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VFS Global recognised for new visa processing solution

VFS Global, a leading outsourcing and technology services specialist, was awarded top honours in International Business Excellence Awards 2015 (IBX Awards) held in Dubai, UAE, on May 20 and 21. Competing against the region’s most

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Saudis can avail free business visas in Bahrain

Businessmen entering Bahrain from Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway can get free business visas, a top government official has announced. Nationality, Passport and Residence Authority (NPRA) Visa and Residence Permit direct

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Expat businessmen in Bahrain seek special visas for families

Asian businessmen in Bahrain have called for long-term multiple entry visit visas to be introduced for their families. The suggestion was put forward at the second open meeting of the Bahrain Asian Traders Committee (BATC) held ye

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New UK visa system for Bahrain applicants on way

Changes to the UK visa system for Bahrain-based applicants looking for a long-stay visa will come into effect from the end of this month. Starting May 31, all non-European Economic Area nationals travelling to the UK for more than

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Cleartrip, Visa tie-up to offer new travel deals

Popular travel website Cleartrip has announced its partnership with Visa, offering unique promotions to travellers in Saudi Arabia. The first phase of this partnership consists of a special offer for Visa credit and debit cardhold

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Push for visa-less travel for Bahrainis to Europe

MPs are pushing for Bahrainis to be allowed to travel to Europe without visas. They approved an urgent proposal to seek the exemption yesterday (May 12), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

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Visa in talks to buy former subsidiary for $20bn

Visa, a global leader in payment solutions, is in preliminary talks to buy former subsidiary Visa Europe, in a deal that could be valued at up to $20 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The tal

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MasterCard doubles card numbers in Mideast, Africa

MasterCard has doubled the number of its cards to about 100 million in the Middle East and Africa in the past three years, where it has begun setting up partnerships with governments to provide access to its payments system. That

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Portugal visa centre opens in Jeddah

The Portugal Visa Application Centre was inaugurated today at the Joint Visa Application Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Ambassador of Portugal to Saudi Arabia, Dr Manuel Carvalho, along with Ajit Alexander, COO - Middle East

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China slashes entry visa fees for Bahrainis

The fees levied on Bahrainis who apply for entry visas to China have been slashed from BD42 ($110.6) to BD24. The Chinese Embassy in Manama will implement the measure from Monday (May 4), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (

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