Expat Focus International Healthcare Update March 2021

Covid-19 obviously continues to dominate the international health news and is likely to do so for some time to come. We’ll take a look at some of the implications for expats below.   Spanish vaccination rollout As we’ve reported elsewhere, if you are an expat resident in Spain, you will be eligible for the Covid-19 … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update February 2021

Healthcare news for expats is still dominated by one issue, and we don’t need to tell you what that is. UK travel regulations have changed in January and February, and we take a look at this below, as well as a couple of other health-related issues.   UK gets tough on border control The UK … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update January 2021

Health matters are still on everyone’s minds at the start of 2021. The UK has again been plunged into a tight lockdown across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and travel arrangements, along with many other aspects of everyday life, have been severely affected. The end of the Brexit transition period has also had an … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update December 2020

Covid-19 vaccine comes to the UK The big healthcare news in early December is that the UK has been the first to greenlight the Covid-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccination programme has already begun across the UK, with NHS workers and the elderly being first in line for the new jab. If you are a British … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update November 2020

Developments in the Covid-19 vaccine As you may be aware, there have been significant developments with regard to Covid-19 vaccines this month. Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Oxford University all seem confident that their vaccines will help against the virus, which for almost a year has plagued countries around the world. How these vaccines are rolled out … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update October 2020

The pandemic continues to be the big story in expat healthcare, with reports in the press that the UK is back to where it was in the spring, and as Britain enters the new tiered lockdown system. Do keep an eye on the UK government website if you’re travelling to and from Britain, and be … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update September 2020

The pandemic and its impacts are continuing to rumble on into the autumn, and various countries are still taking preventative measures. For example, the UK is currently trying to avoid another lockdown, following a second wave of the virus. It has implemented the ‘rule of six’, which means that gatherings of more than six people … Read more

Expat Health Insurance: An Overview

If you are intending to live abroad, then one of your top priorities will be to make sure that you can access adequate healthcare, especially if you are of retirement age. The majority of countries, although not all, have a two-tier healthcare system, consisting of national health insurance (which comes in various forms) and a … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update August 2020

The Covid pandemic obviously continues to dominate the healthcare news, although its reign in the UK seems to be slowing down significantly in August. However, the international travel scene was plunged into further Covid-related turmoil this month with quarantines imposed by the British government on those returning from France and Spain: Westminster has come in … Read more

Expat Focus International Healthcare Update July 2020

COVID-19 continues to dominate healthcare news across the globe. Although many countries are now beginning to emerge from lockdown, there is widespread concern around the impacts of a second wave. As a result, some countries are already taking precautions. For example, the Spanish authorities have suggested a voluntary (for now) lockdown in Barcelona.The United Arab … Read more