Worldwide Passport & Visa News and Updates

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US Bars Iranians From Entering US on Trade and Investment Visas

Iranian nationals who wish to trade and invest in the US are no longer eligible to apply for E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor visas or extension of status based on the treaty, due to the termination of the 1995 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights with Iran. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the move through a document published in the US Federal Register on January 23rd. “U.S. Citizenship and [...]

By | 2020-01-24T14:30:24+00:00 January 24th, 2020|Iran Visa/Passport News|

Rwanda to Abolish Visa Fees for Travelers From Over 90 Countries

The Rwandan authorities are planning to scrap off visa fees for over 90 world countries, in a bid to lure more people to visit the country and boost economy through tourism. The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame announced the news during a gathering at the International School for Government at King's College in London, explaining that such a step is being taken because Rwanda wants to continue to transform and trade with the rest of the world. [...]

By | 2020-01-23T14:14:22+00:00 January 23rd, 2020|Rwanda Visa/Passport News|

Trump Plans to Expand US Travel Ban with Seven More Countries

The United States president has revealed his plans to expand the much-criticized travel ban, by adding seven more countries to it.  If these plans come to life, the nationals of newly added countries will be unable to travel to the US, aside from refugees and those already holding green cards or US visas. While the current travel ban applies to Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia as well as North Korea and Venezuela, the seven new countries [...]

By | 2020-01-23T11:16:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

Government of Estonia Supports Creation of Digital Nomad Visa

The government of Estonia has made another step towards the finalization of the new changes to the Aliens Act, which among others would introduce a new visa for digital nomads. Last week, the government of Estonia approved a bill that would amend the Aliens Act to include a plan for the establishment of a digital nomad visa, what would make Estonia one of the first countries in the world to enable digital nomads to stay in the [...]

By | 2020-01-22T14:20:03+00:00 January 22nd, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

UAE Passport Remains the Historic Success Story of Henley Passport Index

The passport of the United Arab Emirates has once again proved to be the most improved passport in the world in the last ten years, becoming one of the best passports to have in 2020, among renowned Asian and European passports. According to the Henley Passport Index, a ranking of the passports of 199 countries, published by Henley & Partners, a firm focused on residence and citizenship planning, the UAE passport as one of the most powerful [...]

By | 2020-01-22T13:52:15+00:00 January 20th, 2020|United Arab Emirates Visa/Passport News|

Japan and Singapore Dominate When it Comes to Passport Power in 2020

The best passport to possess in 2020 is the Japanese passport, as its holders can now travel to 191 countries out of 227 visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival, without going through the hurdles of getting a pre-entry visa, what makes the Japanese passport the best to have for the third consecutive year. The latest rankings show that Singapore sits second with visa-free access to 190 countries, while South Korea is listed third with visa-free access to 189 [...]

By | 2020-01-20T10:47:14+00:00 January 20th, 2020|Japan Visa/Passport News|

Australia Declines Visa-Free Immigration Deal With UK

Australia has cut off Britain’s hopes to establish full free movement with the Oceanian country, as the Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham asserted this week that such an agreement would cause an exodus of highly trained Australian workers to the UK and an influx of unskilled British workers. According to Minister Birmingham, as Australia is not in full negotiating mode with the UK on the trade deal, Australian govt is still waiting to see what the UK [...]

By | 2020-01-17T14:56:47+00:00 January 17th, 2020|Australia Visa/Passport News|

Cyprus Steps Up Efforts to Join US Visa Waiver Program

Cyprus has accelerated its efforts to join the US Visa Waiver Program, so that its citizens can visit the United States visa-free, by establishing a working group together with Washington, the main duty of which is to expedite the issue. Only this week, the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Interior Minister Nicos Nourish, and Justice Minister of Justice George Savvides conducted a meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl C. Risch, during a [...]

By | 2020-01-17T11:05:42+00:00 January 17th, 2020|Cyprus Visa/Passport News, US Visa/Passport News|

Saudi Arabia Clarifies Rules of Facilitated Entry for Schengen, UK, and US Visas Holders

The Saudi authorities have defined the rules of entry for holders of valid visas granted by one of the Schengen Member countries, the United Kingdom or the United States after they first announced in October last year that holders of these visas will soon be eligible to enter Saudi Arabia under tourism purposes without pre-entry visas. The General Authority for Tourism & National Heritage has announced at the beginning of this year that tourists of all nationalities [...]

By | 2020-01-16T11:33:28+00:00 January 16th, 2020|Saudi Arabia Visa/Passport News|

UAE to Launch Five-Year Multiple-Entry Tourist Visas

Tourists of all nationalities in need of a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates will soon be able to apply for a multiple-entry visa valid for five years, as the Arab country moves on to boost tourism and income from this industry. First announced in October 2018, the decision to extend the validity of these visas was taken during the first meeting of the UAE Cabinet in 2020 known as the Year of Preparation, meant to [...]

By | 2020-01-16T10:16:04+00:00 January 16th, 2020|United Arab Emirates Visa/Passport News|