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New online Indonesia visa for travellers from travel corridor nations

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Indonesian visas will soon be available online. The government of Indonesia is launching a new eVisa system to make the application process simpler, safer, and more efficient.

 

Travellers from a select number of countries will be able to apply for an Indonesia eVisa, as reported from October 15th 2020, it is expected that the online visa will be made available to citizens of more countries next year, as reported on indonesiaevisas.com.

 

The launch of the Indonesia eVisa is timely, applying online is the safest way to obtain an Indonesia visa during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as face-to-face contact can be avoided. This will be very important in the coming weeks and months as some foreign travel to the southeast Asian nation resumes.

 

Travel corridor / reciprocal green lane arrangements have now been created to allow for essential trips to Indonesia. To enter the country, eligible foreigners must apply for a visa exclusively using the online system.

 

When it is launched, the Indonesia eVisa will initially be limited to travellers from countries that have established a travel corridor agreement with Indonesia. Currently, China, the United Arab Emirates, and South Korea have reached such an agreement with the Indonesian government, with Singapore likely to join the list shortly.

 

Business travellers, skilled workers, investors, and civil servants who meet all the Indonesia eVisa requirements can apply for the permit for essential trips.

 

To obtain the Indonesia eVisa, eligible travellers are required to submit an online application form. Passport information and a few personal details are needed to successfully complete the request. Supporting documents can simply be uploaded digitally, with no need to present paperwork in person at an embassy or visa application centre. Applicants pay the visa fees securely online using a credit or debit card. The entire process can be completed from home and all notification and correspondence will be sent to the applicant by email. In addition, once approved the visa is sent directly to the applicant by email.

 

Tourists are not currently able to travel to Indonesia as the government attempts to strike a balance between economic recovery and public health and safety. Once general international travel does return, tourists will likely be able to take advantage of the new online visa application system.

 

Foreigners familiar with similar online visa systems such as those already in place in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, will be aware of the benefits. Not only is the eVisa application quick to complete, but processing times are also faster than traditional visa applications.

 

Tourists looking forward to a post-Covid getaway will be pleased to hear about the eVisa for Bali, as Indonesia’s most visited island the online system will benefit millions of foreign visitors. Holidaymakers will also be able to apply electronically once the system is extended to travellers visiting the country for leisure and not just on business.

 

More details about the new Indonesia eVisa are expected in the coming days and weeks including the full list of eligible countries and processing fee. Anyone hoping to go to Indonesia in the near future should check their eligibility and all the latest updates and information provided by the Indonesian government before making travel arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

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Will mobile gaming continue to thrive in 2021?

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Mobile phone gaming has never been so good. The games now on offer are more advanced than ever before, as are the phones we’re able to play them on. As a result, a large part of the world’s population is putting more energy into gaming on their mobile phone devices than ever before.

Many experts and gaming fans didn’t think mobile gaming would stand the test of time, particularly with the newly released Playstation 5 coming out. Surely the more sophisticated and graphically advanced games that a console of that type can host appeals more than playing a smartphone game with clear and obvious limitations? Apparently not. In fact, mobile gaming looks like it is very much here to not only survive but also thrive in 2021 and beyond.

Of course, for some, mobile gaming is simply incomparable to console gaming of any kind. In contrast, for others, the realisation that mobile phone gaming is here to stay is becoming a very real one. But why is this? Why is mobile gaming expected to kick on further in 2021? Here are a few reasons as to why.

Gaming on the go

Virtually everyone on the planet has a mobile phone these days, therefore opening up an array of entertainment possibilities in the process. Gaming on a phone is one of them as you have access to a comprehensive selection of games within a matter of seconds. The games on offer are diverse too, from the likes of blackjack online at Mansion Casino to brain teaser creations, coupled with more graphically advanced games like Fortnite PUBG Mobile. Then there’s augmented reality releases like Pokemon Go, too. These are the type of games which can be picked up and put down with ease. Console gaming, on the other hand, requires much more of a commitment. The games are generally a lot tougher, which, as a result, could put casual gamers off. Mobile games can be enjoyed on the go, while on the bus or on your lunch break. There’s a mobile phone game for an array of audiences too, opening gaming on a phone up to the masses.

Console-quality titles

Thanks to the continued advancements made with our mobile phone devices, the games we now have at our disposal are better than ever. Gaming options of old used to be with the likes of Tetris and Snake; now we’re inundated with releases on a weekly basis as games developers look to crack what is a humongous market. So much so, in fact, that many games companies make sure they release the mobile version of games simultaneously with the PC and console versions of games, once again highlighting the influence mobile phone gaming has had on the overall gaming landscape. On top of this, the gaming experience on a mobile device has improved dramatically also, with joysticks and VR headsets being used to help get the best out of specific mobile creations.

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Cheap and free games

Console gaming isn’t cheap. When you factor in the cost of a console before even adding up the cost of purchasing a few games to go with it, it could be argued that it’s extortionate. In fact, many people have strayed away from console gaming for this very reason, especially when they realise they can get their gaming fix from their smartphone. All you need is access to Appstore or Google Play, and you’re good to go, with the option of trying out a whole host of creations without spending any money at all. Most mobile games are either cheap or completely free, therefore making them accessible to all.

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London businesses call for swift action to safeguard Eurostar's future

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London’s business leaders have written to the government asking it to ensure that the green gateway to Europe is safeguarded. A copy of the letter is published below.

 

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The best of 5G is yet to come  

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Executives from leading mobile operators have urged consumers to be patient with 5G, explaining more advanced capabilities and use cases will become available as the technology evolves.

Speaking at the recent industry conference CES 2021, Drew Blackard, VP of product management at Samsung Electronics America (SEA), told a panel that many current services including video streaming are merely “better on 5G”.

But he added more advanced “only-on-5G experiences” will become mainstream “more and more as the infrastructure develops” and the technology becomes more widely used.

Blackard noted SEA had “done a lot of development with partners to build out what these can look like”, pointing to a collaboration with AT&T to offer AR experiences for sports fans.

Ice Mobility chairman and co-founder Denise Gibson added “there is an element of patience” to realising 5G’s potential.

She said 5G “is a platform that will evolve”, explaining “it’s not solely about” geographic reach, but also provision of advanced capabilities and services on networks and devices.

Blackard added “partnerships are obviously essential”, noting 5G required “a group, an industry to bring that forward. It’s not a single player that can do that”.

Commenting on the issue Abraham Lui, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions,  said  "In Europe, the best of 5G is yet to come. As 5G deployment gathers pace across the continent, users will appreciate the benefits of this game-changing technology in the near future".

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