May 11, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani government ordered the Islamabad bureau chief for the New York Times to leave the country on the eve of landmark parliamentary elections, according to the newspaper's website. Declan Walsh, 39, was told early Thursday morning that his visa was being canceled and that he had to leave the country within 72 hours, the paper's website reported. A group of police delivered Walsh a letter from the Interior Ministry telling him that his visa was being revoked “in view of your undesirable activities.” Pakistan's parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on Saturday mark the first democratic transition of one civilian government to another in a country with a long history of military coups and political ousters.
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May 14, 2012 |
After filing 400 stories from China, reporter Melissa Chan never thought she'd wind up in the headlines herself. Chan returned to Southern California last week as the first accredited foreign correspondent to be expelled from China in 14 years, an act that sparked a flurry of news reports and expressions of solidarity from fellow journalists. Chan, who was the sole Al Jazeera English correspondent in China, said she knew she was on shaky ground for most of this year. She had been working on month-by-month credentials since January, when the government refused a routine visa-renewal request.
April 25, 2012 |
If you're Chinese or Brazilian, the wait for your U.S. visa may be over. OK, not completely over, but perhaps not as long as it once was. Against the backdrop of Disney World in Florida, President Obama acknowledged on Jan. 19 the importance of tourism to the U.S. economy and promised that the waits for visas, which published reports said often lasted three months, would improve. “We will always protect our borders and shores and our tourist destinations from people who want to do us harm,” Obama said.
December 18, 2001
Re "10 Held as INS Targets Visa Abuses," Dec. 13: Muslim activists complain about the recent roundup of Middle Easterners who have overstayed their visas, claiming that they are being profiled. When they signed the visa application they made a promise to the U.S. government to abide by the terms of the visa. By overstaying, they have broken their promise. Perhaps in other cultures and societies a promise is meaningless, but in American society, promises are expected to be kept. Henry Sakaida Temple City
February 10, 2002
Your article "Keeping Up With the Rules of the Visa Game" (Travel Insider, Jan. 27) mentioned an Australian government Web site where travelers can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority for approximately $11. I was surprised that you failed to mention that ETAs can be obtained free from the commercial carrier the traveler uses to enter Australia. Most of them are part of the computerized network that is used to obtain the ETA, and all the traveler has to do is provide passport information when booking or ticketing passage.
April 12, 1987
I would like to add a voice of support for Jerry Hulse's March 29 position in Travel Tips of possibly not visiting France until the visa fee is waived and the car rental tax revised downward. My wife and I canceled a six-week trip to France last year for similar reasons and we are not going this year either. There must be many others who feel as we do. We follow and enjoy Jerry Hulse's column as well as the entire Travel Section. We appreciate his speaking out on issues such as this from time to time.