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Worldwide Expat News - Page 286 of 290

Keep up to date with the latest expat news from around the world.

An expatriate ‘cannot rely’ on an EHIC

People who move abroad and become an expatriate in Europe are reminded that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) only gives basic medical cover, according to InsureandGo. Perry Wilson, founder of the firm, said that there are still a large proportion of people who are unwilling to take out private medical insurance because they believe they will not fall ill.Furthermore, Mr Wilson added that some European countries offer only standard medical attention."In places like Cyprus, it is very basic where they ... Read more

Moscow is most expensive place for an expatriate

Moscow has come first for the third year running in a list of cities that are expensive for an expatriate to live in, according to Mercer's worldwide rankings. London moved down the table by one to third, being replaced by Tokyo in second. Fourth was the Norwegian capital of Oslo and the capital of South Korea, Seoul, came in fifth. New York is used as the basis point for the survey and scores 100 points, compared to Moscow ... Read more

Expatriate insurance ‘a good idea’ for Dubai

Many Brits head to Dubai in search of an expatriate lifestyle in the blissful sunshine and tax-free haven. However, many are now being warned that those seeking a new life in the Middle-Eastern country should be aware that its legal system is based on Sharia law, which can sometimes see western expatriates find themselves in difficult situations. Its hard-line stance on drugs, alcohol and sex can lead to deportation, heavy fines, or worse, a prison sentence. A report on ... Read more

Expatriate health insurance ‘is advised’

Any expatriate who is unsure about healthcare entitlement abroad may benefit from taking out international health insurance, an expert has said. Rhiannon Davies, director of Shelter Offshore, said that while healthcare can be affordable in certain countries such a Cyprus and Turkey, it is worth considering expatriate medical insurance to ensure you are covered for "all care and treatment potentially necessary". "It really is worth looking into health insurance if you are unsure about the level of care you ... Read more

An older expatriate ‘should be mindful of health’

Pensioners living in an expatriate community abroad should be careful around the house, according to the National Grid and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.Kairen Sanderson from ROSPA explained that as people got older they were more likely to have accidents around the house so international health insurance is important for those living abroad.Asked what the greatest risks facing the elderly were, she said: "Tripping downstairs, resulting in fractures, eyesight as they start to get older starts to fail ... Read more

Turkey is attractive ‘to an expatriate on a budget’

People can move to Turkey and become an expatriate in Istanbul even if they earn a relatively small salary, according to Istanbul2010.Ozgül Ozkan Yavuz, director of events and organisations for the initiative, warned any potential expatriate that Istanbul is not a cheap place to live but it is possible to get by on a budget."Istanbul is not cheap. It's a metropolitan city, it has a population of 12 million and not somewhere cheap but of course in every metropolitan area you ... Read more

Moroccan cost of living ‘is off putting’ for an expatriate

People thinking of moving abroad and becoming an expatriate in Morocco have been warned that the country is more expensive due to its popularity with tourists, according to Orion Trek Voyages.Jane Folliott, a specialist in Morocco and commercial director at the organisation, said that Morocco is not as cheap as people think so a potential expatriate should ensure they have a sufficient amount of money before moving to the country."People come and think Morocco is a very cheap country and it's ... Read more

Expatriates advised of major Chinese healthcare reforms

The Chinese government has announced plans to rollout universal healthcare for its 1.3 billion citizens over the new few years. Coming as growing numbers of expatriates head to the Asian superpower for work in its growing economy, the state news agency has confirmed that China's State Council has drawn up plans to spend some £85 billion over the next three years on the initiative. This, it is hoped, will "make medical services more accessible and affordable for ordinary people", it was ... Read more

Expatriates in UAE ‘happy to sit out economic crisis’

Expatriates living in the United Arab Emirates are content to sit out the global economic downturn in the sun, it has been reported. While the fallout from the credit crunch is being felt right across the planet, for the most part states such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi have so far managed to weather the storm, with expatriates enjoying greater job security than their peers elsewhere. According to a new report from the Khaleej Times, a vast majority of foreigners living ... Read more

Smaller Bulgarian properties set to be in demand

Expatriates looking to relocate in Bulgaria may well end up in a small but perfectly formed property.That is according to Obelisk International, which has suggested that there will be a trend towards smaller homes in the European country this year.The company noted that this will likely be the case because of the continuing global credit crisis. Obelisk International quoted a Bulgarian property expert as saying: "Buildings with a floor space of 3,000 to 5,000 square metres will be the most in ... Read more
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