China NEWS / Citizens of five European countries and Malaysia can enter China without a visa

China announced Friday that it will allow visa-free entry for citizens of five European countries and Malaysia as it tries to encourage more people to visit for business and tourism.

Starting Dec. 1, citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia will be allowed to enter China for up to 15 days without a visa. The trial program will be in effect for one year.

15.08 / VIETNAM – E-Visas and Visa Exemption Changes

The National Assembly of Vietnam adjusted its rules for e-visas and visa-free travel, with the changes due to come into effect in August.

The government has extended the period in which regular passport holders from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK can visit the country without applying for a visa from 15 days to 45 days.

Additionally, the duration of e-visas has been extended from 30 days up to three months. E-visas will also now allow for multiple entries into Vietnam, rather than the old arrangement of single-entry e-visas currently in use. Passport holders from 80 countries, including the UK and US, are currently eligible for e-visas.

China to Significantly Relax Its Travel Restrictions/

China will drop quarantine requirements for international arrivals from January 8, 2023 in a major step toward reopening its borders that have shut the country from the rest of the world for nearly three years.

Inbound travelers will only be required to show a negative Covid test result obtained within 48 hours before departure, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said in an announcement late on Monday. Currently, they are subject to five days of hotel quarantine and three days of self-isolation at home.

Restrictions on airlines over the number of international flights and passenger capacity will also be removed, according to the announcement.

China eases some of its COVID rules

On November 11, the Chinese government released 20 new COVID-19 prevention and control measures and adjusted the quarantine time for inbound travelers to 5 days of centralized quarantine plus 3 days of home quarantine.

PCR tests will be carried on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th day during centralized quarantine and on the 1st and 3rd day during home quarantine.

Travelers will only be required to perform one nucleic acid test within 48 hours before their flight. Those who test negative shall continue to apply for an HDC-code through the in-charge Chinese embassies and consulates.

Current entry regulations for Japan

From 11 October 2022, it the visa exemption measures will resume for 68 countries and regions (including Germany and other EU countries, the UK, the US and Canada). This exemption includes tourist and transit travel, therefore it is no longer mandatory to book a package tour or guided group tour to visit Japan for tourism purposes.
PU Invitation China

Travelers from Germany who intend to go to China to resume work and production no longer need a PU Letter when applying for a business M-visa and visitor F-visa, as per the announcement of the Chinese Emabassy in Germany.

Austria, Portugal, Cyprus, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Spain, Ireland, and Belgium are also officially part of the list of countries exempted from the PU letter requirement when applying for a work Z-visa, business M-visa, and visitor F-visas.
Algeria entry requirements

Entry regulations change frequently with the pandemic situation. Please also obtain information from the official offices in Algeria.

Entry into Algeria is currently possible by air, land and sea. Entry from Morocco, on the other hand, is not possible. Commercial ferry connections to and from Spain (Alicante) and France (Marseille) are currently being offered again.

A negative PCR test not older than 72 hours (from taking the smear) must be shown upon entry for unvaccinated persons. The PCR test must be presented in printed form and in French or English. Those who have been vaccinated must present a valid vaccination certificate or vaccination card that is not older than nine months. Anyone who has received at least two doses of vaccine is considered vaccinated. The only exception is Johnson & Johnson, where one dose of vaccine is sufficient to be considered vaccinated.

China Cuts Travel Quarantine

China reduced quarantine times for inbound travelers by half, the biggest shift yet in a Covid-19 policy that has left the world’s second-largest economy isolated as it continues to try and eliminate the virus.

Travelers will now only need to spend seven days in a quarantine facility, and then monitor their health at home for a further three days, according to a revised government protocol released Tuesday by China’s National Health Commission. That’s down from 14 days hotel quarantine in many parts of China currently, and as many as 21 days of isolation in the past. 

Russia to lift COVID-19 curbs from July 15

Russia will lift restrictions on crossing the land border from July 15, which was imposed in 2020 after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's emergency task force said on Monday. The decision was taken due to the country's improved COVID-19 position.

"Following the results of the crisis center’s discussion, a decision was made to lift the epidemic-related temporary restrictions on crossing the state border of the Russian Federation starting on July 15, 2022," the statement said.

Azerbaijan Invitations

Business travellers to Azerbaijan require an official business invitation letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to apply for a visa. If you are planning to travel to Azerbaijan for Business, Visa Support & Business Solutions GmbH can provide you with a Azerbaijan Business Invitation Letter. VSBS ensures fast and secure processing of your Azerbaijan Invitation Letter.

