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The latest information on worldwide visa policy changes, eVisa launches, eligibility and requirement changes for electronic visas applications as well as global travel information and tourism statistics.
  • South Korea has temporarily reopened K-ETA applications for nationals of 3 suspended countries during August 2022. The South Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) allows eligible travelers to visit the country without a visa. Citizens of Japan, Macau, and Taiwan may apply online for a South Korean ETA until the end of the month. This decision

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  • A passport is the key to traveling abroad. However, some passports are considered to be “stronger” than others. The world’s most powerful passports are those that offer the greatest travel freedom. The strongest passports are those that allow the holder to enter the most countries easily, without extra entry requirements, such as visas. There are

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  • The Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has called for the introduction of a shared CARICOM visa for Caribbean Community member states. Barlett made the proposal during the inaugural Organization of American States (OAS) high-level policy forum in Montego Bay,  Jamaica in late July. The 2-day event saw the attendance of representatives from more than

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  • The government of Kazakhstan has announced it has granted visa exemption to citizens of China, India, and Iran for up to 14 consecutive days from the moment they cross the Kazakh border. These travelers are permitted a total visa-free stay in Kazakhstan of up to 42 days within every 180 days. Visa-free stays in Kazakhstan

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  • Cameroon has announced plans to introduce a new electronic visa (eVisa) system to allow foreign visitors to get their visa online. The government of Cameroon has said it aims to have the eVisa platform live by the end of 2022. Electronic visas are becoming more and more common worldwide, with Cameroon being the latest country

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  • The government of Togo has announced that all travelers who need a visa for the West African country can now obtain an e-Visa for Togo through a simple online application. The Togolese Republic first announced its intention to digitalize the visa application process in February 2022, and the system was fully implemented just a few

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  • Hong Kongers can now enjoy visa-free travel to South Korea with the K-ETA visa waiver once again. The Republic of Korea suspended its visa waiver program in April 2020. Hong Kong passport holders have been unable to enter the country without a visa for more than 2 years. From July 1, 2022, visa-free entry to

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  • The Moroccan government has announced it will launch an electronic visa for Morocco  on July 10, 2022. The online system will simplify the process of obtaining a Morocco visa for citizens of 49 countries. The e-visa for Morocco will be available through a simple online application platform managed by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have removed the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test result to gain entry to the United States.  From June 12, 2022, the new rule applies to all travelers arriving in the US from any foreign country, either by air or any another form of transportation.

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  • The Republic of Korea has taken several steps in easing its entry restrictions for international travelers. Airports are now operating at pre-pandemic levels as the country aims to encourage tourism for summer 2022. As of June 8, 2022, unvaccinated individuals no longer have to quarantine on arrival. Before this, only fully vaccinated passengers could avoid

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  • Japan has reopened its borders to foreign tourists for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The gradual reopening will start with small-scale test tours from a limited number of countries. In a controversial move, the number of visitors that can enter the country is currently capped at 50. These individuals will

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  • The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization

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