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Bahrain updates Visa policy for tourists and business travelers

Bahrain updates Visa policy for tourists and business travelers

In a major decision to benefit overseas travelers and business visitors, the Bahrain has updated its visa policy. After the announcement of the new visa policy on September 2014, the Bahrain government has promulgated a second phase updates that enables tourists and business travelers to spend longer periods in the nation. And additionally, enhances ease of entry for visa holders and GCC residents. During October in the previous year, a new visa policy was executed, which enabled citizens from over 100 nations to get a visa either through online prior to their travel or on arrival. According to the statistics between October 2014 and February 2015, more than 1,400 travelers from 32 new nations eligible for VoA (visa on arrival) and over 2,300 travelers from the 36 new nations eligible for eVisas gained from latest policies. Under the new amendments, effective 1 April 2015, both tourists and business travelers will be able to expend longer period in the Kingdom, as the latest plans states that business visas would be valid for a period of one month and are multi-entry, whereas visitor visas are valid for a period of three months and are also multi-entry.Any overseas nationals or GCC residents will be eligible to get multi-entry visas on their arrival or online making, it simpler for expatriates to visit and reside in the Bahrain. Additionally, citizens from nations that are not subsumed in the nations eligible for eVisas or visas on arrival can apply for eVisas if they hold a visit visa for any other GCC nation.The Chief Executive of Bahrain EDB (Economic Development Board), Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, said that the new visa policy is a significant enhancement that places Bahrain amid the list of nations with the most liberal visa policies in the region. It also allows ease travel to expatriates who do businesses in the country and boost the tourism sector, and would assist in contributing to the enduring economic growth and improvement in Bahrain.The new policy also includes enhancements to the individual screening process, ensuring quicker and more efficient processing of applications.For more updates follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 01 April,2015

Ireland Witnesses Rise in Tourist Arrivals Especially from India

Ireland Witnesses Rise in Tourist Arrivals Especially from India

With an intention to strengthen the ties between India and Ireland, the Minister for Child and Youth Affairs in Ireland, James Reilly, said that the country is looking forward to lure travelers and students from India. The Ireland minister intends to promote the country as a best tourist hot spot as an education destination.   Reilly said that more students, especially in the field of medicine are opting Ireland. Ireland has become a competitive when compared with other leading nations that Indians choose to go. With regards to tourism, Ireland has observed a 9% rise in international tourist arrivals. In February 2015, the launch of the British Irish Visa Scheme for Indian travelers increased the count of travelers progressively.  Under the British, Irish Visa Scheme, Indians can travel to Ireland and UK on a single visit visa from either nation, on the same voyage. The ambassador of Ireland to India, McLaughlin, said that with the single visa scheme the travel has become easier and even visa costs plunge by almost half in terms application fees and of processing.He further added that the country has received 24,000 visitors from Indian in the previous year. The tourism arrivals have increased by 20% yearly over the past four years. Ireland is further looking at 36,000 Indian travelers during 2016-17. For more updates follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 26 March,2015

Dubai Introduces 30 and 90-day Multiple Entry Visas to Travelers

Dubai Introduces 30 and 90-day Multiple Entry Visas to Travelers

Here's good news for visitors who wish to travel to Dubai. Now Dubai Visa Processing Centre has launched 30-day Short Term Visit Multiple Entry Tourist Visa and 90-day Long Term Visit Multiple Entry Tourist Visa for passengers moving to Dubai with Emirates. The visas are valid for multiple entries into the UAE given the visa is valid and can be applied by aspirants who desire to travel to the UAE for the sake of business, exhibitions and seminars or a vacation.DVPC operates 33 visa application centers of  Dubai in 16 nations throughout the world. The Dubai visa application service extended incorporates accepting documents, collecting the visa fee and granting receipts to customers, followed by submitting their application to corresponding UAE authorities. Additionally, DVPC also offers value added services such as door-to-door and express visa service in chosen markets. Moreover, the DVPC service is available online to residents of more than 180 nations across the world through the official website. And the Short Term Visit Multiple Entry Tourist Visa as well as Long Term Visit Multiple Entry Tourist Visa will be available on the official website. The Vice President - India & Nepal, Emirates, Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, said that the new 30 as well as 90-day Multiple Entry visas will permit them to organize business meetings or attend conferences or visit friends much easier than ever.     For more updates follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Posted On : 18 March,2015

