CANADA – UAE Citizens Visa-Free Starting 5 June 2018

Effective 5 June 2018, nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer require a visa to enter Canada. UAE nationals will be granted entry with only a valid UAE passport and an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). The new visa waiver for UAE nationals will permit stays of up to six months for the purposes of business, tourism, or family visits.

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CANADA – UAE Citizens Visa-Free Starting 5 June 2018

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COLOMBIA – Nationals of Three More Countries Included in Visa-Free Entry Regime

Effective 24 February 2018, the Colombian government has authorised certain nationals of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Qatar and Serbia to enter Colombia without a visa.

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

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.

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

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

On 31 October 2017, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement (a “Memorandum of Understanding”) on the short-stay visa waiver for holders of ordinary passports.

As nationals of each country could already travel visa-free to the other, there are likely to be few if any noticeable changes as a result of the agreement.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

This alert was prepared using information provided by Sgier und Partner and Sesam Business Consultants.

TAIWAN – Philippine Nationals Visa-Exempt from 1 November 2017

Effective 1 November 2017, qualifying Philippine nationals can travel to Taiwan visa-free for stays of up to 14 days, for tourism, business, visiting relatives, or attending functions or events. The visa waiver scheme will run for an initial nine-month trial period, until 31 July 2018.

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TAIWAN – Philippine Nationals Visa-Exempt from 1 November 2017

This news alert was prepared using information provided by People First Relocation.

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.

TAIWAN – New Visa Exemptions for Nationals of Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Effective 12 July 2017, nationals of eleven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are now eligible for visa-free entry to Taiwan for either 30 or 90 days.

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TAIWAN – New Visa Exemptions for Nationals of Latin American and Caribbean Countries

This news alert was prepared using information provided by People First Relocation.

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TAIWAN – Upcoming Relaxation of Visa Rules for Nationals of Southeast and South Asian Countries

Effective 1 June 2017, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will further relax visa rules for visitors from countries in South east and South Asia covered by the “New Southbound Policy”.

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TAIWAN – Upcoming Relaxation of Visa Rules for Nationals of Southeast and South Asian Countries

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Taiwan Immigration & Relocation Company (TIRC).

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.