Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

The Saudi take on the expected expat exodus

Will Saudi Arabia’s commanding position as a hub for highly-paid expat professionals end due to oil price falls and wars? As with the rest of the Gulf States, expat workers at all levels make up the majority of Saudi Arabia’s total population. Increasing financial pressures and restrictive laws are expected to eventually cause the exodus of the expat community to more welcoming destinations, but will Saudization be the cause of a negative change in the untried national society? Right now, economic experts are warning the decline...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Saudia to deny boarding to improperly clothed passengers

Expats and visitors to Saudi Arabia have been warned to dress discreetly when flying with national carrier Saudi Arabia Airlines. Saudi Arabia’s national airline, known locally as Saudia, has issued a warning to passengers who dress inappropriately for their flight. Garments which ‘cause discomfort or distress to other passengers’ include outfits which show womens’ arms and legs, womens' clothes which are too tight or too thin and men’s’ shorts which expose their legs. The dress code’s full list of prohibited outfits is...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Stay or Go is UK retiree dilemma

EU member states and Spain in particular are still on the retirement agenda for UK would-be expats. Britons coming up on retirement are still favouring European destinations in spite of the uncertainty surrounding the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. A recent survey has revealed one in every 10 UK citizens over 50 years of age is still considering retiring abroad, with Spain topping the favourites list again. As usual, reasons for leaving include the British weather, a more relaxed lifestyle and cheaper costs of living....
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Saudi dependents tax sees rents plunge and apartments empty

The newly introduced Saudi tax on expats’ dependents is causing stress to landlords as many expats have opted to send their families home. Larger apartments are now being left empty, with ‘to let’ signs appearing on the buildings. According to one rental agent, landlords are now being forced to use his company’s services in order to let recently empty properties as the usual method of posting rentals on social media sites is no longer producing results. In addition, former renters don’t seem to be recommending friends or...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expat retirees urged to do homework before emigrating

Spain’s position as an all-time favourite retirement haven for older Brits seeking sunshine and sangria is still unrivalled, but France, Italy, Portugal and Far East destinations such as the Philippines and Thailand are still getting attention. A recent survey of Britons approaching retirement has revealed the main attractions of quitting the UK are better weather, a cheaper cost of living and a more relaxed lifestyle. In the initial excitement of planning a new life in an unfamiliar new country, it’s easy to forget realties such...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Pension scams still a major concern for elderly expats

A new report reveals some five million older Britons have been approached by pension scammers, with one in every six handing over money. The shocking report, based on a survey issued by AgeUK, refers to UK-resident victims of fraudulent IFAs and so-called pension advisors, but its findings are equally relevant for UK expats living outside Britain. For almost two decades, stories of huge losses caused by mis-selling or deliberate financial fraud have surfaced wherever there’s a sizeable UK expat community. The culprits use the same...
7 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat on Mallorca vows to end cigarette litter

A British expat now living on the Spanish island of Mallorca has started a campaign to rid the streets of litter caused by discarded cigarettes. It’s not just the mess on the streets that prompted Ben Cattell to turn environmentalist, it was his own careless behaviour whilst living in Australia. After a night of heavy drinking, he’d thrown a cigarette butt from his balcony and gone to bed. Waking up soon after to the sound of sirens, he saw firefighters dousing his next-door neighbour’s shed, set alight by his cigarette. The...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit expat entertainers in Spain wooed by Britain’s Got Talent

Talent-spotting bosses from the popular TV show are scouring Spain for British entertainers to fill the audition listings. Less than two months after the 2017 Britain’s Got Talent contest ended, its talent-spotters were on a plane headed for Benidorm in an effort to recruit new talent able to halt the show’s declining viewer ratings. Series 11, whilst not a total flop, failed to inspire its core audience due to a conspicuous lack of serious talent in the artistes chosen from a smaller than usual pool of auditionees. Simon...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand on the up as a preferred expat destination

Traditionally, New Zealand has always welcomed large numbers of expats looking to start a new life, with British expats making up a strong percentage of its annual arrival statistics. A recent analysis of the country’s immigration data has revealed a five per cent increase in arrivals for the 12 months from June 2016. Out of the total of 131,400, leaving aside the 25 per cent comprising New Zealand citizens returning from overseas, the trend in immigration is still on the up. Australia continued to be the largest source of arrivals,...