Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

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...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

British NGOs and volunteers helping UK expats in Cyprus get post-Brexit residency

The 70,000 British expats living, working and retiring in Cyprus are now getting help with their residency concerns via volunteer groups and Brit NGOs. As the dread date looms, British expats in Cyprus could well be forgiven for allowing a degree of panic to set in as regards their residency status after the end of this month.The groups and their volunteers are focusing on UK citizens formerly in the British military and who are now vulnerable or have mobility issues. SSAFA, the UK’s longest-running military charity, has sent a team...
19 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expat Brits on Cyprus now have another year to apply for residency

Should a no-deal Brexit be the end result, British expats in Cyprus now have until December 31, 2020 to register for legal status. Wednesday’s announcement of an extra 14 months’ deadline for legal status applications was made on the island’s Migration Department website and will help to calm British expats’ fears as a no-deal exit from the EU looms ever nearer. Initially, residency permit applications could be made up until October 31 for the MEU1, MEU2 and MEU3 permits, with the island’s British High Commission welcoming...
9 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Ensuring the best outcome when investing in an overseas property

For expats buying a home overseas, it’s often a daunting prospect due to language difficulties and lack of knowledge of property laws applicable to non-citizens. Emigrating on a permanent or semi-permanent basis often includes buying a property in the new country of residence, but it’s a challenge for new arrivals who don’t yet know their way around property laws and the correct procedures. As a result, the first priority should be to seek legal advice from a totally independent property specialist with no ties to any other...
2 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expats in EU to get state pension upgrade of £200 for three years

Retired British expats living in EU member state are being promised an annual £200 pension increase for three years following a no-deal Brexit. In a move aimed at quashing scare tactics suggesting British expat pensioners in the EU would lose out after a no-deal Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has guaranteed the increase for British retirees in the EU, including those in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal and France. The current British state pension is £168 a week, with the triple lock-based increase amounting to £16.66 a...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Brexit chaos ruining would-be British expat retirement plans

A recent survey suggests Brexit is wrecking overseas retirement plans for British citizens. The survey was carried out by Canada Life and involved 1,006 Britons over the age of 50 who were considering moving overseas after retirement. The results weren’t encouraging, as almost half of respondents who’d been planning to retire overseas were now reconsidering and resigning themselves to staying in the UK. Others believe the threat of Brexit and the difficulties of retiring in Europe without freedom of movement is causing them to...
5 Aug at 6 PM 2019

UK DWP letting Brit expats in Cyprus down on required S1 certificates

British pensioners in Cyprus are jumping through hoops to re-register with the island’s new GESY health service. Until now, British recipients of the UK’s state pension were entitled by means of a reciprocal agreement to Cyprus NHS care. The new Cypriot General Healthcare System (GESY), is its replacement, but Britain’s Department of Work and Pensions is making the already complicated task far harder for many. For the majority of UK expats on the island, their local surgery will be willing to help with explaining the...