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Bulgaria Eases Visit Visa Procedures for Russians, Ukrainians

Bulgaria Eases Visit Visa Procedures for Russians, Ukrainians

The tourism minister of Bulgaria, Nikolina Angelkova and foreign minister Daniel Mitov reached a pact to simplify visit visa procedures for nationals of Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and Armenia.     A press release of tourism ministry stated that the main intent of the agreement is to boost the number of visitors from key markets such as Ukraine and Russia. The move also form a part of a campaign intended at counteracting the downward trend in early bookings from these nations for the 2015 summer season. The new regime foresees the issuance of short-term multiple-entry and double-entry visas for scheduled trips. These visas are valid for a period of one year and are given to nationals who hold Bulgarian visas. Apparently owners of real estate from these nations will also have the opportunity to benefit from the relaxation of visa requirements. Individuals who have not visited Bulgaria before will be able to get double-entry or multiple-entry visas for short-term for private visit purpose with validity period of one year, but those who hold Bulgarian visas will be entitled to three-year visa.Sources stated that even the minors from these nations will be able to benefit from the relaxed visa requirements. People who wish to visit Bulgaria for tourism purpose or an organized youth camp will be able to receive multiple-entry visas on short-term basis, with a validity period of five years.Apparently, multiple-entry and Double-entry visas with a validity period of one year will be granted to people with disabilities. Bulgaria adopted similar plans to boost the tourist arrivals in the winter season.For more tourist and visit visa updates, follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 07 February,2015

2014 witnesses a surge of 56.4 million travelers to New York

2014 witnesses a surge of 56.4 million travelers to New York

An all-time high of 56.4 million visitors to New York was seen last year. This peak rise was due to the low crime rate, excellent quality of life, dynamism and cultural diversity in the city. It generated an economy of 61.3 billion dollars for New York, America's largest city. In 2013, 54.3 million tourists came here. There has been a steady rise in this trend since 2009.Among the tourists, 42 million were from different places in the United States itself. Foreign tourists who arrived in New York were from Britain, Canada, Brazil, France, China, Australia and Germany, in the arrangement stated.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said that every year, record number of tourists arrived here and 2014 was no exception to that rule. According to the City Hall, New York tourism industry engages 359,000 individuals and comes up with a 21 billion dollar wage in totality.To know more updates on travel and visiting visas follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 05 February,2015

Philippines to exempt Indians from Visa Requirements

Philippines to exempt Indians from Visa Requirements

In a bid to compete with Malaysia and Thailand, the Philippines is thinking of removing visa requirements for Indian tourists to the country. According to chief tourism operations officer of the south-east Asian nation, Glen Agustin said the nation's tourism ministry was having plans to do away with entry visa requirements for Indians and the Philippines government was taking active steps to put it into practice. They were hopeful to bring it to fruition during the first quarter of the financial 2015-16.Approximately 60,000 Indians visited the Philippines in the previous year as compared to 53,000 in 2013, depicting a 15% increase. The department of tourism in Philippines is expecting to compete with other south-east Asian countries which attract more Indians for family holidays, luxury travels and weddings. Agustin added that India was a potential market for sending travelers to Philippines as more than one million Indians came to Thailand on a yearly basis for the purpose of tourism or some other reasons. The Philippine archipelago consisting of 7,107 islands was a major attraction for Indian middle class people as well as for holding corporate events.The uninterrupted network to Philippines's capital city, Manila and the smooth continuity of airline activity within the nation's forthcoming travel spots such as Cebu, Davao, Bohol, Palawi and Boracay are the main reasons for improved arrivals. The 23rd Asia-Pacific Economic Conference, 2015 will be held in Philippines during the latter half of the year.Flights are now functional along the Mumbai-Singapore-Manila and Mumbai-Thailand-Manila routes. Efforts were on to begin direct private airline services from India. In this endeavor, the Cathy Pacific and Cebu-Pacific Airlines had shown a positive response. As per the Philippines department of tourism, visitors comprising five million arrived here in 2014 from countries like Japan, Korea, Australia, U.S and China, showing a 5% growth from the last year. The tourism department is conducting road show events in India, especially in Hyderabad where there were 700,000 passports issued in 2014. Apart from this, Mumbai is the leading metropolitan city to send visitors to Philippines. 2015 has been declared 'Visit the Philippines Year' and promises to be more fun-filled for travelers across the globe.To follow more travel visa updates, follow Visitvisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 03 February,2015

Mandatory health insurance for travelers to Saudi Arabia

Mandatory health insurance for travelers to Saudi Arabia

The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance promulgate that all tourists on a visitor visa to Saudi Arabia are required to have health insurance. Only the tourists on medical grounds to the country are exempted from this category. Accordingly, anyone along with their dependents, now applying for visas to come into the kingdom for a visit, transit or an extension must necessarily possess valid insurance certificates for medical cover.Apart from medical tourists, the other categories which are not required to hold this insurance cover are state guests, religious pilgrims and holders of special and diplomatic passports. There is a dearth of medical tourists in the kingdom. As per new rules, those who seek medical treatment in Saudi Arabia, must state their reason for coming here as medical grounds and not as mere travelers. Officials have the authority to question such entrants into the kingdom and people posing any threat to the health of the Saudis will be refused entry.This insurance cover should be able to meet expenditure related to treatment of ailments, first aid, air ambulance services and emergency situations. These new rules are slated to enfold both relatives of expatriate workers and business travelers, amounting to an estimated total of one million visitors.

