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China: New Visa Rules Passed

(Aug. 26, 2013) On July 12, 2013, the State Council promulgated a set of new rules governing the entry of foreigners into the People’s Republic of China, the Regulations on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Aliens. Upon entering into effect on September 1, 2013, the Regulations will replace the existing Rules for […]

Brazil: National Borders Plan

(Oct. 7, 2011) On October 3, 2011, Brazil's Minister of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo, was quoted as saying that the National Borders Plan currently being discussed by the government anticipates a duplication in the number of federal agents of the Federal Police, Federal Highway Police, and the National Public Security Force working in the country's […]

Georgia: Court Verdicts on Border-Crossing Offenses Vary Depending on Nationality of the Accused

(July 11, 2011) Russia continues to expand its ties with the secessionist Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are promoted as vacation destinations for Russian summer travelers. (See news reports and travel information [in Russian], Abkhazian Embassy in Russia website (last visited July 8, 2011).) However, the border crossing into these territories from […]

France: Creation of an Automated Border Control System

(Nov. 22, 2010) Decree 2010-1274 of October 25, 2010, creates an automatic personal data processing system referred to as PARAFE, Passage Rapide aux Frontières Extérieures (Automated Fast-Track Crossing at External Borders) to decrease the cost of border control and the waiting time and to improve the identification of persons in order to facilitate the fight […]

European Union: Deployment of Rapid Intervention Border Teams to Secure Greek-Turkish Border

(Nov. 8, 2010) On November 2, 2010, at the request of the Greek government, the European Union border management agency (Frontex) gathered patrols from all EU Member States except Ireland and Great Britain and from two non-EU member states, Iceland and Norway, and dispatched them to patrol an area of 120 kilometers on a “24-hour […]

China: Entry Ban Lifted for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS

(May 5, 2010) On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and Exit of Aliens (hereinafter “Measures”), which lifted the ban in the old Measures on aliens with HIV/AIDS or leprosy from entering China. (Text of the amendment […]

China: China Lifts Entry Ban for Foreigners with HIV/AIDS

(May 4, 2010) On April 24, 2010, the State Council of China published a decision amending the Implementation Measures of the People's Republic of China Law on Entry and Exit of Aliens (hereinafter “Measures”), which lifted the ban in the old Measures on aliens with HIV/AIDS or leprosy from entering China. (The amendment and the […]

European Union; Switzerland: Schengen Area Accession

(Jan. 12, 2009) The Schengen acquis (body of law) came into being in 1985 when the governments of Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement in Schengen, Luxembourg, to establish an area free of internal borders for nationals, goods, and services. In June 1990, the five original signatories signed the Convention that […]