Category: Asia Pacific

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

Latvia’s Capital Introduces Tourist Fee In 2023

Starting in January 2023, Riga will be the latest European destination to charge a tourist fee for overnight stays.  Tourists visiting Riga will be subject to a €1 fee per visitor for every night they spend in the capital. However, the maximum charged amount will be 10 euros, meaning that tourists staying in the city…
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Spain Approved Startups And Digital Nomad Law 

The Spanish Parliament finally approved the eagerly awaited startups law or Ley de Startups on 03 November 2022. The new startups law will bring tax benefits and other perks to entrepreneurs, remote workers and digital nomads who want to live and work in Spain.  Spain’s Economic Affairs Minister Nadia Calviño says the new startups law…
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South Korea To Allow Visa-Free Entry To 8 Countries

The South Korea online visa waiver, or K-ETA, will be made available to citizens of 8 countries for the first time from 1 November 2022. This will mark the first time that visitors from these 8 nations have qualified for visa exemption to South Korea since travel restrictions were introduced during the pandemic. The Korea…
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Portugal To End Golden Visa Scheme

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that Portugal is likely to scrap its residence-by-investment scheme, commonly known as the ‘golden visa’. The golden visa was first introduced to Portugal 10 years ago and has since allowed entry to 30,000 people, including applicants and family members, who with residence get access to EU visas and can…
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Indonesia Introduces ‘Second Home’ Visa

Indonesia is offering “Second Home” visas in a bid to attract wealthy foreign nationals.  The visa was officially introduced on 26 October 2022 with an aim to bolster Indonesia’s economy. The visas are for durations of five and ten years for a stay in Bali, the country’s prime tourist destination. The decision is set to…
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