Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

26 May at 6 PM 2020

British pensioner rescued from abusive Thai family

A British WWII veteran is now safe at home in the UK with his daughter and extended family after being abused and ill-treated by his Thai partner. Only known as ‘Ron’ in media reports, the 86-year old pensioner moved to Thailand seven years ago after his then partner’s death and was currently living in the central Thailand province of Samut Sakhon after forming a relationship with a Thai woman and her family. According to his British family, he had only pallets to sleep on and was starving due to the lack of food and water, even...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

British expats in Orihuela fearing repeat of Gota Fria floods

UK expats living in the hard-hit Costa Blanca region are now fearing more devastating floods this autumn. Last October’s record breaking rainstorms brought devastating floods to many popular UK expat hubs on the Costa Blanca, resulting in a promise by the Madrid government that financial aid would be forthcoming. Sadly, according to the mayor of Orihuela, not one single euro has been received from either the regional or national governments. During an interview with a popular English language newspaper, Mayor Bascunana stated...
21 May at 6 PM 2020

Confusion for Brit expats aiming to use Gibraltar’s border crossing

Yet more chaos is on the cards for British expats attempting to get back to their Spanish homes, as they’re now forbidden from using the Gibraltar border crossing. From midnight on May 18, the Spanish immigration authorities stopped British expat citizens from entering Spain at the Gibraltar border crossing after leaving the UK via Heathrow Airport. The reason for the sudden change seems to have been the introduction of new sanitation and hygiene ruling at Malaga Airport and four other air arrivals points. Strangely, it’s OK to...
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

Expat-owned businesses in Andalusia warned about poor summer season

British expat-owned hospitality businesses in Spain are furious at the Andalusian government’s attempt to cancel the summer tourist season. Obviously, avoiding a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths is essential, but cancelling the summer season would mean many thousands of expat-owned businesses would be bankrupted. Obviously, southern Spain’s main industry is the hospitality sector, with some 800,000 businesses facing seriously hard times even now. Spain was one of the EU’s best-performing member states up...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats on Gibraltar to get new antibody tests

Expats on Gibraltar may be first in the UK to get covid-19 antibody tests. The Rock is due to receive a total of 35,000 antibody test kits over the next few weeks. According to research in several countries including South Korea, the results will confirm by identifying antibodies whether those who’ve been infected are immune to further infections. The results will be included in a countrywide study which is to also include cross-border workers living in Spain. Known as the Abbot antibody test, this version is considered far more...
13 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat repatriation flights to UAE now available

For expats working overseas, one of the worst aspects of the pandemic is being unable to return to your present country of residence due to lockdowns. It’ll never be known exactly how many expat professionals on business trips became the modern equivalent of stateless persons, simply due to the fact they were in the wrong place when lockdowns were declared. For those stranded overseas, adhering to requirements such as two-week quarantines, compulsory health insurance covering covid19 treatment when no such insurance is available and...
12 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats on Mallorca celebrate with a pint as lockdown loosens

British expats on Spain’s holiday islands enjoy pints in the sunshine as coronavirus rules ease up. Spain’s Balearics is home to a good number of British expats, all of whom are raising their glasses to celebrate the first day of lockdown restriction relaxations. Mallorca is an all-time favourite with British expat retirees, all of whom have been denied their favourite beers for 59 very long days. One happy couple told local reporters they hope the UK loosens up its regulations very soon as regards opening its bars and pubs....
11 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat frustration and anger as Spain continues lockdown

Expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol regions are taking to social media to register their anger and frustration over the recently extended lockdown. According to local media, thousands of British and other expat nationalities in the affected regions are ‘climbing the walls’ due to their local governments’ plans to extend the lockdown for another 14 days. Posts on social media indicate huge numbers are stuck in limbo, with many stating they’re unable to endure another two weeks of almost total isolation....