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Saudi Arabia: Tourist Visas Now Available

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitors can now apply for tourist visas through the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, allowing travel within the country for up to 30 days. Previously, visas were issued to Americans with sponsors in the country and were used only for business and work, to visit close relatives, or for transit and religious visits by [read more]

East Africa: Common Tourist Visa Delayed

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

A common tourist visa covering visits to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi is being delayed while officials finalize requirements. The visa, which would allow entry into all five countries, was proposed earlier this year by by the East African Community (EAC). Though some East African nations provide entry visas free of charge upon arrival [read more]

India: On-Arrival Transit Visas May Soon Be Available

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Aiming to entice stopover travelers to stay longer and spend more, officials are considering allowing foreign tourists to obtain a transit visa on-arrival. Travelers en route to Southeast Asia or Dubai often stop briefly in New Delhi, but, lacking an Indian tourist visa, they may spend only a few hours—and minimal cash—confined in the airport. [read more]

India: Visa Restrictions Eased for Most Tourists

Date: December 5th, 2012 | No Comments

In attempt to boost its sagging tourism industry, India has eased visa restrictions for most tourists, including the 60-day waiting period between visits that has been in place since 2009. Implemented after the 2008 attacks on Mumbai to prevent potential terrorists from making frequent trips, the 60-day gap rule has been blamed for discouraging all [read more]

Cuba: “People-to-People” Travel Program Back on Track

Date: November 14th, 2012 | No Comments

Travelers hoping to visit Cuba will be happy to hear that the groundbreaking “people-to-people” program, which allows tourist visas through approved cultural exchange tours, appears to be back on track for 2013. Launched in 2011 after 50 years of embargo, the popular program hit a snag this past summer when the U.S. Treasury Office of [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Asks For Additional Entry Fee

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitors to Bali will soon be asked to pay an additional entry fee in the amount of $10. The fee is separate from the Visa on Arrival Fee and officials hope to use the collected funds for preservation of the local culture and environment. The new ordinance is currently being drafted by local government agencies. [read more]

Laos: Government Considering Single-Entry Visa With Neighbors

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

In hope of promoting tourism and other business, the government is considering a single-visa arrangement, similar to the Schengen visa available in parts of the European Union, which would allow tourists to combine a trip to neighboring Southeast Asian countries on one visa. Thailand and Cambodia struck a single-visa deal late last year, and Laos [read more]

Caribbean: Cash-Strapped Islands Offer Citizenship Bargains

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

For travelers interested in a second passport or a resident visa in another country, cash-strapped islands such as Dominica or St. Kitts may offer the best bargains. In Dominica, for example, a foreigner can qualify for citizenship by investing $100,000 cash, while $250,000 will get you started in St. Kitts. Many other nations offer “investor [read more]

North Korea: Travel Restrictions May Be Easing

Date: November 21st, 2012 | No Comments

Although not exactly welcoming visitors with open arms, the government may be relaxing some of its tourism restrictions, making it easier for foreigners to visit. Radio Free Asia reports that in recent months, immigration and tourism officials seem to be approving tourist visas within days instead of weeks, easing strict policies against tour photography, and [read more]

Hungary: Wealthy Foreigners Can Buy Permanent Residency

Date: November 7th, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. citizens who may be considering expatriation after the election should note that Hungary just made it a little easier, though not inexpensive, to relocate to Europe. In attempt to address some of the country’s debt, which is among the highest in the European Union, Budapest officials passed a law that would grant permanent residency [read more]

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