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Expats in Thailand fear for their rights during state of emergency

Expats in Thailand fear for their rights during state of emergency
With Thailand now under a state of emergency decree, how will expats cope? Wednesday’s governmental emergency decree effectively closes off Thailand from the rest of the world until after April 30, supposedly to reduce the numbers of coronavirus infections now spreading upwards and downwards from Bangkok. Senior citizens are being told...

Favourite tech-friendly destinations for expat entrepreneurs

Favourite tech-friendly destinations for expat entrepreneurs
Talented tech expats now have a choice of world countries able to fulfil their dreams of entrepreneurship. For the past decade, the buzzword for the younger worldwide expat community has been ‘tech’ – as hundreds of thousands of would-be leaders in the field take their ideas to new countries in the hope of finding the crock of gold...

Myanmar loosens up on visa extensions for expat professionals

Myanmar loosens up on visa extensions for expat professionals
Although Myanmar isn’t the first destination which comes to the minds of adventurous expats, its growing popularity as a new kid on the block is now declining as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. Many of the expat professionals living and working in Myanmar are tech experts and those experienced in development. Some are salaried,...

Expats planning to relocate to Vietnam now locked out

Expats planning to relocate to Vietnam now locked out
Vietnam’s surprise closing off of the country to foreigners is only temporary, but may well upset expat relocation plans. Concerns over its rising total of coronavirus patients caused yesterday’s surprise closure and follow on from a previous ruling on March 18 quarantining all foreign and Vietnamese arrivals for 14 days. It seems the...

Brit expats confirm UK weather is a major reason for emigration

Brit expats confirm UK weather is a major reason for emigration
Brits desperate to emigrate are giving better weather as their main reason for leaving the home country. The possibilities of retiring or working overseas have given disenchanted Brits a much-needed escape hatch from the notorious British weather, even before it became far worse due to global warming. The UK’s reputation for cold summers...

Is positive COVID 19 news the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

Is positive COVID 19 news the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
It’s decision time for would-be expats as well as those already settled overseas. For expats already working or retiring in their chosen location, the COVID 19 pandemic may seem like the world’s worst nightmare, and would-be expats still in the planning stages are stuck until there’s a relaxation of the rules governing freedom of...

Thailand updates antivirus measures for two weeks at least

Thailand updates antivirus measures for two weeks at least
As Thailand’s numbers of coronavirus infections soar, the government is closing down universities and schools countrywide for a period of two weeks. Expats in Thailand are fearing the numbers will increase still further, as measures taken to date don’t seem to have had much of an effect. As major expat and visitor destinations go into...

Expat residents love Turkey’s unique way of coping with the pandemic

Expat residents love Turkey’s unique way of coping with the pandemic
Expats living in Turkey are having a far easier time than their counterparts elsewhere in Europe. Turkey was a favourite for Western expats right up until the violence of the Arab Spring, but seems now to be regaining its popularity due to its sensitive approach to the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s recently reformed healthcare...

Philippines locks down Metro Manila due to coronavirus fears

Philippines locks down Metro Manila due to coronavirus fears
Just as the Philippines was recovering its popularity with expats looking to settle in Southeast Asia, Metro Manila’s mega city has been closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past several decades, would-be expats looking for the perfect tropical location mostly headed for Thailand’s southern shores, ignoring Vietnam...

Is Gronigen an alternative to Amsterdam for expat professionals?

Is Gronigen an alternative to Amsterdam for expat professionals?
As major cities in countries popular with expat professionals become more crowded and expensive, seeking out alternatives in the chosen country seems the only way forward. The Netherlands has long been an all-time favourite for expat entrepreneurs, especially those in the tech sector. As a result, accommodation is now in short supply and...