Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar see leave cancelled and travel restrictions imposed

Expats living and working in Qatar are being banned form leaving the country after their agreed holiday periods were cancelled. According to expat engineers and executives working at Qatar Petroleum, the ban and cancellations began just one day after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed all links with the emirate due to its supposed support for militant groups. One British expat working at a subsidiary of state-owned Qatar Petroleum reported that he'd been told his exit permit and agreed holiday leave were...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows Gulf states rising costs of living

In spite of readjustments in their local economies, Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s survey rankings have moved up, indicating more expense for expats in the region. The Mercers cost of living survey found that Dubai had risen one point to 20th most expensive world city, with Abu Dhabi following on at 23rd, two points up from last year’s study. Several other Gulf cities including Doha, Muscat and Riyadh also featured in the list of top 100 most expensive expat destinations. The Dubai and Abu Dhabi ratings come as something of a surprise as...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Survey shows advantages of expat life in Vietnam

Would-be expats keen to experience the road less travelled could find Vietnam is the answer to their dreams of a totally different lifestyle. Known as the ‘Land of the Rising Dragon’ and Southeast Asia’s only Communist state, Vietnam doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a haven for Western expats and entrepreneurs. However, a more in-depth examination of the country will reveal a welcoming, hard-working population and a fascinating mix of tradition and contemporary life. There’s no state religion, allowing the major...
20 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Brexit impact on expat property owners

Brexit negotiations are now underway, but a lack of first-hand information on the UK government’s position is weighing heavily on UK expat property owners in EU member states. Divorce talks between the UK and the EU are now ongoing, with Brexit Secretary David Davis stating the UK is seeking a ‘deal like no other in history’ – whatever that may mean. The plight of EU and UK expats is expected to be top of the agenda, but the effect of Brexit, whether hard, soft or somewhere in between is anyone’s guess. Fear of the unknown...
16 Jun at 6 PM 2017

End of open skies agreement could hit British expats and the economy

British expats living in popular Mediterranean destinations are at risk of being stranded if flights to Europe are affected by Brexit. One Brexit issue which hasn’t had much publicity is the loss of the EU’s ‘open skies’ policy, which allows airlines operating from EU member states the right to fly over and to any other EU country without administrative problems. If a hard Brexit results from the negotiations, it’s possible UK-based low-cost airlines will no longer be able to operate. Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny...
14 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Chinese foodies fall in love with expat pasties and cream teas

A former Royal Marine Commando with a love of the traditional tastes of Cornwall is now the highly successful proprietor of Dongguan’s cream teas and pasties eatery. Alan Stroud has lived in China for the past 20 years including a stint in Hong Kong, and has always admitted to a craving for traditional British delights such as Marmite, meat pies, tangy English cheeses and, of course, Cornish pasties. Whilst working in Kunming, he met up with a good number of expats who also missed pasties, giving him the idea of marketing them one...
13 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Pet transportation doesn’t have to be expats worst nightmare

Many soon-to-be expats wouldn’t even consider leaving their favourite dogs or other pets behind, especially as the process isn’t as scary as it first seems. The 21at century growth in the numbers of people who become expats for reasons of work, retirement or simply the lure of a new experience is unprecedented in modern times, and has given rise to countless international relocation companies specialising in transferring entire home contents to locations world-wide. Given the rise in pet ownership, it’s no surprise that would-be...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2017

World Economic Forum report on safety rejected by low scoring Thailand

Thailand’s reputation amongst expats and tourists is likely to take a knock following the World Economic Forum’s placing of the country in the top 20 for its high rates of violence, crime and low rates of police service. The WEF Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, released earlier, comes on the heel of a further report placing the popular expat destination at the top of a list naming and shaming countries with the highest number of road accidents. The report covers 136 world countries and uses statistics compiled from...
8 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UAE ban hits expats with Qatari residence visas

As the Gulf States crisis hots up, the ban on Qatari nationals entering UAE states has been widened to include all expats holding Qatari residence visas. The new ban applies to all passengers on airlines flying to UAE airports, and is set to cause extreme difficulties for expat professionals who travel the region regularly a part of their jobs. In addition, Qatari nationals living and working in other Gulf States have been given just two weeks to pack up and return home. The small country holds 2.3 million people, most of whom are...
7 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Qatar now refused visas on arrival at UAE airports.

As the snap diplomatic rift launched by Saudi Arabia and the UAE emirates on Qatar continues, its effect of expats’ lives is becoming clearer. For expats living and working in Qatar, the rift is likely to make their jobs harder, with the latest news stating expats who reside in Qatar will no longer be granted visas on arrival in the UAE. This latest ban is part of a Saudi plan to isolate Qatar from the rest of Gulf States, and comes in addition to another announcement stating Qataris are now forbidden from landing or transiting to...