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New US travel warning blocks five Mexican states

Expats living in Mexico are in fear after the latest US travel advisory placed five states in the same category as Yeman, Somalia and Syria. The new warning designates Guerrero, Sinaloa, Michoacan, Colima and the US border state of Tamaulipas as Level 4 risk destinations, with 11 more states placed on Level 3 along with advice urging... Expats Blog -

Dubai jails British expat for furious email to dodgy car dealer

Dubaiâ??s habit of jailing Western expats for what seems like no good reason is hitting the news yet again. British estate agent Yaseen Killick was understandably angry when the second-hand Volkswagen Gold heâ??d bought from a local dealer for £6,000 broke down the next day. Anger turned to fury when he discovered the car had previously... Expats Blog -

British expats in France take meals on wheels to new heights

Bordeaux-based Brits desperate for a decent curry have elevated meals on wheels to a new height by chartering a plane to bring some in from a Portsmouth curry house. Having spent ages complaining about the impossibility of finding a decent Indian curry in the worldâ??s most famous gourmet heartland, a group of deprived British expats have... Expats Blog -

Fears grow for missing British expat mother in Spain

A British mother of two has now been missing from her Marbella home for over a week. Essex-born mother of two Rebecca Muldoon disappeared on January 2 from her home in Marbella, with fears now growing as to her fate. Sheâ??d been living in Marbella for a year along with her two children aged 11 and eight. Her neighbour had found the... Expats Blog -

Homeless Scot in Dubai is a warning to newly arrived expats

A failed expat in Dubai is homeless and heavily in debt due to getting caught up in the emirateâ??s luxury lifestyle. Scot Jonathan Castle first arrived in Dubai in 2002, attracted by the high wages and luxury lifestyle of successful expats in the emirate. He soon found a well-paying job as a copywriter for a well-known advertising... Expats Blog -

Expats in GCC bypass GPs and go straight to specialists

A recent survey has revealed a high number of expats working in the UAE donâ??t visit their local doctor but go directly to a specialist when theyâ??re ill. General practitioners across the UAE are being bypassed by expats working in the emirates, according to a YouGov survey undertaken on behalf of Arab Health 2018. Almost half of the... Expats Blog -

Dubai banks now offering free online remittances

Dubaiâ??s forex service companies are feeling the heat as Dubai banks begin offering free online remittance services. Banks across the UAE are now offering free remittance services via online and mobile banking in order to claw customers away from the emirateâ??s currency exchange businesses. Forex company remittance charges are typically... Expats Blog -

Expats in Saudi banned from working for car rental companies

Expats will be banned from working in car rental businesses from March18 this year. The ideal of Saudization came a step closer with an announcement from the Ministry of Labour that expats are to be banned from working in companies providing car rental. The ban will start on 18 March and joint inspection teams will investigate all the... Expats Blog -

Is expat life in Mexico all it seems to be

These days, migrating to Mexico isnâ??t just for American citizens disenchanted by the way things are going in the US of A, as the country is becoming increasingly popular with retirees from Europe. The reasons why emigrants settle on Mexico arenâ??t much different than the priorities given for moves to popular expat destinations in... Expats Blog -

Expat tax avoiders in Switzerland forced to come clean

A significant rise in the number of expat tax avoiders in Switzerland turning themselves in has taken place since international laws forced Swiss banks to share offshore clientsâ?? details. For many decades, traditional Swiss banking secrecy shielded the mega-rich from their tax liabilities as well as encouraging the use of Swiss banks... Expats Blog -

Brit expats in Marbella furious about month long internet failure

British expatriates living in Spainâ??s Costa del Sol region are furiously angry over an internet failure which began over a month ago and is still not resolved The service went down on December 3, with providers OliveNet promising it would be repaired quickly, but it soon became evident the problem was far more serious than had been... Expats Blog -

Travelling to Alpine ski resorts now hell for expat motorists

Expat ski fanatics who chose their locations with travelling to the slopes in mind are having problems actually getting to their favourite resorts. From Chamonix through Gstaad, St Moritz and Klosters to Les Trois Vallee skiers arrive to take full advantage of the perfect pistes, ski-in, ski-out chalets, buzzing nightlife and après-ski... Expats Blog -

Profits and pitfalls for expat investors in 2018

The year ahead looks promising for expat investors, but political uncertainty may well create pitfalls. Admittedly, the start of 2018 does look promising, with tax cuts in the USA, an improvement in global growth and news that central banks are loosening their monetary policies, but is this the calm before the storm? Of course, financial... Expats Blog -

UAE blocks Skype again on New Years Eve

The UAEâ??s New Yearâ??s Eve block on Skype, just as expats were looking forward to wishing their absent families and friends a Happy New Year, was inconsiderate at best and unkind at worst. Expatriates in the UAE were looking forward to contacting their families and friends at home to wish them a Happy New Year when the UAE pulled the... Expats Blog -

British retirees still favour Cyprus as their dream destination

A favourite with Britons for many years, Cyprus is still high on the list for expat retirees. British pensioners looking to retire in the sun as part of a long-established expat community have always placed Cyprus high on their list of possible locations. Although the cost of living isnâ??t as low as it was prior to the islandâ??s... Expats Blog -

Survey cites France as better for expat students than UK and USA

A recent survey of international students from world countries has found France to be more popular than either the USA or the UK. The new survey, carried out on behalf of Campus France, examined the experiences and perceptions of some 14,000 international students already studying in the country or planning to do so. The results indicate... Expats Blog -

British expat pensioners claiming unlawful annual increases under threat by UK government

One of the British governmentâ??s new year resolutions is likely to make 2018 a very bad year for UK expat pensioners claiming annual pension increases whilst living in â??frozen pensionâ?? countries. Some 550,000 British state pensioners are living abroad, with the government now planning a crackdown on those claiming annual cost of... Expats Blog -

Childcare home scam nets £11 million before administrators called in

Pensioners in the UK and in Spain have lost some £11 million after a fraudulent care home business went bust. Gravity Child Care was supposedly set up to provide 50 care homes for children suffering from behavioural difficulties and mental illnesses, taking its profits from payments made by local councils to businesses which provide such... Expats Blog -

Do expats make New Year resolutions

New Year, New Me is a tradition which takes place all over the world just after midnight on January 1, but do expats still take it seriously? Even for those who decide theyâ??re fine as they are and donâ??t want to change, New Yearâ??s resolutions creep into their heads soon after the Christmas festivities finish. All-time favourites such... Expats Blog -

Chess Chump

“In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles - one by one. Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone's rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature. Show More Summary

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