The UAE government has announced that it will soon introduce transit visas for tourists, making it possible for holiday-makers travelling via the country to stay on for 48 hours at no cost.
While the implementation date for the policy is yet to be confirmed, media reports state that the transit visa will be made available through express counters at passport controls in airports in the UAE, granting travellers access to emirates such as Abu Dhabi.
Powered by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in-house research and expert commentary, Henley & Partners has released its latest Henley Passport Index. The report ranks passports from every country around the world according to the number of countries its holders can travel to without a visa.
According to its website, “the Henley Passport Index is the most rigorous and sophisticated measure of global access. It goes beyond a simple ranking of passports to provide you with an in-depth picture of your travel freedom, including which countries you can access with which type of visa”.
An announcement has been made by Kenya’s newly sworn-in President, Uhuru Kenyatta, confirming that all Africans travelling to the republic would be issued with visas on arrival.
President Kenyatta, who will serve his second term in office, makes the announcement as the continent draws closer to 2018; the year in which the pan-African passport had in recent years been reported to be introduced. This would allow travellers from across the continent to move between countries without securing a visa prior to travelling.
Following recent reports that the Nigerian government had confirmed plans to offer visas to African travellers upon arrival in the west African country, the Nigerian minister of information and communications, Lai Mohammed, has said such plans were untrue, according to The Washington Post.
News of Nigeria’s apparent intention to issue visas on arrival first broke following a tweet by the African Union’s (AU) political affairs office on Friday.
However, ABC News has reported that according to Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson for the AU chairperson, the AU is yet to receive details from Nigeria, with the news having been “announced verbally with… Read More
When going abroad, it’s important to ensure all your travel documents are kept safely and within reach. Other than your passport and visa documentation, here’s a handy checklist to make sure you don’t leave the essential pieces of paper behind.
Depending on your travel destination, you might need to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Make sure you have the proof of vaccination or vaccination card with you at the ports of entry where you’ll need clearance. Visit your health practitioner and the World Health Organisation website before you set off to confirm which vaccines you may need.
It is said that around 450 BCE, the first document that served a similar purpose as a passport was issued to one of King Artaxerxes I of Persia’s officials, where in it, he requested “the governors beyond the river” grant his servant safe passage as he traveled through Judea. Today, the passport is a necessary means of travel to enter a possible 218 countries around the world, be it for work or leisure as the globe grows more accessible.
Not all passports are made equal, however. Citizens of some countries have access to more countries than others, without having to… Read More