong tremor struck Crete as expatriate residents and summer visitors were having breakfast and follows on a similar quake felt last month in Athens. Centred close by Crete’s capital city and major port, the quake was recorded at an 80 km depth and caused violent shaking across the region. One local expat told reporters his entire house was shaking, with mirrors on the walls swinging from side to...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Czeck Republic now popular as a medical tourism hub

Over the past several years, the medical tourism industry in the Republic has received a boost due to less than flattering reports of mishaps and overcharging in Southeast Asian countries. As well as becoming famous as a hub for tech entrepreneurs, the Czech Republic is now attracting medical tourists due to its hospitals’ and specialists’ quality and affordability. During the past year, just under 20,000 foreigners arrived for medical treatment, thus making the republic’s doctors Europe’s most sought-after professionals. The...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2019

New Europeans supporter’s bike pilgrimage boosts EU Green Card

A ‘New Europeans’ supporter is undertaking a 2,000 kilometre bike ride to boost the group’s EU Green Card proposal. Rafal Skarbek is cycling from his home in Somerset to the Spanish pilgrimage site at Santiago de Compostela in order to publicise New Europeans’ award-winning European Green Card proposal aimed at protecting expats’ post-Brexit rights to free movement across the EU. He’ll join the historic Camino pilgrimage route in northern Spain after cycling through France, and is seeing the route as a traditional symbol...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Holidaying expats refused flights home after new Kuwaiti ID system gets it wrong

Expats living and working in Kuwait who’ve taken their annual holidays in Europe are facing problems due to the emirate’s new-style ID residency system. It’s normal for expats working in the UAE to holiday either back in the home country or in other resort areas, but many have been refused permission to depart and return to Kuwait. The issue seems to be the wording on the newly-introduced civil ID residency scheme which resulted in the ‘residency’ sticker being removed from their passports. Customs offices at home airports...