Expat Citizenship News

Latest 10 news items tagged Citizenship

3 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Oz expats trapped in Cambodia getting no help from their government

An Oz expat group is trapped in Cambodia after the Australian government ignored their pleas for help. As fears mount over the likelihood of a full lockdown and state of emergency in Cambodia, a group of 85 Australian expatriates desperate to leave are being refused any assistance from their government. Commercial flights out of the Southeast Asian country are being sold at extortionate rates and then cancelled, forcing those affected to pay even more with no guarantee of further cancellations. Worse still, most routes to Australia...
1 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Brit Foreign Office shamed again over Peru repatriation chaos

As pressure on the government to repatriate all stranded Britons grows, UK citizens formerly in Peru tell of their experiences. Following the UK government’s recent announcement of its intent to bring home all stranded Brits, the chaos and confusion surrounding repatriation flights from Peru isn’t something to be proud of. Three chartered flights had been organised, with the first arriving on schedule at Heathrow Airport, but its passengers were far less than impressed by the performance of the Foreign Office. All those who landed...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British government finally plans to repatriate stranded expats and tourists

Finally, the UK government has pledged to supply the funds necessary to repatriate British tourists and expats trapped overseas by the worldwide coronavirus lockdowns. In an announcement made yesterday by the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Britain has now taken financial responsibility for the repatriation of over a million tourists and expats stranded worldwide. The briefing confirmed a budget of around €85 million and stated a memorandum of understanding has been signed by Virgin, EasyJet, Titan Airways and jet2. UK nationals who...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Caymans government pledges to assist expats as well as locals

Expats in the Cayman Islands are to get governmental assistance if needed. Following his controversial announcement that governmental assistance will be offered to trapped foreign permit holders without mentioning the islands’ expat communities, the Cayman Islands' PM was forced to confirm that any foreigner in dire straits would also be supported. His initial comment may have been influenced by islanders’ social media posts saying foreigners should not receive assistance as there were high numbers of locals in dire need even...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Is FATCA failing due to US expat non-compliance?

The USA's dreaded FATCA reporting ruling may be failing due to massive numbers of American expats ignoring its filing rules. According to recent reports, literally millions of US expats living overseas are comply ignoring the American taxman’s regulations as per the hated FATCA annual report. Introduced some 10 years ago, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act compels all American citizens living overseas to give the US taxman full details of their foreign investments and bank accounts with balances of more than $10,000, even if...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK offers easy visa extensions to Aussie expats and travellers

At the same time as thousands of British expats and tourists are trapped in lockdowns overseas, the UK government is offering visa extensions to stranded Aussies. The numbers of Australian visitors and expatriates stranded in the UK due to the pandemic are to be offered easy visa extensions by the British government. Flight cancellations, border closures and the UK’s recently announced lockdown have resulted in many thousands of Australian citizens being unable to return to their home country. Many are expats and the remainder are...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK Foreign Office washing its hands over Brit expats trapped overseas

As country after country closes its borders and bans new arrivals, an increasing number of British expats and tourists find themselves stranded overseas and running out of funds. One MP and former Conservative cabinet member is now claiming British expats and tourists are now trapped by lockdowns in many world countries, unable to stay, unable to leave and desperately needing state aid in order to return home. MP Caroline Noakes was scathing about British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s message to stranded Brits urging them to come...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Hong Kong expats warn returnees to obey the rules or be reported

Expats living in Hong Kong are blaming recent returnees for the spike in coronavirus victim numbers. Expat professionals who decided to ride out the epidemic in Hong Kong are accusing those who’d left and are now returning as being responsible for last week’s sharp rise in the numbers of infections. According to long-stay expats, those who’re now returning from overseas are the wealthy who fled the island in the early days of the outbreak and who are rushing back because the pandemic has spread worldwide. According to one...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2020

New Zealand in early lockdown to avoid spike in numbers infected

New Zealand is now shut down for everything except essential services for at least four weeks. According to the country’s Prime Minister, the trajectory of victims of the virus made a shutdown the only sensible course of action. At the time of her announcement, she said, the number of cases had reached 102 and was set to rise still more unless harsh measures were taken. Her action, she believes, is crucial in the war against the virus, and will be loosened region by region should infection numbers subside. A four-week closure is...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Turkey calls a lockdown for sick and elderly expats and residents

Turkey hits out at elderly expats with special rules for those over 65. Having already introduced home confinement measures and a coronavirus curfew, Turkey now has elderly expats and those with chronic illnesses in its sights. Last Sunday, the Turkish government curtailed all outdoor activities for citizens and expats over the age of 65 as well as for those with chronic illnesses, citing the fact that these two groups are more at risk of developing the serious complications of coronavirus infection. The demand that all elderly or...