UK Expat Tax – Hong Kong And Singapore

Are you a British expat moving to or living in Hong Kong or Singapore? Do you understand how the tax system works, and what reliefs are available? We are delighted to share with you a new video from Expat Focus partner and Founder of Global Expatriate Tax Services (GETS), Oliver Heslop, offering tax advice for … Read more

Staying Healthy As An Expat In Hong Kong

Carlie: Hey there, it’s Carlie with the Expat Focus podcast. We are chatting to one of our regular columnists today, Ben Zabulis, who I’ve interviewed in the past about his decision to retire to Hong Kong. Now, lots has been happening in the world since our last chat, so I’m really keen to check in … Read more

How To Register For Healthcare In Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a comprehensive two-tier health insurance system which consists of universal free coverage for everyone, including expats, as well as private medical insurance. Below, we will look at the territory’s medical system and how, as an expat, you can register for it. Hong Kong’s healthcare is a co-pay system which gives universal coverage … Read more

The Shadows Of Bubbles

One very intriguing aspect of living in a place like Hong Kong is that you often find yourself treading niftily between parallel cultures; and never more so than with language. For example, I recently learnt a new Cantonese expression – the above title – while daydreaming on a bus. I kick-started my knowledge of Chinese … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Hong Kong

In terms of banking, there are a few options open to expats living in Hong Kong. For example, some choose to maintain an existing account in their home country, which can be useful for things like paying recurring bills back home. Others choose to open an international account with their existing bank, which may eliminate … Read more

How to Learn the Language in Hong Kong

The former British colony of Hong Kong is still an attractive destination for expats, not least because it is still English speaking. You will therefore have some advantage as a native speaker, but more so if you also speak Cantonese or Mandarin.The official languages in the city-state are English and Chinese. However, there are two … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Hong Kong

Hong Kong is densely populated, and property there is expensive. You can find various types of accommodation, from small apartments to luxury serviced villas, but there are comparatively few houses. Historically, expats have favoured the Mid Levels on Hong Kong Island, but they are now seeking cheaper accommodation further afield. Luxury complexes, with gyms, pools … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Hong Kong

For many years, the booming Asian city of Hong Kong has been a popular destination for expats, and this continues, despite recent political unrest. The city is one of the world’s major centres of commerce and finance, and as such is an appealing choice for residence and work. Read on to learn about the visa … Read more

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