Posted On : 31 January,2015

Indian, Chinese Travelers can go on Sailing Expedition into UAE with Multiple Entry Visas

Indian, Chinese Travelers can go on Sailing Expedition into UAE with Multiple Entry Visas

According to a government official of higher seniority level in Dubai multiple entry visas are being issued by the UAE to Chinese and Indian cruise travelers. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing added that in general, there has been a good rise in tourists from both these countries. This multiple entry visa had even got a proposal which was extended to Indian citizens arriving through airports. However, since it was a federal issue, it required dealing at that level.In August 2014, the UAE brought forth regulatory changes to its visa system by permitting multiple entry tourism permits for those tourists and their companions who were coming here on medical grounds and for cruise passengers. This newly launched tourism permit is worth Dh200 and makes for a logistically and economically convenient travel. It has a lot of bearing on a number of key markets like Russia & CIS, India, Brazil, China and South Africa, all of which had to pay higher costs as per earlier regulations.India's DTCM is of the view that with the introduction of the multiple entry visas, the tourists will prolong their stay in the emirates. As compared to 2012, in 2013, 888,835 Indian hotel guests came to Dubai, representing a 16 percent growth. Dubai's cruising season will be at its peak from October 2014 till June 2015 and will witness a total of 110 cruise ship calls, with over 381,000 passengers coming to the city. The count of passengers is slated to rise by 19% on the 2013-14 cruise season which means an extra of 60,000 travelers who take the sea route will enter, leave or transit at Mina Rashid, Dubai. This year, six vessels will be making 83 trips, with Dubai Cruise Terminal as home port.For more updates of Visiting Visas follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 29 January,2015

UAE visa Fees Can Now be Paid Online

UAE visa Fees Can Now be Paid Online

A new electronic service which can be operated through the smart phone application has been developed by the Ministry of Interior. Customers now have the privilege of paying their health insurance fees and fees for financial document in order to get long term, short term or domestic worker's visit visas without having to visit concerned authorities and related centers.Chairman of the Ministry of Interior's E-Transformation Higher Committee, Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, said that this service was in line with the Federal Government's plan of action to centralize customer's procedures. He also expressed that the Ministry was working towards re-programming services such that they could be accessible to the customers without much ado through the information technology means.Major General Al Raisi said that these services aid customers procedures by saving their time and efforts as they would no longer be required to visit health insurance offices, service centers and banks but instead get the required service through the MoI's applications. With the introduction of these services, there would be less of paperwork which protects the environment and raises production efficiency. He also laid stress on the fact that the MoI was keen to supply official documents, certificates and visas electronically. He asked the public to avail these added services through the smartphones application. For more visa updates follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+

Posted On : 27 January,2015

VFS Global All Set to Process Italian Visa Applications for Nepal Citizens

VFS Global All Set to Process Italian Visa Applications for Nepal Citizens

The VFS Global office based out of Kathmandu will now aid the processing of Nepali visa applications. This centre will assist applicants with Schengen visas for Italy. These visas would allow them to make a trip to Italy as well as other Schengen countries. These 26 Schengen countries have set a rule that all those applying for this visa, with an intention of spending greatest number of days in Italy or if Italy is the first portal of entry or is the focal destination of their trip, they can apply for a visa to the Italian Consulate General in Kolkata.On the occasion of the inauguration of the application centre, the Consul General Cesare Bieller said that his office would arrive at a conclusion about the Nepali visa applications through a specialized fast track approach. Beillar also added that priority would be given to Nepali applicants and make sure that the Consulate General would speed up the visa processing on a priority basis and sending of passports to Kathmandu would be done within 10 days.According to Beillar, in the wake of the Milan Expo 2015 which kick starts on May 1, Italy was expected to show a rise in the count of visa applications. He was of the view that Nepal would have a wonderful cover at this event as a maximum number of Nepali citizens would like to not only visit the Expo but also the famous tourist destinations in Italy.For more visa updates follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 23 January,2015

EU to Simplify Visa Requirements for Moroccans

EU to Simplify Visa Requirements for Moroccans

Since 7 June, 2013, Morocco and the EU entered into a Partnership of Mobility in order to advance collaboration between them to handle migration in a complete, balanced, efficient and operational manner. This partnership encompasses all issues related to migration. Some of these are aiding mobility of Moroccan nationals, co-operation between employment services, management of irregular migration on compassionate grounds, improving the recognition of professional qualifications, supporting members of the Moroccans displaced in Europe and who wish to make investments in Morocco and co-operation in the areas of human trafficking. The two agreements are related to regulating future re-admissions and facilitating movement. These come in the wake of numerous partnership and co-operation projects signed by Morocco and the EU almost 18 months back. The purpose of these agreements is to achieve reciprocal benefits for both partners.

Posted On : 21 January,2015