African tourism growth

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There are few reasons for the poor performance across the African continent, one of them is lack of originality among service providers. Another reason is visa policy. According to the forum, that took place at iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban, tough visa regulations affect the South Africa Tourism slowing down the tourist flow and, therefore, country income.

Morongoe Ramphele, a South Africa Tourism sector support service director general, expressed her concern on that point and called on African governments to apply visa laws that are beneficial to the continent of Africa. “Tough Visa regulations are a hindrance to growth, African countries need to open their boundaries for proper domestic tourism growth to be realized,” Ramphele said.

In order to ensure the tourism growth across the continent, nine African Tourism Ministers attended the forum. Hopefully, with the greater regional cooperation, by 2030 global tourist arrivals will reach 134 million, as predicted. This long-term planning is supposed to lead to the growth and sustainability of the African tourism market, and people will be excited to travel for many hours to come and experience the exotic adventure.

To check if you need a visa to South Africa, click here.

Foreign spectators registration with the police in the period of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Football fans from all over the world are excited about the upcoming summer. Russian cities, where the biggest football event will take place, are getting ready for hosting the 2018 FIFA matches and millions of foreign spectators! Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg, Saransk, Sochi will remain packed in the period from the 25th of May to the 25th of July 2018. In order to provide a comfortable and secure stay of the spectators at the 2018 FWC stadiums and in the Russian Federation territory, Russian government implemented specific regulations for visitors.

If you are traveling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, please, keep in mind the following information! As 2018 FWC spectators you may enter the Russian Federation from 4th of June to the 15th of July, 2018; and exit the Russian Federation from 4th of June to the 25th of July, 2018. That's not all!

On the border

You must present:

  • identity documents
  • FAN ID (paper form or electronic form)
  • Russian Visa (IF YOU DON'T HAVE a valid FAN ID)

You must receive:

  • a migration card* (which you retain during the whole period of the stay in the Russian Federation)

In Russia

In each city, where you attend sports events, you must register with the police during 24hours after the arrival at the place of stay.**

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FIFA 2018 and security

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Russia is taking all steps to ensure security at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation (signed on May 9th, 2017) all mass rallies during the 2018 World Cup must be coordinated with regional departments of the Interior Ministry and security agencies.

In the period from May 25 to July 25, 2018, on the regions of the Russian Federation, within which the city-organizers are located (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Leningrad, Volgograd, Sverdlovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov, Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Voronezh regions, the Krasnodar Territory, the Stavropol Territory, the Chechen Republic, the Republics of Tatarstan and Mordovia) enhanced security measures will take place. Sales of firearms and ammunition will be banned in the areas where tighter security measures are imposed. The National Guard will monitor compliance with the ban.

To enjoy FIFA 2018 in Russia, apply for your Russian visa now!

Canadian Consulates all over the world!

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Recent consular closures around the world are bothering Canadians and visitors to Canada. A lot of travelers are questioning if they still can find consulates here and there.

Why may you need a Canadian Consulate if you are traveling? First of all, if your passport/ID was lost or stolen, you will have to report the case and figure out the way of coming home. Another reason might be the situation when you need an urgent legalization of certain documents. Under the most unpleasant circumstances, you certainly need a Consulate if you got arrested or got very sick without travel insurance.

So, if you are Canadian and traveling abroad, please visit this government source to find the Canadian Consulate in the destination country.

The closing of the Russian Consulate in Seattle

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Russian Consulate closure in Seattle is imminent in light of growing pressure from London. Sixty Russian diplomats are also expelled from the USA. The U.S. government gives 7 days to the expelled Russians to leave the country.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government makes its move in solidarity with Britain by expelling four Russian diplomats as well. Canada will also deny permission for three others to bolster Russian staff in Canada. The diplomats to be expelled are from the embassy in Ottawa and the consulate general in Montreal.

ANYVISA’s consular assistance remains the same. We are always ready to support Russian passport holders with any issues related to the consular services, and our visa services include Russian Visas Support for everyone!

In February 2018 Cyprus broke the record

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February 2018 showed the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month. Comparing to the last year number of tourists in the same month (82K+), during the February 2018 Cyprus accepted 101K+ visitors. According to the results of the Passengers Survey by Statistical Service of Cyprus, the precisely recorded rise is 23.4%.

Even though the month of February has shown that extraordinary performance, it’s important to note that tourist arrivals actually hit record in all previous months (since March 2017), which means that Cyprus is getting more and more popular destination in Europe. Check, if you need a visa to travel to Cyprus.

From Temporary Worker to Permanent Resident

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According to the report by Statistics Canada, the number of temporary foreign workers, who extend their stay in Canada, is growing. Those immigrants tend to not only apply for a longer stay/work but also obtain permanent residence in Canada. This tendency has increased even more among the recent arrivals.

However, the fair conclusion of the study also expresses the idea that “The duration and type of stay of TFWs in Canada are strongly restricted by the regulations governing their work permit terms.” Therefore, we keep reminding to all the immigrants, who want to come to Canada for work: if you want to work as a temporary foreign worker, a job offer from the Canadian employer is required! Exceptions might take place only if you are obtaining permanent residence principally through the Express Entry system.

There are a bunch of programs helping temporary foreign workers make a transition to permanent residence. However, every case is unique, and we strongly recommend paying attention to the details. The best thing you can do to secure your case is to ask for a legal advice from licensed immigration expert, who will assess your situation and help you with your pathway to PR.

Africa is a popular spot among Chinese tourists

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Have you heard of “In-depth travels”? It is a special term to describe those types of trips, which involve more nonstandard journeys beyond the typical tourist route. The term is mostly used by Chinese travel websites. So, according to the travel survey, more than 60% of Chinese travelers are willing to visit Africa as an “in-depth travel” in 2018. They would like to discover such spots as Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, and Tanzania.

One of the reasons why Morocco and Tunisia became such a desirable destination for Chinese travelers is the relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese citizens. Since June 2016 Chinese passport holders are allowed to travel to Morocco with no visa, and since February 2017 they got a visa-free travel to Tunisia. As for Tanzania and Egypt, they got a visa-on-arrival access.

If you are planning to discover one of those exotic destinations, check if you need a visa.

Traveling to Brazil is easier than ever

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Since the Brazilian visa process had become easier this year, the country keeps accepting more and more visitors. Since January 25, 2018, when the launch of Brazilian e-visas took place, there has been a 70% increase in visa applications from U.S. visitors (comparing to the last year). The officials of the Brazilian Tourism could expect the successful outcome of the program and so far they’ve been very impressed by the statistics.

“This first step was fantastic, and this makes me believe the projections could be even higher.” – said Vinicius Lummertz, president of the Brazilian Tourism Board. Currently, Argentinian citizens are the 1st largest tourist group traveling to Brazil. The 2nd place is taken by Americans. Each year about 550K Americans travel to Brazil, and this number is definitely expected to grow within next 4 years.

To apply for a Brazilian visa click here.

UK is leaving the EU: consequences for travelers

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Europe has been one of the most attractive travel destinations for many centuries. The Schengen Area is an area that is made up of 26 countries. As you know, the special thing about the Schengen Area is that you don’t need a visa to travel within the territory.

After Brexit, which is the prospective withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the traveling to Europe will get some changes. The UK is not a part of the Schengen visa scheme, and in the future, it may not even be necessary for foreigners from outside Europe to have a visa to the UK at all.

The ones who will suffer once Brexit is finalized are the British citizens. Now they are able to travel everywhere in the EU by just presenting their passports. However, from 2019, they may need a visa to travel to Europe.

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