Have few hours to spend in Amsterdam? This is what you can do

If you are traveling via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you may want to see what the city has to offer tourists especially if you have to wait for long hours to catch your next flight.

Tour Operators at the airport advertise various tour packages to travelers on transit but Jetsanza.com recommends you spend these few hours at the Dam Square.

Dam Square has a bit of almost everything that Amsterdam has to offer. The tourist-packed area houses Koninklijk Palace, the 17th-century Royal Palace and also former home of the Dutch royal family. It serves as venue for royal functions.

Dam Square boasts of Amsterdam’s top tourist attractions. Visiting Dam Square alone means seeing almost all what Amsterdam has to offer tourists. Amsterdam’s great attractions like Nieuwe Kerk (the New Church); Madame Tussauds wax museum; and the National Memorial Statue are all found at the Dam Square.

Foster Sentence and I. Could you spot Michael Jackson behind me?
Madame Tussauds: Could you spot Michael Jackson behind me?

The public square is very huge. Dozens of cafes and shops with vendors all over selling food and souvenirs. Dam Square has a Ferris wheel to give tourists different views of Amsterdam, as well as plenty of entertainment, which ranges from street performers to music festivals.

Ferris Wheel at night in Dam Square, Amsterdam Stock Video Footage - Storyblocks Video
Ferris Wheel at night in Dam Square, Amsterdam Stock Video Footage – Storyblocks Video
And YES, you can also find the “Instagrammable” I AMSTERDAM letters.
And YES, you can also find the “Instagrammable” I AMSTERDAM letters. PHOTO: Air France

The good part is that, Dam Square is easily accessible from the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Both bus and train take approximately 25 minutes. If you have to wait for over 5 hours before flying, this is perfect for you.

Take note of your boarding time to avoid missing your flight. Have your train or bus ticket booked before beginning your Dam Square tour. Choose the bus/train that will get you to the airport at least an hour before departure.

Also note that you may not require transit visas to travel through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport but obtain the necessary visa to enable you exit the airport for the Dam Square experience.

A sample itinerary of a two-week stay in the UK for tourists

When you find yourself in a country for the first time, you get confused and end up giving attention to what wasn’t part of your initial plans. It’s always good to plan your travel to get the best out of your trip. Some embassies even request that you include this plan in your visa application.

Jetsanza.com shares with you a sample itinerary on how to spend a two-week vacation in the United Kingdom.

Visiting a country like the UK where there are good number of Ghanaians, you may end up visiting friends and families without even seeing a single tourist site or taking any activity. Having a plan will help you organise your days so that you don’t wake up thinking of what to do.

A two-week travel itinerary for London

In planning this itinerary, references were made to the following websites lonelyplanet.com, Londonpass.org, Topsightseeing.com and Ukguide.org.

You are encouraged to take note of days that fall on weekends. Some tourist sites may be closed to the public on weekends.

 

DAY 1 – Arrival

Arrival at London Heathrow Airport. Take it easy at the airport so that you don’t end up in the most expensive trains. Look out for signs to the London Underground train, grab a map to identify how to get to your hotel. If money isn’t your problem, you can just pick a cab to your hotel. Alternatively, you can arrange for airport pick-up service with your hotel/hostel.

DAY 2 – Stadium tour

If you are a soccer fan, you definitely have to begin your tour by visiting the stadium of your football club, that’s if it’s in London.  Assuming you are a Chelsea fan, visit the Stamford Bridge. If you happen to visit at a time they’ve won some trophies, you will see them and take photos with them. If your team is not in London, you can take advantage to see  the newly built ‘White Hart lane’ in Tottenham which took over 7 years to build.

Akesse Sanza at Stamford Bridge

DAY 3 – River Thames

Head to River Thames in Central London. The river banks have the most popular attractions in London.  Tower of London, the London eye and London Bridge are all situated here.

 

DAY 4 – The Medieval Banquet

Time to dine like a King and have a feel of English cuisine at the Medieval Banquet by the tower. Medieval Banquet says you are a royal guest; King, Queen, Knight, Wench, etc and they treat you as such. The facility provides a dinner and theatre experience simultaneously. Go there and pretend to be a King/Queen as you dine and enjoy some English entertainment.

