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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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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QATAR – Rejected Block Visa Amendment Applications May Not Be Resubmitted Within 20 Days

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labour in Qatar has implemented a new rule, requiring employers whose block visa amendment application has been rejected to wait 20 days before resubmitting the application.

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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

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MEXICO – Reminder: Failure to Report Change of Address May Lead to Financial Penalty

Mexico City Aerial ViewEmployers of foreign nationals in Mexico are reminded that all foreign residents in Mexico must notify the Mexican National Immigration Institute (INM) of their personal address within 90 days of any change of address due to the recent earthquakes in Mexico, or for any other reason.

Failure to comply with this obligation may subject the foreign resident to the payment of a fine.

  • Employers should ensure their employees notify the INM of any change of address within 90 days to avoid financial sanctions.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Arellano Abogados.

PANAMA – Chinese Nationals No Longer Require Authorized Visas

Effective 17 October 2017, Chinese nationals can enter Panama with a consular Stamped Visa, and no longer require an Authorized Visa.

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PANAMA – Chinese Nationals No Longer Require Authorized Visas

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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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