Expat Caribbean News

Latest 10 news items tagged Caribbean

18 Apr at 6 PM 2014

New international health insurance gives expats freedom to roam

Hard on the heels of the possible withdrawal of overseas heath benefits for expats and travellers, a health insurance company has launched a cross-border medical insurance plan. A major medical insurance company is re-jigging its plans in order to give customers the freedom to cross borders without having to rearrange their health insurance or pay expensive globetrotter charges. Aviva is offering two plans, one of which excludes the Caribbean and the USA, whilst the other allows full world travel. According to the insurer, the new...
12 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Brit pensioners imperiled by financial and property scams

Although the FCA is now cracking down on dodgy FAs and property scams in the UK, British pensioners in Thailand are still being cheated out of their savings by unprincipled property agents and unregistered FAs. Hapless senior citizens who’d planned to retire in a warm, inexpensive country are being ripped off by their own people in Thailand’s favourite expat destinations. Readers will remember the media publicity surrounding the Harlequin Group’s investigation by the British Serious Fraud Squad after the administrators were...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Dubai brings in compulsory heath insurance for expats

Expats, locals and visitors to Dubai must now have compulsory medical insurance, with the new law taking effect immediately. The move is expected to push up the cost of health insurance in the emirate, although it’s expected that private companies employing expats will bear the cost. The scheme will be phased in over a three year period, and its introduction ends years of speculation about its application to expats. Mandatory health insurance will place a strain on local hospitals, as those previously uninsured and unable to...
25 Oct at 6 PM 2013

Suspension of two more property funds may hit expats worldwide

Following the suspension of the Brandeaux range of property funds in late July and October’s news that the Mansion Student Accommodation fund is also suspended, expats with investments in the sector are bracing for the worst. Questions are now being asked as to whether the property sector is an appropriate investment, especially for expat retirees. Earlier this year, Harlequin Properties, which marketed its off-plan Caribbean luxury villas as SIPPS investments, called in the administrators and, more recently, the Australia-based LM...
30 Aug at 6 PM 2013

Weird local laws lead to arrest for newbie expat arrivals

Newly-arrived British expats can be caught out by obscure local laws resulting in arrests and fines if they don’t check the cultural norms of their chosen country before they arrive. Some of the strangest laws only rear their heads when expats are found breaking them by overzealous local police. For example, a Spanish couple who owned a pub set up a charity bingo night and found themselves, along with all their customers, being bussed down to the local police station to be fined. Muslim countries present the biggest problems for...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2013

Belize retirement investment programme proves popular with expats

The Caribbean country of Belize is attracting increasing numbers of expats with its combination of a retirement incentive programme and the fact that English is widely spoken. Just a few years ago, the Belize expat population was numbered in dozens. Nowadays, there’s an expanding, vibrant community of residents from mainland Europe, the USA and the UK, all attracted by the country’s recently unveiled Retired Persons Incentive Programme. Location and lifestyle are other attractions, with the country’s coastline backing the...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2013

Fewer UK expats overseas needing consulate assistance

Recently released figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office indicate that the number of Brits abroad asking for help from British consulates is on the decrease. The FCO’s yearly British Behaviour Abroad report revealed that consular staff was called to assist over 19,000 UK citizens in far-flung destinations over the 2012/2013 period. The figures show an overall decrease of three per cent, but some countries saw increases in more serious cases. The good news is that the number of Brits arrested for drug crime dropped to a...
14 May at 6 PM 2013

Survey data highlights effects of immigration in Canada

Data culled from the newly released 2011 National Household Survey points to major changes in Canadian society as a result of mass immigration. The national survey revealed that modern-day Canada holds 200 separate ethnicities and 100 diverse religions, and one in every five residents is foreign-born, the highest proportion of all the G8 countries. The greater Toronto region is becoming increasingly multi-national and is now home to many unfamiliar religious practices and languages. According to Tina Chui, Statistics Canada’s...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2013

Expat investors hit hard as Harlequin Properties calls in receivers

After several months of uncertainty and a class action or two, beleaguered Harlequin Properties has thrown in the towel and gone into receivership. After failing to keep up with regular contracted payments to their investors and an ongoing investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and Essex Police, the action by the Essex-based overseas property sales company has now put its investors in an even worse position. An interim moratorium is now in place freezing all legal action against it at the present time. Hundreds of...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2013

Harlequin Properties settle substantial sums out of court

The FSA unregulated overseas property sales agent firm being investigated by the Serious fraud squad has agreed a substantial out of court settlement to end a class action by disgruntled investors. Thousands of investors are believed to have put money into the scheme, which involved a 30 per cent deposit on off-plan luxury properties in developments in St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent and the Dominican Republic. The remaining 70 per cent of the purchase price was invested in a SIPPs (self-investing pension plan) scheme which breached...