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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.
  • The State of Kuwait is to resume issuing visas to citizens of Pakistan. This news comes after a decade-long suspension of various types of visas for Pakistanis. For the past 10 years, nationals of Pakistan have been unable to obtain family, business, or technical visas for Kuwait. Following a meeting between Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh

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  • The EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) is now being issued by several European countries a month ahead of schedule. The electronic platform is set for an official launch on July 1, 2021. However, the EU Gateway — the technical system that verifies the certificates — is ready and went live on June 1. Already 9 EU

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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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  • Japan plans to launch a digital “vaccine passport” in a bid to reopen international travel. Foreign nationals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the country in the future, according to this scheme. Japan joins the EU, China, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the list of countries now

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  • US citizens will soon be able to travel to Europe if they have been fully vaccinated, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyden has confirmed.  Although she did not provide a definite timeline of when European Union countries will begin accepting American tourists, von der Leyden hinted it could be as early as summer 2021.

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  • After a 5-month preparation period, the South Korean government has confirmed that it will begin a trial of the K-ETA from May 3rd, 2021 before fully rolling out the Electronic Travel Authorization from September. The ETA for South Korea is being implemented for all South Korean visa-exempt nationalities in order to pre-screen visa waiver visitors

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  • India has resumed issuing electronic visas (e-Visas) to foreign visitors. The online service is now available to travelers after being suspended for many months due to COVID-19. Nationals of over 150 countries can now get their visa for India via the internet. Currently, it is possible to obtain an e-Visa for business, conferences, medical treatment,

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  • Starting on 8 April 2021, foreign nationals cannot enter Oman. The Sultanate has made the decision to close the borders to visitors due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. Only Omani citizens and residents of the country will be able to travel to the state during the month of Ramadan. This comes as one

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  • The UK government has announced that it will introduce a ‘traffic light’ system to allow non-essential international travel to safely resume amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A government spokesperson said that the system “will help ensure the UK’s vaccine progress isn’t jeopardized and provide clear guidance for travelers”. The United Kingdom currently designates most foreign

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  • The European Union (EU) has announced that it plans to introduce a document referred to as a “Green Certificate” to allow safe travel between member states during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Green Certificate will show information about any coronavirus vaccinations or tests the individual has received. Travelers can then use the certificate as proof

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  • China has become the first country to introduce a vaccination passport for travelers to prove that they are free from coronavirus. It has been hailed by proponents as the first step to reopening international travel and reinvigorating the world’s economy. Since the arrival of vaccinations for COVID-19, there has been a call for a coronavirus

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  • The Pakistani government has announced that it is now necessary to obtain a visa for Pakistan through the online eVisa application system, after it made the decision to abolish traditional visa services at its embassy and consulates worldwide. In an official statement, government representatives confirmed that they had “ decided to stop manual processing of

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