Uzbekistan announces visa waiver for citizens of 45 countries
09 January 2019
Tashkent, Jan 6 (IBNS) Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has announced that tourists from 45 countries will be able to visit Uzbekistan visa free, effective from 1 Feb, 2019.
This is the latest in a series of reforms designed to stimulate the Central Asian country’s tourism development, as Mirziyoyev identified tourism and foreign investment as the two priorities for his term when he came to power in December 2016.
Initiatives including the introduction of e-visas in June 2018 have already resulted in an increase in foreign tourist numbers from 2.6 million in 2017 to 5.3 million in 2018. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs anticipates significant further growth in 2019.
National carrier Uzbekistan Airways will take delivery of two new Airbus A320neos and three new Boeing 787 Dreamliners in spring 2019, increasing its capacity on long haul international ro...
Russia, China to sign visa-free travel agreement soon
29 July 2018
BEIJING, July 26. Russia and China plan to sign a visa-free travel agreement in the near future, which will make it possible to substantially increase the tourist flow in both directions, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Nikolai Korolyov informed TASS on Thursday.
"We discussed the organization of visa-free travel for Russian and Chinse citizens and are well aware of the fact that this issue is related to both the activities of tourist regulators and the work of the relevant competent authorities, in particular, border authorities, the Russian and Chinese Interior Ministries and the Foreign Ministries of the two countries," he noted commenting on the results of the 15th meeting of the Subcommittee on Tourism of the Russian-Chinese Commission on Humanitarian Cooperation held in Sanya, Hainan province (southern China).
"We have reached an understanding...
Uzbekistan launches e-visas and visa-free transit for 101 nationalities
15 July 2018
Travellers wishing to visit the ancient sights of the Silk Road will soon be able to do so with a bit less hassle, as Uzbekistan has announced the launch of its new e-visa scheme, along with a five-day visa-free transit scheme.
From 15 July 2018, travellers will be able to apply for a single-entry, 30-day visa to Uzbekistan online through a new website, (not yet live). The price for the visa will reportedly be $20. This marks a significant easing of hassle for many travellers, who previously would’ve had to attend an appointment at an Uzbek embassy to be issued with a seven-day visa.
Additionally, Uzbekistan announced that a new transit visa scheme will come into effect on the same day for 101 nationalities. The scheme will allow transiting air travellers to stay in Uzbekistan for five days if they hold a ticket for a third country. Currently, only a handful of airlines...
Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019
15 July 2018
Taiwan announced on Thursday, July 12, that it has extended the visa-free privilege for Filipinos until July 31, 2019, and will afterwards review if it will extend this policy again.
"On behalf of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has the pleasure to announce hereby that the visa exemption program for the nationals of the Philippines will be extended for another year. The trial period will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension," TECO announced on Thursday.
"This visa-free privilege is a reflection of Taiwan's goodwill and friendship towards all Filipinos under the 'New Southbound Policy,' which aims to build stronger bilateral relations and closer people-to-people connectivity between Taiwan and the Philippines," it added.
Taiwan earlier ...
UAE and Kazakhstan amend visa waiver agreement
25 May 2017
Holders of ordinary passports now exempted from pre-entry visa requirement
Astana: The UAE and Kazakhstan signed a protocol to include ordinary passports under the visa waiver agreement, exempting holders of said passports from pre-entry visa requirements.
The protocol was signed on Wednesday by Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Shaikh Abdullah and Abdrakhmanov also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for establishing Mubadala’s petrochemical complex in Kazakhstan.
Shaikh Abdullah stressed that the amendment to the visa waiver agreement, which previously included only holders of diplomatic and special passports, will help support cooperation and coordination between both countries, and will facilitate the travel of cit...
Citizens of 18 countries can visit Russia’s Far East without visas
21 April 2017
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on April 17 tourists and businessmen from 18 nations can visit the Russian Far East without visas.
"I have recently approved the list of countries, whose nationals can take advantage of the preferential regime. Businessmen and tourists will not need to undergo the traditional procedure of Russian visas receipt," the Prime Minister said. It will be enough for foreigners "to enter their data on a special website in the Internet," Medvedev said.
