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Beijing Expanded Visa-Free Policy for Transiting Travelers

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Visitors transiting China to a third country now can stay and visit Beijing for up to 144 hours visa-free (instead of 72 hours, previously allowed prior to last Dec. 28, 2017, as part of an expanding tourism-friendly program.).

Citizens of the U.S., Canada, and 51 other countries are now permitted to travel visa-free in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province within 144 hours. Keep in mind, the travelers must hold the required documentation and have purchased tickets with a fixed date to depart to a third country or region.

In addition, the new policy not only doubles the time a traveler can stay visa-free but also allows entry through train terminals and seaports. The previous rules allowed visitors to enter only through airports.

To apply for a Chinese visa click here.

Requirements for the Egypt Online Visa

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The Egypt e-visa is a new electronic travel authorization system for citizens of eligible countries, who want to travel to Egypt as tourists. There is no need to go to the embassy; a traveler can apply for an e-visa online and obtain the correct travel authorization.

The process of the application it quite simple and requires just a basic information about an applicant, which is a valid passport of the eligible country (US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Japan, and 40 other countries), credit/debit card for the visa payment, and an email address for the electronic visa.

After the visa application has been submitted and approved, an applicant should print the document and have the hard copy of it upon arrival in Egypt.

To apply for an Egyptian visa click here.

Bulgarian citizens can visit Canada with no visa

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From December 1, 2017, Bulgarians are allowed to come to Canada without a visa and stay for up to 6 months. Visa-free travel is good for tourism, business trips, and visiting relatives/friends, but not for work.

The procedure is pretty simple. Before coming to Canada, Bulgarian citizens, who are traveling by air, have to register on the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to get the registration. The fee is 7 Canadian Dollars and the registration is valid for 5 years, which means it doesn’t have to be done before each trip.

However, if a Bulgarian citizen is looking for work permission, the procedure will be more complicated. To learn more, you can order a consultation with our visa specialist.

New Canadian Visa Application Centres in China

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Recently the demand for visas for Chinese residents has increased. Statistically, in the year of 2017, Canada received more than 500,000 applications from Chinese citizens. This amount has significantly expanded compared to the year of 2016. That’s why Canada was looking for new ways to support the growth in Chinese applications.

As a necessary measure, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) opened 7 new Visa Application Centres in China last week. The opening ceremony took place in Nanjing. New centres were opened in cities of Chengdu, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Shenyang, and Wuhan. They join the existing network of VACs in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Each Visa Application Centre offers support to applicants before, during and after their temporary resident visa application is assessed by an IRCC officer.

The new VACs will play an important role in improving economic relationships and cultural exchange between Canada and China.

Applicants may reach VAC directly or via AnyVisa office in Vancouver, BC where all your questions will be answered and our experts will make sure all the applications are complete and accurate.

To apply for a Canadian visa click here.

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.

To apply for a Brazilian visa click here.

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.

To apply for an U.S. visa click here.

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.

To apply for a Russian visa click here.

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.

To apply for an Indian visa click here.

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.

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