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Vietnam PM Moves Forward with Visa Exemptions for More Nationals

Vietnam PM Moves Forward with Visa Exemptions for More Nationals

In order to give a fillip to tourism, Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung has given instructions to visa issuing agencies to waive tourist visas for many nations while continuing to simplify visa formalities that have been blamed to be inefficient. PM Dung urged the ministries of tourism, public security and foreign affairs to join hands with these agencies and work towards proposing a list of visa waiver countries.Although not specifically dwelling upon particular countries, there was a proposal by the central government to exempt Germany, UK, France, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Spain, India and Italy from the visitor visa.According to Kenneth Atkinson, chairman of the Business Forum's Tourism Working Group in Vietnam, there was all likelihood to broaden the list and include North America, Australia, Europe and New Zealand. Currently members of ASEAN and countries with single-entry visit of up to 15 days which includes Japan, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Russia, North Korea and Norway are exempted from visitor visa.March 10 onwards, foreigners have been given authority to visit Phu Quoc Island situated in the Mekong Delta for 30 days without the need for a visa. The same month witnessed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs starting an online website for visa application which is available in four languages of English, Vietnamese, German and French and will reduce the processing time to two working days. For More News Updates Follow us @Facebook

Posted On : 16 December,2014

The citizens of the USA can Travel Armenia without the need of Visa

The citizens of the USA can Travel Armenia without the need of Visa

With the new agreement of mutual understanding with Republic of Armenia the USA will start granting visas from 1 of January 2015.  The qualified B category applicants of Armenian for nonimmigrant visa may also be granted with 10 years of multiple entries to the US for business or for the tourists. The exchange visitors and the Armenian qualified students and their qualified dependents for M, J or F category will be suitable for the multiple entry visas which are valid for five years.The nationals of the US are allowed to travel and stay in Armenia up to 180 calendar days in a year without the need of any visa from the 1 of January, 2015. The goals which were identified in the previous year's joint meeting with the task force of the Armenia-US in Washington DC were the execution of a liberalized visa system which was promoting the people and to their contacts. The annual USATF meeting is a joint meeting which takes place to discuss the advance financial, market reforms in Armenia, issues regarding investment and trade and indentify the opportunities for Armenia and US which helps them in working together for the long term economic development. As a consequence of these treaties, tourism industry including businesses in two countries, benefits the investment, business development and increased travel between both the countries. The longer visa validity will allow the exchange visitors and students to return their respective countries easily during their work and school holidays.  For more news updates Follow Us @ Facebook

Posted On : 15 December,2014

Russia Thinking Seriously About Putting an End to Visas for Indians

Russia Thinking Seriously About Putting an End to Visas for Indians

Russian Minister of Trade and Industry, Denis Manturov reportedly said that it is seriously considering about removal of visas for Indian businessmen and travelers and a decision to that effect is about to be arrived at soon. This decision was put under consideration a day after the Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India.According to Denis Manturov, this discussion about abolition of visas for tourists and entrepreneurs comes in the wake of a meeting with the top officials of FICCI or the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. As per his statement to the Russian Itar-TASS news agency, there are continuous talks going on which will ultimately lead to a conclusive decision being made. However, he could not give the exact time when the abolishment would come into force. Last month saw India kick start the new electronic visa facility for 43 nations which included Russia. This facility will enable a visitor from these countries to apply and pay online for the e-visa and get an ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization within 72 hours. For More News Updates Facebook

Posted On : 13 December,2014

Belarus and Ecuador Enter Into a Visa Abolition Agreement

Belarus and Ecuador Enter Into a Visa Abolition Agreement

On 11 December, the government officials of Belarus and Ecuador affirmed the mutual abolition of visas. The agreement was signed in Quito in June 2014. According to this agreement, the citizens of both these countries who hold valid travel documents will be exempt from the visas for entering, exiting or transiting across the region of the other state, provided the duration of stay does not exceed 30 days at a stretch. However, the stay duration can be up to 90 days in a year, said Yelena Kupchina, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus.Also, nationals of one state who are permanent residents of the other state will be allowed to go and come back to the country of permanent residence just by furnishing their permits. Each country has the right to refuse entry or even decrease the stay duration of the residents of the other nation without any explanations. This agreement can be temporarily or permanently to safeguard national security, public health and order, to curb the spread of epidemics or in the event of natural disasters or other emergencies.For More News Updates @Facebook

