South Korea to Issue E-Visas for Southeast Asian Tourists

The government of South Korea has announced that they are issue e-visas to tourists for travelling from Southeast Asia from May 2017 in a bid to increase tourism in the area which has been hampered by rising tensions between Beijing and Seoul. China has been reducing tourism to South Korea since last year following a […]

China Set to Benefit from Thailand’s Extension of Permit Policy

China Set to Benefit from Thailand’s Extension of Permit Policy

Those visiting Thailand with Chinese passports can go directly into Thailand without the need for a country permit. That is because the government of Thailand has extended the permit laws that was meant to be obsolete by February 28. Laws governing the free permits or permits-on-arrival with a 50% price reduction for 22 nations and […]

Japan Ex-Cop Pushes for Immigration Policy

Japan Ex-Cop Pushes for Immigration Policy

When you talk about the issue of public safety and acts of violence in Japan, nobody knows for sure the situation as much as TakajiKunimatsu. The previous chief of the National Police Agency has handled some important criminal activities during the span of his career, including the Asama Sanso Incident of 1972. That incidence was […]

Visa relaxation to attract Chinese investment

Visa relaxation to attract Chinese investment

Outward tourism from China has witnessed massive growth over the past few years. Now this tourism from the massive number of Chinese tourists across the world is fuelling a race to attract Chinese investment and tourism leading to a number of countries relaxing their visas rules for wealthy Chinese tourists. Many countries, including Australia and […]

Vietnam trials e-visa system

Vietnam trials e-visa system

Vietnam has become the latest in a long line of countries that has introduced e-visas to their travel systems.  Many countries have already successfully introduced the e-visa scheme including India, who have introduced partial e-visa systems for tourist and medical travellers. Vietnam has introduced a pilot scheme for the past two years trialling an e-visa […]

China “Frequent Traveller Passport” post fake

China  “Frequent Traveller Passport” post fake

Chinese travellers face some of the most stringent travel restrictions of anywhere across the globe. Currently they are allowed visa free enter to 50 countries around the world ranking them 87th out of 104 countries in the 2016 Visa Restriction Index.  A recent post that suggested that the restrictions were to be lifted to allow […]

Hong Kong ends visa free travel for Indians

Hong Kong ends visa free travel for Indians

In a major setback for Indians travelling to Hong Kong, Hong Kong has taken the surprise step of withdrawing the visa free travel arrangements between the two countries.  From now on Indians will have to complete a pre-arrival registration before travelling to Hong Kong. “The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on January […]

Iran and Japan discuss visa restriction lift with Russia

Iran and Japan discuss visa restriction lift with Russia

A number of countries are expressing interest in reducing visa requirements for travel to and from Russia in a bid to encourage trade and tourism between countries. Firstly Iran’s Ambassador to Russia has announced that Tehran is ready to enter into discussions to abolish the requirements for a visa to travel from Russia.  It has […]