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Cruise

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’.

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Cruise

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.

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Tourism

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.

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Destinations

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.

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Destinations

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.

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Wholesalers

Wendy Wu reveals new visa “inventions” for China

by Huntley Mitchell

Wendy Wu Tours’ supremo was in Australia recently to spread the travel love and announce some whizz-bang new enhancements to the wholesaler’s offering.

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Destinations

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.

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Destinations

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.

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Destinations

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.

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Destinations

Brazil announces visa free entry for Australians

With news that trips to Brazil could save Aussies up to $50, Travel Weekly’s caffeine connoisseurs have elected to drop Blend 43 for the exotic Moccona Barista Reserve.

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Tourism

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.

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Destinations

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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