Ponant forced to cancel NZ cruise season over visa dispute
More than 650 Kiwis will be left high and dry this cruise season after Ponant was forced to cancel its ‘expedition bubbles’.
New Zealand turns away Ponant ship ahead of planned ‘bubble expeditions’
The cruise line’s long-awaited New Zealand cruise season is facing an uncertain future after the NZ government denied visas to a majority of the ship’s crew.
Federal government accidentally advises visa applicants to travel overseas despite COVID-19 pandemic
Looks like someone at the Department of Home Affairs is getting fired after accidentally telling visa applicants to get overseas immediately during a global pandemic.
APAC countries dominate the latest passport rankings
They might seem fairly useless right now, but that hasn’t stopped Henley & Partners from churning out its latest passport index.
Saudi Arabia extends visa policy for international visitors
by Christian Fleetwood
Saudi Arabia has taken a further step toward opening the country to international tourists. But the timing of its announcement, amid growing regional tensions, couldn’t be worse.
Aussie tradie detained in the Philippines for overstaying his visa
The Perth man said he went to the Philippines for dental surgery, but “met a girl” and overstayed his visa by seven months.
Saudi Arabia plans to attract 100 million tourists per year by 2030
by Christian Fleetwood
The conservative nation is offering visas to non-religious visitors in a bid to open the country to the world, but its timing couldn’t be worse.
Sri Lanka offers free tourist visas, PM says country ready to be promoted as “safe” destination
Sri Lanka has taken a big step in getting tourists back to the country, offering free one-month visas on arrival to citizens from almost 50 countries, including Australia.
Australian woman who overstayed Thai visa by 100 days to be sent home
An Australian woman is soon to arrive home having been placed in a Thai detention centre for “massively” overstaying her visa.
Visiting Papua New Guinea just got a whole lot easier
Australia’s closest neighbour just introduced a new online visa portal! Similarly, we’re introducing a new level of productivity to our day by drinking four coffees in a row.
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