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Taiwan Eases Visa Regulations for China

Taiwan becomes the latest country to ease visa requirements for Chinese passport holders. China is one of the top visitor sources for Taiwan. However, the country traffic slowed down when governments of both the countries had some arguments. Things got worse during local elections in Taiwan as the Chinese government implemented a strict group travel rule to Taiwan, something similar to the China’s quasi-travel ban for South Korea. However, some Taiwanese travel experts blame the change in visa rules for Chinese passport holders. China and Taiwan are very close geographically, which is the reason Taiwan has to maintain strong visa rules but has been successful in attracting a high number of Chinese tourists. To visit Taiwan, Chinese tourists, whether traveling in a group or alone need to de...

Saudi Arabia Reduces Visa Costs for Indians

Saudi Arabia government relaxed its visa regulations for Indians and also reduced visa fees but decided to continue to the same regulations and fees for Pakistan. The government brought down the 90-day visit visa fee from 2,000 Riyal to only 305 Riyal, an 84 percent reduction. Visa fees for 180 and 360 days visa have also been reduced. Pakistani passport holders will continue to pay Rs one to four lakh for the tourist visas. Saudi Gazette, the kingdom’s leading English daily newspaper, earlier denied the visa fee reduction claims but later confirmed the news themselves. Saudi Gazette took down the denial news link from its website, but the hard copy is still available on Facebook. Etimad, a visa center in Pakistan also confirmed on May 1, 2018, that Saudi Arabian government reduced visa fe...

New Germany Visa Centre in Qatar

Schengen Europe is one of the most visited places in the world and to make sure that international tourism keeps prospering, Germany recently opened a visa processing center in Doha, Qatar capital. Hans-Udo Muzel, German ambassador to Doha, inaugurated the visa application center on April 16, 2018. This visa center will process visa applications for Qatari citizens and residents visiting Germany along with Austria, Norway, Finland, and Slovenia. This center will be operated by VFS Global, just like the visa outsourcing company does for Germany in several other countries. Speaking at the inauguration, Muzel said that the new visa center in Doha will provide a seamless experience to applicants and is aimed at increasing tourism to Germany and business between the two countries. The center is...

China Offers Visa-free Travel to Hainan

Often considered as China’s Hawaii, Hainan is one of the most beautiful Asian islands. On April 18, 2018, China unveiled a visa-free program to promote Hainan as an ideal tropical vacation destination for international tourists. The program will start from May 2018 and citizens of 59 countries will be able to travel to the Chinese islands without needing a visa. Qu Yunhai, deputy director, State Immigration Administration, announced the new visa program at a press conference in Beijing. According to the announcement, citizens of the United States, Germany, Russia, France, and 54 more countries will be allowed to travel to Hainan under less stringent laws that rest of the country. Qu said that the policy identifies with the government’s initiative of opening to the outside world. The visa-f...

Mexico to Meet US and Canada over…

Senior trade officials from Mexico, Canada, and the United States will be meeting soon for a long discussion on the fate of NAFTA. Ildefonso Guajardo, Economic Minister of Mexico, said that after seven months of debates and discussions, the three countries have entered a concentrated phase. He also said that because of the continuous discussions, his negotiating team is practically living in Washington. While these discussions are going strong, Mexico struck an amendment deal to update its 17-years old free trade deal with European Union. Guajardo flew to Brussels in the last week to officially close the deal. Chrystia Freeland, foreign affairs minister of Canada, said that the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators are making great progress, especially rules for cars, which accor...

Canadian Minister Supports Financially to Welcome More…

Al Hawkins, Canadian Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, attended the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador regional meeting on April 20, 2018, where he talked about ways to attract immigrants to the Atlantic province. He said that major areas of concern for the province are attracting and retaining immigrants. The government must make sure that communities have the resources required to welcome immigrants. At the meeting, he mentioned the welcomenl.ca, started by the provincial government to help municipal governments increase immigration in their locality. The Newfoundland and Labrador government will be focusing on Labrador City, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the 2018 – 19 fiscal year and Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor in the following financial ye...

