Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Multiple Golden Visas now essential for the ultra-wealthy

Is global citizenship now a must-have for wealthy expatriates? Paying anything from a reasonable amount to a small fortune for a second passport, residency and citizenship in a country you’ve never even visited now seems to be the must-have accessory for expats as well as wealthy nationals of slightly politically unstable world countries. So much so that multiple Golden Visa passports are more desirable than just one as they brand the owner as worldly, interconnected and a contact to be cherished by those less fortunate. Practically...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2018

EU expat nationals in UK facing a stay or go dilemma

As British expats in the EU grow ever more fearful of Brexit’s effect on their lives, EU nationals living and working in the UK are faced with the same crucial decision. EU nationals at present in the UK have a stark choice – to apply for British citizenship, pack their bags and head back to the home country or stay put whilst keeping their fingers tightly crossed. Melanie Moerbe, a German national who came to the UK to study nursing and who is now caring for patients with psychological disorders, has just received British...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2018

British expat promoter shot dead in Cyprus

Liverpudlian expatriate promoter Gary Christodoulou was shot dead near a road linking Ayia Napa and Larnaca, with his Mercedes found in a ditch on the side of the highway. Since 2010, the promoter had been splitting his time between his Liverpool home and his business in Cyprus, and had been on the island since last February. He was found in an acacia grove close by the road, and had been shot three times, twice in the head and once in the chest. His car was spotted just off the road with the engine still running, a bullet lodged in...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Why are expat Brits losing their UK bank accounts

Literally millions of British expats overseas are losing their UK bank accounts, leaving their finances and pension payments in chaos. In Spain alone, over 300,000 Britons are living, working or retiring in the sun after deciding to give the UK a permanent miss for a number of valid reasons. In the rest of the world, some five million UK citizens are currently living away from home, with the majority expat professionals or entrepreneurs with their own businesses. All are facing problems with reduced access to UK bank accounts, even...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in Cyprus still in quandary over Brexit rights

The British High Commission is urging Cypriot immigration authorities to work with it in clarifying British expats’ post Brexit status. Britons living in the Mediterranean island are still confused about their status post-Brexit, even although the two negotiating teams have been reported as agreeing on reciprocal protection of expat rights both in the UK and EU member states. Concern is growing about the likelihood of a hard Brexit, after which any agreements made would be invalid. The Commission’s concern arose as a result of...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Actor Martin Clunes helps rescued street dog in Paphos find a loving home

Thanks to well-known British actor Martin Clunes and a British expat couple, an unwanted stray dog roaming the streets of Paphos has a new, loving home in the UK. Now named Lucky for obvious reasons, the stray dog was kept on a goat farm until she was evicted as she wasn’t wanted any more by her owner. Three nearby residents found her and began feeding her until she was hit by a truck and left for dead on the road with a broken leg and three broken ribs. The three residents took her to a local vet, turning to the local community for...
16 May at 6 PM 2018

Russian expats in Cyprus demonstrate over increasing crime

Increasing levels of crime in Cyprus have caused groups of Russian expats to mount demonstrations in Limassol and Paphos. Known for its attraction for expats from colder climes, Cyprus is especially popular with elderly pensioners looking for a peaceful retirement in the sun. However, recently released reports have claimed increasing levels of crime are now centred on the island’s cities and are getting out of control due to understaffed and overworked local police. Last Monday, two groups of Russian expats took the matter into...
7 May at 6 PM 2018

Malta tops expat favourites for the sunshine life

The historic island of Malta isn’t just a sunny Mediterranean hotspot for British retirees, it’s also a fascinating glimpse into a time long past. Malta’s latest triumph is its place as one of the top world countries for the sunshine life, displacing Costa Rica, Mexico and Bahrain and joining with Taiwan, and Ecuador as a favourite for the ‘pura vida’ – pure life. Placed seventh in the world in the latest poll, Malta was reported as having the best weather by nine out of ten expatriates living on the island. Increasingly,...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

UK expats on Cyprus angry at fake news tabloid reports

British expat residents on Cyprus are furious over UK tabloid reports of panicking tourists fleeing in fear of Russian retaliatory attacks following the Syria missile bombardment. Monday’s report in the Daily Star is being condemned by expat residents as scaremongering and irresponsible, with one expat assuring local media reporters there’s no reason to panic as the report is total and utter nonsense. No-one, he added, should leave in a hurry, and there’s no need to cancel pre-booked holidays on the island as no alert has been...