Surge in Travelers Count Traveling from Oman to Ethiopia

Surge in Travelers Count Traveling from Oman to Ethiopia

According to the senior official of Ethiopian Airlines in Muscat, Ethiopia has become most popular destination for Omanis as well as the expatriate community in Oman. Every year, numerous individuals are travelling to this country on visit visas. Omanis need a valid visit visa to travel Ethiopia, whereas Indians would get visa on their arrival to the African country.  The country manager of Oman, Sami Muctar, Ethiopian Airlines, said to a leading news channel that the number of travelers to Ethiopia is augmenting by 10% every year.  As more and more individuals are travelling to the country, Ethiopian Airlines located at Muscat are intending to boost the market in Oman. Sami Muctar said that an attractive package has been launched to travel Ethiopia and Ethiopian visas will be processed at the native office in Ruwi.In the previous year, around 10,000 individuals travelled to Ethiopia from Oman and in 2015, it is likely to increase at least by 10%. He said that Ethiopia's landscapes are no less theatrical, as well as vary from the Bale Mountains National Park and Simien Mountains National Park that offer marvelous hiking opportunities as well as limitless interactions with dozens of birds and animals, to Danakil Depression located in Northern Ethiopia, a charming still unforgiving and aggressive environment with an extreme adventure. He added that apart from Ethiopia, they are observing travelers who are looking at Tanzania and Kenya which are well-known for their wildlife and safaris. Apparently, East African nation has been built-in as the most emerging destination this year.Follow VisitVisas for more updates at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Posted On : 11 March,2015

Mobility Score of India Increased to 50 from 32, UN's Visa Openness Report Says

Mobility Score of India Increased to 50 from 32, UN's Visa Openness Report Says

With more nations executing specific strategies to relax visa procedures for Indians, the mobility score (the extent to which travelers can move throughout the world without any hassles) has increased for India, citing Visa Openness Report 2014 by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.The report said that when the date was compared between 2014 and 2008 for BRICS (Brazil, Russian Federation, China, India and South Africa), it clearly indicates that the countries are making certain efforts to ease visa procedure for travelers hailing from these economies. Notably, India's mobility score has increased to 50 in 2014 from 32 in 2008, a bit higher than the China's mobility score (46), where outbound travel is increasing in great way. On the other hand, the US, Germany, Finland, Sweden has a mobility score of 159. Experts opined that nations are seeking to attract Indians to boost their tourism rate and hence have facilitated visa procedures and extended visa on arrival facility to Indians to encourage them travel to their countries.According to sources, France has decided to issue visas within 48 hours to Indian nationals. And, Britain and Ireland have introduced a single visa scheme for Indian travelers. Recently, Canada permitted Indians who have traveled to Canada or the US within 10 years with clear records to obtain a visa without furnishing any proof of economic solvency. Moreover, the tourism ministry of Philippines wished for abolishing entry visa requirements for Indians. Additionally, the US has relaxed procedures to entice one million Indians by 2015. It offers a multiple entry B1/B2 visa valid for 10 years for individuals planning for personal as well as business trips of short period.In addition to these, Indians holding US visas will be able to take advantage of visa waiver or apply for an e-visa to visit other countries, including Mexico and Turkey.For more updates follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Posted On : 07 March,2015

