Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Saudia to deny boarding to improperly clothed passengers

Expats and visitors to Saudi Arabia have been warned to dress discreetly when flying with national carrier Saudi Arabia Airlines. Saudi Arabia’s national airline, known locally as Saudia, has issued a warning to passengers who dress inappropriately for their flight. Garments which ‘cause discomfort or distress to other passengers’ include outfits which show womens’ arms and legs, womens' clothes which are too tight or too thin and men’s’ shorts which expose their legs. The dress code’s full list of prohibited outfits is...
10 Aug at 6 PM 2017

What makes a successful expat

Personality traits are all-important to our view of life, with the qualities needed to make a success of the expat life not always the most obvious. Since humans first stood on two legs and found a comfortable cave for shelter, the need to broaden our horizons has ensured the race’s spread throughout the entire world. Curiosity and fascination with what’s over the next hill has resulted in many different races, and the feeling is still alive, especially in those planning to become expats. The comparatively new trend of living,...
18 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Country cost comparisons for thrifty expats

Given the vast number of surveys citing various costs of living in countries across the globe, expats should find it easy to decide which countries match their financial situations. For would-be expats, the cost of living in their preferred destination is perhaps the most important aspect of planning a life overseas. Whatever the financial situation, monthly expenses and the cost of setting up are crucial to the choice, with less expensive countries allowing a few luxuries as well as necessities. Costs are, of course, relative to...
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...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Expat chaos reigns as Saudi fee payment software proves problematic

Frustration and, in some cases, panic is building in Saudi Arabia’s expat community as online payment software for the new dependents fees proves not fit for the purpose. The Saudi Gazette is reporting a swathe of texts and emails from expats desperate to stay legal regarding the new tax, all reporting problems with the e-payment programme. Crucial complaints include the software’s failure to update its records when the tax has been paid and, worse yet, visa cancellations for no obvious reason and with no explanation. More...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Doha residents and expats get used to reality of daily living

As the Gulf States consider Qatar’s reply to their demands, expats and Qataris are adjusting their lifestyles to suit the unwelcome reality of their new situations. Almost a month after the emirate’s Gulf neighbours cut off diplomatic relations and imposed an embargo, Qatari nationals and the tiny country’s large expat population are adjusting to unwelcome changes in the daily reality of life. Prices for staple goods have increased, with essentials such as milk and vegetables being shipped in from Turkey and Iran, and those...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2017

World banks and exchanges rejecting Qatari riyals

A report published yesterday has confirmed banks and currency exchange providers are now refusing to accept Qatari riyals, causing problems for expats being paid in the currency. Following a directive sent out to US bank branches across the globe which forbade the acceptance of the Qatari currency, expat residents employed in Qatar and travelling overseas are experiencing difficulties exchanging currencies. Exchange agencies across Europe, Asia and America are now following the banks' lead as the Qatari riyal now has no official rate....
29 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Kiwi dream replaces the American dream for US expats

New Zealand is world-famous for its spectacular landscapes, with many US expats seeing it as a resurgence of their parents’ American dream. New Zealand’s magnificent mountains, rolling green hills and rugged fjords became famous as the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy and its follow-up, The Hobbit, causing many US citizens dreaming of a new life to become obsessed with moving to the South Pacific archipelago. In a recent NBC TV programme, a group of US expats were shown gathered around a fire discussing the Kiwi...
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...