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Japan relaxes its e-Visa system for Indian travelers

Japan relaxes its e-Visa system for Indian travelers
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In a significant stride towards enhancing travel convenience and efficiency, Japan has unveiled its much-anticipated eVisa program for Indian tourists.

Effective from April 1st, this innovative initiative marks a departure from the conventional practice of affixing physical visa stickers onto passports, ushering in a streamlined electronic visa application process.

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Under the new system, Indian citizens aspiring to explore the cultural marvels and scenic landscapes of Japan can now apply for their visas electronically through designated Japan Visa Application Centers operated by VFS Global. This transformative move aims to simplify and expedite the visa acquisition process, ensuring a hassle-free experience for travelers.

Tailored specifically for tourism purposes, the Japan eVisa offers a single-entry short-term visa, enabling a stay of up to 90 days in the country. This flexible arrangement not only caters to the needs of Indian tourists but also extends its eligibility to foreign nationals residing in India, fostering inclusivity in travel opportunities.

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The application process remains centralized through the Visa Application Centers managed by VFS Global, ensuring consistency and reliability. Applicants can conveniently submit their visa applications electronically, eliminating the need for physical paperwork and long waiting times associated with traditional methods.

Upon approval, successful applicants receive an electronic visa instead of a conventional sticker affixed to their passports. This digital visa issuance streamlines the travel process, allowing travelers to present a “visa issuance notice” on their smartphones upon arrival at the airport.

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It’s imperative to note that access to the internet is necessary for this step, and only a digital visa issuance notice will be accepted. The transition to an electronic visa system underscores Japan’s commitment to embracing technological advancements and enhancing visitor experiences

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Qantas launched a new route between Australia & Papua New Guinea

Qantas Launches New Australia-Papua New Guinea Route

A new direct connection between Australia and Papua New Guinea is now available to Qantas customers travelling between the two nations.

The national carrier began operating a commercial passenger route between Sydney and Port Moresby yesterday, marking the start of the route’s first service in over five decades. The airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft will operate two weekly return trips, adding more than 36,000 seats to the route annually. The new routes complement Qantas’ daily Brisbane-Port Moresby service.

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“By skipping a stopover in Brisbane, our new Sydney service will save customers at least three hours on their return trip.” Tickets can be purchased through travel agencies or on qantas.com.

The route, which will facilitate trade and business between Australia and Papua New Guinea, is the most recent addition to Qantas’ network of international services operating out of Sydney.

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Customers flying from Papa New Guinea to Australia will be able to benefit from connections with Qantas’ international and domestic flight itineraries. Customers and frequent flyers of Qantas will be able to accrue and use Qantas Points on their flights, as well as take use of premium amenities including free food and beverages, checked baggage, and lounge access in Sydney.

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British Airways Hikes Price of In-Flight Food and Beverage in Mid-Flight

British Airways Hikes Price of In-Flight Food and Beverage in Mid-Flight

Passengers aboard a British Airways flight from Athens to Heathrow found themselves in a surprising situation mid-air when they were informed of an unexpected increase in the prices of onboard food and drinks.

The announcement, delivered by a steward over the PA system, left travelers taken aback as they were told to disregard the menu prices listed, which had reportedly been hiked up by approximately 10% earlier that day. According to the report by Metro co.UK.

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british airways credit cards Adding to the shock was the revelation that the card payment readers on board had already been adjusted to reflect the higher rates. This meant that passengers would be charged more than what was originally stated on the menu.

The price increase applied to a variety of items including sandwiches, breakfast bacon rolls, cream tea with scones, as well as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. For many passengers, this unexpected news felt like a blow,chase british airways with one traveler expressing their dismay, questioning the lack of prior warning and describing the move as an attempt to “rip us off.”

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Moreover, the already steep prices for onboard food were a point of contention, exemplified by comparisons such as a pack of noodles costing £1.50 in a supermarket but priced at around £5 on the flight.

In response to the backlash, british airways amex cited “small alterations” to snack and drink prices on short-haul flights as part of scheduled changes. They assured passengers that they are in the process of updating onboard menus to reflect the adjustments.

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However, the lack of prior communication about the price hike raised eyebrows, especially considering the airline’s recent string of staffing controversies and its low ranking in customer satisfaction among british airways frequent flyer UK airlines.

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