Allow entry across all land borders for some groups

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The General Directorate of the General Security announces that entry is permitted across all land borders for holders of valid residency and their family members or those wishing to transit from Syria via Lebanon to travel through the airport, provided that they possess a travel ticket and attend a maximum of 24 hours before the plane’s date, after having a PCR test issued by laboratories accredited by the Syrian Ministry of Health for a period not exceeding 48 hours indicating that they are not infected with the Coronavirus.

Departure of the Syrians who are in Lebanon, legally or illegally

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This is an announcement from the General Directorate of the General Security informing Syrian nationals who are in Lebanon legally or illegally that they can leave for Syria, provided that they have their identity papers and a report on the examination of the Coronavirus (PCR), not exceeding 24 hours.

Reception of some transactions at the Public Relations Department

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This announcement by the General Directorate of the General Security is to inform Arab and foreign citizens, that requests for friendship visit visas and the overall characteristics of all tourist delegations are submitted exclusively in the Public Relations Department (Justice) in exchange for a service fee.

The opening of the land borders with Syria through the Al Masnaa and Aboudieh border centers on 08/09/2020 and 10/09/2020

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Based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers on 31 March 2020 relating to the return of the Lebanese expatriates from abroad, the land borders with Syria will be opened through the Al Masnaa and Aboudieh border centers on 8-10 September 2020 from 9:00 until 16:00 for Lebanese and their family members.

The UAE extends the grace period granted to violators by another three months and exempts them from all fines

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The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced the extension of the exemption for “violators of the law of entry and residence of foreigners” and the extension starts from 18/8/2020 to 11/17/2020 whenever the violation occurred before 1/3/2020 and includes exempting them from all fines imposed on them, provided they leave the country.

Amendment to decision No. 30 for the year 2019 pertaining to admitting the family members of foreign workers into the country

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The council of ministers approved on 31 March an amendment to decision No. 30 for the year 2019 pertaining to admitting the family members of foreign workers into the country, changing the requirement for admission from the profession of foreign workers to their income level.

Law No. 140 for the year 2019

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The Egyptian parliament passed law No. 140 for the year 2019 amending law No. 89 for the year 1960 on the entry and residency of foreigners in Egypt, and law No. 26 for the year 1975 regarding the Egyptian Nationality. The amendments focused on the right of the prime minister to grant citizenship to foreigners. The amendment also established a unit in the council of ministers specialized in considering citizenship applications. 

Long-term residence visa policy

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Under the latest long-term residence visa policy, a new system for long-term residence visas (5 or 10 years) are granted to investors and entrepreneurs who meet specific requirements as well as exceptionally performing students. This allows foreigners to live, work and study in the country without a national sponsor and allows them to have 100 per cent ownership of their business on the country's mainland.

Presidential Decree No. 261-19 on the ratification of the agreement between Algeria and Finland on the mutual exemption of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passports

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The Decree ratifies a previous agreement signed between Algeria and Helsinki to mutually exempts the holders of diplomatic passports from visa requirements. The Agreement was signed initially in Helsinki on 11 January 2019.