Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

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

New Saudi ruling threatens expat deportation and lifetime bans

Saudi Arabia is now threatening deportation for expats disobeying coronavirus lockdown rules. Expats living and working in Saudi Arabia are now under threat of deportation and a permanent bar on re-entry for any foreigner who flouts the Kingdom’s strict shop-related lockdown laws. In addition, strict guidelines as regards social distancing and including banned gatherings outside large stores and malls have also been announced. For shops and other commercial establishments, numbers of permitted shoppers must be monitored, with...
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....
21 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats warned to take Singaporean anti-virus rules seriously

Expats living in popular areas of Singapore will now need to find another source of takeaway booze. As in many other world countries attempting to knock back on their coronavirus numbers, social distancing in Singapore as a way to prevent becoming infected is going by the board once alcohol consumption takes over. As a result, several popular eateries in a known expat area were caught selling take-out alcoholic drinks and are now prohibited from providing booze to thirsty foreigners. Singapore is now taking social distancing very...
19 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat English teaches in Seoul up in arms over visa changes

Expat teachers in South Korea are now facing tough new visa restrictions. As if dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t enough, South Korea’s government has just introduced tough new visa regulations. The expat-friendly F2-7 long-term residency visa rulings have now been altered to favour expat professionals receiving higher wages. The move is believed to be an attack on English language teachers following a virus outbreak in the capital’s Itaewon nightlife hub. Hand-in-hand with other Southeast Asian...
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...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

UAE announces amnesty for expat visa overstayers

Expats in the UAE whose visa and residency documentation expired early in March will now escape fines and will still be allowed to re-enter the country without bias. All expats in this situation will now be granted a three-month grace period, after which they must exit the country, starting from May 18. Those who decide to leave will not face prohibition from returning at a later date. Exemption from fines will also apply to expired ID cards and work permits. In addition, for labourers employed by local companies as well as support...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Boozing Brit expats run riot at Dubai staycation resort

Brit expats are getting ahead of both themselves and common-sense rules at a luxury Emirati resort. Western expats are flocking to the Hilton Doubletree Resort in Ras Al Khaimah to take advantage of the lack of covid-19 restrictions. One reason is that, even during the alcohol-free month of Ramadan, the resort is still allowed to sell unlimited amounts of booze. Located just an hour’s drive from Dubai city, dozens of British expats were spotted singing football chants, queuing at the bar and crowding around and in the pool. A senior...
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...
7 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats on My Second Home Malaysian visa still refused entry

Retired expats living in Malaysia under the ‘My Second Home” visa who were overseas at the time of the country’s lockdown are still disallowed from returning. The Malaysian government closed its borders to all foreigners on March 18 at the same time as enforcing the movement control order, and compulsory quarantine was brought in for all returning citizens on April 3. As regards expat retirees on the ‘Malaysia my Second Home’ visa, according to a government spokesperson they are still not to be allowed re-entry at the...