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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 […]

Brazil; Mexico: Agreement to Skip Visas

(May 3, 2013) Brazil and Mexico recently signed a new agreement to mutually end the use of visas. The agreement enters into force on May 16, 2013. Pursuant to the agreement, Brazilians and Mexicans no longer need to apply for visas to enter the other country for visits lasting less than 90 days, for the […]

Brazil: No More Visa Cap for Haitian Citizens

(May 3, 2013) On April 29, 2013, the Brazilian National Council of Immigration (Conselho Nacional de Imigração—CNIg), published Normative Resolution No. 102 (Resolução Normativa No. 102, de 26 de Abril de 2013, CNIg website), which revoked the cap of 1,200 annual visas made available for Haitian citizens. The cap was established by the government in […]

ASEAN: Single Visa Program Considered

(Mar. 22, 2011) The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, Indonesia, recently issued a five-year strategic plan for tourism in the region. A key point was the possible creation of a single tourist visa for the entire area. According to Eddy Krisneidi of ASEAN's Secretariat, “[y]ou would just have to apply […]

South Korea: Proposed Passport Regulation May Affect Missionaries’ “Aggressive” Activities Abroad

(Feb. 24, 2011) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in South Korea plans to revise the passport enforcement decree, it was reported on February 15, 2011. The Passport Act states that MFAT may impose restrictions on the issuance or reissuance of a passport for one to three years, if an embassy or consulate […]