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WHO: Over 50 Palestinians Waiting for Israel’s Medical Visa, Died in 2017

54 Palestinian nationals lost their lives during their wait for an Israeli medical visa, World Health Organization reports. Since Gaza Strip hospitals lack of medical equipment for serious illnesses like cancer, Palestinians are forced to seek medical help in Israel, which has imposed a land, air, and sea blockade on Gaza since 2007. The number of Palestinians allowed to leave the Gaza strip is very limited. The permits to do so are very few and given only [...]

Record of 43 Million Tourists Visited Toronto Last Year

Toronto has set a new record of more than 43 million visitors visiting the city in 2017 alone, which is 3.6 percent more than last year. According to a report by Tourism Toronto, travelers in the capital of the province of Ontario spent almost 9 billion dollars in hotels, taxis, attractions, retail etc, which makes it 9.1 percent more that in 2016. According to the President and CEO of Tourism Toronto Johanne Bélanger, every time and more, [...]

Six Popular People Who Were Denied a US Visa in 2018

Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj Reason: For allegedly supporting an attempt of MPs to abolish a Special Court for war crimes Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj might have a few more privileges than his fellow citizens from his isolated country, like getting a visa for a shorter period with fewer procedures. However, in January he had a glimpse of what his citizens often go through, when he had to cancel a visit to the United States the authorities [...]

February 14th, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

Tourists From India to Israel Reached an All-time High in 2017

According to the latest report, Israel saw a record increase of Indian tourists in 2017 for the second year in a row. While in 2016, 45 thousand Indian nationals visited the country, this number increased for 31 percent more last year. However, Israeli Tourism Authorities plan to increase the number of 60 thousand Indian tourists in 2017 to a hundred thousand in 2018. The Director of Israel Ministry of Tourism India & Philippines, Hassan Madah, commenting the [...]

Japan Saw Record Number of Refugee Applicants in 2017, Justice Ministry says

Japan's Minister of Justice announced that in 2017, the country reached a record of 19,628 asylum seekers, which is 80 percent more than last year. Most of the economic immigrants, as Japan calls those who apply for refugee status to land jobs in Japan, came from countries like Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, India and Pakistan, etc. However, out of all the applications, only 20 people were granted with refugee status in [...]

Maldives to Deport International Journalists Working on Tourist Visa

Two journalists, an Indian national and a British national, employees of AFP (Agence France-Presse) have been caught by the police of Maldives working in the country on a tourist visa, on Friday February 9. Indian citizen photojournalist Money Sharma and British citizen Atish Ravji Patel, were caught while covering the political situation in the island nation, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of Emergency on February 6. According to a press release issued by the Immigration [...]

Turkey Hopeful of Visa-Free European Union Travel by 2018

The Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday that Turkey expects the European Union to lift its visa regime for Turkish nationals soon, after Turkey submitted a paper detailing Turkey’s roadmap for the fulfillment of the remaining benchmarks out of 72 for visa liberalization, in return for the implementation of the Readmission Agreement. Kalin told to the press that Turkish EU ambassador, Faruk Kaymakci has submitted the draft documents to the EU Commission First Vice-President Frans [...]

ETOA: Brexit Damaging Inbound Travel Industry

The CEO of the European Tour Operators’ Association (ETOA) Tom Jenkins, showed proof to the European Union Subcommittee of Internal Market at the Houses of Parliament in Britain, that Brexit has already started to damage the inbound travel industry. Jenkins claimed that unless carefully handled, Brexit will further damage the productivity of this industry. “The inbound industry is crucial to the UK’s success as it is responsible for earning foreign currency, but it is experiencing a recruitment [...]

February 12th, 2018|UK Visa/Passport News|

Spanish Singer Denied US Visa After Serving Prison Time for Money Laundering

The United States Embassy in Spain refused to issue a visa to the famous Spanish singer Isabel Pantoja, who was scheduled to perform in Miami on February 11. According to a statement issued by the Universal record label, Pantoja's visa application has initially been approved, but then it got rejected after a second revision. On the other hand the concert promoters, Loud and Live and 5 stars Entertainment, showed their optimism that Pantoja will be granted a [...]

February 12th, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

Georgian PM Holds Emergency Meeting on Challenges Facing Schengen Visa Liberalization

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, has summoned his ministers to an emergency meeting on Friday, February 9. Present in the meeting were Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani, Chief Prosecutor Irakli Shotadze, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and the head of the State Security Service Vakhtang Gomelauri, where they discussed the challenges the government has to face regarding visa liberalization. The goal of the meeting was to come up with amendments for the prevention [...]

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