Expat Visas News

Latest 10 news items tagged Visas

27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK offers easy visa extensions to Aussie expats and travellers

At the same time as thousands of British expats and tourists are trapped in lockdowns overseas, the UK government is offering visa extensions to stranded Aussies. The numbers of Australian visitors and expatriates stranded in the UK due to the pandemic are to be offered easy visa extensions by the British government. Flight cancellations, border closures and the UK’s recently announced lockdown have resulted in many thousands of Australian citizens being unable to return to their home country. Many are expats and the remainder are...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Vietnam trapped with no consular assistance

Expat English teachers in Vietnam are facing homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic. As have many other world countries, Vietnam has closed down all its schools, leaving expat English teachers without salaries and potentially without homes. The Asian Tiger state had been focusing on English as a second language for all its pupils, but the schools are now shuttered with no plans to reopen until the pandemic subsides. Vietnam was one of the first Southeast Asian countries to take the threat of Covid-19 seriously and close down...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Thai officials spur racism against expats over face masks

As the COVID-19 virus tightens its grip on Thailand’s major cities as well as its capital, expats are fearing cultural clashes between the foreign community, local Thais and Thai government officials. Since the country’s incidence of infections and deaths tripled over just one week, the Thais themselves began to regard the wearing of masks as obligatory, as it showed their concern for others’ health even if no infections had been reported in their areas. Westerners and resident expats, however, tended towards believing the...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expats on Gibraltar to get financial watchdog and new laws

Expats living on Gibraltar may get financial compensation and a financial watchdog once the Brexit transition is a done deal. The British government is now keen to extend its financial compensation and watchdog provisions to British citizens living and working on Gibraltar once the Brexit transition is done and dusted. Britain’s Treasury office has now launched a consultation aimed at discovering the extent of consumer and market support available for the idea. Under consideration will be the setting up of a financial ombudsman...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat workers in the Caymans now stranded due to COVID 19 crisis

The Cayman Islands are now in a humanitarian crisis due to the coronavirus. Expats and locals alike on the ever-popular Cayman Islands archipelago are now submerged in a humanitarian crisis due to the rapid spread of the pandemic. Thousands of expats working in the tourism sector are now unemployed due to restrictions on restaurants and bars as well as the closing of all international air and sea borders. As with the vast majority of other popular visitor and expat destinations, the COVID 19 crisis has the potential to wreck...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Thai private hospitals price-gouging expats on coronavirus tests

Expats desperate to protect their Thai wives and families from the virus are being priced out of the market by greedy private hospitals. Thailand’s network of private hospitals is being accused of profiteering due to its massive charges for coronavirus tests. Already infamous for their overcharging of tourists and expats living in the country, their gouging of prices for the essential tests is being seen as a total lack of regard for the safety of the Thais themselves as well as for the foreigners attempting to do the right thing by...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain stumbles into lockdown as expats and tourists flee

Expats, tourists, students and citizens alike are all now under Spain’s emergency lockdown. As the Spanish sun rises this morning and the pandemic takes a tighter hold across the entire country, the government’s emergency decree movement restrictions imprison the vast majority of residents with just a few exceptions. The vast majority of the population is now forced to stay indoors and forbidden to use public roads unless they’re shopping for food, medicines and a few other basic necessities. Going to health appointments,...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Kuwait now in near lockdown due to pandemic

Kuwaitis and the emirate’s huge expat community are now in a state of near lockdown as new measures against the pandemic are introduced. Harsh new coronavirus measures were announced yesterday, aimed at holding back the spreading virus infections and deaths. Commercial passenger flights are now banned, although cargo flights will be allowed to continue, and a public holiday will begin today and last until March 26. Residents and expats are now forbidden to gather in malls, restaurants and cafes and the majority of banks will remain...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2020

New Kuwaiti ban on expat arrivals causes airport chaos and confusion

Expats expecting to be transferred to Kuwait or who’ve accepted new jobs in the emirate are now unable to get visas due to the coronavirus outbreak, although those related to diplomatic missions will still be granted. As another attempt to slow down infection rates, all Kuwaitis as well as expat residents arriving in Kuwait will be forced to undergo compulsory quarantine, either at their home address, in hospital or at recently set up quarantine centres. In addition, all cinemas, theatres and private or public halls used for...
3 Mar at 6 PM 2020

The UAE annual Camel Trek will become a marathon next year

Following the success of last month’s annual UAE Camel Trek, the emirate’s Heritage Centre has announced an annual Camel Trek Marathon, open to both expats and tourists. The announcement by Dubai’s Crown Prince followed on after the successful staging of a camel race between the 13 expats who’d taken part in the annual Camel Trek. After a deal of training and the trek itself, expatriates from the UK, Japan, China, Romania, Armenia, the USA, Finland and Germany displayed their camel-riding skills in an exciting race. March...