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 Kazakhstan starts issuing electronic visas

A procedure for obtaining electronic visas for foreigners was introduced in Kazakhstan from January 1, 2019. The visa is issued on the basis of the current invitation of the Kazakh side, issued in the migration service of the Kazakh …

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Year of Göbeklitepe starts in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared 2019 as the year of Göbeklitepe. Speaking during his address at ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting, Erdogan said that …

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 Kazakhstan to subsidise 16 tourist air routes

The Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan has announced a contest for 16 tourist routes. It is planned to be held in 16 subsidized directions connecting the regions of Kazakhstan, the …

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Saudi Arabia to offer e-visa for special events

Saudi Arabia will offer an electronic visa for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts from December. The visa process will be introduced in time for a motor race on December 15, according to a statement by the General …

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Iran's big plans for its tourism industry crash

Iran's once optimistic tourism industry has been left in disarray following the reintroduction of U.S. sanctions against Tehran in early August. The move by President Donald Trump has led to tourists shying away from Iran, …

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Israel to build island for new Tel Aviv airport

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported a plan for building an artificial island alongside a Tel Aviv beach to replace an airport due to be shut down. Netanyahu backed the project proposed for Israel’s …

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Russians prefer Baku as tourist destination

Baku topped the list of the most popular destinations for summer holidays among Russian citizens, according to TurStat. The top-5 places also include Minsk, Almaty, Yerevan and Astana. They are followed by Tashkent, Chisinau, …

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Minibus with Russians runs into tractor in Turkey

At least six Russian tourists were hurt in a road accident in southwestern Turkey, CNN Turk reported. According to the television channel, a minibus carrying Russian tourists bound from the resort city of Marmaris to the international …

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World's largest coral garden to be built in UAE

The United Arab Emirates' Fujairah wants to cultivate the world's largest coral garden to encourage biodiversity, boost tourism and attract divers and nature enthusiasts. The move was revealed by the Ministry of Climate Change …

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Ancient city on sale in Turkey

The ancient city of Bargylia, a community dating back some 2,500 years, is seeking a new protector.  Bargylia, on the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea in what was once governed by Athens, has been put up for sale for a snip at 35 …

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Russians to be able to use rubles in Turkey

Russian tourists will be able to use their national currency - the ruble - in Turkey, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said. The minister explained that the talks are underway between Turkey and Russia in this …

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