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Taiwan hospitals charge foreigners up to...

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Expats say the fees for taking polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at hospitals and clinics are significantly higher for foreigners than for Taiwanese. Foreign residents report that at least three medical institutions in Taiwan charge foreigners higher prices than Taiwanese to take the PCR test. They say COVID-19 testing fees for […]

Tokyo drops to fourth most expensive cit...

Tokyo ranked as the fourth most expensive city for expats in an annual cost-of-living survey by a US consulting firm, falling one spot from last year. Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat topped the list, dropping from second place, while Hong Kong slipped to second place after being the most expensive city last year, the Mercer survey showed. […]

Japanese expatriates will be vaccinated ...

Japanese expats temporarily returning to their home countries will begin receiving vaccinations against the new coronavirus from August 1, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday. Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine will be available to returning expats at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture and Haneda Airport in Tokyo in response to Japanese nationals’ concerns about […]

The most expensive city in the world for...

Ashgabat, a city of one million in Central Asia, topped a 2021 cost of living survey by consultancy Mercer. The annual report ranks 209 cities based on cost of living such as housing, transportation and food. It helps global companies determine how much to pay expatriate employees when they move. The Asian city moves Hong […]

Taiwan expats weigh in on potential mili...

A version of this article originally appeared in the June issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. TAICHUNG CITY, Taiwan (BRAIN) — China’s recent saber-rattling may have temporarily drowned out the buzz of freehubs in Taiwan, a country home to many American manufacturing makers and expats, but it hasn’t sparked of alarm about an impending […]

A call to all expatriates

PHUKET: A long-time expat from Phuket has started a simple initiative that could lay the groundwork for an expat association that could serve as an advisory or at least consultative body for local government officials seeking to avoid backlash implementing bad policies – and even helping those responsible for positive change for the island. Phuket […]