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Japan to reopen for 98 nations

Japan will accept tour groups from 98 countries and territories, including the U.S, China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland starting June 10, according to details released by the government Thursday, relaxing border controls that have been in place for about two years.

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Bahrain and Saudi Arabia get UK electronic visa waiver status

  • From 1 June 2022, nationals of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain can apply to travel to the UK (for tourism, business, study or medical treatment) for up to 6 months with an electronic visa waiver.

  • The move will deepen the UK’s partnership with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and enhance diplomatic ties and economic prosperity.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will join other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states with electronic visa waiver status, the Home Office has announced. The move will maintain security and effective border processes ensuring necessary security checks are carried out ahead of travel whilst enabling smooth transit through the UK border for visitors.

An electronic visa waiver allows the holder to travel to the UK without obtaining a visa provided they complete an online waiver for each visit. A small fee will be applied, and it is quicker than applying for a visa as there is no need to provide biometric information (photo and fingerprints), attend a visa application centre or hand in your passport in advance of travel.

Business Invitations for Saudi-Arabien

Visa Support & Business Solutions GmbH assists with your Saudi Business Invitation Letter (Multiple Validity) for a Commercial Visit, as prepared by our Saudi sponsoring company, who are registered with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and authorised to issue electronic Invitation Letters, which are accepted by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Consulates and Embassies.

South Korea Entry Requirements 01.04.2022

Starting April 1st, all fully vaccinated travelers - regardless of whether they’ve been vaccinated in Korea or abroad - may enter Korea without quarantine if they submit their proof of vaccination online. Additionally, German nationals already in Korea will be exempt from re-entry permit obligations if they wish to leave temporarily. Please refer to the below for more on the gradual relaxation of quarantine regulations and more.


1.) Update: [Entry into Korea]

Effective March 21st, fully vaccinated travelers who have their vaccination records registered in Korea will be exempted from quarantine upon entry.


Effective April 1st, fully vaccinated travelers who have their vaccination records registered outside of Korea (i.e., vaccinated outside of Korea), will also be exempted from quarantine upon entry. To do so, they must upload their travel details and vaccination records prior to travel on Q-Code.


Q-CODE:  In both cases, the travel details and vaccination records must be submitted online to the Korean authorities via a platform called “Q-Code” ( Upon successful submission, a QR-Code will be issued, which must be presented upon landing either electronically or in paper format complete with all the accompanying proof (e.g., vaccination certificate, 48H negative PCR certificate).

Travelers who belong to the latter group (vaccination records outside of Korea) may submit their info online starting from March 30st.

Please keep in mind that Q-Code registration is separate from visa issuance. To enter Korea without a visa, a K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization, is required.


* Travelers who are not fully vaccinated or are from areas of concerns (Vietnam, Myanmar, Ukraine, Pakistan as of time of writing; list is being constantly updated at BTSC) may apply for a quarantine exemption as before via BTSC.

** “Fully-vaccinated” refers to those who have received all recommended doses in their primary series of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine, granted it has been at least 14 days and no more than 180 days since the last dose, and a booster dose when eligible. A certificate of recovery is accepted in lieu as well.

*** Until above mentioned dates, the mandatory 7-days quarantine will remain in place for all travelers.  

**** The 48H pre-departure requirement for entering Korea will be maintained as before (48H from testing to departure, certificate printed either in English or Korean).


2.) Re-Entry Permit

Effective April 1st, re-entry permits will not be required for certain long-term holders if they leave and intend to re-enter Korea within a prescribed time frame. Germans and nationals from other 12 countries* may freely leave and (re-)enter Korea within their authorized period of stay without having to apply for a re-entry permit. 


F-5: No re-entry permit required if re-entry is within 2 years from date of departure.

F-4: No re-entry permit required if re-entry is within authorized period of stay

A-1 ~ A-3, D-1 ~ F-3 (incl. D-8, E-7), F-6 ~ H-2: No re-entry permit required if re-entry is within 1 year from date of departure.


* Nations from Surinam, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Finland, and Chile (D-7 ~ D-9) are exempt from re-entry permit obligations for as long as their visa is valid.


3.) Social Distancing

Starting March 21st, the cap on private gatherings will be raised from 6 to 8 people, regardless of vaccination status. Business hour restrictions will be maintained as before (~11 pm curfew). The current rules will be in place for two weeks until April 3rd.



Kazakhstan entry requirements

German and some other nationals do not need a visa for a stay of up to 30 days.

But, due to the current State of Emergency this could change at short notice. See the government of Kazachstan website for further details.
Kazakhstan/Entry rules 03.12.2021

Testing/screening on arrival

Travellers need to show a coronavirus free PCR certificate issued three days prior to arrival in Kazakhstan. Travellers may be screened by having their temperature taken and assesed for other coronavirus symptoms on departure from Kazakhstan. 