 

DAY 5 – Kensington

Set aside today for Kensington. Visit the Kensington Palace and then head to The orangery at the Kensington Gardens. After enjoying some food and drinks, you can relax at the park and then see the galleries, gardens and landscapes at the park.

 

DAY 6 – Buckingham Palace

Travel to London can’t be complete without visiting the Buckingham Palace,  London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom.  Changing of the Guard is an important feature for tourists to the Palace. You have to be at the palace in the morning in order not to miss it.  It takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10:45am for 45 minutes while the actual handover takes place at 11am.

If you still have much time this day, you can see the Hyde Park.

 

DAY 7 – Nightlife

You love nightlife? If YES, then you may want to take some rest in the day to prepare yourself for the night. Some people can’t stay late in the night without having some sleep in the day. Get to Brixton and you will find bars with music all over the place. Brixton is easily accessible from anywhere by Train and Bus. Dog and Fox in Wimbledon also provides free live band music on Saturday nights.

 

DAY 8 – Rest

You should definitely have some sleep due to the previous night’s “chilling”. Have some walk around where you stay and do some window shopping if there are shops near you.

DAY 9 – Window Shopping

You may want to continue the window shopping proper at bigger shopping centers. London’s shops have items for every pocket size; from Primark, H&M up to all the top Italian designers.  It’s always advisable to first compare prices and decide on what you really want to buy before buying them. Tourists usually discover better deals after they are done shopping. You can consider Westfield, Toothing, Convent Gardens or West Croydon for your shopping.

DAY 10 – Bus Tour

Hop on one of the many buses that offer sightseeing tours in London. Get your ticket, grab a drink, climb to the top of the bus as you are being driven through the city of London.

DAY 11 – Benjamin Franklin House

If you are a religious person, interchange this day with the day that your religion worships. With the help of the internet, it’s easy to locate where your religious denominations meet and if they offer any tours to visitors. If you are not a religious person, then you may consider visiting the Benjamin Franklin House to witness one of their many scheduled events at the museum.

 

DAY 12 – 14 – Packing

For some reason if you were not able to visit certain places in your itinerary, this is the time to do them.

When done, pack and return to your home country.

Turkey Visa Application In Ghana: Process, Visa Fees, Requirements For Tourist And Business Visa

Turkey is currently rubbing shoulders with UAE (Dubai) and South Africa as the most visited countries by Ghanaians.

Ghanaians love to travel to explore business opportunities and as such, any country that relaxes its visa requirements or procedures for Ghanaian passport holders receives a considerable increase of tourist arrivals from Ghana. Ghanaian businessmen have also accepted Turkey as the hub for quality clothes and furniture. This has also made the country the preferred business destination for Ghanaian businessmen.

The Turkish Embassy in Ghana has also simplified the visa application process to make it easier for people to obtain visas for Turkey.

How To Apply For Turkish Visa In Ghana

To apply for a Turkish visa in Ghana, pack all the required documents and the visa fees. Then send them to MS VISA, a commercial partner handling the Visa Application Section of the Turkish Embassy. Do not fill a visa application form before visiting the application center and no appointment is required. The Visa Section opens at 8:30am and closes at 4:30pm.

The MS Visa Turkish Visa Application Center is located at 235 a Ghana, Soula Close, Accra. Just enter the address in Uber, Bolt or GPS.

The beautiful Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
The beautiful Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Requirement For Turkey Tourist Visa

Below are the requirements for Turkey Tourism / Transit visa:

