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EMBASSY CLOSURES: EMBASSY CLOSURES FOR AUGUST 201815-08-2018

Nigeria:

Due to the Id el Kabir Holiday the Nigeria High Commission will be closed on Tuesday, 21st and Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 this will affect collection, OIS office will also be closed on the said date. Normal service will resume on Thursday, 23rd of August, 2018

The Saudi Emabssy will be closed from Thursday the 16th August to the 28th of August for Eid.

 

Algeria Embassy will be closed on the 21st and 22nd August.

 

Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the 21st and 22nd August.


India Embassy will be  closed on the 22nd August and 3rd September.

 

Indonesia Embassy will be closed on the 17th August.

 

Thailand Embassy will be  closed on the 27th August.

 

Egypt Embassy will be closed 20th – 24th August.


Ghana Embassy will be closed on the 22nd August.

 

UAE Embassy will be closed 20th – 27th August

 

 

All Muslim Embassies will be closing from 1 day to 5 working days next weet for Hajj.

AUSTRIA: TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE08-08-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Austria
 
Austria
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Austria with an update to the Summary – updated information on immigration controls, which may also temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Italy and Slovakia.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
Immigration controls may temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia. You should carry your passport with you when crossing the border into, or from Austria, monitor local media and check with your transport provider or the Austrian Railways (OBB) website for updates.
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria

BELARUS : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES06-08-2018
Good Afternoon
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Belarus with an update to the Entry requirements section – removal of section on travel for FIFA World Cup; (Visas) – revised information on visa waiver if entering and exiting at Minsk International Airport; (Travelling between Russian and Belarus) – addition of information on exit stamps. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
If you’re travelling immediately from/to a Russian airport or entering Belarus at any other border point other than Minsk International Airport, this visa-free arrangement doesn’t apply and you’ll need a visa. A maximum of 90 days stay in one calendar year is permitted. You can find more information at the website of the Belarus embassy.
 
Travelling between Russia and Belarus
 
The Russian government has informed the UK government that there are no legal grounds for foreigners (including British nationals) to cross the Russia-Belarus state border. If you’re planning on entering Russia by road, you’ll need to take an alternative route through a different country. Please note that plans to extend the FAN ID scheme in Russia throughout 2018 will not apply to Belarus.
 
If you’re planning on travelling by rail between the two countries, you should contact your train or tour operator to seek their advice. You should also consider contacting your nearest Russian Embassy for advice on the latest situation for rail travellers.
 
The UK government isn’t aware of any difficulties for British nationals when travelling by air between the 2 countries, however, you should ensure that you receive an exit stamp in your passport when you leave the Republic of Belarus. If you don’t you will be denied entry on your next visit. Make sure you have all the necessary visas for the duration of your travel to Russia. You can find more information on the Russian Embassy website.
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belarus

ARGENTINA : TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES06-08-2018
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Argentina with an update to Safety and security section (Crime) – update on tourist police contact details; (Extreme Sports) – revised information; you should ensure your travel insurance includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety and security
Crime
Robberies involving physical violence and the use of weapons are known to occur in the streets immediately outside of the Caminito tourist area in La Boca. Make sure to stay within the designated tourist area where there are high visibility police patrols. If being robbed, hand over your cash and valuables without resistance. For English assistance contact the Tourist Police at Av Corrientes 436 or on +54 911 5050 9260/3293 if ringing from a mobile or 155 5050 9260/3293 from a local landline (available 24 hours).
 
In Mendoza, remain alert at all times particularly at the bus terminal and at the General San Martín Park. Distraction thefts at the bus terminal are the second most common problem reported to the British Embassy. For English assistance contact the Tourist Police at San Martin 1143 or on +54 (0)261 413 2135 (available 24 hours).
 
Extreme and adventure sports
If you take part in extreme or adventure sports (including paragliding, climbing, off-road driving and hot air ballooning), make sure adequate safety precautions are in place. Only use reputable operators and insist on training. Make sure your travel insurance covers all the activities you want to undertake and includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation. Mount Aconcagua and other locations will charge you for a helicopter rescue.
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina

KENYA : VIA UPDATE 20-07-2018

Kenya multiple entry visa: 

Multiple entry visas can now only be granted with the Kenya Embassy seeing the last 3 visa's in the passport otherwise a single entry visa will only be issued.

North, Central & South Americ: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES13-07-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Mexico
 
Mexico
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Mexico with an update to the Summary – from 16 July 2018, our consular services in Mexico City will be operating from the British Embassy at Río Lerma 71, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500, following a period of temporary relocation to the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico after the 19 September earthquake.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
From 16 July 2018, our consular services in Mexico City will be operating from the British Embassy at Río Lerma 71, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500, following a period of temporary relocation to the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico after the 19 September earthquake. If you need consular assistance, please make an appointment on our website or call (0052) 55 1670 3200 (option 4).
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico

EMBASSY CLOSURES: JULY / AUGUST 201827-06-2018
Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the 15th of August.

Belarus Embassy will be closed on the 2nd and 7th of July.

India Embassy will be closed on the 22nd of August.

Japan Embassy will be closed on the 16th of July.

PASSPORT FEES: Home Office proposes changes to passport application fees07-02-2018
The ABTA Destinations team have been advised of proposed changes to UK passport application fees.
 
The relevant extract of the information is below for your reference:
 
Home Office proposes changes to passport application fees
 
The Home Office has outlined plans to introduce different passport fees for online and postal applications as part of its push to increase the use of online services.  
 
Under the plans, online applications, which are available to all UK-based applicants, will increase in line with inflation, taking the total from £72.50 to £75.50 for adults and £49 for children. Postal applications will increase by £12.50 to £85 for adults and £58.50 for children, reflecting the increased costs of processing postal applications compared to online applications.
 
The proposals, once approved by Parliament, are planned to come into force on 27 March 2018.
 
For more details see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-proposes-changes-to-passport-application-fees