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Fed Govt of Nigeria installs 30-second biometric gates for Immigration at airports

By: visas / February 26, 2024

The Federal Government has installed 30-second biometric clearance gates for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at all international airports across the country. The biometric gates have the capacity to screen and clear a passenger within 30 seconds without any interface or contacts with Immigration personnel. When inaugurated, the gates would provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering […]

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Chinese Visa Application Centers closed for “Chinese New Year”

By: visas / February 12, 2024

The Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Johannesburg and the two visa offices in Durban and Cape Town will be closed from Monday, 12th to Wednesday, 14th February for Chinese Spring Festival holiday. Please be kindly reminded your collection date will be postponed. Please note that usually the peak days will start right after the […]

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El Al stops all South African flights

By: visas / January 29, 2024

Direct flights between Israel and South Africa will stop from April 1. El Al has announced that it will halt its flights from that date. According to Israeli news service, the downgrade in relations between the two countries resulting from the attack on Israel and subsequent war in Gaza have led to diminishing numbers of […]

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The future of Travel is Digital

By: visas / January 22, 2024

The fast-paced change taking place across the travel industry and allied businesses is being strongly driven by the momentum of digital technology, the expectations of younger markets and sustainability issues. It’s time for industry, governments, and workforces to adapt or be left behind. Airport and airline technology provider SITA has issued a report on ‘Global […]

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UK Tourist VISA Holders Can Work in UK Starting from 2024

By: visas / January 18, 2024

As we step into the new year, the United Kingdom is setting a new precedent in immigration and tourism policies. Starting from January 31, 2024, a significant overhaul in the Visitor Visa system will come into effect, as announced by the UK government. This move is not just a policy shift, but a strategic approach […]

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16 countries you can travel to where the rand is stronger in 2024

By: visas / January 15, 2024

2023 was a topsy-turvy year for South Africans as they attempted to grapple with a volatile currency, its worst year of rolling blackouts to date, and a seemingly ever-increasing cost of living. At the start of the year, the rand was trading at around R17 to the dollar, but ended 2023 at around R18.30. While […]

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Kenya goes visa-free for travelers – but there’s a catch

By: visas / January 12, 2024

CNN —  Traveling to one of Africa’s most popular destinations seemed to be about to get a lot easier in 2024 after the government of Kenya announced tourists would no longer need a visa. And then people started reading the small print. While many international visitors no longer need to buy a visa costing upward of […]

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Iran waives visa requirements for 33 nations

By: visas / January 9, 2024

Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarghami has said the Iranian Cabinet has decided to unilaterally cancel visa requirements for visitors from India and several other countries. Iran earlier this week decided to waive visa requirements for 33 countries. Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Zarghami said the decision is aimed […]

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Ten ways to avoid scams when booking travel

By: visas / December 16, 2023

With news of hackers increasing attacks on customers, we ask two cyber-security and travel fraud experts for their top tips on how to protect yourself when booking a trip. When a cyber-criminal sent Isabel Wagner an email, pretending to be the hotel she’d just booked, it’s unlikely that the would-be fraudster knew who she […]

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Kenya to become visa-free from January 2024!

By: visas / December 14, 2023

Since 2022, Kenya and Somalia have been working to normalise their diplomatic relations

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