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Reciprocity? Many Latin American countries charge reciprocity fees from USA citizens on rationale that their citizens have to pay same fees when applying for visas to USA. Russian Federation for example goes further and tries to match visa conditions both ways. Then your answer would be: they require citizens of states with high HDI to get visas because ...


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As of today, no. Nothing has currently changed (other than currency prices, which are of interest to international travelers). There will be a prolonged negotiating period over the next several years (specifically, two years after Article 50 is invoked unless a different agreement is reached), and immigration controls will inevitably be a large part of ...


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Check-in staff go by Timatic, which is based on information provided to IATA by local immigration authorities. They won't change their mind even if you call an embassy in front of them. Unfortunately there is a misunderstanding on your part: it is not the 3-month passport validity requirement in and of itself that was new, but the 15-day visa exemption ...


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It's a good question, and I've often wondered this myself. Alamar's answer is a big part of it. I'm not sure if it adds up to much, but here are a few other things I can think of: Control Countries may wish to exercise a certain amount of control regardless. For example, India practices stringent screening of people of Pakistani origin (Even third ...


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Rather than an 'Open' date stamp (an all-in-one) that grants six months, the Officer has done a "coded" landing". This means he/she was not 100% confident you were a genuine visitor, but landed you anyway. The ref number relates to the ref number on the Landing Card that you completed. This means the card will be retained. On future arrivals if there are any ...


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San Marino is landlocked and does not have a commercial airport, so the only way to get there is to cross the land border from Italy, which requires one already to have entered the Schengen Area, with all the visa requirements that implies. Thus the visa-free agreement between San Marino and China is in practice irrelevant for your girlfriend. It is just ...


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As a rule of thumb, the worse the visa regime, the worse the country's regime. It's the tinpot dictatorships of the world (Turkmenistan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Angola, etc) that make it the hardest to get visas and watch visitors most closely, not because they're particularly concerned about Norwegians stealing their jobs, but because they're afraid ...


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Bottom line: Tourists, visitors, and transit cases are not affected by the UK's vote to leave the European Union. The relevant issues are about asylum seekers and some types of EU nationals who seek to gain (or persist) settlement in the UK. If you are an EU national exercising derived rights or exercising treaty rights, please use Expats for your questions/...


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My wife is a UK General Practitioner, and this is what she has said after recent guidance distributed through GP Update and Hot Topics courses: We are obligated to keep any identified overstayer on the premises and inform the local police in order for them to come and arrest that person. However, she also says this: We have no way to identify any ...


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Something to keep in mind here: Foreigners must register where they are staying in China. Normally the hotel does this for you--but note that this means the government computers have everything they need to catch you if they have thus programmed them. Whether they have nor not I do not know. Being caught on the street is a trivial risk compared to this. ...


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US citizen? You have to follow the 90/180 rule. At any day you're in any Germany and not just when you enter you must have been no more than 90 days out of the previous 180 in any Schengen state. (Partial days count.) You cannot work in Germany, you have to be able to afford the trip and have either cash on hand or access to funds.


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You are a US national who entered the UK under Paragraph 23A of the Immigration Rules... A person who is not a visa national and who is seeking leave to enter on arrival in the United Kingdom for a period not exceeding 6 months for a purpose for which prior entry clearance is not required under these Rules may be granted such leave, for a period not ...


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Visa on arrival (VOA) means that on arrival, you will need to queue up at a visa counter, apply and pay for a visa, which gets pasted into your passport on the spot, before you go to immigration. (Usually, anyway, since separating the money handlers from the immigration guy reduces the opportunities for graft, but a few countries merge everything to one ...


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You are a non-visa national wanting to visit the UK for a job interview. You are worried (and rightfully so) that you might get some stick at the control point. The first step is to go to Appendix 3 of Appendix V called "Permitted Activities". See if what you want to do is listed (hint: it is). Make a print out of Appendix 3 with your proposed activities ...


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Answer to my own question: I was able to apply for (in Singapore) and obtain a MACS sticker in my passport for 30 ringgit, issued to foreigners other than nationals of Afghanistan, Colombia, Israel and African countries. Holders don't get their passports stamped in or out of Malaysia, can be processed at dedicated lanes and don't need to fill out the ...


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This is only a partial answer, but it's too long for a comment. There is a separate Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program that is open to citizens of certain countries, including Australia. ("CNMI" stands for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.) There have been some proposed changes to this program under which applicants for this program will be asked, ...


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This is a literal, rather than idiomatic, translation. In Russian the text is "белым списком шенгена" which is probably better translated as "Schengen whitelist". This seems to be referring to countries whose nationals do not require a visa to travel to countries in the Schengen area, as this is what is happening for Ukraine, but neither this term or the ...


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Nothing for quite some time. No law has changed. This was merely a non-binding referendum. Presumably the executive will agree with the people and Article 50 will be triggered by the PM, but even then, this is the first time it's ever happened so 1) it'll take a couple of years to sort out and 2) people aren't exactly sure how it'll happen. As a result -...


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https://travelfreedom.io/compare/?compare=ch|cn Click on "Show Map" and select "Exclusive" mode, and you'll be able to see which countries you can both travel to.


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You will need to apply for a visa as you have travelled to Iran and you are a national of Iran. Link to cbp.gov Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States, without a waiver, under the VWP: Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iraq, ...


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It depends on which country you think most of the participants will come from. If it's an international conference, bear in mind that US / Canadian visas - even for short visits - are NOT easy to get for people from many countries. Even if it's for the purpose of a conference, I have heard many anecdotal stories from friends and colleagues who require a ...


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There's several approaches you can take. They all involve some planning, and there are some extra marks of caution. Mix Schengen and non-schengen stays. The actual Schengen rules say for any given day in the Schengen area, you must have spent less than 90 out of the 180 preceeding days in the Schengen area. The EU even provides a calculator to help with ...


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Background. When a British Immigration Officer scans your passport the scanner retrieves basic information like nationality, passport number, name, and birth date. This is taken from the passport itself. The system then takes that information and queries an internal database to see if a "stop flag" has been raised. It's a simple 'yes/no' check mark on the ...


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Being in my lower twenties, I've never been grilled either at JFK, ORD or LAX (the latter of which was after the VWP extra security measures were implemented), and I was travelling alone for plain tourism. What I've been asked is: Where I'm going For what purpose For how long Why I'm travelling now out of all times. What I do at home How I, a student, ...


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Bahrain issues e-visas. There are several ISB-BAH flights, several LHE-BAH flights and one KHI-BAH flight, each day. I think those are the only direct flights to such a country. For flights with a connection: UAE allows airside transit without a visa, even for Pakistani citizens. Since Dubai (and Abu Dhabi) are major international hubs, this opens up a ...


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To be somewhat of a nitpick, there are two types of bounces. The more common type is when a visitor arrives who does not need a visa (e.g., Canadian, American) or already holds a visa. I wrote a very detailed description of this in an article which starts with... Sometimes people arrive in the UK and do not perform well in their landing interview; ...


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A prior visa does not disqualify you from using the VWP. Among the eligibility requirements for the VWP, you must not have been removed from the US, and you must not have overstayed any previous VWP admission. 8 USC 1187(a)(7): (7) No previous violation If the alien previously was admitted without a visa under this section, the alien must not have ...


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