Expat Euro News

Latest 10 news items tagged Euro

6 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Brit would-be expats urged to tread carefully on property purchase

European properties are now in high demand by British buyers hoping to become expats before Brexit hits the already damaged UK economy. According to online property agents, searches for both remote, waterfront and beachfront properties have soared since the UK’s coronavirus shutdown, focusing mainly on Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Unsurprisingly, Spain is the most popular destination, with over a million hits on favourite website Rightmove. Inquiries totalled 49 per cent over last year’s totals and are now at...
3 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Tourists in Spain charged sneaky covid-19 tax on beer by expat bar owners

As tourists return to Spanish beach resorts and British expats shake off the lockdown blues, a new owner-introduced tax on beer is causing consternation! Tourism has finally returned to the Spanish Costa’s with the first tourism flights bringing financial relief to British and Spanish-owned bars and restaurants alike. However, savvy bar owners are now unofficially charging a sneaky ‘covid tax’ on alcoholic drinks. Cash-strapped tourists are not overjoyed, nor are British expat residents looking to celebrate their new-found...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Expat fashionistas in Prague eagerly awaiting their very own Primark mega-store

Expat fashionistas at present located in Prague are counting the days until Primark’s new mega-store opens. Female expats in the Czech Republic eager for the latest styles at an affordable cost won’t need to take the regular bus tour across the German border to Dresden’s Primark store, as the famous budget-conscious retailer is about to open in Prague. The discount fashion chain’s new Eastern and Central Europe flagship is set on the first three floors of a towering steel and glass modernist building now in construction in the...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats on Corfu divided over opening up

British expats on Corfu are not overjoyed by the government’s air bridge tourism start-up. In all of Greece, the island of Corfu is the most popular with foreign tourists and has suffered economically from the coronavirus pandemic. However, expats and citizens alike aren’t best thrilled at the prospect of hordes of Europeans arriving and bringing a second wave with them. The holiday island has been open for some seven days to date and is struggling to recapture its norm, but the thought of flights bringing in hordes of Brits is...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expat charity shop owners urge VAT tax relief on their sales

Expat charity shop owners in Spain are fighting to end VAT taxation. The expat owners of two charity shops on Spain’s Costa Blanca are taking on the Spanish government in an attempt to cancel the charge of 21 per cent VAT on all sales. According to David Young, the new president of the Reach Out charity in Torrevieja, the government is raping charitable concerns through its ridiculous Value Added Tax law. The Help at Home charity shop, run by Carmen Perez, is also calling for VAT relief on all sales, and both are urging all Spain’s...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expat dogs get good news but expat Brits not so much

Brexit’s potential is still confusing UK expats in EU member states, but it’s good news for dogs. A recently published article is attempting to clear the fog around British expats' post-Brexit rights. Posted by Europe Street, it attempts to clarify the real deal for British pensioners via an analysis of statements made by both the British government and the EU authorities. Worryingly, it suggests British pensioners living in EU member states will not be entitled to much in the way of benefits one the deal is done. At the...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expat owned Thai tourism businesses unhappy about government strategy

Expat SME owners and locals in Thailand's tourism sector are unhappy at government plans to target big-spender tourists. Thailand’s hospitality sector has been more than hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, losing up to 75 per cent of its annual visitor totals and forcing the permanent closure of large numbers of mid- and lower-range accommodation and eateries as well as top-end hotels and restaurants. The bulk of tourists who arrived before the outbreak were from China, travelling on package tours and using Chinese-owned...
26 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Expats with Thai wives now allowed to re-enter Thailand

Thailand is finally lowering the bar and letting expats with Thai wives and families come home. A recent report from the Thai government has finally designated the classification of groups of foreigners to be allowed into the country. To the relief of thousands expats married to Thais and with young families, they’re finally to be reunited with their loved ones after months of separation simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Others in the same group include wellness and medical tourists, permanent residents,...
24 Jun at 6 PM 2020

Spanish Gota Fria flooded animal rescue centre finds new home

A Spanish animal shelter wrecked by last year’s gota fria weather event is finally in its new home. Big Red’s Animal Association’s rescue centre in Dolores was devastated by last September’s terrifying gota fria storms and resultant floods, with the property and land totally washed away. The three pigs, 16 dogs and three cats who’d survived the floods due to the rescue attempts of shelter workers have been cared for by supporters of the charity and it’s now rehomed in a beautiful old farmhouse sadly in need of restoration...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2020

UAE now banking on air bridges to stimulate its economy

The United Arab Emirates is now planning to establish air bridges between the emirates and a number of European countries. With more than one eye on tourism as well as business travellers, the UAE is now in the planning stages for air bridges linking its airports with their counterparts in Europe. Should negotiations go well, both residents and expats should be able to travel without the fear of two-week quarantine periods. Australia and New Zealand were the first two countries which saw the value of this arrangement, and Cyprus is...