Expat Thailand News
Latest 10 news items tagged Thailand
22 Sep at 6 PM 2014
For decades, Thailand
has been a favourite expat destination for Westerners due to its relaxed immigration rules, great weather and exotic culture, but the dream may be about to end.
Traditionally, immigration laws were interpreted loosely, allowing long-term stays on short-term tourist visas for those not married to Thais or ineligible for retirement visas. Since the military took over the running of the country last May, long-forgotten rules have been brought out, dusted down and applied with rigorous intent by immigration police....
12 Sep at 6 PM 2014
Most expats arriving in Thailand
have been used to paying for private heathcare in their home countries, but is the expense of an international healthcare plan really necessary in Thailand
Due to its recent Westernisation, low cost of living and great weather, Thailand
is an ever-popular destination for expats from Australia, the UK and the USA. As a result, heathcare, access to Western foodstuffs, Western-style restaurants and the latest in consumer comforts are easily accessed.
Along with massive shopping malls and Thailand
5 Sep at 6 PM 2014
As lawyers in the UK and Australia prepare court cases on behalf of victims of the largest financial scandal to hit Australia in decades, many are accusing life companies of a lack of due diligence.
The failure of LMIM and its Managed Performance Fund (MPF) has devastated savers and investors in expat locations such as Hong Kong, the UAE, Thailand
and the rest of Southeast Asia as well as many in the UK, Europe and Australia. Total losses are running at around AU$369 million, and investors have been warned to expect no more than five...
25 Aug at 6 PM 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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.
’s new military government threw a large rock into the established Phuket expat pond with its recent...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2014
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...