Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

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...
3 May at 6 PM 2017

Wealthy Brit expats can buy out of Brexit uncertainty

As the chance of finding a fair and just solution for UK expats in EU member states recedes still further, those with enough spare cash can make sure they're sitting pretty via a Golden Visa. As with much in the UK, Golden Visas are for the wealthy and are unobtainable due to their cost for the average British state pensioner who’s chosen to live abroad for economic reasons. As the reality of Brexit begins to dawn, those with gold-plated pensions and money in the bank will be able to choose between five already popular expat...
28 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Trump presidency causes huge rise in Americans renouncing citizenship

Trump’s first 100 days as President has, according to official figures, caused a massive rise in the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship and becoming permanent expats. As the Trump administration struggles to find anything to celebrate about The Donald’s first 100 days as US president, the thousands of Americans who’ve now deserted the sinking ship are enjoying their new lives overseas. Even before last year’s Presidential election, high-profile individuals as well as everyday Americans stated their determination...