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Dubai aims to attract 20 million visitors per year by 2020

  WVNTR – The UAE department of tourism and commerce marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of tourism in Dubai.   Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 is a strategic roadmap with the key objective of attracting 20 million visitors per year by 2020, doubling the number welcomed in […]

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The richest countries with the weakest passports

Rich countries don’t always have strong passports. Image: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch WVN – (WEF) – Citizens of rich nations don’t necessarily have the best passports. In fact, some have incredibly limiting ones. Henley and Partners — Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index breaks down the value of nationality into four parts; freedom of travel, freedom of settlement, […]

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Holders of passports who do not require a visa to enter Spain

WVN – The government of Spain have listed passport holders that does not require visa to enter Spain and passport holders that requires visa before entry. Here’s everything you need to know: 1. The European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland • Residency requirements for EU citizens planning to live in Spain for more than three […]

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South Africans can visit these 91 countries without a visa nightmare The pain of paperwork can put you right off your holiday or business trip. But your SA passport is more handy than you might think at getting you through the world's immigration desks.

WVN – The South African – Did you know: South Africans now need a visa in order to enter New Zealand and Colombia? That wasn’t the case a year ago, but then these whimsical government tit-for-tat decisions are rarely made with us simple travellers in mind. However, despite this double blow to your freedom of […]

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Germany privatizes visa application services

WVN – German consulates are contracting out more and more visa application services, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Critics fear that the practice could increase the risk of data leaks — and the temptation to corruption. The German government is increasingly outsourcing its consular visa services to companies that have access to private information, the […]

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Premier approves visa-free status for Philippine nationals

WVN – (CNA) Focus Taiwan – Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has approved a plan to give visa-free status to citizens of the Philippines, according to Minister without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen (張景森). In response to enquires from CNA, Chang said Thursday in a text message that Lai has decided to grant visa-free privileges to Philippine nationals […]

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These are Africa’s most powerful passports

WVN – This article is part of the World Economic Forum on Africa. Visa-free travel is something many of us take for granted in today’s increasingly interconnected world. But for many Africans this modern luxury is much more of a lottery, with citizens of some African countries enjoying similar travel rights to Europeans, while others […]

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