Posted On : 12 December,2014

French Embassy Records 50 Percent Surge in Visa Applications

French Embassy Records 50 Percent Surge in Visa Applications

The embassy of France in Doha has documented a 50% rise in the count of people applying for visas during a year's time, after its visa application to Capago MENA company got externalized, said ambassador Eric Chevallier. This company has dispatched 27,000 (average count of 400 applicants per day) this year in comparison to 18,000 in 2013. The envoy explained on the occasion of the company's first anniversary that there was a rate of 1% rejections since its inauguration last year on 11 December.Out of the total applications, 80 percent belonged to tourist visa category and 2 percent were long stay immigration visas for students mainly. The first nine months of 2013 witnessed 16,000 applicants which was greater than the 15,000 applicants of the previous year.Chevallier said that under the new mechanism, Qatari citizens and nationals of countries which fall under the agreement between Schengen countries can now get their visas approved in less than 48 hours. However, certain countries require a two week processing as they need to be present at a prior consultation based on a decision from the Schengen nations.Citizens of GCC countries as well as Qataris would no longer need to submit details of flight and hotel reservations. The peak season for getting maximum number of applicants at the visa application centre is during summer. The externalizing of visa application will in no way affect any of the Schengen rules and regulations, especially that related to fees.The entire processing of visa application will fall under Capagno MENA but it gets delivered under the authority of the consul at the embassy of France. For this, applicants are supposed to visit a website to get a link that will provide them with all the required information and the kind of visa they are applying for. For more News Updates @  Facebook

Posted On : 11 December,2014

Visitors from Doha has doubled France

Visitors from Doha has doubled France

The ratio of foreigners travelling from Qatar to France has increased drastically this year. There was only one percentage of visa refusals. The ambassador of French Eric Chevallier said in a press conference the previous day that figure of applications when compared to 2013 has increased by 50 percent which is 18,000 previously and 27,000 now. It was marked as the first anniversary since its establishment of France visa collection centre. He also said that the numbers speak for themselves and substantiate the French success in Doha in terms of visa deliveries. France is probably the no 1 country in the Schengen area when it comes to number of visas issued and the percentage of visa refusals is very low. When it comes to us the assessment of the Capago Mena (visa collection centre) is positive after a year.He added on by saying that they are looking forward to improvise the visa applications and in terms of the customer care service.The visa collection centre will show the diverse regions of France and the travelers are most welcomed. The Mena and embassy is here at the customer service who wishes to visit France, especially for the tourists from Qatari. In Qatar more than 80 percent tourist applications were granted. France has managed to remain as the most preferred destination in the world having 84 million tourists visiting the country every year. The country has also experienced an increase of 12 percent in the business visit visas. For More news Updates Follow Us @Facebook

Posted On : 09 December,2014

Latest report depict record number of travelers to Australia

Latest report depict record number of travelers to Australia

Australia is a popular destination with overseas travelers with the number of international arrivals increased by 8% to a record 6.3 million in the year ending in the month of September. During a year's time, these visitors reportedly stayed 221 million nights and spent over 30.7 billion dollars, which amounted to 139 dollars each night.The expenses under leisure were increased by 9% to 2.8 million, with spending up to 12.3 billion dollars (11%). Those visiting relatives and friends increased by 14% to 1.7 million and the total expenses under this head amounted to 5.1 billion dollars (18%).The country with the most spending was China at 5.4 billion dollars, an increase of 16%. The next countries in tow were the United States and the neighboring country of New Zealand. According to Tim Quinn, the assistant general manager of Tourism Research Australia, the incoming tourism to Australia is a boost to the Australian economy and business.The survey also ratified that there was an increase in the use of internet-operating devices such as Tablet and smart phone while on a travel. Automatically, the use of public facilities for internet usage dropped down. New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia recorded an all-time high of international travelers. The count of visitors who travel with a family group rose by 20% while those with friends and relatives increased by 12%. Owing to this growth, the number of trip activities like visit to gardens, museums and art galleries as well as outdoor sports like windsurfing, snorkeling and sailing also saw a hike in numbers.For More news Updates Follow Us @ Facebook

Posted On : 08 December,2014

UAE Introduces Multiple Entry Visa For Cruise Travellers

UAE Introduces Multiple Entry Visa For Cruise Travellers

UAE introduced multiple-entry visa system for cruise travelers to boost ship calls by 16 % and tourist arrivals by 7 % over next season, according to a senior executive at the DTCM (Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing).The next season starts from September 2015 to June 2016 and is expected to entice 128 ship calls and 410,000 travelers when compared to 110 ship calls and 381,000 tourists in the present season which ends by June 2015. The new visa system was proposed on 1 August and now permits travelers to enter the UAE multiple times through any of its ports. Cruise lines such as Aida, TUI, Costa and MSC are docking at Mina Rashid of Dubai in the current season. It is expected that the visa system will brings more vessels from these firms and they expect demand to grow. The travel agencies and cruise operators said that the next season is expected to draw cruise passengers.A statement released by the Royal Caribbean International's regional director read that they are happy with the execution of the multiple entry visa system in the UAE and this will encourage their global sales strategy. They expect to see greater number of passengers from India, China, South Africa, Latin America, Russia and Central/Eastern European countries. For More News Updates @ Facebook

Posted On : 06 December,2014