COLOMBIA – Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Entry and Visa Rules

Several laws have taken effect recently which amend the regulations for obtaining visas and visa invitations, as well as the rules of entry to Kazakhstan for foreign nationals who arrive on a visa.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Entry and Visa Rules

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocations.

PANAMA – Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

Effective 4 April 2018, valid Schengen visas and EU residence permits are again accepted for entry into Panama.

Moreover, effective 1 June 2018 Indian nationals will be able to enter Panama with a stamped visa, rather than an authorized visa.

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PANAMA – Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Morgan & Morgan and Lambraño, Bultrón & de la Guardia.

UKRAINE – New Biometric Entry Procedures Introduced

Effective 1 January 2018, Ukraine has introduced a system of biometric border control for nationals of 70 countries, including Russians, entering the country via international ports of entry. The new system is expected to cause some delays for affected travellers.

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UKRAINE – New Biometric Entry Procedures Introduced

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QATAR – 30-Day Visa on Arrival Can Only Be Extended Online

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced that visitors who have entered Qatar on a 30-day tourist visa on arrival and who wish to extend their stay for another 30 days must do so via a new online portal, rather than through the Airport Passports Department.

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QATAR – 30-Day Visa on Arrival Can Only Be Extended Online

This news alert was prepared using information provided by FutureGate Business Services.

UNITED KINGDOM – Registered Traveller Service Expansion

The government has announced an expansion to its Registered Traveller Service, which facilitates faster entry at the UK border.

Effective 5 October 2017, business travellers and frequent visitors from 15 additional countries are eligible to apply for membership of the service.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Registered Traveller Service Expansion

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QATAR – Electronic Travel Authorisation for Holders of Certain Visas and Resident Permits

Effective 27 September 2017, Qatar will introduce a single-entry electronic travel authorisation, valid for 30 days and renewable once, for holders of valid visas or residence permits from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Schengen countries or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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NICARAGUA – New Entry Request Form Required Before Travel

Effective immediately, the Nicaraguan Immigration Directorate (DGME) has introduced a new requirement for travelers entering Nicaragua for reasons other than tourism to submit, at least seven days in advance of travel, an entry request form by email.

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NICARAGUA – New Entry Request Form Required Before Travel

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Consortium Legal.

QATAR – Visa-Free Entry Introduced for 80 Nationalities


On 9 August 2017 Qatar announced that, effective immediately, nationals of 80 countries can enter the country visa-free for stays of up to 30 days or 90 days.

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QATAR – Visa-Free Entry Introduced for 80 Nationalities

This news alert was prepared using information provided by FutureGate Business Services.

UNITED STATES – Supreme Court Partially Lifts Injunction on President Trump’s March Executive Order on Immigration

On 26 June 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) partially lifted the injunction and agreed to hear arguments on President Trump’s 6 March 2017 executive order (EO) entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.

While the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the full case in October, in the meantime, it issued a limited order (or decision) which will allow the Administration to ban those nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries (Iran Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and refugees, who cannot show “a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

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UNITED STATES – US Supreme Court Partially Lifts Injunction on President Trump’s March Executive Order on Immigration

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio Kattar and Littler.
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