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20 Jul at 6 PM

Consumer watchdog Which takes on airlines not paying refunds

Consumer watchdog Which is now supporting expats and tourists whose flights to Spain were cancelled due to the coronavirus. The consumers’ group is now demanding airlines which cancelled flights in the early days of the pandemic should stop prevaricating and speed up refunds to those who missed out on holidays or flights to and from...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Expat retirees in Thailand still scared of more rule changes

Chaos still rules in Thailand’s immigration requirement for long-stay expats. Whilst tourists and other visitors are now covered until late September by the junta government’s latest edict, other sectors of the expat community may be left out in the cold. Having made a sensible decision based on helping trapped visitors on tourist...
20 Jul at 6 PM

Are expats now considered unwanted in many countries?

As more reports come in of jobless expats being thrown out of their countries of residence, is this the beginning of a new world order? At the start of the pandemic, many commentators questioned the possibility of the emergence of a new world order. Now that the pandemic has taken over almost every expat haven, the reaction of governments...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Brits in Portugal furious over UK refusal to initiate air bridge

British expats living in Portugal are furious about the UK’s refusal to set up a quarantine-free air bridge for tourists. In yet another chaotic decision, the UK has ruined Portugal’s chances of tourism revenue this year by refusing to establish a quarantine-free ‘air bridge’. Worse still, other world countries have concluded...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Expats in the UAE donate to help newborn quadruplets and their parents

Kind-hearted expatriates based in the UAE are helping the new parents of quadruplets by donating to cover the mounting hospital bills. After an UAE English language newspaper had featured the Nigerian couple’s struggle to pay for the babies’ delivery, good-hearted expats stepped forward to help the couple by donating cash to cover the...
17 Jul at 6 PM

Hope springs eternal for expats and visitors trapped in Thailand

Expats trapped in Thailand and threatened with deportation on the expiry of the visa amnesty are waiting with bated breath after several local English language media outlets suggested there’s now hope for another extension. Thousands of business travellers, tourists and expatriates whose visas had expired during Thailand’s strict...
16 Jul at 6 PM

Expat dog owners in Malaga thrilled by its new doggie play parks

Lucky dogs in Malaga can now take their expat and local owners for a refreshing walkie in two large, brand new doggie-designated recreational areas. Malaga’s city council has allocated a total of 13,000 square metres in two sections for dog-owners to get exercise along with their furry best friends. The two dog-walking parks are located...
16 Jul at 6 PM

Unemployed expats in the BVI may be shown the door

Expats in the BVI rendered unemployed by the pandemic are now dependent on the government’s allowing them to stay. In a troubling scenario now becoming common in many countries worldwide, unemployed expats in the British Virgin Islands may well be thrown out. During a radio interview earlier this week, the BVI minister of labour stated...
16 Jul at 6 PM

British expat retirees urged to ignore financial sharks

British expats across the world are being urged by sharks to shore up their finances before Brexit finally hits. Given that mitigating the financial aspects of Britain’s looming divorce from the rest of Europe is dependent on the final outcome, taking action now might well make things worse should a no-deal drop off the cliff become the...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Expats help revitalize New Zealand’s real estate sector

New Zealand’s real estate market is still defying worldwide doom and gloom. Whilst realtors across the world are predicting massive drops in property valuation, New Zealand’s real estate prices are still on the up on last year’s figures. Whilst this is excellent news for those Kiwi expats who rented out their properties when they...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Expat Brits in Spain finally have guaranteed post-Brexit rights

After long periods of silence unappreciated by British expats living and retiring in Spain, the UK Ambassador is urging all to register as residents. Although the message conveyed had already been a central focus of expat media outlets, Britain’s man in Madrid took it on himself to point out there are only 25 weeks to go before the...
15 Jul at 6 PM

Trapped expats in Thailand now dumped by their embassies

As if things weren’t bad enough already, Bangkok embassies are now refusing their trapped expats the necessary visa extension letters. For those expats trapped for months in Thailand and now under threat of fines and deportation as the visa amnesty ends, the last hope of an embassy letter supporting another extension of stay has now...
14 Jul at 6 PM

What now for unlucky expats and visitors trapped in Thailand?

As the end of the month approaches, thousands of expats and unlucky visitors trapped in Thailand due to the pandemic are fearing being thrown out of the country once their visa amnesties end. Many of those affected will simply have nowhere to go as their countries’ borders are also closed. What threat to Thailand and its excellent...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Expat Hongkongers protesting in Oz now fearing Chinese surveillance

Hong Kong expats who’re organising anti-Chinese events in Oz are now at risk from the new law. Three Australian expats are risking everything by speaking out over China’s controversial new security law as part of a growing resistance movement. A collective of Hong Kong expats hailing from New South Wales in Australia and calling...
14 Jul at 6 PM

Dual pricing in Vietnam is now outlawed

Vietnam is now committed to ending its dual pricing policy in order to create more transparency for international tourists and would-be expats. As the furore over Thailand’s dual pricing policy continues on social media, Vietnam has been quick to announce it’s banning the practice forthwith. The issue has been a hot potato in Thailand...
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