Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

18 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Popular FLYbmi carrier now under administration due to Brexit

The low-cost airline, popular with British expats as well as holidaymakers, was apparently taking bookings right up until its bankruptcy announcement became public. Based in the Midlands, the carrier operated over 600 scheduled flights to European destinations including France and Spain, and employs some 450 staff. A spokesperson told the media the decision to go into administration was made due to the rising cost of fuel and the imposition of carbon taxes caused by the EU’s decision to exclude UK-based airlines from its Emissions...
11 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Are QROPS still an option post-Brexit?

Retirement – what about a post-Brexit QROPS? The freedom to choose another country for your retirement years is a romantic notion, but it’s now become far more popular due to ease of travel and a wide choice of destinations to suit all pockets. The excitement of a whole new environment is hard to resist, especially as many Western countries are mired in political chaos and instability. Sadly, for would-be British expats, Brexit is almost certain to slash their options as regards choice of a new homeland, but it’s also providing...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2019

Venezuelan sex traffickers targeting Brit expats in southern Spain

People-trafficking mafias in Venezuela are targeting the sexual services market in southern Spain, aiming their activities at expats and tourists. Articles in the British press are claiming prostitution arrest statistics are soaring, quoting an astonishing 12,000 per cent increase in victim numbers over the past four years. The modus operandum of the sex traffickers is straightforward, simply involving flying prostitutes from Venezuela to popular expat and tourist destinations and putting them to work. Alicante is a favourite hotspot...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats across Europe now claiming foreign citizenship and a second passport

Even before Brexit becomes a reality, many thousands of British citizens have voted with their feet by applying for European citizenship. One major reason for expatriating is that the UK just doesn’t feel like home any more, according to those who can’t wait to leave or have already left. Those with Irish grandparents are the luckiest, with 200,000 Brits claiming to be descendents of Irish citizens stating their relationships on their passport applications in 2018. The mass exodus includes those whose families were originally from...
4 Feb at 6 PM 2019

British expats’ anger and fear escalating as time runs out

Spain’s 300,000 British expatriates are still living in anger, fear and desperation just weeks before Brexit day. During the past two and half years, the focus of possible Brexit damage and destruction to expats’ lives has concentrated on retired pensioners on the Costa del Sol, but the majority of Brit expat business owners are still in an impossible situation. The problem for many of those with the most to lose is that Spain does not allow dual citizenship. In order to allay healthcare and pension worries by securing Spanish...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Hints on helpful websites for new expat arrivals in France

Becoming an expat is a challenge, especially as regards the twin hurdles of bureaucracy and total confusion as regards getting everything sorted. France has always been a favourite destination for British expats, drawn by the culture, the cuisine, the clement weather and the laid-back lifestyle, all of which combine to confuse brand new arrivals however tempting they may sound. Fortunately, especially when dealing with French bureaucracy, the internet is every newly-arrived expat’s best friend with its literally hundreds of online...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Malta opens UK expat-aimed helplines dealing with Brexit concerns

Today, Monday 28th, Malta is launching two Brexit helplines, one for UK expats on the island and the other for Maltese expatriates living in the UK. The initiative is sponsored by the Maltese government, with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat pledging his commitment to ensuring British nationals living in Malta continue to feel welcome, no matter what the outcome of Brexit. The helpline for Brit expats can be accessed via the servizz.gov website using the freephone number 153, whilst the facility for Maltese expats in the UK is being...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy South African expats due for 45 per cent tax rate

High-income South Africans living overseas are to be taxed at a rate representing almost half their income. A swathe of new, more stringent tax legislation due to come in during March is sending shivers up the spines of ultra-wealthy South African expats earning over one million rand a year. Advance warnings state a tax rate of up to 45 per cent is likely, as the SA government needs to reduce pressure on its revenue department and treasury. The threatened rate rise comes after last year’s tax hike, brought in to mitigate a...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Bilateral agreement gives Brit expats in Spain the vote

Although Brexit is still sparking uncertainty in many popular Spanish expat hubs, Brits will now be allowed to vote in the country’s upcoming local elections. Last Monday, a bilateral agreement between the UK and Spanish government was signed, allowing expats in both countries to vote in local elections. The agreement is the first of hopefully many such, and is especially relevant in Spain with its huge number of resident British expats, many of whom are active in local politics. Some 240,000 UK nationals will get the vote, along...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Former Italian expat textile mill workers’ guaranteed stays now overturne

Italian former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit. The remainder of the large number of Italian women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British passports. When they arrived, they were given certificates of registration, similar to a work permit, which were regularly updated until 1961, when they were told hey could live freely in the UK....