Zimbabwe to Grant Visa Waiver to Chinese Tourists

Zimbabwe to Grant Visa Waiver to Chinese Tourists

The government of Zimbabwe said that it was ready to grant visa waiver to Chinese citizens in a bid to give a fillip to the country's travel industry. According to Kembo Mohadi, Home Affairs Minister, the nation was enthusiastic about upgrading Chinese citizens to Category B under its visa classification. This would permit to get visas on coming into Zimbabwe.The Chinese visitors are at present supposed to get visas in their home country itself, before embarking on their journey of touring Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Home Affairs Minister also said that they were very keen on opening their borders to the people of China so that there is a great tourist inflow which would aid the tourism sector.Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has reportedly stated that they had been getting around 3,800 to 5,500 tourists from China every year. This is in contrast with the 80,000 to 100,000 arrivals in nearby SADC countries. The Chinese Ambassador, Lin Lin was of the view that in order to arrive at an agreement in a faster way, dialogue, consultation and negotiations with the Zimbabwean counterpart was essential. This would ensure that citizens of both the countries have easy accessibility to do business, to travel and invest. The government of China was taking initiation such that its nationals would get an opportunity to visit as many places abroad as possible. This agreement comes in the wake of both nations removing visa requirements for passport holders of service and diplomatic category. A MoU was signed regarding the same in August 2014.President Lin glorified the developing bilateral ties between the two nations. This had influenced the trade, with a yearly growth rate of 10%. China is the second largest trade partner for Zimbabwe and has crossed the $ 1 billion mark. Also, it is the largest source for foreign direct investment. This has helped in soaring economy and more number of job opportunities.For more updates on Tourism, follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Posted On : 05 March,2015

Joint Tourist Visa to be Launched by Australia and NZ Post World Cup

Joint Tourist Visa to be Launched by Australia and NZ Post World Cup

As per a recent report, the joint visa scheme which has allowed cricket lovers to freely travel between New Zealand and Australia has been a big success during the ICC World Cup tournament, 2015. Subsequently, officials related to tourism wish to see this plan extended to become permanent in nature. This will boost tourism inflow as well as travel within the trans-Tasman region.The CEO of Australia Tourism and Transport Forum, Margy Osmand said that having a common visa for both these countries during cricket matches is a good start. The aim of the common visa is to allure an additional 120,000 Asians into their region and this is more than the combined markets of Japan, South Korea and Germany.A flight journey between Sydney and New Zealand normally takes less than three hours but gets delayed by almost double the time due to hindrances in immigration checks and customs. The objective is thus, to lower it by a minimum of one hour such that one can travel effectively through the trans-Tasman region. The common visa would make it more like a domestic journey.According to Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, from the point of view of New Zealand, out of the 400,000 best paid Australians who have an inclination to travel, it is a win-win situation for them as well. Follow VisitVisas for visa updates at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Posted On : 03 March,2015

Chinese Visitors Come to California

Chinese Visitors Come to California

Tourist outflow to Los Angeles from China has almost increased four times during the past four years, making this nation the largest market for tourism abroad. The count of Chinese visitors increased from 158,000 to 570,000 over a period ranging from 2009 to 2013. This is in accordance with the annual report of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.Another significant reason that will boost tourism growth is a policy concerning visa which has been approved by US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. This policy was decided upon at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meet which was held in November where they decided to extend the visitor visas to 10 years and 5 years for student visas.Every year, a stable flow of about 1 million Chinese travelers arrive in California. This number is expected to double by 2020. During last November, the US consulates in China reported a 68% rise in issuing of visas which was indicative of a surge in Chinese travelers to the US. According to sources, around 63% increase in Chinese tourists from 2013 till next three years will be spending an estimated 2.2 billion dollars while on a vacation in California. The expenses would include shopping, transportation and touring.The new policy surrounding visa will definitely give a fillip to California tourism industry with immediate effect. It was also promulgated that airline service between China and California's two important gateways that includes San Francisco and Los Angeles, has risen by 44%. In a bid to aid Chinese visitors and tourists, Chinese airlines have started additional direct flights from Los Angeles to major cities in China. Air China would soon be launching a direct flight from Los Angeles to Beijing. The scheduled date for this is 2 May and will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and during the weekends till the end of June. Going forward from 1 July, these flights will run on a daily basis. Chinese travelers are one among the lavish spenders in cities of South California. They spend, on an average, 6,000 dollars per person on every trip to the US, which is the highest amount spent in the world. Most of the stores engage salespersons who are fluent in Mandarin-Chinese to help the Chinese customers. Chinese travelers are deemed to have the highest buying capacity among all foreign visitors.For more updates on Tourism, follow VisitVisas at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter

Posted On : 28 February,2015