5-year visa for Russian Tourists and businesspeople

Up until recently, Russians could theoretically obtain a visa for 5 years for the Schengen countries, but they practically got a visa for 1 or 2 years. The updated Visa code implements new measures that have to be complied with by all applicants wishing to obtain a Visa for 5 years. Initially, limitation of stay […]

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Visa liberalisation for Turkey: EU criteria must be met, say MEPs

The EU should make sure that all its requirements are met before granting Turkey visa-free access to the Schengen area, stressed Civil Liberties Committee MEPs in a debate with the EU Commission on Monday. Most MEPs criticised the Commission for proposing a visa waiver for Turkish nationals even though the country has not yet fulfilled […]

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Turkey must fulfil all criteria to get visa-free travel to the EU, say MEPs

Turkey must fulfil all the requirements laid down by the EU in order to be granted visa-free access to the Schengen area, stressed Civil Liberties Committee MEPs in Thursday’s debate on Ankara’s progress in delivering on its visa liberalisation roadmap.  A majority of MEPs rejected the idea of relaxing the criteria and called on the […]

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Spain opened in Moscow a visa center for tour operators and travel agencies

A second visa center of Spain was opened in Moscow last week to serve only tour operators and travel agencies. “In September 2015a biometric system of Schengen visas was introduces, which caused a slight slowdown in the process of issuing visas. To minimize this effect, the General Consulate of Spain in Moscow decided to open […]

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Blackstone to acquire VFS Global

Blackstone, EQT and the Kuoni and Hugentobler Foundation (“KHF”) today announce that funds managed by Blackstone Capital Partners (“Blackstone”) have signed a definitive agreement with EQT VII fund (“EQT Private Equity”) and KHF to acquire a majority stake in VFS Global. EQT Private Equity will remain indirectly invested in the Company with a minority position […]

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Global travel restrictions are averaging 350 per country this far into pandemic

With travel reopening more widely this year since the pandemic hit -particularly in highly vaccinated North America, the UK and the European Union- it might seem as though global movement is inching its way back to a more reasonable cadence, in spite of the Delta variant, and that tourism is slowly getting back on track. […]

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Mixed prospects for Summer 2021 as Europe works to overcome vaccine hurdles

As Europe works to accelerate vaccination programmes over the coming months and control the spread of COVID-19, the expected easing of restrictions provides some hope for travel in summer 2021. Published today, the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) quarterly report ‘European Tourism Trends & Prospects’  outlines that despite vaccine hurdles in recent months, the inoculation programmes […]

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WTTC ’s Annual Global Summit Awards Recognise Leadership Of The Highest Quality

Countries and top tourism leaders from around the world have been recognised with awards by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), at its Global Summit 2021 in Cancun, for their outstanding global leadership. The awards acknowledged the world-class leadership qualities displayed by a specially selected group from among hundreds of the world’s foremost business Travel & […]

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95% of Travellers Eager to Travel Abroad As Soon As Travel Bans Are Removed, Survey Shows

Entry bans and other travel restrictions as quarantine, testing, and recently even vaccine certificates have mostly affected couples and families, a recent survey conducted by shows. Through the survey, in which participated 8,205 travellers from different parts of the world, 41 per cent of whom travel more than three times a year, 20.5 per cent three […]

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State aid: Commission approves €1.25 billion German measure to recapitalise TUI

The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute up to €1.25 billion to the recapitalisation of TUI AG (TUI), the parent company of the TUI Group, as part of a wider support package. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “As many other companies […]

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