Thailand extends free visa scheme

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 February 2017: The Thai Cabinet approved, Tuesday, an extension of its free visa concession for tourists from 21 countries for another six months.

Tourists who need a visa to visit Thailand must still apply through normal channels, but the customary THB1,000 fee to process the visa is waived. The visa is valid for a 30-day stay.

The concession applies from 1 March to 31 August this year. The current free visa concession is due to expire 28 February. Read more

Visas: US adopts extreme vetting

February 1, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 1 February 2017: Travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries singled out for “extreme vetting” will face scrutiny of their social media footprint and phone records, the new Homeland Security secretary said Tuesday.

Secretary John Kelly sought to explain President Donald Trump’s travel ban four days after he issued it with no warning, setting off mass protests, legal challenges and confusion.

“There are many countries, seven that we are dealing with right now, that in our view and my view don’t have the kind of law enforcement, records-keeping, that kind of thing, that can convince us that one of their citizens is indeed who that citizen says they are,” Kelly said in a press conference. Read more

Trump clampdown creates chaos

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

HAGUE, NETHERLANDS, 30 January 2017: Protests continue at US airports, following President Donald Trump’s order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough controls on travellers from seven mostly Muslim countries.

The visa-restricted countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Here are some of the cases known about so far, of people stopped either before boarding flights to the United States or on arrival there. 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

Kazakhstan goes visa-free

January 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

ASTANA, 5 January 2016: Kazakhstan said Tuesday it had lifted visa requirements for citizens of the European Union, OECD countries and a number of other states in a bid to boost investment and tourism.

Singaporean and Malaysian tourists will benefit from the visa-free travel option, the only two ASEAN nationalities identified on the exemption list.

The move, which follows a similar measure by neighbouring Uzbekistan, comes as Central Asia’s largest economy has been battered by low oil prices and financial distress in neighbouring Russia. Read more

Canada gives Mexico visa-free entry

December 2, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

OTTAWA, 2 December 2016: Canada on Thursday rescinded travel restrictions on Mexicans, which were imposed in 2009 in an attempt to stem bogus refugee claims but became a major irritant in bilateral relations.

The move comes as President-elect Donald Trump looks to restrict illegal entries from Mexico to the United States by building a massive border wall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in June to scrap the restrictions after government figures showed Mexican asylum bids had fallen from a peak in 2008, when Mexicans accounted for one in four refugee claims, to below 1%. Read more

Thailand’s October arrivals rise 11%

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 November 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 27.07 million, an improvement of 11.27% during January to October this year.

Released Tuesday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 27,076,308 international visits during the first 10 months of this year, compared to 24,332,817 visits during the same period last year.

The data is based on foreign passport, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Read more

Casino raid nabs Chinese

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 30 November 2016: More than 1,300 Chinese citizens have been arrested in the Philippines for working illegally at an unlicensed online gaming business, the immigration bureau said Tuesday.

China has expressed concern over the raid at a casino-hotel complex in the northern Philippines and said Manila must guarantee “humanitarian treatment” of those being held.

Some 1,318 people were detained during the raid, 24 November, in Angeles city, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP. Read more

10-year visa not for everyone

November 25, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 November 2016: Thailand’s 10-year visa, currently in the pipeline, will be available to specific nationalities according to the latest update.

Approved in principle by the Thai Cabinet, last Tuesday, full details including the cost and actual introduction date are still pending.

However, according to reliable posts on Facebook the 10-year visa will initially be available to citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Unites States. Read more

10-year visa in pipeline

November 23, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 November 2016: In a first for Thailand the government says it is ready to issue 10-year visas for foreign residents 50 years or over.

Details are sketchy on conditions and no timeframe was mentioned for the launch date.

Khaosod Daily broke the news, Tuesday evening, quoting the government spokesperson who confirmed the new visa had  already gained Thai Cabinet approval at its Tuesday meeting. Read more

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