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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. The re...

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 ...