August’s Visa-Free Digest

A Comprehensive Analysis of Last Month’s Changes to Visa-Free Travel Across the Globe.

Angola Japan Qatar
Australia Kenya Russia
Botswana Latvia Schengen Area
Brunei Lesotho Seychelles
Canada Madagascar South Africa
China Malawi South Sudan
Comoros Mauritius Taiwan
Democratic Republic of Congo Mozambique Tanzania
Estonia Namibia Thailand
Eswatini Netherlands Ukraine
European Economic Area New Zealand United Kingdom
Hong Kong Northern Mariana Islands United States
Hungary Pakistan Zambia
Israel Philippines Zimbabwe

Europe

Named relevant countries: China, Canada, Estonia, European Economic Area, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Schengen Area, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

On 13 July, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, took part in a phone conversation with the President of China, Xi Jinping. The heads of state agreed to conclude a visa-free agreement between their respective countries.

Covid-19 Responses

On 3 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark allowed arrivals from Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, and the Netherlands without testing obligations or quarantine requirements.

On 27 July, the Netherlands began allowing vaccinated citizens from the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area to enter the country, regardless of their country’s Covid-19 infection rates.

On 29 July, Italy announced that it would now recognise the Covid-19 vaccination passes issued by Canada, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These passes are required in Italy, for example, to dine in a restaurant indoors. Despite this legislative change, Italy clarified that people travelling from these locations may still need to quarantine. For example, persons travelling from the United Kingdom will still need to quarantine for five days, even if they have proof of a double vaccination.

Americas

Named relevant countries: Hong Kong, Northern Mariana Islands, United States

On 9 July, the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) announced that President Joe Biden had approved its request for the United States Department of Homeland Security to readmit Hong Kong into the CNMI Visa Waiver Programme.

Middle East

Named relevant countries: Pakistan, Qatar

On 15 July, Qatar announced that citizens of Pakistan travelling to Qatar would be granted visas-on-arrival for stays of up to 30 days. In order to use the visa-on-arrival facility, Pakistani citizens must have a passport valid for at least six months and a confirmed return ticket.

Asia

Named relevant countries: Brunei, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand

On 20 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan announced that visa-free travel for visitors from Brunei, the Philippines, Russia, and Thailand would be extended until 31 July 2022. The Ministry further stated that this extension does not affect the ongoing ban on the entry of foreign tourists due to Covid-19 – a ban that has been in effect since 19 March 2020.

Africa

Named relevant countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

On 7 July, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister of Zimbabwe, Frederick Shava, revealed that Zimbabwe is the first and only country to have exempted all citizens of Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states from visa requirements. In addition to Zimbabwe, the 15 other SADC member states include Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.

On 26 July, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya announced that visa requirements for citizens of South Sudan who hold a valid passport had been waived with immediate effect. The statement also announced that South Sudan had also waived visa requirements for Kenyan citizens.

Oceania

Named relevant countries: Australia, New Zealand

Covid-19 Responses

On 23 July, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced that New Zealand would be shutting its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as Australia continues to grapple with outbreaks of the Delta variant of Covid-19, particularly in the state of New South Wales.