Visas

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Egypt Now Requires Visa in Advance (Except Certain Tour Groups)

Egypt has stopped issuing visas on arrival for individual travelers, reports Travel Weekly. There is an exception for “tourist groups travelling with and sponsored by Egyptian Tour operators.” The Egypt Embassy in Washington, DC confirms this, noting that applications take 10 business days to process, plus mailing time. Same from US State Department. This will…

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Burundi Visa on Arrival

Burundi sees few visitors and has few overseas diplomatic missions, so virtually all nationalities can get visa on arrival. When I see both Chinese and Indian passport holders able to get visas on arrival, I know it is legit since they so often need visas in advance. Side note, I like the Chinese guys coming…

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The East Africa Borderless Visa for Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda

Reading the local newspaper on my flight out of Rwanda I saw an item about the 3-country East Africa Borderless Visa. For US$100 it provides 90-day multiple-entries to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The article noted that Tanzania has plans to join without giving a timetable. Further, that few have applied for this visa as it…

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Rwanda New Visa on Arrival Process

November 1, 2014 Rwanda instituted a visa on arrival process for the US and several other countries that had previously been visa-free. Other impacted nationalities are Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. All other nationalities must get visas in advances, except certain African countries, while nationals of Hong Kong, Mauritius, Philippines,…

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Uganda Visa on Arrival

When things go perfectly in travel it can feel oh so good. Uganda offers visa on arrival to US citizens and other nationalities. The standard visa is US$50. The US State Department discourages travelers from using visa on arrival and the Ugandan Embassy in Washington does not mention it on its website. Other sites recommend…

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US-China Visas Now 10 Years!

Great news for frequent China travelers! The US and China have reached a bilateral agreement to reciprocally issue 10-year, multiple-entry visas for tourist and business purposes. As the US has made its visa processes increasingly difficult and expensive, China has been one among a number of countries to reciprocate. China progressively raised matching fees and…

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US Passports in 2016: New Design and No Additional Pages

US passports are getting a makeover in 2016. The information page will be made of polycarbonate and contain an embedded info chip, according to Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary for passport services, reports the LA Times. She confirmed comments made to me earlier this year at the NYT Travel Show that it will not be…

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Kazakhstan Visa Free for US + 9 Countries Starting July 15

Kazakhstan is going visa-free in a one-year trial from July 15, 2014 to July 14, 2015 for nationals of the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, UAE, South and Japan. For US citizens, Kazakhstan joins neighbors Kyrgyzstan in offering visa-free entry. Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan remain among the more involved visas to obtain, in…

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India Visa Outsource Company Debacle and Street Fights

The Indian Embassy’s move of visa providers has gone horribly wrong. I wrote about the nationwide move from terrible BLS to CKGS with cautious optimism that it hopefully would not get worse. Reader Sonia showed alerted me that the transition has been a disaster. The San Francisco Examiner has published two articles, Outsourced Indian visa…

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