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Sri Lanka: Biometric Passports Become Standard

(Aug. 12, 2015) Based on a rule effective August 10, 2015, all passports newly issued by Sri Lanka will contain fingerprints as biometric markers. Existing passports will remain usable, however. The goal is to meet international standards and, according to Immigration and Emigration Controller, General Nihal Ranasinghe, the inclusion of fingerprints will increase the efficacy […]

China; Taiwan: New Rules Facilitate Taiwan Residents Traveling to the Mainland

(July 22, 2015) On June 14, 2015, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China amended an administrative regulation governing the travel of residents of China’s mainland to Taiwan and of Taiwan residents to the mainland, the Measures for the Control of Chinese Citizens Traveling to and from the Region of Taiwan (Measures). Effective […]

Germany: New Anti-Terrorism Legislation Entered Into Force

(July 10, 2015) On June 20 and on June 30, 2015, new anti-terrorism legislation entered into force in Germany. The new law makes it a crime to travel outside the country with the intent to receive terrorist training, adds a new section on terrorism financing to the Criminal Code, and creates national identity card and […]

Indonesia: Questions Raised on Visa-Free Entry Rule

(Mar. 25, 2015) In January 2015, Indonesia suspended the requirement for a visa for visitors to the country from China and several other nations. Later, 30 other countries were added to the list, with a start date for visa-free tourist entrance set in April 2015. Most of the countries named were in Europe, in addition […]

France: Six French Citizens Prohibited from Leaving Under New Anti-Terrorism Law

(Feb. 26, 2015) A key provision of a new antiterrorism law was recently applied for the first time in France, when authorities confiscated the passports of six would-be jihadist fighters who were believed to be about to leave for Syria. (Six djihadistes français sur le depart privés de passeports [Passports Taken Away from Six Jihadists […]

Mexico: Temporary Visitor Permits Will Be Extended to Additional Central American Migrants

(Oct. 10, 2014) On September 9, 2014, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reported to Members of the Congress of the Union that Mexico plans to grant citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua regional visitor permits. Mexico has granted such permits since July to Guatemalans and Belizeans in order to regulate […]

Estonia: E-Residency May Be Granted to Foreign Investors

(June 6, 2014) On April 24, 2014, the Government of Estonia approved the concept of e-residency, which would allow non-resident foreign investors to use Estonian government online services, open bank accounts, and register businesses in Estonia without visiting the country. (Estonian Government Accepted E-Residency Concept, FINANCE ESTONIA (Apr. 25, 2014).) Profits from the Estonian virtual […]

Israel: Granting of E-2 Equivalent Visas to American Investors

(May 22, 2014) On March 30, 2014, the Israeli government adopted a decision on the “[d]etermination of an arrangement for the grant of temporary residence visas for U.S. investors and for their essential employees, including their families.” (Government Decision No. 1528 [in Hebrew], Prime Minister’s Office website (Mar. 30, 2014).) The arrangement approved by the […]

Brazil: Foreigners Statute Amended

(May 9, 2014) Brazil’s Law No. 12,968 of May 7, 2014 (Lei No. 12.968, de 7 de Maio de 2014, PLANALTO) amended articles 9, 10 and 56 of the Brazilian Foreigners Statute (Estatuto do Estrangeiro, Lei No. 6.815, de 19 de Agosto de 1980, PLANALTO). Starting May 7, 2014, tourist visas may alternatively be requested […]

Vietnam: New Rules on Visas Considered; Other Legislation Discussed

(Feb. 12, 2014) The Vietnamese legislature is considering adopting a law on entry, exit, and residence of foreigners that would have a unilateral visa exemption for foreign visitors. On January 12, 2014, Nguyen Kim Khoa, the Chair of the Committee for National Defense and Security of the National Assembly (NA), noted that exemptions would need […]