Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

27 Mar at 6 PM 2020

UK offers easy visa extensions to Aussie expats and travellers

At the same time as thousands of British expats and tourists are trapped in lockdowns overseas, the UK government is offering visa extensions to stranded Aussies. The numbers of Australian visitors and expatriates stranded in the UK due to the pandemic are to be offered easy visa extensions by the British government. Flight cancellations, border closures and the UK’s recently announced lockdown have resulted in many thousands of Australian citizens being unable to return to their home country. Many are expats and the remainder are...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain extends lockdown to all but British expat residents

New Spanish lockdown closes hotels, caravan parks and camp sites. As Spain struggles with one of the world’s worst coronavirus infection rates, tourism is now disallowed and only British expats able to prove residence will be given entry to the country. This latest government update is the harshest yet, with tourists still in the popular destination expected to have difficulty leaving after all main terminals are closed down. Airports on the Spanish island archipelago are also to be shut down to all except tourists leaving the...
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain closes all hotels due to worsening infection rates

British expat businesses in Spain face ruin as all hotels close. As Spain’s coronavirus statistics soar, the government has given an order that all hotels must close today, adding tourists must make arrangements to leave the country as soon as is practicable. In addition, the hard-hit country is now in lockdown, with a ban on leaving home unless it’s totally necessary. According to the British Foreign Office, visitors and expats wishing to return home should make immediate travel plans via contact with an airline or tour operator....
23 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British expats as well as Thai citizens disallowed entry to Thailand

British expats living, working or retiring in Thailand are being warned time is running out for those wishing to repatriate. A message from the British Ambassador to Thailand has stated Britons wishing to return to the home country are running out of time due to the closing down of almost all flights to the West. By the end of last week, passengers using Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport were at their lowest level since the facility opened its doors to worldwide travellers. Internal flights via Don Mueang airport showed...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Brit ambassador to Kuwait puts foot in mouth over expat difficulties

UK expats in Kuwait are laughing behind their hands as the British Ambassador is forced to apologise for a thoughtless comment. After his embassy staff posted a message to its expats stuck in Kuwait urging them to seek money from local charities if they were short of cash, the ambassador was forced to grovel and apologise. The message was sent via a tweet, later deleted, and called on Britons unable to leave due to the lockdown to beg for cash from family, friends, Kuwait’s Salvation Army or other local charities. The...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2020

High coronavirus death rates in Spanish care homes now under investigation

Expat families with loved ones in Spanish care homes are now fearful over high COVID 19 death rates. Several of Spain’s residences for the elderly and care homes are now facing full investigations by the authorities after the high numbers of deaths from the COVID 19 pandemic. Both local authorities and the families of care home residents are now hugely concerned about the quality of care, as unusually high death rates from the virus begin to emerge. Some 14 older residents are reported to have died from the coronavirus at ...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat workers in the Caymans now stranded due to COVID 19 crisis

The Cayman Islands are now in a humanitarian crisis due to the coronavirus. Expats and locals alike on the ever-popular Cayman Islands archipelago are now submerged in a humanitarian crisis due to the rapid spread of the pandemic. Thousands of expats working in the tourism sector are now unemployed due to restrictions on restaurants and bars as well as the closing of all international air and sea borders. As with the vast majority of other popular visitor and expat destinations, the COVID 19 crisis has the potential to wreck...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2020

British expats still trapped by lockdowns and airline chaos

British expats desperate to get back to their businesses or retirement havens in the sun are being stymied by cancelled flights and entire country shutdowns. Along with Europe’s tourism industry, the aviation sector is facing its worst challenge since the 2008 financial crisis, with many believing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will eventually cause financial ruin for other expat SME sectors as well as unprepared larger companies. Governments are now being urged to provide financial relief as well as other urgent measures...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain stumbles into lockdown as expats and tourists flee

Expats, tourists, students and citizens alike are all now under Spain’s emergency lockdown. As the Spanish sun rises this morning and the pandemic takes a tighter hold across the entire country, the government’s emergency decree movement restrictions imprison the vast majority of residents with just a few exceptions. The vast majority of the population is now forced to stay indoors and forbidden to use public roads unless they’re shopping for food, medicines and a few other basic necessities. Going to health appointments,...
13 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Danish lockdown and school closures affecting expat parents

It’s not yet two full months since the coronavirus pandemic began, with almost every expat destination now caught in its deadly clutches. As entire countries go into full or partial lock-down including school closures, travel bans and the cancellation or outlawing of anything involving crowds of humans, how are expats with families getting by? For many, being forced to work from home whilst attempting to entertain or control their children whilst they enjoy an unexpected school holiday is a step too far, but there’s nothing anyone...