Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

18 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in UAE appalled and angry over tube train bomb

British expat professionals living and working in the UAE are furious and appalled at the explosion in a London tube train. The failed major terrorist attack on a London commuter tube train last Friday has resulted in anger amongst the many British professionals working in the UAE. Although the device itself was flawed and its explosive content did not ignite, the flash when the detonator blew up was enough to injure 20 commuters and cause panic across the capital. One Britisher working in the UAE told local reporters the train...
28 Aug at 6 PM 2017

UK expats say good weather is a first requirement

The first thing the majority of British would-be expats consider is the weather in the country of their choice. Over 60 per cent of British expats study weather reports in a variety of possible expat destinations before making their final choice. For good reason, the sun is a prime requirement for a satisfactory new life overseas after decades of making do with the downpours and dull skies of the so-called British summer. A recent Internations survey involving over 14,000 expats living across the world confirms the effect of climate...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Brit retirees gearing up to emigrate before Brexit

In spite of the uncertainty of expat rights post-Brexit, UK retirees are queuing up to emigrate, with Spain, France and Portugal all favourite destinations. Financial advisers whose businesses serve would-be expats relocating to destinations within the European Union have seen a doubling of enquiries from British retirees over the past year and the number of those who went ahead with their emigration plans has increased by 25 per cent. The motivation behind the rush to leave would seem to be that, whatever the final Brexit deal contains,...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Cypriot expats in UK condemn media outlets for glorifying Northern Cyprus

Protest letters have been sent to two major UK media outlets over an article recommending holidays in Cyprus’s Turkish-held north. The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is as popular with holidaymakers as it is with British retirees – or at least the southern part of the island is. Since 1974, the northern region has remained in Turkish hands, with the major city of Nicosia literally cut in half by the border between the two sectors. Cypriot expats living and working in the UK are, perhaps understandably, up in arms about two tourism...
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...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2017

UK retirees in France plead for return of winter fuel allowance

British expatriates living in France are considering asking the UK government to repeal its withdrawal of the winter fuel allowance given to retired UK citizens to help with their fuel bills. Brits living in France’s mountainous regions as well as in the areas fronting the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel have been the worst affected since the payment to all expats in France was discontinued in 2015. Entitlement to the allowance was calculated by the British government by means of averaging temperatures in France, Cyprus,...
12 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Affordable new online GP service aimed at UK expats worldwide

One of the major concerns for UK expatriates living in Europe is access to inexpensive, reliable healthcare post-Brexit, with a new online GP service offering at least part of the solution. The post-Brexit demise of free local healthcare for UK expats living in European countries has dominated forums and local news outlets since the referendum. A good proportion of Britons living overseas are retired and depend on the European Health Card for their regular visits to a general practitioner as well as any hospital treatment they may...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Buying expat property in Cyprus

Popular for decades with British expats, the island of Cyprus is known as the Jewel of the Mediterranean for its sunny weather, long history, friendly locals and glorious scenery. A former British colony, Cyprus offers a good life for retirees including reasonable accommodation costs, more than adequate healthcare and a laid-back lifestyle. It’s now recovered from the EU-instigated financial meltdown during the 2008 financial crisis although, sadly, a number of expat residents lost their savings as a result. The cost of living and...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats join UK Brits offering free holidays to former Grenfell Tower residents

British friends Kay Gilbert and Angie Mays have set up an online initiative offering free holidays to victims of the Grenfell Tower inferno, with the offer also extended to members of the emergency services who risked their lives during the worst London fire since the blitz. Angie and Kay say they were motivated simply by a wish to help those in desperate circumstances by setting up the Grenfell Tower Holiday Appeal on Facebook. The web page asks readers with spare rooms or holiday homes in both the UK and popular overseas expat...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Cyprus Golden Visas popular with wealthy Chinese and Russians

Whilst its everyday expat community fears the effects of Brexit on their lives, Cyprus is raking in billions by selling Golden Visas to wealthy Chinese and Russians. Cyprus is just one of the 27 EU member states offering visas for cash to wealthy investors from across the world whilst its established expat community fears for its fate post-Brexit. Last year, the Golden Visa scheme enriched the government’s coffers by no less than four billion dollars, a huge 25 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. The Cyprus...