Expat Cyprus News
Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus
21 Aug at 6 PM 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
16 Apr at 6 PM 2018
A new report has revealed the Mediterranean island of Cyprus
is now a favourite location for expat property investors.
The recently-released Cyprus
Real Estate Marker Report shows real estate purchased by foreign buyers in 2017 has soared over the 2016 totals by 33 per cent. Limassol and Paphos were the most popular locations on the island for buyers from overseas, with purchases in the two regions making up almost three-quarters of the island’s total foreign transaction-related real estate revenue. Sales in Limassol were mostly...
26 Feb at 6 PM 2018
The news that the UAE’s new good conduct certificate isn’t now required for expat residents switching jobs is a relief for many expat professionals.
According to a source in the UAE’s General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs, the somewhat controversial new certificate will not be required when expats apply for a new visa after switching jobs within the emirates. The directive was delivered to Khaleej Times, and follows on from a previous announcement last week of the suspension of the requirement for new...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2018
A favourite with Britons for many years, Cyprus
is still high on the list for expat retirees.
British pensioners looking to retire in the sun as part of a long-established expat community have always placed Cyprus
high on their list of possible locations. Although the cost of living isn’t as low as it was prior to the island’s becoming part of the European Union, it’s still far lower than in the UK, especially in services, goods and commodities. Vegetables and fruits, wine, beer and local spirits, rent, utilities and taxi...