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What are The Best (and Worst) Passports for International Travel?

Many expats and seasoned travellers are so used to brandishing their passport sanguinely while gliding into yet another country as to take it for granted. After all, isn’t a passport just a passport? Apparently not, according to a new study by residence and citizenship experts Henley & Parts. The firm recently published their annual “Visa Restriction Index” which aims to examine the “strength” of different passports. In essence, the study looks at how many countries the holder of a specific passport can enter either without ... Read more

Google Reveals Most Searched Travel Destinations of 2015

In the past there were dozens of search engines all vying for dominance. While Yahoo and Bing may still be limping along, many others such as Lycos, Hotbot and Inktomi are long since dead. These days Google owns an estimated 68% of the search market, which equates to 3.5 billion searches per day – or 40,000 per second. Put another way, Google is in many ways a barometer of the internet – and the words and phrases we search through Google go a long ... Read more

Top 5 European Countries for Expats

In the recent past, here at the Expatriate Healthcare news section, we dove headlong into the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey. The annual publication was the most extensive ever this year, taking into account the independent feedback of almost 22,000 different expats around the globe. In essence, the freely-available report aims to provide a “helicopter view” of the expat experience, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of individual countries as expat destinations. Regular readers of this column will know that Singapore was recently voted ... Read more

Top Expat Retirement Destinations Revealed

Increasingly over the last few decades more and more Brits have considered retiring to a foreign country. After a long career, working hard and carefully saving money for a long and enjoyable retirement, is it little wonder that so many of the over-50’s are considering a retirement destination with rather more reliable weather than the UK? Once famously nicknamed “Pudding Island” by author Gerald Durrell, an increasing number of those nearing retirement seem to prefer the idea of warm, sunny winters and beach-front ... Read more

The Top Ten Destinations for British Expats

If all the immigrants arriving in Britain every day are to be believed then Brits have things pretty good. They live in a politically stable country which, despite its diminutive size, still holds sway on a global scale. London is one of the world’s great financial and cultural hubs, the quality of life is considered very high and they benefit from free healthcare in the form of the NHS and a high quality education system. Really, what’s not to like? Well a few things as ... Read more

New Hope for “Illegal” Expat Villas in Andalusia

As you may be aware, many expats who retired to Spain in the last few decades have found that buying their villa left a bitter aftertaste. In a saga which is still running today, the Spanish government has claimed that thousands of properties have been illegally built and so cannot remain. Without the right building permit paperwork many of these villas have been threatened by demolition. For obvious reasons the expats who bought in good faith have long sought a resolution that ... Read more

Spain Reveals Most Common Expat Names

Newly released figures from the Spanish government paint a fascinating picture of the expat population residing there. Long popular among Brits for its climate and culture, not to mention the reasonably-priced property, it seems that it’s not just expats from the UK who are drawn to Spain’s shores. According to Spain’s Ministry of Employment the country boasts almost five million foreign nationals. This is despite the fact that in recent years many Brits have returned home thanks to the worsening value of ... Read more

Where Do All The British Expats Actually Go?

It has been estimated that in the last 5 years alone 851,000 Brits have moved abroad seeking a better life. There are now estimated to be over 5 million Brits living outside the UK. That’s a lot of people; but where do they all go? Thanks to some new research we can now reveal the most popular destinations for British expats. The survey by Lloyds Private Banking is based on figures held by the UK-based Office of National Statistics (ONS) and reveals the ... Read more

The Top Retirement Destinations in Europe

" With almost 1 in 20 of us considering moving abroad in 2015, the obvious question is really where we should consider actually going to. After all, the world is a very big place. We recently reported on the best places to retire abroad according to International Living, but possibly the most noticeable thing about the three finalists is that none of them were based in Europe. This is many ways a result of the higher costs of living in Europe, but we’re ... Read more

Illegal Spanish Homes Could Soon Be Granted Amnesty

Spain has always been a popular expat destination with retirees seeking sunshine, culture and value-for-money. For years, even new-build properties were available to expats far cheaper than they could be found in their home country. For those willing to buy an older property and renovate it, the bargains were even more tempting. However as they say, if something seems too good to be true then it probably is, and never was this truer than in the Spanish property market. After tens of thousands of Brits, Italians and Eastern ... Read more
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