  • Passport (Must Be Valid For At Least 6 Months)
  • Valid Residence Permit If Applicant Is A Foreigner Staying In Ghana
  • Passport Data Page (PHOTOCOPY)
  • One (1) American Size Passport Picture
  • Flight Reservation
  • Hotel Reservation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Destination Visa (TRANSIT Visa Applicants)
  • Notarized Introduction Letter From Your Company ( Using The Company’s Letter Headed Paper Showing Employment Date, Salary And Any Promotions) If Applicable
  • Appointment Letter If An Employee
  • Letter From School And Student Id (IF Applicant Is A Student)
  • Certificate Of Company Registration And Tax Clearance Certificate (ORIGINALS And Photocopies) – Not Compulsory But Advisable.
  • Sponsorship Letter Duly Notarized If You Are Not Sponsoring Your Trip.
  • Bank Statement Of Sponsor Or Applicant For The Last Three (3) Months (UPDATED)
  • Evidence Of Work ( 3 Months Pay Slip) If Applicable
  • Supporting Documents (e.g Property Ownership Document If Applicable)

Requirement For Turkey Business Visa

Below are the requirements for Turkey Business visa:

  • Passport (Must Be Valid For At Least 6 Months)
  • Valid Residence Permit If Applicant Is A Foreigner Staying In Ghana
  • Passport Data Page (PHOTOCOPY)
  • One (1) American Size Passport Picture
  • Flight Reservation
  • Hotel Reservation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Business Invitation Letter From Turkey
  • Notarized Introduction Letter From Your Company ( Using The Company’s Letter Headed Paper Showing Employment Date, Salary And Any Promotions)
  • Appointment Letter If An Employee
  • Certificate Of Company Registration And Tax Clearance Certificate (ORIGINALS And Photocopies)
  • Supporting Documents If You Have Carried On Business Outside The Country, Turkey Inclusive.
  • Sponsorship Letter Duly Notarized If You Are Not Sponsoring Your Trip
  • Bank Statement Of Sponsor Or Applicant For The Last Three (3) Months (UPDATED)
  • Evidence Of Work ( 3 Months Pay Slip) If Applicable
  • Supporting Documents (e.g Property Ownership Document If Applicable)

Turkey Visa Fees

  • Single entry Visa fee: GHS 346 (Ghanaian) / $60 (Foreigner) and MS VISA service charge is GHS 424.80
  • Multiple entry Visa fee: is GHS 1,094 (Ghanaian) / $ 190 (Foreigner) and MS VISA service charge is GHS 424.80

MSVISA also assists applicants with hotel reservation, Flight reservation and Travel Insurance at a fee.

Coronavirus: Italian island will pay for your flights and hotel to encourage tourists to return

Sicily, an island in Italy will be wooing tourists to return to the island by offering to pay half of your plane ticket, a night at a hotel, and your attraction entry fees.

Aerial view of the Cefalu, Sicily, Italy. Lovely sea and mediterranean historical houses. Province of Palermo.
Aerial view of the Cefalu, Sicily, Italy. Lovely sea and mediterranean historical houses. Province of Palermo.


The Times broke the story and reported that the offer will be available on the island’s tourism website after Italy lifts its lockdown on May 4.

Sicily is located off the south of Italy.

Aerial view of the Cefalu, Sicily, Italy. Lovely sea and mediterranean historical houses. Province of Palermo.
Aerial view of the Cefalu, Sicily, Italy. Lovely sea and mediterranean historical houses. Province of Palermo.


For every three-night stay at a hotel, they will cover one of them, along with a museum and archaeological entry tickets.

The government will use €50 million to fund the scheme, with losses of €1 billion reported from March and April.

In 2019, the Sicily towns of Mussomeli and Sambuca offered houses for just 90p.

Netherlands visas are being refused; reasons for refusal and how to avoid them

Netherlands visa applications in Ghana
Netherlands visa applications in Ghana

It’s fascinating to know that visa applicants only seek for professional advice after their visa applications have been refused. A good number of people who have been denied visas contact me daily for advice on the to do next. Few things cut across all the refused Netherlands visa applications. All the applicants who applied without Invitation Letters from the Netherlands had almost the same reasons for their visa denial.

The reasons for visa refusal for those travelling to stay in a hotel are either two or more of the following:

1. Sufficient justification for the purpose and circumstances of the intended stay was not provided. You were unable to provide plausible, verifiable information about the purpose and circumstances of your stay. Consequently, it cannot be determined with sufficient certainty that all the conditions for the issue of a visa have been met.

