Expat Thailand News

Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand

25 Aug at 6 PM 2014

New online map charts British Curriculum schools across the world

A new, fully comprehensive map shwoing the location of schools offering the British Curriculum has been launched online and is aimed at helping expat parents world-wide to find the best international schools for their children. The British Curriculum is considered to be the prime educational system for UK expat children whose parents are or are planning to work in diverse overseas regions. It’s not offered at all international schools, but is essential for British youngsters who will be returning to the UK for further...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Do retirement dreams fade after second thoughts kick in

Survey after survey indicates that an increasing number of Brits can’t wait to retire overseas, but second thoughts later in life can wreck the dream. One recent study revealed that around six million British citizens are eager to move to other countries for a variety of reasons. However, many are younger people who find that, the older they get, the less they can face up to the challenges involved. In the real world, retirement overseas has its pitfalls, most of which can be avoided by careful planning and a large dose of...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
4 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Thai military government cracking down on expats

For decades, expats have flocked to Thailand for its laid-back atmosphere, great weather and low cost of living. Bangkok, the northern city of Chiang Mai and southern Thailand’s sun, sea and sand beach resorts have long been favourites for expats searching for a place to retire, work or just have fun. Until recently, immigration laws were loosely interpreted, giving freedom to many to stay without the exact visa requirements. However, since the military government took over some two months ago, an increasingly tough crackdown...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2014

UK government inquiry told EU wide misselling redress needed

As complaints against the mis-selling of financial products soars across European states, a UK Parliamentary enquiry has been advised that an EU-wide mechanism for consumer redress is badly needed. Although EU law on consumer protection has been updated since the 2008 crash, redress for consumers with mis-sold financial products has remained the responsibility of separate member states. At the present time, the UK Financial Ombudsman is handling a massive number of claims relating to both banks and FA firms accused of ignoring due...
23 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Unofficial expats in the Land of Smiles rush to get legitimate stays

Expat life on the sun, sea and sand Thai island of Phuket just got complicated for expats without long-stay or tourist visas. For a decade or more, immigration authorities have turned a blind eye to visa runs across Thailand’s border by expats unable to get annual visas. Many foreign travellers arrive in Phuket on visa-exempt entries and decide to stay longer, with back-to-back border runs their only option. However, Thailand’s new military government threw a large rock into the established Phuket expat pond with its recent...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Thailand visa crackdown causes fear and confusion

Long-stay travellers, tourists wishing to extend their stay and expats in Thailand are faced with a crackdown on the interpretation of tourist visas. Formerly, many longer-stay tourists and expats in the kingdom were allowed to make regular border runs to Laos, Myanmar or Cambodia to top up their visitor visas. Short-stay tourists wishing to visit attractions such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat also used border crossings for a two or three day visit, returning to Thailand to continue their holidays. The crackdown, announced by the...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Skipton offer expat buy to let mortgages on selected UK properties

Skipton International, the offshore Channel Islands base of the well-known high street building society, is now offering expat mortgages on UK buy-to-let properties. Including UK buy-to-let options in expat pension planning has traditionally been tricky for those requiring mortgages, but the recent rise in UK property prices has encouraged a few offshore banks to offer the service. Skipton is the latest to jump on board with its plan for UK citizens living and working overseas. The scheme is available to native UK citizens only,...
7 Jul at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Thailand living with uncertainty after military takeover

Western long-term retirees and expats legally married to Thais are fearing repercussions to their visa statuses following the recent military takeover. The recent panicky departure of over 200,000 Cambodian workers back across the border has increased expat fears that immigration crackdowns may be expanded to include those on marriage and retirement visas. One English language newspaper recently published a plea on its postbag page from a concerned expat with a Thai wife and family. The writer asked why contributions to the Thai...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2014

Gallup poll celebrates Cambodia for happiness and relaxed lifestyle

In spite of its present government and developing nation status, a recent happiness poll has marked Cambodia as a place where positive emotions predominate. Cambodia’s position in Gallup Poll’s recently released Positive Experience Index might come as a shock to its neighbour, Thailand, now experiencing its 18th military coup since 1932. The poll suggests that the title ‘Land of Smiles’ may now be awarded to the next-door country as 72 percent of Cambodia’s population say they are happy with their lives. The global...