Brazil to Allow Entry With No Visa to Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan

“Brazil has taken a step in the right direction, in my opinion, as I have long asserted that if a country wants to increase tourism, it needs to relax its reciprocity fees or visa requirements. Two examples of countries which did just that are Chile and Argentina.”

What you just read was an opinion which I wrote in this article on Monday, January 29, 2018 — and my suggestion is coming true: effective as of Monday, June 17, 2019, the government of Brazil will permit citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan to…

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Oman Visa No Longer Available Upon Arrival as of March 21, 2018

If you want to visit Oman, you will no longer be able to obtain a visa upon arrival. Instead — as of Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — you will need to apply for your visa via the Internet in advance of your trip.

The Sultanate of Oman launched its electronic visa program back in…

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Brazil Eases Visa Requirements and Reduces Reciprocity Fee for United States Citizens

Effective as of Thursday, January 25, 2018, the fee which citizens of the United States have been required to pay in order to visit Brazil had been significantly reduced to $44.24; and the service fee of $4.24 — which is included in the reduced visa fee — is for the convenience of processing the visa application electronically in three simple steps, which will substantially reduce the amount of time needed to apply and receive the visa.

Prior to Thursday, January 25, 2018, citizens of the United States who wanted to apply for a visa to visit Brazil not only had to…

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Update: Turkey and the United States Resume Visa Services to Citizens of Each Country

Reciprocal restrictions on visas for citizens of the United States to enter Turkey and for citizens of Turkey to enter the United States — which had been in effect for almost three months and have adversely affected thousands of travelers — have ended, according to announcements from both countries on Thursday, December 28, 2017.

According to this notice pertaining to the full resumption of visa services in Turkey from the Department of State of the United States…

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Electronic Visas for Visiting Brazil and Egypt

More countries are learning that tourism is an important and lucrative industry which can benefit their economies in many ways; and in order to attract visitors, the process needs to be as easy and cost-effective as possible.

In addition to Saudi Arabia planning to issue tourist visas in 2018, two of those countries are Brazil and Egypt pertaining to electronic visas.

Egypt is now issuing electronic visas for citizens of 41 countries; while Brazil started issuing electronic visas to…

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Issue Tourist Visas in 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning to issue visas to conventional visitors in 2018 in order to increase its tourism industry to 30 million visitors per year by 2030 — as well as increase annual spending by tourists to $47 billion by 2020 — while simultaneously reducing its reliance on the oil industry, as oil prices are currently depressed.

That Saudi Arabia wants to increase tourism is of no surprise, as…

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Qatar Waives Visa Entry Requirements Effective Immediately for Citizens of 80 Countries

Visa requirements for entry into the country of Qatar have been waived for the citizens of 80 different countries effective immediately — meaning that if you are a citizen of one of those countries, you will no longer be required to apply for a visa nor pay for it in order to visit Qatar.

Instead of applying for a visa and paying for it, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free of charge at the port of entry upon presentation of a…

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I Tested the New Relaxed Visa Requirements of Belarus. Here is What Happened…

If you had been hoping to visit Belarus — whose capital city is Minsk — and you are a citizen of one of 80 countries of which visa requirements have been relaxed, you are in luck, as visa requirements were relaxed effective as of Sunday, February 12, 2017…

…but there are a few “catches” about which you should know upon establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals, according to…

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Visa Fees For Visitors to Egypt Increase by 140 Percent

Effective as of Wednesday, March 1, 2017, a decision from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that visa fees for visitors to Egypt from various land ports, seaports and airports will increase from $25.00 to $60.00 — which is an increase of 140 percent.

“The immigration authorities, port authorities and the Tourism Companies Chamber have been notified of the decision”, according to…

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Wife of FlyerTalk Member Stranded Due to Technical Issues of the Global Database of the United States State Department…Were You Affected?

The global database of the State Department of the United States for processing passports and visas underwent unspecified problems which possibly caused major delays for — and also supposedly stranded — millions of people around the world who were awaiting their travel documents. The latest announcement issued from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department of the United States is as follows…

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