Quarantine requirements

From 3 December 2021 travellers from countries where the new Omicron variant was detected or those who visited these countries in the last 14 days must self-isolate upon arrival in Kazakhstan for seven days. You may be health monitored during your quarantine. According to the latest Decree of the Chief Sanitary Officer of Kazakhstan the list of countries includes: Australia, Belgium, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Canada, Netherlands and the Czech Republic. 

Travellers entering Kazakhstan who test positive for coronavirus currently need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

U.S. ends international travel ban

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travellers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. This is in addition to the negative COVID-19 test requirement that already in place.

Russia abolishes quarantine for foreigners

The 14-day quarantine for Germans and other foreigners who travel to Russia for work purposes will be abolished with immediate effect. German managers and technical stuff can therefore enter Russian Foderation qurantine-free with a valid visa - regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. 
Russian invitations

Please be advised that due to the announced lockdown in Moscow from 28.10.2021 to 07.11.2021 - all invitations orders made on these days will be accepted only on 08.11.2021. Invitations which are supposed to be ready from 28.10 to 5.11 will be recieved only after 08.11.2021.

Russian tourist visas

Foreign tourists are able to obtain visas fir six month to visit Russia if they have hotel confirmation
. The relevant law entered into force on August 25. Following the adoption of amendments, tourist visas will be issued for six month if a foreign citizen can provide confirmation of the organisation, registered with the Unified Federal Register of Tour Operators, or a hotel booking or other accommodation confirmation, included in the federal list of classified hotels and other accommodation facilities.

COVID/Who can travel to Russia?

In accordance with Annex Nr. 1 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation Nr. 635, travellers from the following countries may come to Russia :

Abkhazia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, UK, Hungary, Venezuela, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Egypt, India, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazachstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Cuba, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Maldives, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, North Macedonia, UAE, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Japan

There are 2 main rules for travellers who are going to visit Russia:

- you must be a citizen of these countries or have a residence permit (or any other document proving the right of permanent resindece)

- you have to enter Russia by plane and only from the territory of your country

COVID-19. Germany lifts ban on travellers from Russia

Germany is lifting a Covid-related travel ban on people from Russia and four variant-hit countries.

The restrictions, which also applied to people from Russia, Portugal, India, UK and Nepal, will be relaxed from Wednesday.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated will also not be required to quarantine. Non-vaccinated people will however still be required to qurantine for up to 10 days, with the option to end their qurantine early with a negative test on fifth day.
Germany restricts travel to Russia

From 29.06.2021 only German citizens and residents will be allowed  to travel into Germany from Russia, which is currently reporting a surge in cases over the delta variant of the COVID. Those allowed to enter from Russia will be subject to a two-week quarantane, regardless of whether they can provide a negative COVID test.
Russia 01.05.21 - 10.05.21 holidays

Russia's President Vladimir Putin announced a 10 day non-working period in the country to prevent a surge in novel coronavirus cases.

Speaking at a meeting with country's chief sanitary officer on Friday, Putin backed her recommendation to lengthen public holidays in Russia from May 01.05.21 to 10.05.21.
Indian e-Visa

India has now restarted e-Visa facilities for 156 countries. This e-Visa facility is applicable for international travellers from 156 countries, who wish to visit for conferences, medical purposes or business. The e-Visa also extends to medical attendants.
Russia resumes flights to Germany

The crisis center noted that regular flights would be resumed in a limited format. Most quotas have been allocated for routes to and from Gemany: flights will depart to Frankfurt am Main five times a week, from St.Petersburg to Frankfurt am Main - three times a week and from Moscow to Berlin three times a week.

Russian invitations for a Business visa can be ordered from now on in the usual way. For processing it is important that you have a residence permit for Germany.

China. Online Health Declaration

Starting from November 28 th 2020, non-Chinese nationals who are to fly to China from the European Union and United Kingdom need to apply for Health Declaration Certificate online The Chinese Embassies will no longer accept applications for Health Declaration Certificate via E-Mail.

Non-Chinese nationals could access the Health Declaration Certificate system on PC, mobile phone or other terminals to fill in the information, declare the health conditions an dupload tests reports. After the Chinese Embassy examines and approves the application, the passenger will receive an electronic Health Declaration Certificate via the online system, which is a green QR code marked with "HDC". Passengers must present the green QR code with the "HDC" mark to the airline staff for verification before checking-in.
Russian invitations

Due to the requirements of the Ministry of Health, the Russian goverment will probably not allow European citizens to enter Russia until September 1, 2020. In addition, no ministerial invitations will be issued so far. 