Foreign Entrepreneurs Extremely Unhappy with UK Visa…

The United Kingdom is putting its future at risk by keeping away foreign entrepreneurs because of its slow and lax visa processing. The UK Parliament has been intimidated that if they want to keep up with the pace at which countries like Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United States are moving, they need to reform their visa system so that more foreign entrepreneurs feel welcomed in the country. Catherine McGuinness, City of London Corporation, said that entrepreneurs are becoming extremely concerned and aren’t coming to Great Britain as they are facing a lot of trouble when they apply for visas. She said that they are ringing home and saying that they thought it was fabulous to come to London but getting a visa is very hectic. Recently, the British Home Office came under serious scrut...

Russia and Turkey Plan to Ease Visa…

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, recently met Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister to discuss lifting visa requirements. It also includes visa-free travel for long distance drivers to enhance international relations between the two countries. Lavrov said that Russia had suggested visa-free travel between the two countries a while ago for service passport holders and long distance travelers involved in international transport operations. His Turkish counterpart has promised to come up with a response to the proposal soon. Lavrov also mentioned that he wants to extend visa-free travel to ordinary passport holders as it will ease travel regime for citizens of both countries. This wouldn’t be the first time that Russia and Turkey will sign a visa-free memorandum of understanding ...

Bangladesh Requests the Thai Government to Relax…

During his visit for the inauguration of Thailand Week, Tofail Ahmed, Commerce Minister of Bangladesh, requested the Thai government to relax visa rules for Bangladeshis because they are too complicated. Ahmed said that he had discussed this earlier as well. He requested the government to relax the rules so that Bangladeshis can visit Thailand for trade, leisure, and healthcare. Bangladesh and Thailand recently signed a decree for taking away visa regulations for passports diplomatic, which will be implemented from July 2018 onward. Panpimon Suwannaponse, Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh, was also present during the inauguration ceremony. It was held at the Pan Pacific Sonargoan Hotel, and products from consumer goods to automotive products were displayed there. Suwannaponse believes that tra...

No More American Dream for Russians

Russians might not get to visit the United States for a very long time because of the ongoing cold war between the two countries. Before it started, Russians the US travel visa in just a week but now they have to wait for a minimum of 250 days. The matters are only going to get worse until Russia and the United States decide that they want to best friends again. Mohamed Torky, avid traveler, and executive chef, Holiday Inn, north Moscow, said that he is waiting for a miracle to happen. Maybe one day Russia and the United States become friends, the US embassy will be staffed, and he will get to visit America, which has always been his childhood dream. He wants to visit Las Vegas and eat steak in Texas. For now, instead of going to the US, he plans to visit either Georgia or Egypt. He is fur...

Kosovo Wants Visa Liberation from European Union

For a country to make European Union sign a visa liberation agreement, they need to fulfill 74 conditions put forth by the Commission. Being able to travel to Schengen Europe is nothing less than a proud moment for any country and Kosovo is ready to do anything for it. The country recently gave green signal to a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Kosovo lawmakers voted 80 – 11, and therefore the deal was signed despite the meeting being disturbed by tear gas attacks in the parliament. The government of Kosovo has been trying to come to a conclusion regarding the agreement for several years now but previous sessions held for it was always disrupted. Federica Mogherini, European Union representative for foreign affairs, said that passing the agreement represents true achievement ...

World Happiness Report 2018 Released

Want to live in a happy country where everyone helps each other, festivals and parties are safe, and there are high employment rates? Well, you have a choice between four Nordic countries that are the happiest in the world. Even though Europe’s northern region is freezing cold, the countries made it to the top of the world. Finland jumped a position to become the happiest country in the world, followed by Norway at second, Denmark in the third position, and Switzerland ranked fourth. Nationals from more than 156 countries were assessed as a part of the Gallup World Poll. The six variables that citizens were on includes life expectancy, freedom, social support, trust, generosity, and income. The report was analyzed and published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Countries...

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