CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

Effective 1 November 2018, the Shanghai authorities have launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports.

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CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

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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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CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Bulgarians and Romanians

Effective 1 December 2017, nationals of Bulgarian and Romania no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays (normally for up to six months) for visiting, business and tourism.

However, similar to other visa-exempt travellers, they will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.

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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

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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

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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

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