"We are proactively forming the modern infrastructure and creating special regimes in the Far East; the law on visits to the Vladivostok free port was approved in March," Medvedev said.
Cancellation of visa procedures for tourists and businessmen "will promote growth of investment and tourist attractiveness of the Far East," the prime minister said.
Taiwan may roll out visa-free entry to Filipinos in June this year
14 April 2017
The Taiwanese government may soon start to offer visa-free entry to Filipinos starting June, according to the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.
Based on the new rules, Philippine passport holders who have been granted entry to selected countries may go to Taiwan for up to 30 days without a visa starting June, reported ABS CBN news.
The visa-free grant will be implemented on a trial basis for a year, starting June 1, said the report.
TECO has yet to release details, but a Taiwanese news website reported on Wednesday that Filipinos may stay in Taiwan visa-free for up to 30 days.
The new policy is part of efforts of Taiwan to draw in more travelers from Southeast Asia.
Last October, Taiwan relaxed visa requirements for Filipinos, offering visa-free entry to Filipinos who have been issued visas to enter Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of t...
Indonesia to remove countries with few visitors from free-visa list
14 April 2017
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Over 30 states sent few visitors to Indonesia in 2016, Afghanistan sent nine and North Korea 23.
Indonesia will cancel granting free visas to 35 countries with fewest visitors coming to the country.
The government's ongoing evaluation of its policy granting free tourist visas to citizens from 169 nations might affect those countries that sent the fewest number of visitors to Indonesia in recent years.
According to data the immigration authority shared with The Jakarta Post, 35 states sent few visitors to Indonesia. For example, in 2016 Afghanistan only sent nine and North Korea 23.
According to the data, several countries, such as the Aland Islands, Aruba, Congo and Liberia, only sent one each last year.
“The number of tourists is just one of the indicators [used to review the free-visa policy],” a spokesman of the mini...
Georgian citizens to enjoy visa free travel in 22 EU member, 4 non-member and 4 Schengen c
11 April 2017
The visa-free regime envisages free travel on the Schengen zone territory that includes 22 EU member countries, 4 non-member states and 4 Schengen candidate countries.
The EU member countries are: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Italia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Greece, France, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, and Czech Republic.
Non-member countries are: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Schengen candidates are: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania and Croatia.
Great Britain and Ireland are exceptions. Visa free travel will not apply to them.
Negotiations between Georgia and EU on visa liberalization were launched on June 4, 2012. The Georgian government was given the Visa Liberalization Action Plan on February 25, 2013. It included the benchmarks to be met by Georgia to...
Uk New visa restrictions to effect Indians and non EU nation from 6th April
06 April 2017
A progression of new visa restrictions that will influence Indian and other non-EU nations become effective from April 6, including a ‘immigration skills charge’ of £1000 every year, higher compensation edges and a well being extra charge.
The abilities charge has been set up with a view to ‘boosting businesses to put resources into training British staff’, official sources said. The funds collected are intended to be put into programmes to provide skills to British nationals. It is required per non-EU employee enrolled, every year.
The measures will significantly expand the cost of application for Tier 2 visas by employers and is proposed to decrease Britain’s apparent dependence on non-EU workers. After Brexit, similar checks might be applied for EU nationals looking to work in the United Kingdom.
The restrictions come when the The...
India’s new visa reforms
06 April 2017
New Delhi: In a bid to promote tourism, business travel and attract investors to the country the Narendra Modi government has liberalised its visa regime. Coming into effect from April 1, e-visa has been sub-divided into three categories e-tourist visa, e-business visa and e-medical visa, the Ministry of Home Affairs tweeted.
he government has announced two new categories of visa — Intern Visa and Film Visa
The period of Intern (I) Visa is restricted to the duration of internship programme or one year, whichever is less. The intern visa will be granted immediately after completion of graduation/post graduation.
Appreciating the move, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Visa reforms aims to promote India as a filming destination through film visas with maximum duration of one year with multiple entry facility.
Film Facilitation Office to act ...