Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain closes all hotels due to worsening infection rates

British expat businesses in Spain face ruin as all hotels close. As Spain’s coronavirus statistics soar, the government has given an order that all hotels must close today, adding tourists must make arrangements to leave the country as soon as is practicable. In addition, the hard-hit country is now in lockdown, with a ban on leaving home unless it’s totally necessary. According to the British Foreign Office, visitors and expats wishing to return home should make immediate travel plans via contact with an airline or tour operator....
24 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Is Northern Cyprus a potential new location for British expats?

Could North Cyprus become a popular destination for Brit retirees and expat professionals? Would-be expats keen to move to Cyprus inevitably think of the island as British through and through, forgetting that the north of the island is as Turkish as the south is Greek. Attempts to bring the two halves together again following Turkey’s failed invasion began 45 years ago, but both Brits and Turks seem unable to reconcile their differences. However, since Brexit became a fact of life, the North’s PM is hoping the UK’s departure...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Cyprus in fear due to huge increase in burglaries

Expats in Cyprus are being warned about targeted burglary attacks. The Cypriot village of Pissouri is home to a thriving expat community, most of whom originated in the UK and are now retired. Over the past several months, the numbers of break-ins of expat homes has spiked, leading to the conclusion that expats are the main target. In an interview with reporters from the local English language newspaper, one British expatriate said it’s undeniable that there’s now a huge problem in the village, adding that Pissouri is well known...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Numbers of Brits in Europe see significant decline

The number of British expatriates living in Europe has fallen to an all time low. According to a report from the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, the total numbers of British expat pensioners living in European Union member states have fallen to the lowest level in the past five years. For the past several decades, Europe has been the number one destination for British retirees looking for a warm, affordable location offering a better quality of life than that in the UK. Spain was the all-time favourite, with as many as...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Cypriot government admits problems with registering disabled British residents

As British expats on Cyprus rush to register, the government is struggling to find a way to make the process easier for the disabled UK community, many of whom suffer from restricted movement. As Brit expats on Cyprus attempt to register with the local authority, the island’s Ministry of the Interior is trying to find ways to make registration easier for the estimated 5,000 disabled Brits living across the island. Some 60,000 British citizens are living, working or retiring in Cyprus, with many now involved in the constant rush to...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats on Cyprus mostly ignoring Brexit Day

For the vast majority of British expats living, working or retiring in Europe, tomorrow is the dreaded day when the UK finally commits to leaving the European Union. Hopes that Brexit wouldn’t happen kept expatriate Britons glued to every news report, negotiation, parliamentary riot and election, hoping against hope they’d be allowed to live in the way they’d chosen when they left the UK. It all ends tomorrow at 11pm GMT, but expats in Cyprus won’t be celebrating or even mourning until late. Some 300,000 British...
16 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain warned over dangerously contaminated tap water

British expats in Spain are now being warned of the dangers of drinking tap water. According to a recent study, Spain’s municipal tap water is amongst Europe’s most dangerous to drink. The study, aimed at identifying chemicals in tap water, was carried out by scientists at Barcelona’s Institute for Global Health, and included samples from all the 27 European Union member states with the exception of Romania and Bulgaria. The group of chemicals found in the Spanish sample are believed to cause bladder cancer. Spain’s tap...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

UK and US expats and tourists now at risk in Middle East

Expats and tourists in Egypt are being warned they’re now soft targets for terrorists demonstrating their loyalty to Iran. Although it stopped short of placing a travel warning for 14 states in the Gulf region, the British Foreign Office is telling it like it is as regards the risks to both expats and visitors. Dubai and Turkey are also included in the warnings, and Iraq is now considered a no-go area for Westerners, especially American and British citizens. Embassies and Foreign Offices are now reminding expatriates and tourists of...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Will Brexit affect expat British state pensioners’ winter fuel allowances?

Now that Brexit in one form or another seems certain, what will be the fate of the UK’s winter fuel payment? Given that the winter fuel payment made to British expats living in some EU member states is possibly the least of British expat concerns at this moment, for those intending to stay in Europe and who are receiving the payment it’s yet another problem. Winter is already here and forecasts suggest it will be severe all across the continent, with British retirees on the UK’s ungenerous state pension rightly concerned that...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Retired expat returnees carry on with charity events in the home country

A recently-returned retired Scottish expat couple have used their charity experience in Cyprus to start regular meet-ups in support of local Scottish projects. Auchterarder residents Greg and Margaret Keenan returned to their home country following five years volunteering for the North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust, founded and headed up by another British expat. When he sadly passed away in 2014, Margaret continued organising regular events in support of Kyrenia Animal Rescue and the British Expat Cemetery Fund. The couple also donated...