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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.
  • As a preventative measure against the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Australian government has implemented temporary travel restrictions, including an entry ban for all foreign nationals. On March 20th, 2020, the government announced that only Australian citizens, residents, and immediate family members can travel to Australia until further notice. A compulsory 14-day quarantine in the

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  • Europe’s Schengen Area—a group of 26 countries that have been in an open-borders agreement for a quarter of a century—has marked its 25th anniversary with border checks reinstated and movement restricted due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The Schengen Area has closed its external borders to travelers from third countries. Only nationals and official residents

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  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) could cause 50 million jobs to be lost worldwide, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The pandemic currently sweeping the globe has led many countries to introduce travel restrictions and deterred millions of people from traveling. The travel industry has been hit hard by this and will continue to suffer

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  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced a number of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. These restrictions involve both visas and residency permits and could affect a large number of travelers and official residents of the country. From Thursday March 19, the UAE’s Federal Authority for Citizenship and Identity stopped issuing visas on

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  • South Africa has announced that it plans to expand the trial of its new e-Visa system to include visitors from more countries. This will make it easier for foreign travelers to visit the country. Electronic visas, or e-Visas, are becoming more and more popular around the world. The possibility of obtaining a visa by online

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  • Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the United States of America has introduced a number of travel restrictions and issued guidelines to its own citizens returning home from abroad. The novel coronavirus, named COVID-19, originated in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province and has quickly spread to many countries around the world. The

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  • India has temporarily suspended visas for travelers from Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). All electronic visas (eVisas) and consular (sticker) visas issued on or before March 3, 2020 to nationals of these 4 countries have been declared invalid and will no longer permit the bearer to

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  • Official sources from the European Commission have confirmed that the implementation of the ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Schengen Area countries has been delayed for a year until 2022. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is a pre-travel authorization system for visa-exempt citizens to travel to Schengen Countries. The Schengen Area consists of

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  • Not every traveler heading to the United States of America needs a visa. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA for the US provides another option for eligible visitors. Introduced in 2009, the ESTA is an online system that allows travelers to register their details ahead of their trip to the United States. For

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  • International travelers visiting Egypt will be able to stay in the country for a maximum of 5 years when traveling with an eVisa, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has announced. The North African country introduced an electronic visa system at the end of 2017, which currently enables nationals of 46 different countries to apply online

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  • Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, the Yangon Region government ethnic Karen Affairs Minister, has announced that Chinese arrivals to Myanmar have fallen by around 30% since the government introduced travel restrictions from China. The government of Myanmar banned many flights from China to Yangon International Airport, the main entry point for foreign visitors to the country,

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  • Saudi Arabia has launched a new multiple-entry visit visa that will be valid for one year and can be obtained on arrival in the country. It will be available to all travelers who have a valid UK, US, or Schengen visa stamped on their passports, including citizens of India and Pakistan. This marks the first

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