2. Your hotel reservation has lapsed, and no other reservation has been made in its place. As a result, the purpose of your journey cannot be confirmed.

3. Your intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. Since it has not been demonstrated or established to a reasonable degree of credibility that you have a regular and substantial income in your country of origin/habitual residence to support yourself, it is not felt to be sufficiently probable that you will return to your country of origin promptly.

4. You have failed to demonstrate that you have significant social and/or economic ties to your country of origin or country of habitual residence. As a result, your prompt return following the conclusion of your intended stay cannot be ensured. In this connection, it should be noted that one of the basic criteria for the issue of visas is the prevention of illegal migration. In determining whether there is a risk of illegal migration, immigration authorities examine the local and general situation in an applicant’s country of origin/long-term residence and his/her specific personal situation.

5. Sufficient justification for the purpose and circumstances of the intended stay was not provided. Although you have stated that the primary place of residence during your trip is in the member state of destination you indicated, this is not supported by the documents submitted.

Causes of Netherlands visa application refusal

The requirements for a Netherlands visa include a plausible travel itinerary. The keyword here is “Plausible”, which means “probable”. What this means is that applicants are to tell the Consular how they intend to spend their days in the Netherlands in the form of a written itinerary detailing a “possible” plan. Though resources are available on the internet to help travellers plan their trip, someone who has never visited the country is likely to make some errors unless maybe an assistance was sought. Such errors are expected to be overlooked, but in recent refusal notices issued to visa applicants, the Embassy instead requests for a “verifiable information about the purpose and circumstances of your stay”. If an applicant intends to visit the Red Light District, how is this information expected to be verifiable? Red Light District is not an attraction where you can book for entry tickets. It’s accessed for free, so one may wonder how the Consular expects to verify this information.

A critical look at the above reasons show that the Embassy expect applicants to confirm their travels contrary to the advice that visa applicants should not confirm any aspect of their travels unless the visa is issued. For reasons yet to be known, hotels request for applicants to pay for their stay in advance despite the hotel agreeing at the time of booking that applicants would pay when checking in. It has not yet been established if the Embassy requests the hotel to confirm if truly the applicant has secured the room and would be staying there during his/her vacation in the country. Applicants who are not sure of getting visas ignore the hotel’s request for advance payment.

Once you fall into the hotel and itinerary issues, other reasons are added to you as bonus LOL. The problem of not having enough funds, substantial income, economic and social ties come in. When a visa applicant is not able to prove his/her travel intentions, it is then assumed that the applicant may not leave the country before the expiry of the visa.

How to avoid refusal of Netherlands Visa application

The key to a successful visa application is making your intentions clear and supporting it with enough evidence. Genuine travellers mostly do not have issues with their finances but get their visas refused because they failed or did not provide enough documents to support their purpose of travel.

Holidaymakers suffer the most when it comes providing enough documents to support their purpose of travel. A mere hotel booking and plausible itinerary have lately proven not sufficient in telling a Consular that applicant is genuinely travelling for tourism purposes. These requirements are usually ‘waived’ for applicants with travel experiences.

The only way an applicant can make his/her case stronger in confirming the purpose or intention is to buy a tour package. A package that includes accommodation, local transport and a professional guide that will take the tourist to all the places mentioned in the plausible travel itinerary. In this case, it’s no more PLAUSIBLE, but CONFIRMED itinerary. This single document will do away with the issues of lapsed hotel reservation and the inability to verify information about the purpose of your travel. The other reasons come up when the applicant fails to meet these two.

When buying tour packages, take note of the refund policies so that you don’t lose much should the embassy find other reasons to deny you the visa. With a confirmed tour package, applicants have had their entire stay in the Netherlands paid in advance, and the likelihood of getting a visa refused is very minimal if enough documents about the applicant’s personal circumstances in the country of residence are included.

Itinerary: Visit Five Schengen Countries In Six Days

After going through the struggles to secure a short-stay Schengen visa, the next wish of the traveller is to be able to visit as many Schengen countries as possible. Those on a high budget usually use flights to connect quickly to other countries, but this isn’t the best as land travel itself is an experience. It allows the traveller to see the several cities as he’s been driven through other countries.