However, there are exceptions for the following categories of people who may request a visa:

- Accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign States in the Russian Federation, international organizations und their representations, other official representations of foreign States located on the territory of the Russian Federation, officials of the Standing Committee of the Union State, as well as family members of these persons;

- Drivers of international cargo*, crewmembers*, see and river vessels*, train and locomotive crews of international railway transport, employees of intergovermental courier communications, members of official delegations entering the Russian Federation;

- Persons who have diplomatic, official or ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative, as well as ordinary private visas issues by the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

* Could be applied by Visa Support GmbH
Important customer information

As part of its stimulus package, the German Federal Government has decided to reduce the applicable VAT from 19 to 16 percent for a limited period of time. The reduced tax rate is valid from 1 July to 31 December 2020. 

We have made the temporary adjustment accordingly, which will allow you to benefit fully from the VAT reduction. We will show the reduced VAT rate on the invoices and charge them accordingly. 

You don't have to do anything else to get the temporary reduction in the VAT rate, the changes are automatically implemented. This rule applies to all customers resident and subject to VAT in Germany. 

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Entry ban for USA

For people who

  • are not US citizens,
  • do not have permanent legal residence in the United States or
  • are not a spouse, parent, child or sibling under the age of 21 of a US citizen or person who is a permanent legal resident of the United States, or
  • have not privileged residence status as a diplomat or employee of international organizations or
  • do not fulfill another exemption under the presidential decree,

an entry ban will come into force immediately if you are in the Schengen area within 14 days of entering the USA in Germany or another country.

Restrictions on invitation orders for Russia As a measure to protect against the corona virus, the Russian government will no longer issue invitations to Italian citizens. Neither current nor future invitation orders are processed. The rest of the procedure for issuing visas remains to be seen.
Coronavirus related cancellation of Indian visas

- All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain and issued on or before 11.3.2020 and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect.

 - All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and which have been issued on or before 03.03.2020 and who have not yet entered India remain suspended.

- Regular (sticker) visa/e-Visa granted to nationals of China, issued on or before 05.02.2020 suspended earlier continue to be suspended.

- Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany and Spain on or after 01.02.2020 and who have not yet entered India stands suspended with immediate effect.

- All aforementioned restricted category of foreign nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from the nearest Indian embassy/consulate. Italian and South Korean nationals, who are granted fresh visa issued after 05.03.2020 should carry ‘tested negative for COVID-19’ medical certificate from designated laboratories of Italy and South Korea.

- Indians and OCI card holders from Italy and South Korea should carry ‘tested negative for COVID-19’ medical certificate from designated laboratories of Italy and South Korea. OCI card holders of other countries are free from visa restrictions but shall need to undergo mandatory health check upon arrival in India.

- Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc of their visa or grant of any consular service if they choose to do so.

- Holders of Diplomatic passports, Official passports, officials of UN and other international bodies and aircrew from above eight countries are exempted from such restriction on entry. However, their medical screening on arrival is compulsory.

- All foreign and Indian nationals entering into India from any port are required to furnish a pair of duly filled self-declaration forms (including personal particulars i.e. Phone number and address in India) and travel history to health officials and immigration officials at all arrival ports.

These restrictions will remain in force till further orders.

12.03.2020 Update: Currently it is not possible to apply for e-Visa from Germany, nor are Visa applications accepted in the Indian Visa Centers or Consulates. This applies to all nationalities.
India refuses to accept visa applications Currently it is not possible to apply for e-Visa from Germany, nor are Visa applications accepted in the Indian Visa Centers or Consulates. This applies to all nationalities.
Coronavirus related visa restrictions India Foreigners who have been to China on or after Jan 15. 2020, are presently not allowed to enter India from any air, land or seaport including Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan, Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Pak land borders. These visa restrictions will not apply to Aircrew who may be Chinese nationals or other nationals coming from China.
US Visa From February 2. 2020 foreign travelers who have stayed in China in the past 14 days or who want to travel from China will be denied entry to the United States due to the coronavirus outbreak. Previous stays in Hongkong and Macau are not affected.
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China: Change-over to biometric visa Since December 16, 2019, visa applicants for China must appear in person at the Visa Application Service Center in order to submit fingerprints. The fingerprints are valid for five years in connection with the passport. Visa Support GmbH will be happy to assist you in compiling the visa application documents and in arranging the appointment to submit your fingerprints. For the next visa application within five years, we are at your disposal with the usual all-round service.