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important visa updates for Indian travellers in 2024

The summer holiday season is almost here. As you plan your trip, keep these new visa restrictions in mind to ensure a smooth and hassle-free vacation. Here are four visa trends to watch in 2024:

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Japan introduces eVisas for Indian tourists.

Starting in April, Japan will provide eVisa applications in India. VFS Global manages the procedure through its Japan Visa Application Centres. The application process remains substantially same, and you must still submit your documentation and application to VFS. This eVisa is geared for short-term tourism, with a single-entry option that allows stays of up to 90 days. Both Indian residents and international nationals who live in India are eligible to apply. While the application procedure stays the same, visas will now be given online rather than physical stickers in passports. Upon receipt of the eVisa, visitors must submit a visa issue notification on their mobile device at the airport, which needs internet access. PDFs, photographs, screenshots, and printed copies of the eVisa are not acceptable.

Bulgaria and Romania now issue Schengen visas

Bulgaria and Romania have partially joined the Schengen Area. With this expansion, the Schengen region now encompasses 29 countries in continental Europe, and Indian travelers may use their Schengen visa to visit all of them. Bulgaria and Romania can now grant Schengen visas to international travelers, allowing for stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. However, visas granted by these two nations prior to April 1 will not provide access to the full Schengen region. Travelers from non-Schengen countries may still be subjected to passport checks while travelling between Schengen locations. You may obtain a visa for Bulgaria and Romania using their official websites.

Dubai’s five-year, multiple-entry tourist visa


In response to a huge growth in Indian visitor numbers, Dubai implemented a new visa procedure in February. The new visa provides a five-year, multiple-entry option that allows for stays of up to 90 days in the nation, which may be extended once and cannot exceed 180 days per year. It allows for unlimited admissions and departures during a five-year period, making it suitable for both business and pleasure visits. A passport photo, a valid passport for at least six months, six months' worth of bank statements with a minimum amount of $4,000 (Rs 3,33,447), health insurance, and round-trip aircraft tickets are all required. No sponsorship is necessary for the application. Processing takes 2-5 days, and applications are accepted through the GDRFA website or app, as well as the official ICP website.


Stricter student visa rules for overseas students in Australia


To curb immigration, Australia tightens student visa regulations, beginning March 23. Key changes include the establishment of a Genuine Student Test and a No Further Stay rule, which restricts international students' employment prospects. A No Further Stay (NFS) condition on the visa precludes the visa holder from applying for further visas within Australia, such as work visas or permanent residency, without first leaving the country. Immigrant students and graduate visa holders would also face increased English competency requirements. To see if your visa contains a No Further Stay clause, consult your grant letter or this website.

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