Gemalto on passport trending

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 12 September 2017: A leader in digital security, Gemalto reports that its advanced ePassport technologies are now being used in over 30 countries.

Claiming the ePassports have “outstanding security” Gemalto believes they also speed up border crossings.

Introduced in 2005, the ePassport now represents 57% of passports in circulation.  They deliver enhanced fraud protection by incorporating a secure microprocessor that stores the holder’s personal data and digital photo. Read more

Fewer gates for eVisa travel

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 21 August 2017: Travellers should be aware that Cambodia’s eVisa is not available at every immigration checkpoint in the country.

Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced, last week, a decision to restrict the scope of the eVisa with regards entry locations.

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Qatar eases visa process

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DOHA, 26 June 2017: Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, have launched an e-visa platform to allow travellers to obtain tourist visas online.

Doha News reported that a tourist visa can now be obtained on the new e-visa platform, which is currently in a  pilot phase, at www.qatarvisaservice.com.

Previously, travellers were required to submit their applications through accredited Qatar-based entities, such as hotels and tour operators. Now, they can apply directly and track the status of their application online. Read more

Easy visas boost Vietnam’s tourism

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 12 June 2017: Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Department of Tourism says its electronic visa (eVisa) pilot scheme has already had a positive impact on Vietnam’s tourism since it was implemented in February this year.

Local media reported that the department released data, 30 May, showing 22,000 tourists from the United States, the United Kingdom,  Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Slovakia, Japan, Switzerland and China requested e-visas through the country’s immigration portal at https://www.immigration.gov.vn.

Some 21,000 tourists received e-visas, of which 12,000 have already entered the country. Read more

Vietnam’s visa-free travel up in the air

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 8 June 2017: Vietnam’s visa-free travel concession for five European nationalities will extended for another year after the initial trial period ends 30 June .

Citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom have been enjoying visa-free travel to Vietnam which has resulted in a boost to tourist arrivals.

An industry group called for a five-year extension to the visa waiver scheme for certain European tourists, just a week before the trial period expired. Read more

Thanks India for easy visas

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: India might be a giant in the outbound travel stakes capable of  challenging even China in the long-run, but it is often classed as an under achiever in the lucrative inbound travel market.

That is likely to change as India continues to liberalise and open its visa procedures.

Last year, India attracted 8.89 million visits in 2016, representing an increase of 10.2%. Some of the credit for growth should go to the government’s decision make it easier to obtain visas. Read more

India extends eVisa role

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Trade Talk

NEW DELHI, 5 April 2017: India has liberalised and extended the scope of its eVisa scheme effective 1 April in a move to boost tourism to the country.

The popular eVisa, is now available in three distinct categories specifically for leisure, business and medical travel, India’s Press Information Bureau announced last week.

The e-Tourist, e-Business visa and e-Medical visas have also been extended to 161 countries for entry through 24 gateway airports, up from 16 airports earlier and three Indian sea ports; Cochin, Goa and Mangalore to tap cruise tourism potential. Read more

India adds eVisa channel

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 20 March 2017: Mangaluru will be the second airport in India’s Karnataka state, after Bengaluru, to offer an eVisa immigration lane, effective 1 April, according to the Hindu a leading daily newspaper in India.

Currently, eVisa travellers visiting Mangaluru have to pass through immigration in Bengaluru, or  at other gateway airports that have eVisa immigration facilities.

The airport has installed two immigration checkpoints  for eVisa holders separate from channels that process traditional visas. Read more

Vietnam’s eVisa encourages travel

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism authorities claim that the launch of an eVisa, last month, has increased travel bookings to Vietnam and particularly the southern city which is the country main gateway.

Local media quoted the city’s Vietnam National University’s Tourism Institute head Nguyen Duc Tri, saying the eVisa also enables improved data and updates of foreign tourists visiting the country, which will help tourism officials to monitor trends and adapt the country’s tourism products to meet demand.

According to Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Immigration, 490 foreigners applied for an eVisa since it was introduced in February. Of that total 210 applications were filed a week after the pilot scheme was introduced Read more

Myanmar extends eVisa

January 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 6 January 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Immigration and Population officially included another 32 nationalities that are now eligible for an eVisa, effective 2 January, 2015.

They join a list of 68 countries that were eligible for eVisas when the scheme rolled out 1 September 2014.

The eVisa costs USD50 paid for by Visa or American Express, but applicants should be aware there are other web services that compete for attention; one paying Google to have a top ranking (Myanmar-visa.org).

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