This week we have come up with a special Bavarian Brotzeit for you all after Dubai’s delight couple of weeks ago. Yes, it’s time to explore Germany! India and Germany could possibly be standing on the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to differences in their culture. But if people from either of the nationalities visit the other, they are in for a shock, if not sheer amazement.
Grab a seat and that delicious cup of coffee, because we are taking you on a journey to various countries of this planet through our latest blog series (look for the name) showing cultural differences of the world. The world as we know is a place to explore, let’s explore it by respecting each other’s culture (and avoid shocks when you travel)!
Travelling for business ideally shouldn’t be that difficult to maneuver. For some countries it’s fairly convenient to travel to certain nations for business, depending on their foreign and trade policies; however, for others it’s a pretty difficult task. As of now APEC business travel card (ABTC) is one such privilege for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies which allows expedited clearance through designated ABTC lanes and other painless travel procedures. However, India is not a part of APEC nations, and so Indian businessmen cannot practice the same while traveling to APEC nations.
Applying for visa is a lot of hard work (could be less if you know who to contact *hint*), and a bit of luck. And after all the shenanigans, you realize that there’s half a chance that your money and work might go in vain which is kind of a setback and stops a lot of budding travelers from trying to plan a trip. We have tried to make planning easier for you through this blog with our research on visa costs and supplementary details around it.
How convenient it would be if we could travel the world on one tourist visa or better yet no visa! Since that is not possible, let’s see how we can get the best out of the few visas that we already posses. Similar to the power that comes with Schengen visa, which could help you travel to 26 countries, Indians can use their US, Canada and Schengen visa to travel to more than one country. We have compiled the list of countries that you can travel to with minimum hassle if you have visa stamped on your passport from these countries.
Did you lose your passport? Your passport pages got exhausted with valid visa on it? Passport was stolen with bona fide visa stamp? All these questions lead to two things:
- Get a new passport. There are lot of blogs explaining you the process to get one, so we will not talk about it again.
- Transfer visa or get a new visa. And this raises another question ‘Whether it is possible to transfer the visa?’. Not many people are aware or there is not much literature which says that one can transfer visa from old passport to new passport, and there are various methods to do it.
US president Mr.Donald Trump has signed an executive order to reform H-1B visa norms in Wisconsin. This may have a major business impact on Indian IT companies sending skilled workers to US under H-1B visa programme.
“Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans. No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades,” Mr. Trump said.
The dynamics of our national borders are changing physically as well as conceptually with shifts in power, evolving governmental and foreign policies, alliances, and countries moving towards liberalization by warming towards the global citizens. Even the thought of travelling to another country is exacting when it comes to keeping up with the requirements of each country on the globe. But what if you have a few tricks up your sleeves to decide where to vacation next by optimally using the resources you already have (like your citizenship or your passport) with minimal efforts?
We have heard of many incidents of being detained on airport by authorities due to incomplete paperwork. Every country has its own rules and regulations, and you are permitted to enter the country only if you have fulfilled all the formalities, otherwise you will be asked to step aside for additional checks. Let’s see some case scenarios and understand how they could have been avoided.
Case I: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s visa application to the UK was rejected by the British High Commission in Delhi. Continue reading “Celebrity Visa Hassles & Solutions”
Good travel is the result of good planning, especially when you are heading on a foreign trip. Trust us, international travel is exciting, but it can also bring in unpredictable situations, sometimes it’s better to be prepared than to get surprises. Whether it’s your first international trip or just need a refresher, here are few things that you need to keep ready before your next trip abroad starts.
Passport: It is the most essential thing that you need to carry with you when you are going for a foreign trip. Passport acts as your identity proof in unknown land.