Expat Hong Kong News

Latest 10 news items tagged Hong Kong

22 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Thailand upgrades virus screening as two Chinese visitors found to be infected

Expats living, working and retiring in Asian states and especially Thailand are growing ever more concerned about the spread of the so-called coronavirus. Recent news that the first person-to-person transmission of the recently-identified virus had taken place saw airports all over Asia queuing up to instigate mandatory health screening for all arrivals from China’s high-risk region. The outbreak seems to be gaining ground as cases have been discovered in Thailand, South Korea and Japan, and the World Health Organisation will meet...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Taipei reverses expat ban on YouBike rentals

Following an expat outcry after renting bikes was banned, Taipei is now backtracking and reversing its decision. The decision early this week to ban expats in Taipei from the hugely popular YouBike bike-renting scheme caused a massive online protest and a swift backtrack by the city’s government. The new ruling required the provision of an ID number, unavailable to expatriates and the root cause of accusations of discrimination against the city’s large expat community, but the decision has now been reversed after the public outcry...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats and Chinese fleeing Hong Kong have now discovered Portugal

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is preparing to welcome increasing numbers of expats fleeing the Hong Kong riots. As the protests in Hong Kong continue and the chance of Chinese military intervention increases, expatriates as well as Hong Kong nationals are looking for ways out of the mess. Although Portugal is well-known as a retirement destination for British expat pensioners, it’s now getting a second string to its bow via its Golden Visa investment programme. According to real estate agents in the region, applications for...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in UK getting more bangs for buck due to sterling crash

The impact of the UK’s Brexit chaos on sterling as well as the cost of living has resulted in boom time for foreign professionals working in London as the shrinking pound continues to provide gains for expats paid in their local currencies. Expatriate professionals living and working in the capital are getting an increased amount of bangs for their home currency bucks due to sterling’s continuing fall against a basket of other currencies. The current report from ECA International also notes British companies wishing to reassign...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expat SMEs in Hong Kong feeling the pinch as protests continue

As expats in Hong Kong brace themselves for the next protest, the authorities are pinning their hopes on throwing money at the issue. The past six months of increasingly violent protests as well as the Trump/China trade war have eaten into Hong Kong’s economy to the extent that many small and medium sector companies are facing a lack of liquidity and even bankruptcy. Last week, the government announced further stimulus measures totalling $421 million in an effort to stave off what’s beginning to seem inevitable should the protests...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expat and local SMEs move to Kowloon as Hong Kong closes down

As bankers and top expat professionals sit it out in Hong Kong, expat and local SMEs are planning backup offices across the harbour in Kowloon. Small businesses located in hotspots where the protests have been most violent are now looking to relocate to cheaper, safer Kowloon premises. Landlords of cheaper offices across the water are the most likely to benefit, with Kowloon Bay, Shek Mun and Cheung Sha Wan all inexpensive districts compared to Hong Kong itself. The economic slowdown caused by the seemingly never-ending violent...
25 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat Scottish minister opens church as a refuge for HK protestors

As violence in Hong Kong intensifies, a Scottish expat minister has opened her church as a refuge for protestors. Scottish minister of religion Maggie Mathieson told local reporters her Kowloon Union Church is now a refuge for demonstrators needing a place of safety as the eight-month long protests grow ever more violent. Mathieson’s dismay as she watched Hong Kong residents’ lives shatter in a way not seen for the past 20 years gave her the impetus to provide a safe haven for protestors risking police action during what began as...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat secret bank accounts being investigated by Portuguese taxman

The Portuguese taxman is investigating overseas accounts held by foreign national residents as well as non-residents and accounts held by Portuguese nationals. Recent reports in local media revealed Portugal’s tax authority is investigating a million so-called ‘secret accounts’ held offshore by both foreign residents and non-residents as well as by Portuguese nationals. It’s claimed the accounts surfaced after an information-sharing move including 50 countries worldwide was put into place. Apparently, the owners of some 71 per...
28 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Hong Kong face losing strong ties to the city

Expats in Hong Kong are privileged immigrants, many of whom have put down extended roots just as they did in their home countries. Some have worked in the city for decades and others are relatively new arrivals, but all consider Hong Kong as their home in a way that’s different from expats in other unfamiliar lands. All have the choice to leave should the situation deteriorate further but, should this happen, they’ll all be forced to lose their strong ties to this unique destination. There’s no such thing as an ‘expat...
25 Oct at 6 PM 2019

China announces new digital ID platform for expatriate details

China’s new digital ID platform is expected to provide easy expat access to public services. The new digital identity verification site is expected to allow far easier access to China’s public services than exists at present. The system will hold names and passport details of every foreigner arriving in the vast country, sharing the info with a nationwide authentication platform. Expat access will be given to 35 specific public services including finance, accommodation, healthcare and education, with the listings expanded to cover...