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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 South African tourism department has announced the launch of an electronic visa application in Mandarin for Chinese citizens in a bid to boost the number of tourist arrivals in South Africa from China. The South Africa eVisa for Chinese citizens is due to be launched as a pilot scheme in March 2020, to make

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  • Sri Lanka is to extend its free visa on arrival program to visitors from 48 countries. This recent development in global visa information is to be enacted imminently and is to remain in place until April 30th for applicable travelers. The extension of the visa on arrival system was announced by Sri Lankan Tourism Minister

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  • The government of Myanmar has decided to include 5 more countries in its visa on arrival (VoA) policy. The nation formerly known as Burma hopes to attract more foreign travelers in a bid to strengthen its tourism industry. As of January 1, 2020, visitors from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, and New Zealand are

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  • The government of the United Arab Emirates has announced the upcoming launch of a multiple-entry UAE tourist visa valid for 5 years, in a move to encourage foreign travelers to become repeat visitors to the country. The announcement was made following the first UAE cabinet meeting of the year, during which it was also decided

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  • The Ministry of Justice of South Korea has announced the upcoming launch of an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for select foreign nationalities following a revision of the South Korean visa policy. On the 9th of January 2019, the South Korean National Assembly passed a revision of the Immigration Law that will permit the introduction of

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  • Applicants for the new electronic visas for Russia have been advised to carefully complete the online application forms to guarantee they can enter the country. Citizens of over 50 countries have been able eligible to apply for a Russia eVisa for the St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Far East regions since late 2019. To obtain an

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  • The government of Vietnam has extended visa-free access to the country for 8 nationalities for the next 3 years, in an effort to boost the growth of the country’s tourist industry. Citizens of Japan, Russia, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Belarus will able to continue to enjoy visa-exempt travel to the country until

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  • Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have signed a new agreement to implement a joint visitor visa for residents of both countries in an effort to boost tourist numbers. The visa is expected to launch by the end of 2020. The agreement was made by representatives of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National

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  • Travelers planning to visit European countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain may soon be required to complete an online travel authorization in advance to guarantee entry upon arrival. At the moment, citizens of over 60 countries are able to travel to the Schengen passport-free zone for up to 90 days without obtaining a

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  • The government of South Africa has announced a number of changes to the South Africa visa policy to facilitate entry of travelers and goods to the country over the festive period. Department of Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced the new visa requirements for South Africa in a presentation on December 1st, confirming the implementation

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  • Foreign national employees in the United States planning to travel outside of the US over the holiday season are advised to plan their trip and make sure the necessary travel documents are in order well in advance. The warning follows news US embassies and consulates around the world are more understaffed this year than usual,

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  • The Japanese government has announced the launch of a new online visa for Japan, with Chinese passport holders first in line for the new electronic system. The electronic visa is being introduced as part of a government initiative to make bureaucratic procedures paperless and facilitate the process of applying for a visa for Japan, as

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