Expat Uk News

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29 May at 6 PM 2020

Low cost airlines attracting expat fury over delayed refunds

British expats on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca are furious three low-cost airlines are making them wait for refunds. As the British government is being urged to help the many thousands of passengers get refunds for their cancelled flights, outrage is spreading across the Spanish Costas. A Which survey has revealed only 14 per cent of easyJet passengers were sent refunds within a seven day period, with some 63 per cent still waiting for their money. British Airways clients fared slightly better, with 23 percent of...
27 May at 6 PM 2020

Survey shows most expat Brits don’t ever want to return

Results of a recent survey have revealed just under two thirds of expat Britons have no intention of ever returning to the home country. Some six out of every ten respondents to the survey said they’d never repatriate to the UK, with another eleven per cent saying they’d at least consider doing so. Only 27 per cent said they’d maybe come back as some time in the future. It seems that, in spite of the global coronavirus pandemic as well as the increasing worldwide social, political and economic tensions, living overseas is the...
27 May at 6 PM 2020

British expats fear increase in mob violence as lockdowns end

As Spain’s Costas begin to slowly return to normal in spite of the pandemic, mob violence erupts again. In the first violent incident since the Spanish lockdown began, a young British expat has been shot in a suspected ‘settling of accounts’ attack. The 27-year old Brit was driven by a friend to the nearest Marbella hospital with four shotgun wounds to his legs. According to local media, his life isn’t in danger but he will need an emergency operation. Local police are taking the attack as a warning and have started an...
26 May at 6 PM 2020

British pensioner rescued from abusive Thai family

A British WWII veteran is now safe at home in the UK with his daughter and extended family after being abused and ill-treated by his Thai partner. Only known as ‘Ron’ in media reports, the 86-year old pensioner moved to Thailand seven years ago after his then partner’s death and was currently living in the central Thailand province of Samut Sakhon after forming a relationship with a Thai woman and her family. According to his British family, he had only pallets to sleep on and was starving due to the lack of food and water, even...
22 May at 6 PM 2020

British expats in Orihuela fearing repeat of Gota Fria floods

UK expats living in the hard-hit Costa Blanca region are now fearing more devastating floods this autumn. Last October’s record breaking rainstorms brought devastating floods to many popular UK expat hubs on the Costa Blanca, resulting in a promise by the Madrid government that financial aid would be forthcoming. Sadly, according to the mayor of Orihuela, not one single euro has been received from either the regional or national governments. During an interview with a popular English language newspaper, Mayor Bascunana stated...
21 May at 6 PM 2020

Confusion for Brit expats aiming to use Gibraltar’s border crossing

Yet more chaos is on the cards for British expats attempting to get back to their Spanish homes, as they’re now forbidden from using the Gibraltar border crossing. From midnight on May 18, the Spanish immigration authorities stopped British expat citizens from entering Spain at the Gibraltar border crossing after leaving the UK via Heathrow Airport. The reason for the sudden change seems to have been the introduction of new sanitation and hygiene ruling at Malaga Airport and four other air arrivals points. Strangely, it’s OK to...
19 May at 6 PM 2020

British travel insurers now refusing to cover virus-related cancellations

Elderly Brits hoping to evaluate Spain as a retirement destination via a reconnaissance trip can’t now get travel cancellation insurance. The majority of Britons settled along the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol are either retirees or older expats with small businesses in the hospitality sector. As is normal with those planning to relocate overseas, most will have visited several times before finally making the decision to leave the UK. As do most sensible travellers, they’ll have taken out travel insurance for their trips in order...
19 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Cambodia adjusting to the total lack of tourism

Following its unofficial invasion by hordes of Chinese on- and offline casino operations, Cambodia is now struggling to cope with an almost non-existent tourism sector. As in the rest of Southeast Asia, Covid-19 has put paid to tourism in Cambodia, just as the country was recovering from the bad press following the Chinese unofficial but devastating takeover of the former Royal vacation destination of Sihanoukville. Its tourism ministry seems to have realised that, for now at least, the hospitality industry is on its knees and unlikely...
18 May at 6 PM 2020

Expat-owned businesses in Andalusia warned about poor summer season

British expat-owned hospitality businesses in Spain are furious at the Andalusian government’s attempt to cancel the summer tourist season. Obviously, avoiding a second wave of coronavirus infections and deaths is essential, but cancelling the summer season would mean many thousands of expat-owned businesses would be bankrupted. Obviously, southern Spain’s main industry is the hospitality sector, with some 800,000 businesses facing seriously hard times even now. Spain was one of the EU’s best-performing member states up...
15 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats on Gibraltar to get new antibody tests

Expats on Gibraltar may be first in the UK to get covid-19 antibody tests. The Rock is due to receive a total of 35,000 antibody test kits over the next few weeks. According to research in several countries including South Korea, the results will confirm by identifying antibodies whether those who’ve been infected are immune to further infections. The results will be included in a countrywide study which is to also include cross-border workers living in Spain. Known as the Abbot antibody test, this version is considered far more...