Visiting Brazil will become easier for certain nationalities

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During the conference organized by the BTW Brazil DMC, which took place at the Consulate-General of Brazil in Los Angeles on November 8, some announcements regarding the tourist industry of Brazil took place.

Starting on January 15, a new electronic visa program for certain nationalities will take effect, so that tourists coming from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan will be able to get their visas easier. The entire visa process for those visitors will be available online and obtained within 72 hours. The new upcoming e-visa program for U.S., Canadian, Australian, and Japanese citizens is one of the measures the Brazilian government is about to put in force in order to attract more visitors to the country.

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Israelis might not need US visas for traveling

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This week it’s been reported that, due to the deal between the USA and Israel, Israeli citizens may be allowed to travel to the USA under Visa Waiver Programme, which means they might not need their visas obtained in advance. As a part of this agreement, Israel is supposed to provide the US with the access to the country’s extensive fingerprint database for background checks.

The anticipated agreement still must be passed into Israeli law, as it requires the sharing of such kind of important data as a fingerprint database with a foreign nation. The agreement should be finalized by December 2017, as Ayelet Shaked, the Justice Minister of Israel, is expected to visit the US within next two weeks. Before the agreement is finalized the visa policy between the two countries remains the same.

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Russian visa regime might get simplified for Chinese tourists

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According to The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, the current visa policy for Chinese tourists might change. Now the visa regime allows only a tourist group of five or more people to enter the country without visas for up to three weeks. It might change to groups of three or more people for staying in Russia for up to two weeks.

Due to the statistics, over the past few years, the number of Chinese tourists in Russia had increased. During the year of 2016, about 1.2 million Chinese tourists had visited Russia. This number is continuously growing. Let’s not forget about the upcoming football event in 2018. As Russia is preparing to host the FIFA World Cup, the Russian Prime Minister emphasized that Russia is expecting President Xi Jinping to attend it.

Russia appreciates the current relations with China. According to Medvedev, who had recently been on a three-day official visit to China, the relationships between two countries are now at the highest level in their history.

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Indian visas became easier to get

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The Indian government is about to bring some changes into the tourist industry. India might become a popular destination for medical tourists.

So far India has been considered as a credible provider of curative treatment. Now the government is about to focus on the vast potential in this sector. Currently, the medical tourism industry in India is a $3 billion industry. By the year of 2020, it is expected to become a $9 billion opportunity. The government focuses on promoting Indian health-care facilities, thats why the traveling to India is becoming easier and more accessible, and the Indian medical visa has already become easier to get. The process to issue medical visas has been streamlined, and the quantity of e-tourist visa has increased.

By January 2018 it is planned to build six facilitation centers special for medical tourists in cities of Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, and Goa.The Indian government is taking all these measurements to attract international medical travelers and seems like India might become a leading medical tourism destination in the future.

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Americans can’t apply for Turkish visas

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Complicated relationships between the USA and Turkey led to new visa regulations. The USA recently suspended travel visa services for Turkish citizens that caused an identical decision from Turkey. So, the current situation for both countries is equal in terms of traveling. American tourists can’t get a travel visa to Turkey, no matter if they are applying in person or online. That means they can’t get e-Visa as well.

However, those U.S. citizens who already have Turkish visas can still visit the country.

In case, if an American has his trip booked, but hasn’t applied for a Turkish visa, we would recommend contacting the travel provider asap; because there is a chance the trip should be rescheduled or canceled.

It is unclear when the situation is going to be resolved as these visa regulations seem to be a small part of a large diplomatic issue between two countries. Hopefully, the visa suspensions won’t last long and American and Turkish tourists will be free to travel with a pleasure.

If you are not an American passport holder, feel free to apply for a Turkish visa now.

FIFA 2018 World Cup: NO Russian visa required

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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.

The most popular cruise voyages for a wintertime

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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.

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To apply for a Cambodian visa click here.

To apply for a Vietnamese visa click here.

Tightened rules for U.S. temporary visas

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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.

500+ electronic visas issued in Vladivostok

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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.

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Obtaining U.S. visas became more challenging for Russian citizens

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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.

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