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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TM6 form just a duplication

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 August 2017: Thai travellers will face less paper work when they travel overseas, this October, following a decision  to phase out the departure and arrival card known as TM6, but only for its nationals.

Foreigners entering Thailand will still have to complete a brand new TM6 that will incorporate additional questions to aid tourism marketing.

Travellers fill out the form at land, sea and air borders, but it is the main gateway airports that cannot cope with the long queues at immigration counters. Read more

Popularity causes checkpoint delays

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 August 2017: Thailand’s second gateway Don Mueang International Airport pledges to improve airport immigration services after passengers suffered delays of up to four hours to pass through immigration checks last weekend.

The country’s Immigration Bureau acknowledged that it was grossly understaffed and efforts to recruit hundreds of new officers to staff empty checkpoints at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports have largely failed.

Thailand’s tourism planners and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are partly to blame for the long queues. More support was needed to head off the immigration bureau staff shortage when alerted three years ago. Read more

Spain tackles long immigration queues

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BARCELONA, 24 May 2017: Spain has vowed to boost security staff at Barcelona airport to end long delays for travellers sparked by the introduction of tighter document checks.

Under EU rules that came into effect in April, border agents must check the documents of all travellers entering the 26-nation free travel area known as the Schengen zone, including European Union nationals, against databases as the block tries to prevent “foreign fighters” returning from Iraq and Syria.

Previously immigration officials only checked the expiration date of the travel documents of European Union nationals and if the photo matched the traveller, which took less time. Read more

New Trump travel ban in works

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

MUNICH, 20 February 2017: US Homeland Security chief John Kelly on Saturday said a new presidential immigrant ban will be better prepared and implemented to ensure there is no repeat of the chaos caused by the first.

President Donald Trump had earlier warned he would announce a new executive order on immigration this week after federal courts suspended his ban on the ground it targeted Muslims and was implemented without due care or preparation.

Kelly told the Munich Security Conference that the administration had been surprised by the ruling and would try to do better. Read more

Trump ban hits tourism

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 9 February 2017: Travel bookings to the United States fell 6.5% in late January compared to last year in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, according to a report Wednesday.

The travel restrictions apparently deterred travellers from outside the seven Muslim-majority countries hit by the ban, according to data from ForwardKeys, a travel analysis firm.

The executive order, signed 27 January and suspended by the courts since 3 February, blocked the arrival of travellers and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Read more

Thailand begins e-Visa migration

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 January 2017: Thailand is exploring the world of e-Visas with the introduction phase scheduled to take place by the end of this year.

Minster of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently evaluating the project.

She was commenting on ways to ease visa formalities and make travel to Thailand more convenient during a press conference, Tuesday, convened to announce the hosting of the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, 26 to 27 April, in the Thai capital. Read more

Tachilek on an e-Visa

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler effort the frontier hassles can be rolled back for the determined traveller.

A phrase coined to conjure up the mystique of travel ironically identifies the major snag for travellers to the Greater Mekong Sub-region; frontiers.

Myanmar is a contradiction as far as last frontiers are concerned. It rolls back obstacles through its widely popular e-Visa programme, while frustrating innovative travel providers with frontier closures that put the tourism of entire regions at risk. Read more

More upgrades at Phuket Airport

November 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 1 November 2016: Phuket Airport’s domestic terminal will undergo a year-long renovation to ensure it can cope with an increase in domestic traffic to the holiday island.

The airport director, Monrudee Gettuphan, said the airport’s new international terminal was officially opened on 16 September. Now the authority is pressing ahead with a renovation of the former international terminal, that is currently handling domestic flights.

“The renovation is expected to be completed in 330 days with two phases starting 1 November this year,” she explained. Read more

Laos keep tabs on passengers

October 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News, Technology

VIENTIANE, 27 October 2016: Laos plans to introduce an Advanced Passenger Processing System at three international airports (Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse) to improve security and to share data with second and third countries served by airlines from Laos.

The new system, known as “Advance Passenger Processing” (APP) aims to tackle terrorism by identifying suspects before they board an aircraft or reach their final destination.

Vientiane Times reported that Thailand’s Somapa Information Technology Plc will implement the system in Laos. Read more

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