In May of 2017 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law regarding the temporary simplified visa regime for football fans visiting the country for the 2018 World Cup. According to the statement from the Russian Embassy, foreign citizens and stateless persons can entry Russia within the framework of the FIFA 2018 World Cup without issued Russian visas. Dates of the FIFA 2018 World Cup: June 14 - July 15, 2018.
However, even though the football fans can avoid the routine visa issuing process, they have to make sure they get their FAN ID after purchasing match tickets. FAN ID will allow foreigners to enter the country and the stadiums. Russian citizens are also required to have their FAN ID to watch the live football. Since the facilitated visa policy is an absolutely unique experience for Russia, the visa-free entry was trialed during the Confederations Cup in summer 2017. Russia is ready to host the FIFA 2018 World Cup in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, and Volgograd.
Keep in mind that you still NEED a Russian visa, if:
- You are traveling to Russia anytime outside the World Cup 2018;
- You are traveling with a football fan(s), but you don’t have your own FAN ID.
If you don’t want to lose a chance to accompany your friend/spouse/partner, but you are not that much of a football fan, apply for a Russian visa now, and discover beautiful Russia while the stadiums are getting busy with the football craziness.
When winter is coming, most of us start thinking of summer or, at least, planning the winter vacation to warmer countries. The Globe is full of options, and tourists are free to choose if they want a land vacation or a cruise vacation. It’s hard to compare those two options because each of us has our own preferences and limits. However, we can emphasize the major advantages of cruising, which include a lower cost of the vacation, a chance to unpack just once while exploring multiple places, and an opportunity to admire the landscapes of our beautiful world from another angle. A cruise vacation is a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.
Onboard activities usually include live entertainment, casinos, nightclubs, duty-free shopping, fitness facilities and much more. For chill lovers, there are spas, beauty salons, pools, libraries, lounges and specialty restaurants with cruise cuisine.
During a wintertime, the most popular cruise destinations are Brazil, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Keep in mind, that all those countries require an entry visa for Canadian citizens.
To apply for a Brazilian visa click here.
To apply for an Indian visa click here.
To apply for a Cambodian visa click here.
To apply for a Vietnamese visa click here.
Donald Trump administration came up with the new rules for American visas. From now on all the newcomers have to follow their plans, mentioned in their initial interview with a consular official, for at least three months after entering the USA. If during the first three months an international visitor/student/worker does something that was not mentioned during the interview, it would be considered as misrepresentation.
Breaking the rules will make it difficult or even impossible to renew a visa or get a new one. If the visitor is still in the USA, he/she will be eligible for deportation. However, there are 38 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Japan and most of Europe), which citizens don’t need a visa or an explicit plan before coming to the USA. Therefore, the new rule doesn’t generally apply to them. Last year more than 10 mln American visas were issued, supporting a large tourism industry.
The press service of the Ministry of Development of the Far East of Russia has reported the statistics of the issued electronic visas to Russia. Due to the new changes and the simplified visa regime in the Freeport of the city of Vladivostok, the number of the issued visas has increased. According to the statistics, more than 500 eVisa applications to Russia have been approved for citizens of 13 countries including Morocco (72 visas) and Algeria (48 visas). The leaders of Russian eVisa approvals have become China (221 visas) and Japan (147 visas).
With the new simplified visa regime, foreign citizens are now allowed to get electronic single-entry visas (for humanitarian, tourist and business purposes). So far more than 46 people including Japanese, Chinese and Saudi Arabia citizens have already entered the Russian Far East within their eVisas.
There are two border crossing points in Vladivostok visitors with eVisas can go through, Knevichi International Airport and the sea checkpoint. Next year some more sea, railway, and automobile checkpoints are planned to be opened. Also, due to the plan, since January 1, 2018, electronic visas will be available in the territories of the Sakhalin region and Kamchatka.
To apply for a Russian visa click here.
Relationships between the two greatest countries keep unraveling, though the new regulations influenced further U.S. visas applications for Russian citizens. On August 31, 2017, a new U.S. statement of Achieving Parity in Diplomatic Missions has been released. According to that document, the Russian Government is required to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C. and a consular annex in New York City. These closures were needed to be accomplished within 48 hours, and basically, the regulation was made as a consequence of the Russian Government action.
As we know Kremlin forced the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic staff on the territory of Russia to 455 representatives, which had been fully implemented. Therefore, U.S. Government found it fair to require the closures so that both countries would remain with three consulates each and have equal numbers of diplomats, though it would be quite difficult to verify those numbers. Plus, as was said earlier, those actions had made the process of obtaining U.S. visas on the territory of Russia more challenging.
From now on only the embassy in Moscow will process visas, which means the U.S. consulates in St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are no longer available for Russians to apply. Meanwhile, applying for U.S. visa outside of Russia seems relatively easier. For instance, if you are Russian passport holder, who lives in Canada, feel free to use our services.
To apply for an U.S. visa click here.
Last year the Cambodian government allowed foreign visitors to stay in the country on a new, three-year multiple entry visas. The visa application was available from September 1, 2016, “to foreigners from all countries, … with different prices according to the length of stay.” That visa extension move was made in order to increase the annual tourist flow and influence on the whole Cambodian tourism sector. Ho Vandy, Secretary-General of Cambodia’s National Tourism Alliance, named this measure a strategy.
Due to the Cambodia Tourism Marketing Strategy 2016-2020, the main goal is to attract at least 7.5 million foreign tourists by 2020. The strategy was based on the idea of drawing more potential Chinese tourists to Cambodia, because “the number of Chinese tourists visiting the country is increasing every year.” Besides that point, the strategy of boosting the Cambodian tourism sector will also focus on intensifying promotion and advertising, varying tourism products, stimulating tourism investments, training staff, upgrading and expanding facilities, ensuring cleanliness, safety, and security, etc.
To apply for a Cambodian visa click here