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North Korea Visa Update: North Korea To Allow US Tourists Year-Round

February 13th, 2010
The relationship between North Korea and the US may not be particularly cordial, but the cash-strapped country is thirsty for American tourist dollars, especially since South Korea's Hyundai group stopped running cross-border tours in 2008. According to Reuters, to encourage US tourists to come visit North Korea, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has agreed to let Americans in year-round. Previously, tourists from the US were only allowed in from August to October for the Arirang Mass Games. However, just because American citizens are being allowed to cross the border, that doesn't mean that you'll be able to move around freely. Americans are restricted to staying in hotels reserved for foreigners , and cannot stay more than 4 nights. Expect to spend your trip being escorted around b


Indian Visa Requirements

December 31st, 2009
American citizens traveling to India are required to have both a valid passport and an Indian visa.  India won't issue a visa for you at the airport, so it is crucial to gather all of the necessary documents and submit your visa application well before you plan to depart. Indian visa requirements vary depending on what type of visa you are applying for (for more information, see Types of Indian Visas). Here are the requirements for the two most common types of visas, tourist visas and business visas. Indian Visa Requirements for Tourists. If you are going to India as a tourist, you will need the following documents: Your valid US passport 2 recent passport-sized photos A completed Indian visa application form. To ensure that your visa application is approved, make sure th


Can You Still Use A Visa After Your Passport Has Expired?

October 31st, 2009
Many countries issue visas that are good for a number of years.  That means that it's entirely possible to end up with a visa that expires after your passport. What happens if your passport is expired but your visa is still valid? The answer depends on the type of visa in question and the country that issued it.  However, in most cases, you can use a valid visa even if your passport is expired.  You do need to renew your passport, though. When you renew your passport, you can usually do one of two things. The first option is to carry the old passport with your visa in it along with your new passport. However, when you travel, you'll have to be very careful to keep track of both passports. If you lose your new passport, you'll be stuck trying to get a new one in a foreign country.


Obtaining a Russian Business Visa

October 20th, 2009
Over the past few years, Russia's economy has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2008, according to the CIA World Factbook, Russia's GDP was $2.266 trillion, the 7th  highest in the world. As Russia's economy grows, business travel to Russia is increasing. This article from BCD Travel notes that in 2006, "Russian business travel volume grew to USD $13 billon — a 17 percent increase over 2005 numbers." Unfortunately, just because business travel to Russia is becoming increasingly common, that doesn't make it easy to get a Russian business visa. Business travelers and tourists alike are caught up in a visa system that the US Department of State has called "restrictive and complicated." If you have a business trip to Russia, here's what you need to get a Russian visa: A valid US pas


Getting a Ghanaian Visa For An Ecotourism Adventure

October 7th, 2009
Ghana may not seem like an obvious vacation choice, but tourism in the country is gradually increasing thanks to the efforts of the government and local conservation groups. According to the National Conservation Research Centre, tourism makes up 4.5% of Ghana's Gross National Product. The government of Ghana wants to attract more tourists, enough to make tourism Ghana's principal source of foreign exchange income. Most tourists come to Ghana for the wildlife-Ghana has successfully created a variety of local ecotourism models to encourage both tourism and conservation. Eco-tourism works because it rewards local communities for conservation with a source of income. In Ghana, prime ecotourism attractions include the Boabeng-Fierna monkey sanctuary, where black and white colobus monk


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