Expat Travel Abroad News

Latest 10 news items tagged Travel Abroad

17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Expat professional hires in Kuwaiti and gas oil sector drop by 50 per cent

The appointment of expat professionals to crucial positions in Kuwait’s oil and gas sector during the fiscal year 2018/2019 has fallen by 50 per cent. During Kuwait’s 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Kuwait oil and gas sector appointed 345 expatriate professionals as against hirings of 190 during the year 2018-2019, a drop of almost 50 per cent. Even so, the same source of information reasserted the crucial importance of expat professional experience in maintaining operational standards in global companies, adding that, in spite of the...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Planning your financial needs after expatriation

Managing money as an expat can be totally different than the same task back in the home country. More than ever before, emigration is now the goal of professionals looking to catapult their careers into the top echelon with financial benefits to match. In addition, digital nomads are indulging their dream of travelling the world, using their online expertise to pay the bills as they go. Even retirees are now choosing far-flung destinations with cheaper costs of living and far better weather than at home. All three expat categories...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Confusion reigns over EU pet passport post-Brexit

Expat pet owners in Europe fear the post-Brexit loss of pet passports Although very little has been published about the possible Brexit-caused fate of the pet passport scheme, it’s a major cause for concern amongst both expat dog-owners and British second home owners used to taking their dogs with them when visiting their overseas holiday properties. The pet passport scheme was first introduced 19 years ago, freeing much-loved dogs from the misery of extensive quarantine periods and their pet parents from the strain of long...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brit government urges expats to check passport validity

The British government is warning UK expats to check their passports prior to travelling post-Brexit. The official passport warning to British expats living in EU member states also mentions healthcare may not be available using an EHIC card, but the at least six-month post-travel validity of the British passport in the case of a no-deal Brexit is essential. It now seems that, for those who renewed their passports before the due date, the extra months credited in addition to the 10-year validity may no longer be recognised by European...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Healthcare insurers taking full advantage of the rise in expat numbers

It seems the much-derided ‘nanny state’ in first world countries is now being replaced by the rapacious private healthcare industry in just about every popular expat destination. 'Private healthcare insurance' is the new buzzword for greedy insurance companies looking to profit from the expat diaspora gathering speed in countries across the world. Private hospitals are springing up like mushrooms in the most unlikely places, staffed by the same medics formerly constrained to public medical facilities dealing with expats as well as...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Will new Kuwait health insurance rule discourage expat arrivals?

Kuwait’s new rule on mandatory health insurance for all visitors including expatriates arriving on relocation is to be brought in over the next few months. The rule will apply to all arrivals, from short-stay tourists through longer-stay family visitors and expatriates arriving to take up a new reassignment. Details of how the law will be implemented aren’t yet available, causing concern to companies as regards new appointments as well as to established expatriates bringing in their families. The given reason why the rule has been...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Italian government hits out at British expatriates

A new Italian government ruling concerning British expats’ rights post-Brexit is sending shivers of fear throughout the UK expat community. Strict restrictions on travel outside the country, fingerprinting and a charge of €200 are part of the ruling, with questions already being asked by campaign groups across the country. Although the ruling is set to come into effect only if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the underlying threat to expats’ lives is unmistakable especially as the rights of Italian citizens living and...
26 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats lose Dh millions in UAE timeshare scam

Many hundreds of expats living and working in the UAE have lost millions of dirhams in total to a cleverly-worded timeshare scam. Expatriates both in Dubai and across the UAE are believed to have been tricked into the scam by a Dubai- based company calling itself Arabian Times Travel and Tourism. It’s believed around Dh4 million is involved, with victims still coming forward and an alert on the company first hitting local media as long ago as last September. The cleverly-worded prospectus offered lifetime memberships allowing...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in HCM City support Vietnamese students’ bike-sharing project

Vietnam is now becoming popular with the international expatriate diaspora as well as tourists, but increasing numbers of arrivals are putting a strain on Ho Chi Minh City’s public transport system. Ho Chi Minh City is now a popular tourist destination as well as a hub for expats working in various sectors including education and IT. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy, Vietnam is the perfect place to develop new ideas and start-ups as well as for digital nomads needing a base for a while. In addition, more international...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Alicante now cheapest rental destination for would-be British expats

Alicante is now a favourite for British retirees due to its cheap rentals. As the value of sterling staggers due to Brexit uncertainty, finding a cheap rental apartment in Spain is a priority for many British expat retirees. A recent survey by a local appraisal company could well help with decision-making, as it’s identified the five Spanish retirement destinations with the cheapest rentals. Alicante is the best known, already popular with British expats, and Huelva, Elche, Almeria and Castellon de la Plana are also mentioned as...