The travel itinerary below covers five countries; the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg in six days. We can plan and do this together with a local guide. Complete the form below the article to show your interest.

Itinerary: How to visit five European countries in six days

Day 01: Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris

In the morning we’ll head to Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union. Our first stop will be the Atomium monument, a cell-shaped structure of stainless steel spheres and tubes built for the 1958 World’s Fair. Then it’s on to Grand Place and Town Hall, the crowning achievement of Gothic civil architecture.

After a look at Manneken Pis, the famous tinkling cherub, we’ll head to the French border and make a beeline for Paris.

Day 02: Paris – Versailles – Paris

We’ll begin our Paris adventure with a drive along the famous Champs Elysees to the Place de la Concorde, which played a crucial role in one of darkest chapters of the French Revolution. You’ll also get to see the iconic Arc de Triomphe. Next, we’ll head to L’Hotel National des Invalides, which houses Napoleon’s tomb and several other monuments relating the military history of France.

Next, we’ll travel on coach through the Parisian suburbs to the splendid Palace of Versailles, the residence of the royal family until the start of the revolution in 1789. We’ll return to Paris in the evening. After dinner, you may want to avail yourself of the optional cruise along the river Seine.

We will make a stop at Eiffel Tower right after L’Hotel National des Invalides. You can either take time to explore the neighbourhood and have some lunch or scale the Eiffel Tower. Choice is yours.

Day 03: Paris

The second day of our Paris experience begins with a visit to the Louvre, the grande dame of art museums. Here you will set your eyes upon some of the highest-valued masterpieces of the Western world, including the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa.

After lunch we’ll head to Boulevard Haussmann, a shopper’s paradise in the heart of Paris, where you will be free to shop till you drop. Accommodations for the evening will either be in Paris or a neighbouring city. Before you leave this captivating city, don’t miss the world-famous cabaret shows at the Lido and Moulin Rouge (optional).

Day 04: Paris – Reims – Luxembourg

After breakfast, we’ll venture out of Paris and into the rolling countryside of Champagne, famous the world over for its sparkling white wine. A hefty dose of history, tradition and architecture is yours for the taking in Reims, where every king from the 11th century on was formally anointed.

Our last stop on this day is Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining grand duchy. Highlights include the Adolphe Bridge, Place de la Constitution and the Alzette River Valley. We will stay overnight in Luxembourg or a neighbouring city.

Day 05: Luxembourg – Trier – Koblenz – Frankfurt

Our first stop is historic Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the former capital of the Western Roman Empire. Trier is also the hometown of Karl Marx, the father of Communist thought. We’ll visit his former residence, which now houses the Karl Marx Haus museum. After a lesson in ideology, we’ll make our way to Porta Nigra, the largest and most well-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps. After an exciting morning in Trier, we’ll drive to Koblenz, the town located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers.

In the summertime, you will have the option of joining a scenic river cruise on the Rhine. We’ll make a short stop in Ruedesheim to see the Niederwalddenkmal, a monument built in the late 19th century to commemorate the founding of the German Empire. Then it’s off to Frankfurt, the largest financial centre in all of Europe. There you will see the Old Opera House (Alte Oper); Roemerberg, the historic heart of Frankfurt; St. Paul’s Church, where the freely-elected National Assembly drafted Germany’s first united constitution; and Die Zeit, Germany’s busiest shopping street.

Note: The Rhine boat cruise operates from April to October.

Day 06: Frankfurt – Bonn – Cologne – Amsterdam

We will have breakfast at the hotel, then make our way to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany. There we will visit Beethoven House and University of Bonn, then head to Cologne to see the iconic Cologne Cathedral, followed by a stroll along the shopping street Schildergasse. Our final destination on Day 6 is Amsterdam.

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Sanza The Small Beautiful Town In Italy

Sanza is an ancient small city located in the Salerno province in the Camparnia region of Italy.

In the early years of civilization when Italy was dividing into small roman empires, the city was ruled by the Parish Church and surrounded by walls.

The town is among the very smallest in Italy today with a population of just 3000 people.

