Expat Health And Well-Being – Results From The 2021 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey

Cigna is adding the Health & Wellbeing module to all health insurance policies purchased up until the end of May completely free of charge and for the lifetime of the policy. CLICK HERE to request a quote. The expat world has seen some significant changes as a result of COVID-19. Countrywide lockdowns, travel restrictions and … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update April 2022

Indonesia drops Covid-19 test for foreign travellers Like many other countries, Indonesia has recently dropped mandatory Covid-19 testing for incoming travellers. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says that air travel is still significantly disrupted by the pandemic and that dropping the test requirement will result in an increase in the number of … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update April 2022

Moving to Spain can improve your mental health, study claims In late March, the Daily Express reported that the Mental State of the World report, which looks at the state of mental health across 34 countries, suggested that moving to Spain could benefit your mental health. The report, compiled by non-profit research organisation Sapiens Lab, … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update March 2022

The past few years have been extremely challenging for people across the globe. Since the pandemic began, we have reported on its devastating impact on expats’ physical, financial and mental wellbeing. We now face yet another crisis: war. In late February, Russia invaded Ukraine, and even those not directly impacted have felt its repercussions. In … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update March 2022

Covid-19 remains the dominant issue in healthcare news for expats; however, the pandemic – though still ongoing – is now having less of an impact than it has had over the past two years, and the world is gradually starting to open up again. Returning to the UK If you are coming back into the … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update February 2022

AI, apps and mental health As technology continues to develop, how far can we employ it to safeguard our mental health? This is the question being asked in South Korea at the moment, where elderly and possibly isolated people are using Naver’s new ClovaCall. The South Korean tech giant has produced Clova as an AI … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update February 2022

The international healthcare news for expats is still dominated by Covid-19, but the better news is that Omicron – while not completely unproblematic – seems to be proving to be comparatively mild among the vaccinated. More and more countries are starting to open up, with a few holdouts such as Hong Kong and New Zealand, … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update January 2022

“Intrinsic link” between financial advice and mental health Investment advisory firm Black Swan Capital reported last month that surveys have shown an ‘intrinsic link’ between mental health and receiving financial advice. The study was undertaken by leading bank HSBC, and highlighted a number of points: • 74% of adults who sought financial advice have an … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update January 2022

Health news for expats continues to be dominated by Covid-19. On a positive note, the Omicron variant appears – on the face of current evidence – to be milder than first feared, and the vaccination wall seems to be holding. Regulations against Covid-19 vary considerably from country to country, even within the UK. This month, … Read more

Expat Focus Mental Health Update December 2021

Flexible working and mental health The recent HSBC annual Expat Explorer survey revealed that many expats put flexible working as high on their list of priorities when choosing a company. The benefits of flexible working – either in the form of working fully from home, flexible office hours or hybrid work (part digital) – have … Read more