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Calculating the true cost of becoming an expat

Calculating the true cost of becoming an expat
As the UK sinks even deeper into the Brexit mire, more and more would-be expats are planning to leave, some for ever. Starting a new life in a new land is seductive at best, but can be disastrous if financial planning isn’t given serious consideration. Finding a job in a warmer country with higher pay thrown in or deciding on the...

Is Spain just for disenchanted British retirees?

Posted on May 29, 2019 in Spain
STORY LINK Is Spain just for disenchanted British retirees?
Is Spain just for disenchanted British retirees?
Is Spain just an escape from the UK for British retirees? Spain’s well-deserved position as the number one retirement destination for Brits sick of the weather, the politics, the cost and the general misery of life in the UK has been firmly established since the first cheap flight took off from Gatwick Airport a few decades ago. It’s...

Vietnam aiming high via digital transformation

Vietnam aiming high via digital transformation
Vietnam is heading for a major digital transformation, making it the top country for expats in Southeast Asia. As Cambodia struggles with what purports to be a Chinese economic invasion and Thailand limps along under a military government and an expat exodus, Vietnam is forging ahead with its desire to become the region’s undisputed...

Why choose Vietnam for your new home country?

Why choose Vietnam for your new home country?
It seems Southeast Asia is now an accepted destination for expats looking for a new experience, but what’s Vietnam got that makes it special? For Hollywood’s finest, including movie directors as well as stars, the country’s extraordinary scenery says it all, and has been featured endless times in smash-hit movies. For those expats...

US banks outlaw employee post-Brexit commuting from London

US banks outlaw employee post-Brexit commuting from London
It’s bad news for employees of US banks in London who’d hoped to commute weekly from their homes to the banks’ new overseas headquarters. US banks who’ve relocated their London headquarters to European Union cities due to Brexit are now stating their will not pay for former London staff to commute on a weekly basis, The decision...

Kenya wins out as Africa’s best for the digital lifestyle

Kenya wins out as Africa’s best for the digital lifestyle
A recent survey found Kenya’s unrestricted online access and cashless payments are the best on the continent. Africa isn’t in the expat news hotlines as often as the ever-popular hubs such as Hong Kong, Singapore and the Gulf States including Dubai and Saudi Arabia, but it’s still a major beneficiary from expat expertise. Nowadays,...

Korea weighs in with copycat compulsory expat private healthcare insurance

Korea weighs in with copycat compulsory expat private healthcare insurance
Expats in South Korea to face mandatory state healthcare programme enrolment. South Korea’s new initiative for long-stay expats comes a short while after the Thai government announced a similar but more costly healthcare insurance requirement for its expatriate community. The Korean announcement gave the same reason for the change in...

Are new UAE longterm visas too exclusive to make a difference?

Are new UAE longterm visas too exclusive to make a difference?
Is the UAE’s new long-term visa scheme just a watered-down version of the controversial Golden Visa? In an announcement today, the UAE announced it has granted permanent residency to some 6,800 foreign investors for a total price of 100 billion dirhams – about $27 billion. The plan is similar to another announced last year, which...

Elderly expats in Thailand furious over accusations of cheating on medical bills

Elderly expats in Thailand furious over accusations of cheating on medical bills
Older expats in Thailand are still furious over visa requirement changes and compulsory private healthcare insurance. It’s impossible to tell how many potential expat retirees will go back to the drawing board and choose another lifestyle destination due to the negative publicity the Kingdom’s immigration authority is generating by...

British property still favoured as an investment by expats living overseas

British property still favoured as an investment by expats living overseas
Searches of British property websites are still rising as house prices continue falling. Overseas buyers are still seeing British real estate as an investment magnet, whether they’re UK expats living and working overseas or Brits being forced to return home due to Brexit or other issues. The growth in online searches has been marked ever...