Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

18 Feb at 6 PM 2020

How does the Brexit transition period affect the QROPS overseas transfer tax?

Britons planning to emigrate and use an offshore QROPs transfer for their retirement savings could be forgiven for feeling confused. The prospect of Brexit has made expat retirement a far more complicated process than previously, especially where financial matters are concerned. However, until the end of the transition period on December 31 this year, there’s no reason to fear the hefty QROPS overseas transfer tax. The confusing nature of the charge itself is another issue, but is basically straightforward in that 25 per cent of the...
17 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Spain warned over UK TV and IPTV scams

British expats living in Spain are now being warned over IPTV and British TV scams. For would-be Brit expats heading off to Spain for retirement in the sun, having access to British television services is essential. Unfortunately, not every source of the android boxes giving access to ITV, BBC, Sky, Premier League, thousands of movies and Channel 4 is genuine, with British expats now being warned about the dozens of scams associated with buying one online. One Brit expat professional who’s been active in the sector for 15 years...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Germany advised to get personal liability insurance

Expats in Germany are being advised to consider private liability insurance. For most expats, living like a local is the preferred option, whether expatriation was the result of personal preference or career progression. Germany is a perennially popular expat professional destination, with new arrivals doing their best to adjust and fit in by doing as the Germans do, even in matters they’ve never considered essential. One example is private liability insurance, considered a must by the German nation as a whole and ignored by the...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Would English expats rush to an independent Scotland?

Given the chaos of the past three years’ Brexit negotiations and the fact that Scotland seemed to be 100 per cent against the UK leaving the European Union, will ‘North of the Border’ become a British expat destination once a newly independent Scotland rejoins the EU? It may sound crazy, but the Scots have never been especially overjoyed at their position within the United Kingdom, perhaps due to the fact that several unsuccessful attempts were made to grab back its independence in the far distant past. The recent vote on...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Brits in China rage at UK Foreign Office message about leaving

Expat fury in China is growing fast as the UK government tells them they’re on their own as regards leaving. Britain’s poor reputation for helping its citizens in emergencies is now at its lowest level ever as the Foreign Office tells UK expats still in the Chinese city of Wuhan they’ll have to make their own arrangements should they wish to leave. At the same time, the Foreign Secretary is urging the estimated 30,000 Britons still in the stricken country to get up and go, and a ban on travellers to China is now being...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Yet another expat survey focuses on high life destinations

Switzerland is now the world’s most expensive destination for expat professionals. For the majority of expats in all popular destinations worldwide, the latest survey result listing Switzerland as the most expensive world country won’t come as a surprise. The small, snowy country has owned the title in most if not all expat survey results ever since emigration became the norm amongst career-hungry professionals. However, as a destination for mid-financial level retirees, SME owners and suchlike, the Alpine state is as closed as is...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2020

New Year new rules for expats in Germany

For British expats already settled in Germany and those about to arrive in their new country, each New Year invariably brings in new rules. Most European countries seem to start the new year with a raft of new or amended laws, but expats whose German is rudimentary at best might find the German versions difficult at best and indecipherable at worst. Some are simply minor changes, but a few could cause issues if ignored. For example, Germany’s Bahncard 100 already saves expats' money on travel, and has been 10 per cent cheaper...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2020

More bad coronavirus news as China rejects future expat evacuation efforts

Expats living in China and in other countries where the coronavirus infection has surfaced are growing ever more fearful as British officials announce the epidemic may continue for months. An announcement made in the UK’s House of Commons on Tuesday isn’t doing anything to reassure British expats across the world and especially those in China itself and other affected Southeast Asian states. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated he believed it’s an established fact that the virus is expected to continue affecting victims for...
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...