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Canada to lift Romania, Bulgaria visa requirement

Ottawa - Canada will lift a visa requirement for Romanian and Bulgarian travelers at the end of next year and ease some restrictions before then, the government announced Monday.

Costco's switch to Visa from Amex hits unanticipated challenges

Issaquah - If it isn't one thing, it's another complicating discount retailer Costco's switch to Visa-branded credit cards from American Express.

EU says Turkey still not doing enough for visa-free travel

Brussels - Turkey must still do more to meet the EU's conditions to win visa-free travel for Turks under a migrant crisis deal, for which the deadline is July 1, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey admits no visa-free EU travel deal by July 1

Den Haag - Turkey's Europe minister has admitted there is no chance of completing a deal on visa-free travel to the EU by the July 1 deadline, during a visit to the Hague.

No EU-Turkey visa deal by July 1: Austria

Brussels - A deal to allow Turks visa-free entry to the EU as part of a wider accord with Ankara on curbing the migrant crisis cannot be completed by the July 1 deadline, Austria said Friday.

EU to grant Turkey visa-free travel under migrant deal

Brussels - The EU will on Wednesday grant conditional approval for Turks to gain visa-free access to the Schengen zone, sources told AFP, meeting one of Ankara's key demands to keep a migrant deal alive.

Turkey PM warns EU to stick by visa free travel promise

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday warned the European Union to stick by a promise of visa free travel for Turks by June this year, saying otherwise Ankara would not abide by its commitments under a key migrant deal.

Iran warns of reciprocal measures in U.S. visa row

Tehran - Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that new US visa regulations amounted to "harassment" and reciprocal steps would be taken if the plans are implemented.

California shooter's visa request was missing key information: Politician

Washington - A member of the US Congress Saturday accused immigration officials of allowing California attacker Tashfeen Malik into the country despite critical missing information in her request for a fiancee visa.

EU's Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

EU diplomats warn U.S. over visa threat

Washington - Diplomats from the 28-member European Union on Monday warned they could respond in kind if the United States makes good on plans to end visa-free entry for some EU nationals.

U.S. House votes to tighten controls on visa-free travelers

Washington - American lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impose restrictions making it more difficult for visitors to Iraq, Syria and countries listed as supporting terrorism to travel visa-free to the United States.

U.S. to tighten rules for visa-free visits: White House

Washington - After recent extremist attacks, the United States is to tighten security procedures for its visa waiver program for visitors from friendly countries, the White House said Monday.

Britain, Belgium to start new visa scheme for Chinese

Bejing - Britain and Belgium announced on Friday new streamlined visa procedures for Chinese nationals aiming to visit both the UK and the wider Schengen area.

Going to USA? How to get U.S. ESTA entry approval without a hitch

Like many of you, I'm planning my holidays, and I intended to go the U.S. this year. I haven't been for a while, and luckily I found out some new information about entry requirements. If I hadn't seen it, it would have meant me being refused entry.

EU says Ukraine, Georgia progress toward visa-free access

Brussels - The EU said Friday that Ukraine and Georgia, both embroiled in conflict with Russia, have made progress in gaining visa-free access to Europe, a key pay-off to boosting ties with the 28-nation bloc.

After Paris attacks, calls to tighten U.S. visa rules

Washington - U.S. politicians are calling for changes to a law that allows Europeans and other foreigners to enter the country without visas, citing fears that jihadists could exploit the rules to stage attacks on American soil.

Indian govt announces e-visa facilities for 43 nations

Making a big push to boost tourism, the Indian government has announced e-visa facilities for visitors from 43 nations including the US, Australia, Japan, Israel, Germany and Singapore.

EU court topples German language-for-visa rule for Turks

Berlin - The EU's highest court on Thursday rejected a rule requiring Turks wanting to join their spouses to live in Germany to have a basic knowledge of the language, a ruling that sparked criticism in Berlin.

Op-Ed: Credit cards — How many is too many?

This is a question many credit card users ask themselves. The real answer to the ‘how many’ question is this: it depends.

U.S intelligence opposed to giving Israelis visa waiver

The U.S and Israel have been trying to put in place a visa waiver program that will allow Israelis to travel to the U.S as tourists for 90 days without having to apply for a visa.

Walmart sues Visa for $5 bn for rigging card fees

Washington - The world's largest retailer Walmart has sued credit card giant Visa for more than $5 billion for conspiring with banks to fix fees that merchants pay for accepting Visa card payments.In the suit filed this week in Arkansas, where Walmart is based, th...

U.S. refused visas for members of Israeli defense establishment

It has been reported that the United States has refused visa requests from agents of the Israeli Mossad and Shin Bet security agencies.

India set to ease visa restrictions: report

New Delhi - Tourists travelling to India from up to 180 countries will no longer have to queue up at their local consulates to obtain visas under reforms expected to be approved this week, local media reported Sunday.

Target CEO: Banks need to issue chip-based credit cards in U.S.

With the FBI now warning all retailers on similar breach possibilities, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is refocusing attention on the need for chip-based credit card technology adoption in the United States.

American journalist rejects Russia's claims for visa denial

An American journalist who was denied a visa to report from Russia rejects Moscow's claims of violating Russian visa-entry rules.

US grants visa to Filipino lesbian couple to get married in US

The US Embassy in Manila has granted its first same-sex fiance visa to a Filipino lesbian couple to travel to the US to get married.

Myanmar, Philippines sign visa exemption agreement

The Philippines and Myanmar have signed a visa-free agreement during the state visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein in the Philippines on Thursday.

Visa clarifies mobile payments team controversy Special

On Friday, the NFC Times reported that Visa Global Head of Mobile Product Bill Gajda was relieved of his duties at the company.

Ed Snowden gets entry papers for Russia, leaves Moscow airport

Moscow - Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower has been issued papers to allow him into Russian territory, according to his legal representative. Reportedly, he has already left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. (Updated).
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