Ref. A favorite subject of mine, that... Since I get so many stamps in my passport, any opportunity to get stamp-free entry is very welcome. Here's a partial list: Hong Kong. Its eChannel system can be used for entry by residents (local and foreign) and frequent visitors (after registration). It can also be used, since … Continue reading Which airports offer automated immigration/passport clearance to travellers (either to citizens or both citizens and some foreigners)?
Ref. As an employee? Most of them. The employer sponsors you, and if you have the qualifications (university degree, experience, language skills), it is normally a breeze. Why an employer would rather hire you than a local person is another story. You'd have to bring something to the table that local hires don't. After all, … Continue reading As a European citizen, in which the countries outside Europe, specifically Asia, is it relatively easy to get a working visa (in digital marketing/ecommerce)?
Answer Request That one is at the same time easy and tough to answer. Let's start with the easy part. Considering how hard it is to get a Macao visa as a non-Chinese without sponsorship, it is not much of a contest… That's a comment I put up – while I don't answer anymore over … Continue reading What is the best place to start a new life for a non-Chinese: Hong Kong or Macao?
Ref. Surely you jest. If you think you can buy a bunch of bottles in, say, Changi airport, and pass through Customs unscathed in Soekarno Hatta, you're in for a brutal awakening. The fact that the sale of these goods was duty-free in Singapore has nothing to do with what will happen in Jakarta. It … Continue reading Is alcohol exempt from customs when you buy it at the duty free shop at the airport? Answer Request
Here's a little guide on how to painlessly apply for a 5-day Shenzhen-only visa in Luohu. It isn't particularly complicated, but: It can be an extremely long process, depending on the time of day. Caveat emptor. Especially since they are "upgrading" they computer system, as of September 2017, and let me tell y'all, what was … Continue reading Shenzhen 5-day visa
I just came back from Japan, which usually keeps me busy. For some reason, despite conditions being usually equal or better than other business trips, I am oftentimes busier than in other places. I had a light load, normally one business meeting a day; my hotel, Mercure Ginza, being centrally located, enabled me to avoid … Continue reading I’m back!
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I think Park and Pak are the same name in Korean. Are there other names like this? Ref. As I said in my comments to Kent Fung's excellent answer, Vương (Vuong), Vong, Ong, Wong, Wang are all variants of 王, whereas Hoàng, Huỳnh, Hwang, Huang, Wong, Vong are variants of 黃. Oh, and in Hokkien, … Continue reading What are some names spelled differently in English but are the same name in their native tongue?
[Answer Request] The problem with duty-free, being a very tightly-controlled industry, is that many people have no clue how it works, and there are plenty of fairy tales and urban legends about it, often far off the reality. This question is definitely one of those things – a show of cluelessness about how things work. … Continue reading Is alcohol exempt from customs when you buy it at the duty-free shop at the airport?
Ref. It will depend on your bank account. Other good answers mention Singapore and the Phils in the same sentence. Both make sense. Except that the budget sure isn't the same. You need to take into consideration a few things: Your starting budget. How much money do you have TODAY to go there, and get … Continue reading What is the most ideal Asian country for a freelancer writer from North America to work in and why?