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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 government of Algeria has announced plans to introduce a new electronic visa to expedite the process of obtaining travel authorization for the country. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad announced the new visa policy in front of the National People’s Assembly on February 12th, 2020, stressing his hope that an e-visa for Algeria would help to

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  • Four of Europe’s microstates will not be on the list of countries whose citizens have to register with the Schengen Area’s new ETIAS travel authorization system to visit the majority of European countries. Nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City currently enjoy freedom of movement around the Schengen Area—an open border region of

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  • US President Donald Trump has issued a new ban for travelers arriving in the United States from China, as a preventative measure against the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which originated in the Chinese province of Hubei. The President announced that, as of the 2nd of February 2020, entry to the US has temporarily been suspended for

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  • A senior official in the Russian government has confirmed that a Russian electronic visa for 53 nationalities will launch next year, greatly simplifying the process of applying for a visa for the country. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov announced that the new electronic visa system will come into effect on January 1st, 2021, and

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  • According to a study conducted by Tourism Malaysia, one of the country’s biggest draws for tourists is its rich culture and diversity. Historical walking tours, cultural events, and traditional arts and performances are among the activities that attract visitors to the country. Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said:

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  • Starting in 2021, visitors from many countries who can currently enter the European Schengen Area without a visa will have to register with a new electronic visa waiver system called ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System). There are various benefits of ETIAS, not least that it improves security for the Schengen countries, their citizens

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  • 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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