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BNO does not need visa for Schengen area

British ConsulateThe German Embassy in Hong Kong confirms on their website that BN(O), HKSAR or Macau SAR passport do not need a visa to visit the Schengen Area as a tourist for up to 90 days in any 6-month period. You may however not take up employment while in the Schengen area.

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UK State Pension if you retire abroad

British ConsulateIf you are retired and wish to draw your UK pension in a foreign country then this can be done. Note however that there is a limitation on increases in your pension when you live outside the UK or outside of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Most British expats tend to retire in Thailand and the Philippines and these are excluded from increases, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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British Nationals Abroad : Insurance Stats

British ConsulateThis year the British Embassy in Bangkok has again highlighted the issue of insurance while abroad. The FCO has come up with the latest stats for insurance issues while Brits are abroad. Always ensure that you have proper travel insurance when you go abroad. It is your responsibility.

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Singapore : Local Customs and Laws

British ConsulateIf you are considering moving to Singapore then consider some of the following customs and laws of the country. You can contact the British High Commission in Singapore for more direction and advice or speak to a local attorney at a Singaporean law firm as listed on this website.

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Strange Laws and customs abroad

British ConsulateGoing abroad normally works out well however problem do occur where people do not always understand the local customs or laws. This might seem strange however the FCO has made an info-graphic of some of these customs to keep Brits abroad out of trouble.

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Death in Hong Kong (Expat & Tourist Information)

British ConsulateIf someone has died while in Hong Kong then you will need to contact the British Consulate in Hong Kong for assistance. They do provide consular assistance for family members of those who had died. Below is a list of what they can and cannot do. There is also a list of undertakers and estimated cost of repatriation of the mortal remains.

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FCO British Assistance Abroad

British ConsulateIf you enjoyed the last update on the British Abroad series then these are the stats for 2015 for consular assistance while abroad issued by the Foreign Office. Some changes to the stats however very interesting considering how certain locations had changed.

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