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08.07.2021 Korea (South)

Change in the process for quarantine exemption

Change in the process for quarantine exemption South Korea from July 1st:

For business travelers (C-4 and C-3-4 visas), the quarantine exemption will continue to be applied for by the inviting Korean company via the KITA (Korea International Trade Association) ( and processed and approved by the relevant ministry .

If this ministry is the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (산업 통상 자원부) or the Ministry of SMEs and Startups (중소 벤처 기업 부), the quarantine exemption certificates will be issued there.

If another ministry is responsible for the inviting Korean institution, it will be informed when submitting the application that the certificate must be requested from the Korean embassy in the traveler's country of residence. In these cases, the certificate is issued as usual via the embassy or the responsible consulates.

08.07.2021 USA

Validity of NIE permits extended

The US consulate in Frankfurt am Main announced on July 6th, 2021 that from now on all NIE permits are valid for 12 months with multiple entries. This also applies retrospectively to NIE permits that have already been issued and that have been issued in the last 12 months.

29.06.2021 Ethiopia

E-Visa currently not available

With effect from June 19, 2021, the Ethiopian immigration authorities have unannounced that the issuing of “e-visas” and “visas on arrival” will be temporarily suspended.

Passengers who want to enter Ethiopia must have a valid visa or a "Residence ID".

22.06.2021 Saudi Arabia

VFS-Tasheel again in Frankfurt am Main

The office of VFS-Tascheel was opened in Frankfurt am Main to apply for visas for Saudi Arabia.

The address is:  VFS-Tascheel, c/o Sprachcaffe, 4th Floor, Gartenstraße 6, 60594 Frankfurt.

Since applicants are required to meet in person, Business Visum can only provide you with advice.

01.06.2021 Saudi Arabia

*UPDATE* Temporary entry ban

Entry restrictions have been in effect for 20 countries since February 3, 2021. This also applies to travelers from third countries who have stayed in the countries mentioned 14 days prior to their trip to Saudi Arabia.

This applies to the following countries:

Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, UAE, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Japan, USA, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa.


*UPDATE* 01.06.2021

Entry to Saudi Arabia from Germany is now possible again.

19.05.2021 Saudi Arabia

Changed entry regulations

From May 20th, 2021 there is a quarantine obligation for all non-vaccinated travelers for 7 days from arrival at the headquarters of the institutional quarantine and at the expense of the traveler.

Valid health insurance accepted by the KSA to cover the risks of the coronavirus is necessary for all non-vaccinated travelers.

19.05.2021 Russian Federation

Changed visa regulations

The Consulate of the Russian Federation in Bonn announced that due to the large number of complaints about problems with border control/boarding the plane among citizens of EU member states, it was decided to temporarily suspend visa applications from EU citizens on presentation of a registration certificate. From now on, they must present a certificate of their right to long-term residence in Germany (permanent residence permit).

This requirement is temporary and only applies to the visa categories approved on 04.04.2021 (tourist visas, business / humanitarian / study visas by direct company invitation).

04.05.2021 USA

Restrictions for travelers from India

From May 4th, 2021, all foreign travelers who do not have American citizenship and who have stayed in India within 14 days prior to their planned USA entry will be denied entry to the USA.

04.05.2021 Thailand

Restrictions in the consulate of Thailand

The consulate of Thailand in Berlin and Munich now requires a negative corona test (PoC antigen rapid test or PCR test) to enter. The test result must not be older than 48 hours (calculated from the time the test is carried out).

This does not apply to people with two full vaccinations against Covid-19, whereby there must be at least 14 days between the second vaccination and the visit to the consulate. The consulate requires proof of vaccination.

29.04.2021 Russian Federation

Visa Center in Berlin closed

After consultation with the Russian Visa Center, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin is closed on 03.05.2021 and 10.5.2021.

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