The popularity of Sanza is due to the many beautiful beaches and incredible resorts. Sanza has gained fame as the finest beach vacation destination in Italy where tourists can expect to enjoy vacation on the finest beaches in the whole of Italy.

Averagely, the town receives well over a million visitors annually from all over Italy and the rest of the world making Sanza a major destination in the Italian tourism industry.

What makes visiting Sanza much more exciting is the welcoming nature of the town folks. One can expect to be welcomed wholeheartedly and receive the best of treatment from the town folks during your stay in the town.

Aside from the amazing beaches, Sanza is also home to a couple of attractions worth visiting. This includes Scaramuzzo Armeria, San Vito Chapel, Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park and the historic Bell Tower in the centre of the city.

15 interesting facts about Andorra that will surprise you

If you’ve been wondering why 10.2 million people visit Andorra annually, then these interesting facts about the small European country should tell you why.

ANDORRANS LIVE LONGER

Life expectancy rate in Andorra which is 81 years, is the fifth-highest in the world.  This is because of the country’s altitude, the quality of its air, the delicious cuisine and the fact that it’s surrounded by nature.

ANDORRA HAVE THE OLDEST PARLIAMENT IN EUROPE

Known as the Consell General, Andorra’s parliament was created in 1419. With only 28 MPs, it is one of the oldest and smallest European parliaments still functioning.

YOU’LL FIND MORE NATURE IN ANDORRA THAN ANYWHERE ELSE

Andorra is undoubtedly synonymous with nature: more than 90% of the country is made up of mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and meadows. Only about 4% of the territory has been built on, in the bottom of the valleys and at the feet of more than 65 peaks over 6,560 feet high.

YOU CAN CROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY ON FOOT

One of the curious facts about Andorra that hikers will love the most is this: thanks to its over 60 mountain trails, you can travel throughout Andorra without setting foot on tarmac, by following the Gran Recorrido País trail. There are also 29 mountain refuges where you can spend the night during your journey, surrounded by nature.

MORE MUSEUMS PER SQUARE MILE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE

Except for the Vatican, Andorra has nearly 20 museums in just 180 square miles. Undoubtedly, a detail that speaks volumes about the people of Andorra and their cultural interests. They are the perfect places to learn about our culture, legends, traditions, customs and much more. Because a thousand years of history takes some telling.

10% OF ANDORRA HAS BEEN DECLARED WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Andorra is one of the few countries in the world where 10% of the country has been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is outstanding for its beauty and has pastures, meadows and extensive forest areas. There are also perfectly preserved “bordes” (traditional mountain cabins), paths and remains of ancient forges, testimony to the way the Andorrans have used natural resources for over 700 years.

YOU CAN SKI OVER 186 MILES OF SLOPES

Andorra has Southern Europe’s largest skiable area. In Grandvalira and Vallnord, and also in Naturlandia, you can ski down endless slopes, and enjoy your favourite winter sports and snow activities, day and night!

YOU HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE IN WHICH TO RELAX

When you need to forget about your daily routine, you can come to relax in Southern Europe’s largest spa complex: Caldea. In Andorra, you will have over 322,917 square feet to take it easy with your family, or you could relax with your partner in Inúu and give your younger children the chance to enjoy the unique Likids experience.

THE PEOPLE OF ANDORRA ARE TRILINGUAL BY NATURE

The only country in the world to have Catalan as an official language, the proximity to France and Spain has also meant that the people of Andorra speak Spanish and French fluently as well. So if you want to learn and practise 3 languages easily, you have to visit Andorra.

NEVER HAD AN ARMY BUT KNOW HOW TO DEFEND THEMSELVES

One of the most surprising curious facts about Andorra refers to its anti-war nature: the country has never had an army or a ministry for defence. Instead, and only in exceptional situations, a centuries-old tradition has seen the summoning of the “Sometent”, a popular militia formed by the heads of all the Andorran households between the ages of 21 and 60. In the old days, they went armed with shotguns, led by Captains whose mission was to defend the rest of the population.

