SOUTH AFRICA + ANGOLA – New Reciprocal Visa Waiver

Effective 1 December 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will implement a reciprocal visa waiver for Angolan passport holders for visits of up to 30 days per visit, up to 90 days per year.

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SOUTH AFRICA + ANGOLA – New Reciprocal Visa Waiver

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc.

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

Effective 31 March 2017, Russian nationals no longer require Port of Entry Visas in advance of travel to South Africa for the purpose of general business, tourism or family visits, and may be issued with a Visitor’s Visa valid for up to 90 days at the port of entry upon arrival in South Africa.

Equally, South African passport holders no longer require visas to enter Russia for stays of up to 90 days for the same purposes.

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SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc. and IBN.

SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honour or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

Effective January 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will no longer honour Temporary Residence Visas (TRVs) issued with a validity period exceeding the foreign national’s passport expiry date, beyond the expiry date of the passport.

In all instances, where the DHA or a South African Mission abroad has issued any TRV with a validity date which exceeds the validity date of the passport, regardless of the period, the DHA will deem the visa to have expired upon the expiry date of the passport. The DHA will also not transfer a valid visa from an expired passport into a new passport.

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honour or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc. and IBN.

SOUTH AFRICA – Cancellation of Visa Waiver for New Zealand Nationals

Effective 16 January 2017, all New Zealand passport holders wishing to travel to South Africa will no longer qualify for the currently-available visa waiver, and will instead be required to apply for Port of Entry Visas before travelling to South Africa.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Cancellation of Visa Waiver for New Zealand Nationals

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc.

VIETNAM – One-Year Business Visa Granted to US Nationals

Effective 28 August 2016, Vietnam began issuing one-year multiple-entry visas to all United States (US) nationals travelling for business or tourism.

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 VIETNAM – One-Year Business Visa Granted to US Nationals

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

VIETNAM – Visa Waiver for Five European Countries Extended for One Year

The Vietnamese government has issued a Resolution extending the visa waiver program for nationals of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for another year.

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COLOMBIA – Government Extends Visa-Free Entry to Some Nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar; And Changes Entry Permit Category for Schengen Nationals

Effective 2 February 2016, the Colombian government has authorised certain nationals of Colombia and Myanmar to enter Colombia without a visa.

The Colombian government has also decided to issue Schengen nationals with PIP-5 entry and stay permits instead of the PIP-10 category introduced in November 2015.

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COLOMBIA – Government Extends Visa-Free Entry to Some Nationals of Cambodia and Myanmar; And Changes Entry Permit Category for Schengen Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Tannus and Asociados and Brigard and Urrutia.

APAC Webinar – Recording and Slides Here

On Tuesday 20 October we hosted a webinar on the use of technology by governments for immigration services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Peregrine’s presenter, Dan King, would like to thank all of the attendees, and of course our speakers:

View and/or download our slides and a recording of the webinar below – and let us know if you have any questions!

 

NETHERLANDS – More Entry Visa (MVV) Exemptions

Effective 1 October 2015, more categories of foreign nationals planning to reside and work in the Netherlands for over three months are exempt from requiring an entry visa (MVV).

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NETHERLANDS – More Entry Visa (MVV) Exemptions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group (EMG).