2020 (and late 2019) News for travelers around the world. Share
In complement to our directory of travel-related web sites, our feature articles, and our online travel guides, we point out here good and bad news which are of interest for travelers in various parts of the world. This includes also information about some practical changes (e.g. as for entry requirements) and various changes in the air travel market. News and other useful information are added whenever appropriate. Read this page as often as necessary.
January 2020 - Guinea: electronic visa is set up.
While Guinea has implemented an electronic visa system in French and English for different types of visas (mainly tourist visa, transit visa and long-stay visa) since two months, Guinea's embassies abroad want to continue to issue paper visas. The Embassy of Guinea in France has put online its own platform for Guinean visa applications by French nationals.
January 2020 - Malawi: implementation of an e-visa system.
Malawi introduced also an electronic visa system two months ago. This system applies to both the single or multiple entry visa and the transit visa. It is available to citizens of all countries (including those in Europe and North America) who need a visa to enter Malawi. The fee is to be paid in US dollar by credit or debit card. The official website for applying for the Malawi e-visa is only in English.
December 2019 - World: airlines that ceased operations in 2019
In 2019, more than 20 large or smaller airlines ceased operations. Most of them had gone bankrupt. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
In Europe : Germania (Germany), Thomas Cook (UK), Flybmi (UK), WOW (Iceland), Aigle Azur (France), XL Airways (France), Adria (Slovenia), Astra Airlines (Greece). In the Americas : California Pacific (US), Via Airlines (US), Insel Air (Curaçao), Fly Jamaica Airways (Jamaica), Aerolíneas de Antioquía (Colombia), Peruvian Airlines (Peru), TAM Bolivia. In Asia : Asian Express Airline (Tajikistan), Air Philip (South Korea), Jet Airways (India), Wisdom Airways (Thailand), New Gen Airways (Thailand), Taron Avia (Armenia).
December 2019 - Japan: Attending the 2020 Olympic Games without visa.
Citizens of 68 countries are exempted from visa if they do not stay in Japan more than 90 days. They must however be holder of a passport that is valid at least 6 months after their arrival in Japan. Are included in this list of visa-exempted countries: among others, all countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Israel as well as the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. Citizens of some countries (Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, ...) can even stay in Japan for up to 6 months without a visa, while those of a few countries (Thailand, ...) are only admitted without a visa for 15 days.
In all other cases (longer stay, gainful employment in Japan or citizen of a country not exempt from visa, e.g. China and Russia), a visa to Japan is required to attend the 2020 Olympics Games. Japan is preparing to implement an electronic visa system. But, currently, this system is not available and the conditions to use it when it will be ready are not known. All the sites that currently (December 2019) are shown in search engine results (Google and others) on keywords such as "eVisa Japan" are therefore not official. As long as the official website of the Japanese eVisa is not available, people who need a visa have no choice but to submit their application to the Japanese Embassy in their country.
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