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Indonesia: Student Visa Rules Eased

(Jan. 27, 2016) Under an agreement of January 21, 2016, between Yasonna H. Laoly, the Minister for Law and Human Rights, and Mohamad Nasir, the Minister for Research and Technology and Higher Education, visa procedures for foreigners planning to study in Indonesia will be simplified and can be completed online. The hope is that the […]

Indonesia: Plan to Extend Visa-Free Entry to More Foreigners

(Dec. 22, 2015) On December 21, 2015, Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, Rizal Ramli, stated that the country will waive the visa requirement for visitors from 84 additional countries, beginning within the week. This decision brings the number of countries whose citizens can enter Indonesia without visas up to 174. (Govt to Include 84 More […]

Brazil: No Tourist Visa Required for Entry During 2016 Olympic Games

(Nov. 3, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a law that waives the requirement for foreigners to have a tourist visa to enter the country during the Olympic Games, which will take place in Brazil in 2016. (Mariana Jungmann, Senado Aprova Dispensa de Visto para Turistas Durante Olimpíada de 2016, AGÊNCIA BRASIL […]

France: Anti-Terrorist Law Prohibiting Citizens from Leaving France Found Constitutional

(Oct. 30, 2015) In November 2014, France adopted a new law to reinforce its fight against terrorism. (Nicolas Boring, France: Six French Citizens Prohibited from Leaving Under New Anti-Terrorism Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Feb. 26, 2015) .) The law gives authorities the option to prohibit French citizens suspected of planning to participate in terrorist activities […]

Portugal: Investment Visa Rules Expanded

(Sept. 16, 2015) Portugal recently altered the requirements for the issuance of permanent visas, to attract more foreigners to invest in the country. The change expanded the possibilities for obtaining a “gold visa” that enables foreigners to permanently live in Portugal and freely travel throughout the European Union. According to the new rules introduced by […]

France: National Assembly Adopts Immigration Bill

(Sept. 9, 2015) The French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale, one of the two houses of the French Parliament) approved legislation on immigration on July 23, 2015. (Projet de loi relatif au droit des étrangers en France [Bill on the Rights of Foreigners in France], Senat [Senate] website (last visited Sept. 9, 2015).) The legislation, which […]

Sri Lanka: Biometric Passports Become Standard

(Aug. 12, 2015) Based on a rule effective August 10, 2015, all passports newly issued by Sri Lanka will contain fingerprints as biometric markers. Existing passports will remain usable, however. The goal is to meet international standards and, according to Immigration and Emigration Controller, General Nihal Ranasinghe, the inclusion of fingerprints will increase the efficacy […]

China; Taiwan: New Rules Facilitate Taiwan Residents Traveling to the Mainland

(July 22, 2015) On June 14, 2015, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China amended an administrative regulation governing the travel of residents of China’s mainland to Taiwan and of Taiwan residents to the mainland, the Measures for the Control of Chinese Citizens Traveling to and from the Region of Taiwan (Measures). Effective […]

Germany: New Anti-Terrorism Legislation Entered Into Force

(July 10, 2015) On June 20 and on June 30, 2015, new anti-terrorism legislation entered into force in Germany. The new law makes it a crime to travel outside the country with the intent to receive terrorist training, adds a new section on terrorism financing to the Criminal Code, and creates national identity card and […]

Indonesia: Questions Raised on Visa-Free Entry Rule

(Mar. 25, 2015) In January 2015, Indonesia suspended the requirement for a visa for visitors to the country from China and several other nations. Later, 30 other countries were added to the list, with a start date for visa-free tourist entrance set in April 2015. Most of the countries named were in Europe, in addition […]