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Iran to Restrict Travel Amid Coronavirus

Iran decided to close its borders to all foreign countries, as a precautionary measure for the coronavirus pandemic, the Interior Ministry of Iran announced. The latest move will be effective starting from March 27, until further notice, VisaGuide.World reports. “Entry into a city will be restricted to residents only, as verified by national ID cards, license plates and car insurance. Schools and universities will remain closed, as will parks, gardens, and other public spaces. All ceremonies, whether official or [...]

By | 2020-03-29T01:48:20+00:00 March 29th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, Iran Visa/Passport News|

Japan Restricts Non-Essential Travel Abroad Due to Coronavirus

The Japanese Government has asked its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel abroad, as they fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Japan’s Foreign Ministry has raised its travel advisory alert for the whole world to Level 2 (out of a four-level scale), marking the first time Japan has raised the travel alert so high. “The aim is to inform people who are planning to travel of the risks and prevent any trouble,” a [...]

By | 2020-03-27T19:30:25+00:00 March 27th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, Japan Visa/Passport News|

Thousands of US Citizens Stranded Abroad Due to Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

More than 50,000 US citizens are stranded abroad because of the travel restrictions enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ian Brownlee, head of the State Department’s repatriation task force, said they are working tirelessly to bring them back. “Our posts around the world have received requests for assistance for getting back to the United States from over 50,000 US citizens. And we’re committed to bringing home as many Americans as we possibly can,” said Brownlee in a [...]

By | 2020-03-27T18:16:56+00:00 March 27th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, US Visa/Passport News|

UK Temporary Closes Visa Application Center in Accra, Ghana

The United Kingdom has decided to temporarily close the visa application centre in Accra, Ghana, in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the UK government announced yesterday. The latest UK decision became effective immediately, for an indefinite period, therefore new applications will not be accepted from now on, the VisaGuide.World reports. “We are currently contacting any affected customers to cancel scheduled appointments and arrange the return or collection of passports,” the statement reads. All the information [...]

By | 2020-03-27T17:21:09+00:00 March 27th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, UK Visa/Passport News|

Coronavirus: China Temporarily Bans Entry to Foreing Nationals

China has temporarily banned entry to foreign nationals in an effort to stop the return and further spread of the coronavirus. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that starting from March 28 all foreign residents holding a valid Chinese visa will be denied entry until an unspecified date. The decision also affects business travellers and anyone who does not normally require a visa to enter China, VisaGuide.World reports. “In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 [...]

Most Schengen Countries Have Reintroduced Temporary Internal Border Controls

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, nations dig deeper to find treatments and precautionary measures to help people get through the global crisis. A large share of world countries has chosen border closure as the main decision to keep people safe and halt the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, at least 17 Schengen Area countries have imposed internal border controls. In case that a serious threat to public policy or internal security establishes, the Schengen Borders [...]

By | 2020-03-27T15:33:42+00:00 March 27th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates|

USCIS Extends Suspension of In-Person Visa Services Until April 7

The US Citizenship Immigration Services has extended the temporary suspension of in-person visa services at its asylum offices and Application Support Centers, until at least April 7, amid coronavirus pandemic, the USIC announced. On March 18, the USCIS reported that all in-person services have been suspended until April 1 due to the COVID-10 outbreak, but the extension will last for an indeterminate period, VisaGuide.World reports. "USCIS offices will reopen on April 7, unless the public closures are [...]

By | 2020-03-27T15:36:38+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, US Visa/Passport News|

Japan Has Invalidated Visas Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Japan has joined the countless other countries that have imposed severe travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe announced that starting from March 21, 2020, and until the end of April, travellers from 38 countries (including EU countries) have to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. During this two week period, they are also not allowed to use public transportation in Japan. Moreover, the Japanese Foreign Ministry [...]

New Zealand Explains Visa Extensions Amid Coronavirus

After the border closure due to coronavirus pandemic, New Zeland has now introduced visa extensions that will be applied under extreme circumstances, published on the New Zealand Immigration web. Extensions amid coronavirus ‘uncontrollable situation’ include humanitarian reasons, essential health workers, essential workers agreed by the Government, residence visa holders travelling to New Zealand, and Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand, VisaGuide.World reads. Humanitarian cases, such as a family reunion, will be exempted [...]

The UK to Extend Visas for Internationals Stranded in the Country

Internationals who are stranded in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to extend their visas, Priti Patel, the Home Secretary of the UK announced. All persons whose visas have been expired after January 24 and are ineligible to travel back to their countries due to travel restrictions or other precautionary measures will be included in the visa extension process that will last until May 31. "The UK continues to put the health and [...]

By | 2020-03-27T15:56:13+00:00 March 25th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, UK Visa/Passport News|