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Voyage to Colombo

SRI LANKA (eTN) - I arrived yesterday in Sri Lanka after a pleasant flight on the national carrier, a short three-hour hop from Bangkok.

Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism wants visas scrutinized

Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi has announced that he wants Zimbabwe to rethink its visa regime so that the country can earn from tourism.

USA Tourist Visa denied for eTN writer – eTN wants...

(eTN) - With the United States of America establishing a national tourism identity, "Brand USA," travel to the US for tourism purposes becomes a top export earner for the country.

ICTP says Peru’s visa initiative is a smarter way to move...

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) today expressed its strong support for the ministerial initiative of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia to create a common smart visa regime.

Three Latin American countries collaborate on smart visa system

LIMA, Peru - Gathered today in Lima at the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Summit, ministers of tourism and government representatives from the tourism sector of Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador

Improved visa processing and transport to benefit the Caribbean

The tourist industry in the Caribbean will benefit from more visa facilities and improvements in air transport, said Regional Director for the Americas at the World Tourism Organization, Carlos Vogele

India starts visa-on-arrival for Pakistani senior citizens

NEW DELHI, India - After dithering over the decision for over two months, India has finally started a “visa-on-arrival” facility for Pakistani senior citizens on a reciprocal basis, the Dispatch N

Securing travel visas upon entry in Thailand

The visa on arrival - visa exemption rule - allows passport holders of 19 countries to enter Thailand under this rule provided that they meet these requirements:

UNWTO call to revise visa regulations answered by Jamaica

UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) welcomes Jamaica’s decision to waive visa requirements for Eastern European nationals and to extend indefinitely the current visa waiver system for some Latin A

India stops group tourist visa facility for Pakistani tourists before it...

NEW DELHI, India - In a big blow to so-called “Aman ki Asha” (the peace initiative), the Indian Home Ministry decided not to start the group tourist visa facility to Pakistani nationals from tomor

Russia will tighten its visa regime for Muslims

MOSCOW, Russia - Russia will tighten its visa regime for Muslims and will review visas already given to Muslims irrespective of their nationalities, reported Dispatch News Desk (DND) from Moscow.

UNWTO research shows progress on visa policies

New UNWTO research on visa facilitation shows that Asia and the Pacific and the Americas are the most “open” regions in terms of tourist visa requirements.

India and Pakistan activate new travel visa agreement

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan and India put into operation a new visa agreement on Friday when Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik and his Indian counterpart Sushil Kumar Shinde, operationalized

International Coalition of Tourism Partners applauds Rwanda for tourism vision

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - From 2013 onwards, Rwanda will open up its tourism export market by eliminating visa requirements for African nationals

Rwanda scraps visa in advance rule for African nationals

(eTN) - In a remarkable departure from common practice among African states, Rwanda just declared that come January 1 ALL African nationals will be issued visa on arrival, sparing them the often cumbe

Mauritius relaxes visa requirements for 75 countries

(eTN) - A regular source from Port Louis has confirmed information that Mauritius has relaxed visa requirements for 29 African countries and 75 countries overall, aimed to facilitate greater bonds wit

It is time to speak the same travel language

Ministers of Tourism from the world over gathered in London for the 6th UNWTO/WTM [UN World Tourism Organization/World Travel Market] Ministers’ Summit to discuss principally matters relating to vis

Tourism Ministers cite complicated visas processes as barriers to travel growth

LONDON, UK - Ministers of Tourism gathered in London for the 6th UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit concluded that complicated visas processes and policies that limit air connectivity continue to present m

Removing travel barriers a top concern for UNWTO Executive Council

CAMPECHE, Mexico - Ministers of tourism and officials meeting at the 94th session of the UNWTO Executive Council defined advancing visa facilitation and promoting increased air connectivity as priorit

Voice your opinion about visa situation

In 2010, ETOA ran an extensive survey on Schengen, UK, and Ireland visa processing in origin markets across the globe.

India and Pakistan sign new travel visa regime

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - An accord regarding the new travel visa policy has been established by Pakistan and India, and it is being hoped that this visa agreement will prove to be a landmark, which will

Pakistan agrees on soft visa regime but not yet signed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (eTN) - The apparent lack of interest of the Foreign Office of Pakistan missed another chance for a soft visa regime between India and Pakistan.

UNWTO welcomes T20 decision to advance visa facilitation

UNWTO welcomes the Declaration issued by the Tourism Ministers of the G20 economies (T20) calling for priority to be given to facilitating travel as a means to boost economic growth and create jobs.

Streamlining the travel visa process

Visa facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. The G20 can have a particularly important role to play in this respect.

Stimulating travel demand with improved visa procedures

The leaders of the travel and tourism industry attending the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 12th Global Summit in Tokyo, Japan, today actively committed to work together to have governments

Russian family first to visit Guam under visa waiver program

TUMON, Guam - On January 17, 2012, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) welcomed the first Russian visitors since the US Department of Homeland Security approved visa parole for Russian citizens on January

Obama’s executive order calls for 40 percent increase in travel visa...

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Citing the power of travel to fuel economic recovery and create jobs, President Barack Obama today ordered a series of initiatives targeted at increasing travel and tourism in th

American Ambassador Gary Locke Presents 1 millionth visa to Chinese visitor

On December 14, 2011, at the United States Embassy in Beijing, American Ambassador Gary Locke issued visas to visa-applicant Mr. Yu and his family of three.

Take part in a survey of the visa process

ETOA is currently running a short snapshot survey of the Schengen visa process in five major origin markets: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa.

Travel restrictions ease for Colombians visiting Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's Tourism Minister, the Hon.