‘VINAYAKA BULLETIN’.- 5th Addition.

**News Dated from 18th Dec-24th Dec, 2022**


1. Qatar resumes Visa on Arrival after FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Qatar’s Visa on Arrival policy has been reinstated, replacing Hayya card requirements. Visitors from more than 95 nationalities can now enjoy Visa on Arrival and explore Qatar’s iconic offerings and a burst of new family-friendly attractions that have opened in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

2. Visa required for Indian Nationals travelling to Serbia

 From 1 January 2023, all Indian nationals visiting Serbia would require visa to enter the Republic of Serbia. The existing arrangement of visa-free entry into Serbia for all Indian passport holders for staying in Serbia up to 30 days has been withdrawn by the Government of Serbia.

3. Andhra Pradesh gets nod for Eegalapenta – Srisailam ropeway

The 400 crore project between Eegalapenta in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is part of the Parvatamala Pariyojan Project under the Centre. Special Chief Secretary, APTDC said, “With a large number of devotees visiting the Srisailam temple, the ropeway project would help tourism development.

4. MOT to wind up all overseas India Tourism offices before 31 March 2023

According to an official order, MOT has decided to wind up all the overseas India Tourism offices before 31 March 2023. In line with this, all the officers posted in the ITOs overseas have been requested to take necessary action and submit an action taken report.

5. India restores e-Visa facility for Canadian passport holders

“e-Visa facility for Canadian passport-holders has been restored, with effect from 20 December 2022. Those Canadian passport-holders who wish to visit India for tourism, business, medical or conference purposes, may apply for e-Visa at indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html” – Indian High Commission.

6. UK providing special visas to Indians.

Under the new Youth Mobility Partnership Scheme, the UK will provide 3,000 visas annually to educated young Indian professionals aged 18 to 30 years to work and live in the United Kingdom for up to two years.

7. UAE to expand its 5-year multiple-entry tourist visa.

The UAE is working on a plan to expand the scope of its five-year multiple-entry tourist visa. The tourist visa allows the holder to enter and leave the UAE multiple times, as long as they remain in the country for at least 90 days during each visit.

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