YOU CAN SAMPLE THE FINEST MEAT OF THE PYRENEES

Only the farmers of the Principality know the secret to providing you with the best veal and Andorran horse meat. A long tradition, its quality and its unique flavour are, without doubt, the ingredients that make Andorran meat an outstanding example of the country’s gastronomy.

ANDORRA MAKE A GREAT HIGH-ALTITUDE WINE

Well, it’s true! Another one of the curious facts about Andorra is related to gastronomy: they have wine and travelling through their valleys, forests and mountains you can view their vineyards. Thanks to the efforts that have gone into recovering this crop, forgotten for centuries in the country, the local wineries have succeeded in producing excellent high-altitude wine. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Albariño are some of the varieties that you can taste.

SURROUNDED BY ROMANESQUE ART

Over 40 churches, chapels and monuments are the historical legacy of rural Romanesque art in Andorra. In the past they were the centre of religious and social gatherings and today, they are some of the jewels of the people’s cultural heritage. Make sure that you visit them: you’ll find out about an important part of the lives of their ancestors and numerous curious facts about Andorra and its religion from the twelfth century.

YOU CAN RIDE THE LONGEST SLIDE IN THE WORLD

In Naturlandia you’ll find one of the most fun attractions in the country: Tobotronc. This slide surrounded by nature involves a ride of more than 3 miles through the forest of La Rabassa. You must try it!

ANDORRANS LOVE SHOPPING

The people of Andorra are so crazy about shopping that they have over 1,000 shops and 7 commercial thoroughfares and are only closed 4 days a year! You have 361 days to discover what’s new, with all the latest trends in fashion, accessories, cosmetics, sports goods etc. If you are also affected by this madness, make a note in your diary for the Andorra Shopping Festival.

Andorra: A small European country with visa-free entry for all nationalities

Andorra is visa-free for everyone irrespective of your nationality. The small nation in Europe has an area of just 468 square kilometres with population as low as 77,000.

France borders Andorra to the north and Spain to the south. The country is a tourist hotspot and the number of tourists in the country at any moment in time outnumbers the number of residents. An estimated 10.2 million tourists visit the country annually. Though Spain and France border it, Andorra is neither a member of the European Union nor the Schengen states.

Andorra
Andorra
La Massana, Andorra
La Massana, Andorra

The thousands of kilometres of waymarked trails through natural spaces, the valleys, lakes, mountains, meadows, ravines, rivers, and unending list of activities tourists can indulge in, are the reasons behind Andorra’s booming tourism industry.

Empty chairlift with cloudy sky in the background. Cableway chairlift
Empty chairlift with cloudy sky in the background. Cableway chairlift

The Andorran government imposes no visa requirements on its visitors and only requires a passport or European Union national identity card for entrance. But since there’s no airport for fixed-wing aircraft in Andorra, visitors are only able to enter through France or Spain and can only exit through same.

Since visitors to Andorra need to first arrive at France or Spain to be able to enter by land, a double or multiple entry Schengen visa is necessary. If you enter Andorra while holding a single-entry Schengen visa, it means you cannot leave Andorra to catch your flight in Spain or France. Because of this, visitors to Andorra must prove that they have the means to exit the country by holding a double or multiple-entry Schengen visa.

If you plan to visit Andorra, make sure you obtain either a double or multiple entry Schengen visa.
READ ALSO: 15 Interesting Facts About Andorra That Will Surprise You

MALTA: How to apply for Maltese visa in Ghana

Since fake news went viral that Malta is a visa-free country for Ghanaian passport holders, travel lovers have expressed interest in visiting the country. As a result of the many emails received by Jetsanza.com, we have put together this article to help people looking forward to apply for a Visa to Malta.

Malta is represented in Ghana by the Embassy of Italy when it comes to the issuance of visas. Therefore the process involved in obtaining a visa to Malta is the same as that of Italy.

The rest of the article walks you through the application process.

Appointment

Applicants are required to book an appointment to submit their applications at the Visa Application Center, VFS. Appointment is scheduled on the VFS Website.

The Visa Application Center is located at the address below:

Joint Visa Application Centre
1st floor, Atlantic Towers,
Behind Marina Mall,
Airport City
Accra

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