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

Australia woos Singaporean tourists

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017: Singaporeans travelling to Australia, next year will be eligible for a new visa that will allow stays of up to three months at a time, over a six-year validity period.

ChannelNewsAsia reported the new visa was “exclusive” to Singaporeans and would be effective from 1 January, 2018.

The announcement on the long-term visa was made 2 June by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his three-day visit to Singapore. Read more

Ask and you will receive if you pay

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 1 June 2017: The UK government will slap a fee on people for just writing an email seeking advice on applying for visas.

According to the UK Mirror, People, who want a UK visa, will have to pay  £5.48  debited from their credit card, when they seek clarity or ask for information on how to apply for visa via emails.

The charge came into force today, Thursday, as part of a cost-cutting drive after UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) out-sourced the enquiry service to a private firm. Read more

Ukrainians gain EU visa-free

May 12, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 12 May 2017: The European Union approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians on Thursday, fulfilling a key promise to cement ties with Kiev as it remains embroiled in a deadly conflict with pro-Russian insurgents.

“YES, we did it!” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Facebook after the Brussels decision, which the former Soviet republic has been trying to clinch for years.

“It feels like coming home after a long and exhausting journey,” the pro-Western leader said, adding that Ukraine was gradually “becoming part of a common European civilisation”. Read more

US alarm over European terrorists

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 5 May 2017: Congressional Republicans sounded an alarm Wednesday over rules allowing millions of Europeans to travel to the United States without a visa, warning that jihadists could exploit weak links in the programme.

The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda extremist groups “have incurred great losses in Syria and Iraq,” Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told a hearing on the security of the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP).

“Yet as the territory under their control shrinks, we are seeing an exodus of foreign fighters returning to their homelands,” he said. Read more

Multi-visit visas for Indians

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR,  3 April 2017: Indian tourists will soon be given multiple entry visas for 15 days to allow them to use Malaysia as gateway to explore neighbouring countries.

By offering Indian travellers a multiple entry visa, they will be able to fly to Malaysia explore South Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia and return to Malaysia to catch flights back home.

The strategy will make Malaysia a gateway to explore ASEAN first for Indian tourists, who still require a visa.  Based on its success, the multiple entry visa will be extended to other nationalities, the MalayMail Online report stated. Read more

Aid workers hit by USD10,000 visas

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, News

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, 13 March 2017: International aid agencies on Saturday slammed South Sudan’s decision to raise foreign worker visa fees to as much as USD10,000 (9,300 euros), warning it would worsen a humanitarian crisis in the famine-hit country.

“The government and the army have largely contributed to the humanitarian situation,” said Elizabeth Deng of Amnesty International.

“And now, they want to create profit from the crisis they have created.” Read more

Iran to continue to ban US tourists

March 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 9 March 2017: Despite the US president signing off on a revised travel ban, Monday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Iran’s “retaliatory decision” over Trump’s initial travel ban remain in place.

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted deputy foreign Minister, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi as saying that the measures Iran implemented over the initial Trump executive order last January US entry is “still in force” and that there is “no need for a new decision.”

Iran had previously said it would reciprocate by banning Americans from getting visas to visit Iran, after the country was listed on the travel ban. Read more

Trump signs revamped ban

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 7 March 2017: President Donald Trump’s administration issued a revised immigration ban, Monday.

It temporarily freezes US visa issuance to anyone from six mostly-Muslim countries and halts for 120 days all refugee arrivals.

What’s new in the revised order?  Here are the key points. Read more

EU demands the US eases visa rules

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: A tit-for-tat policy maybe emerging between Europe and the Trump administration over a simmering dispute over visa-free travel.

In the latest round of sparring, the European Parliament says it will take a tough line with Washington demanding that the US extend visa-free travel to all 28 EU nations, rather than exclude five member nations.

Last Thursday, EU lawmakers voted in favour of ending the visa waiver for American travellers in a reaction to Trump’s tighter border control policies. Read more

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