Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Actor Martin Clunes helps rescued street dog in Paphos find a loving home

Thanks to well-known British actor Martin Clunes and a British expat couple, an unwanted stray dog roaming the streets of Paphos has a new, loving home in the UK. Now named Lucky for obvious reasons, the stray dog was kept on a goat farm until she was evicted as she wasn’t wanted any more by her owner. Three nearby residents found her and began feeding her until she was hit by a truck and left for dead on the road with a broken leg and three broken ribs. The three residents took her to a local vet, turning to the local community for...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Russian expats in Cyprus demonstrate over increasing crime

Increasing levels of crime in Cyprus have caused groups of Russian expats to mount demonstrations in Limassol and Paphos. Known for its attraction for expats from colder climes, Cyprus is especially popular with elderly pensioners looking for a peaceful retirement in the sun. However, recently released reports have claimed increasing levels of crime are now centred on the island’s cities and are getting out of control due to understaffed and overworked local police. Last Monday, two groups of Russian expats took the matter into...
7 May at 6 PM 2018

Malta tops expat favourites for the sunshine life

The historic island of Malta isn’t just a sunny Mediterranean hotspot for British retirees, it’s also a fascinating glimpse into a time long past. Malta’s latest triumph is its place as one of the top world countries for the sunshine life, displacing Costa Rica, Mexico and Bahrain and joining with Taiwan, and Ecuador as a favourite for the ‘pura vida’ – pure life. Placed seventh in the world in the latest poll, Malta was reported as having the best weather by nine out of ten expatriates living on the island. Increasingly,...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK expats on Cyprus angry at fake news tabloid reports

British expat residents on Cyprus are furious over UK tabloid reports of panicking tourists fleeing in fear of Russian retaliatory attacks following the Syria missile bombardment. Monday’s report in the Daily Star is being condemned by expat residents as scaremongering and irresponsible, with one expat assuring local media reporters there’s no reason to panic as the report is total and utter nonsense. No-one, he added, should leave in a hurry, and there’s no need to cancel pre-booked holidays on the island as no alert has been...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Cyprus golden visas spur huge hike in property prices

A new report has revealed the Mediterranean island of Cyprus is now a favourite location for expat property investors. The recently-released Cyprus Real Estate Marker Report shows real estate purchased by foreign buyers in 2017 has soared over the 2016 totals by 33 per cent. Limassol and Paphos were the most popular locations on the island for buyers from overseas, with purchases in the two regions making up almost three-quarters of the island’s total foreign transaction-related real estate revenue. Sales in Limassol were mostly...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expat good conduct certificate not mandatory for UAE residents job switch

The news that the UAE’s new good conduct certificate isn’t now required for expat residents switching jobs is a relief for many expat professionals. According to a source in the UAE’s General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs, the somewhat controversial new certificate will not be required when expats apply for a new visa after switching jobs within the emirates. The directive was delivered to Khaleej Times, and follows on from a previous announcement last week of the suspension of the requirement for new...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2018

British retirees still favour Cyprus as their dream destination

A favourite with Britons for many years, Cyprus is still high on the list for expat retirees. British pensioners looking to retire in the sun as part of a long-established expat community have always placed Cyprus high on their list of possible locations. Although the cost of living isn’t as low as it was prior to the island’s becoming part of the European Union, it’s still far lower than in the UK, especially in services, goods and commodities. Vegetables and fruits, wine, beer and local spirits, rent, utilities and taxi...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Foreign recruitment firm plans cashing in on expat jobs for top professionals

A European recruitment company is boasting it has a list of 10,000 British employees suitable as candidates for relocation to the EU after Brexit. Expat Exit, a job consultancy firm based in Europe, claims it has a huge database of top professionals suitable for relocation to employment opportunities elsewhere in Europe once Britain finally leaves the EU. In an interview on the BBC’s Radio 4 ‘s ‘Brexit – A Guide for the Perplexed’ programme, Expat Exit’s CEO Marcin Czyza explained his plan involving 'stealing' thousands of...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Is Cyprus the best destination for UK retirees

For several decades, Cyprus has been a favourite holiday destination for sunshine and hospitality, but is it the best option for UK retirees? Once under British possession and now divided into two halves with the north under Turkish rule and the south now the Republic of Cyprus, this stunning Mediterranean island has been a favourite for British holidaymakers since cheap flights became a reality. Many visitors returned home dreaming of a sun-baked retirement, but is Cyprus the best place for disenchanted Brits? Once a bargain...