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ANGOLA : EMBASSY CLOSED 25-09-2017
THE ANGOLA EMBASSY IS CLOSED ON TUESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2017
CHINA : EMBASSY CLOSED 25-09-2017
THE CHINA EMBASSY WILL BE CLOSED ON 2ND AND 3RD OCTOBER 2017
CHINA : UPDATE - PASSPORTS 19-09-2017

China re EU Passports:

EU Nationals who are working or studying in the UK Must provide either their Blue resident card for the UK or  Documentation to prove their UK residency, letter  from their Employer on UK Company headed paper showing full UK address and telephone number.  This letter must state the applicants full name and home address, date of birth, date of employment and job title and UK Bank statements issued in last 3 months. Students require a similar letter from their Education establishment

CHINA: EMBASSY CLOSED 1ST AND 2ND OCTOBER18-09-2017
The China Embassy will closed for the Chinese National Day on the 2nd  to 3rd  October.
NIGERIA : LATEST UPDATE14-09-2017

Many thanks for your email, the Nigeria Immigration Service has instructed us that all Nigeria visa applicants must present themselves in person to capture their biometric with immediate effect.

Answers to your questions:

 

1) The applicant will have to book an OIS appointment and on the day come with their documents for us to check and the if all is fine, then we will capture their biometric. We have two sessions on every day, Morning from 9am-12:15pm and afternoon from 2pm to 5 pm, Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays 9:30am to 12:15pm and 2pm to 5pm. This information is our website.

 

2) Currently we only have Leicester and London, however going forward we will have provision for mobile enrolment.

 

3) The customer can book an appointment but they need to have all the requirements, including the completed and paid for application before coming to the centre.  http://app.oisservices.com

 

4) Agencies can collect visa's if they have the original collection receipt.

NIGERIA : VISA UPDATE-URGENT13-09-2017

As of 15th  September Nigeria is now a Personal application Only.  WE are able to collect the application when ready with the receipt issued at the time of Lodging

 

We are still waiting on an email form the Embassy to give us further instructions.
EMBASSY CLOSURES SEPTEMBER: EMBASSY CLOSURES FOR SEPTEMBER 201713-09-2017
BULGARIA          

Embassy closed 22nd September

CHILE    

Embassy closed 18th September

GHANA

Embassy closed 21st September

INDONESIA        

Embassy closed 21st September

 

ISRAEL 

Embassy closed 21st September

MALAYSIA

Embassy closed 22nd September

MOZAMBIQUE 

Embassy closed 25th September

NEPAL

Embassy closed 20th September & 29th September

PARAGUAY        

Embassy closed 29th September

SAUDI ARABIA 

Embassy closed 21st September & 22nd September.

CHINA: NEW RULES REGARDING EU NATIONALS WORKING / STUDYING IN UK12-09-2017
China re EU Passports:

We have been advised today of the following:

EU Nationals who are working or studying in the UK Must provide either their Blue resident card for the UK or  Documentation to prove their UK residency, letter  from their Employer on UK Company headed paper showing full UK address and telephone number.  This letter must state the applicants full name and home address, date of birth, date of employment and job title.  Students require a similar letter from their Education establishment. Or Uk Bank statement issued in last 3 months and utility Bills.

NIGERIA: VISA APPLICATIONS GOING BIO METRIC.12-09-2017
We have been advised by the Nigerian Embassy that they  are going Bio metric.  We will advise of changes asap.
ANGOLA: EMBASSY CLOSED 18TH SEPTEMBER 201712-09-2017
The Angolan Embassy will be closed on Monday 18th September 2017.
SAUDI ARABIA: EMBASSY CLOSED 21ST & 22ND SEPTEMBER.12-09-2017
The Saudi Arabian Embassy will be closed on the 21st and 22nd September 2017. 

The last day for lodging will be 19th September.

EMBASSY CLOSURES: EMBASSY CLOSURES FOR AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATED30-08-2017
Saudi Embassy

Closed from 28th August – 1st September.  Last collection date will be 25th August.

Applications must be in our office by midday on the 22nd August to enable us to process them before they close.

 Gabon Embassy

Closed 17th August

 Indonesia Embassy

Closed 17th August

 Philippine Embassy

Closed 31st August

Egypt Embassy

Closed 31st August and 1st September

Vietnam Embassy

Closed 4th September

Malaysia Embassy

Closed 31st August and 1st September

Nepal Embassy

Closed 7th September

Indonesia Embassy

Closed 1st September

UAE Embassy

Closed 31st August and 1st September

Libyan Embassy

Closed 31st August

Tanzania Embassy

Closed 1st September

Mozambique Embassy

Closed 7th September

Brazil Embassy

Closed 7th September

Jordan Embassy

31st August & 1st & 4th September



EMBASSY CLOSURES: EMBASSY CLOSURES FOR AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 201724-08-2017
Saudi Embassy

Closed from 28th August – 1st September.  Last collection date will be 25th August.

Applications must be in our office by midday on the 22nd August to enable us to process them before they close.

 Gabon Embassy

Closed 17th August

 Indonesia Embassy

Closed 17th August

 Philippine Embassy

Closed 21st August

Egypt Embassy

Closed 31st August, 1st  & 4th September

Vietnam Embassy

Closed 4th September

Malaysia Embassy

Closed 31st August and 1st September

Nepal Embassy

Closed 7th September

Indonesia Embassy

Closed 1st September

Bangladesh Embassy

Closed 1st September

Central Asia, South East Asia,: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES 10-08-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Cambodia / Thailand
 
Cambodia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Cambodia with updates to the Safety & Security (Crime), Entry Requirements (Passport validity) and Money sections. Safety & Security (Crime) – in 2017, there have been incidents of female travellers, including British nationals, being sexually assaulted in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville; you should be vigilant at all times, especially when walking alone; Entry Requirements (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for any subsequent renewal or extension of your visa applied for from within Cambodia; Money – recent reports of counterfeit dollar notes being given as change in shops and clubs; you should check that any notes received in change are genuine.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Crime
In 2017, there have been incidents of female travellers, including British nationals, being sexually assaulted in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. This includes incidents of lone women being sexually assaulted by men claiming to be motorbike taxi drivers in the Pub Street area of Siem Reap. You should be vigilant at all times, especially when walking alone.
 
 
Entry Requirements
Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing.
Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for any subsequent renewal or extension of your visa applied for from within Cambodia.
 
 
Money
There have been recent reports of counterfeit dollar notes being given as change in shops and clubs. Difficulties can also be encountered when trying to spend damaged notes. You should check that notes you receive are genuine and aren’t damaged or torn. Banks and money exchange shops will sometimes replace damaged notes but will often charge for this service.
 
 
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/cambodia
 
 
 
Thailand
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Thailand with an update to the Summary and Safety & Security sections – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017; during this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Summary
Following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017. During this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.
You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time. During the mourning period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand encourages visitors to continue with their travel plans as normal. If you have a question, you should check with your service providers. You should behave respectfully, check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.
 
 
Safety & Security
On 13 October 2016, the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was announced. The cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017. During this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. See Terrorism.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand

FCO TERAVEL ADVICE UPDATES: Central Asia, South East Asia, East Asia26-07-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Philippines.
 
Philippines
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Philippines with an update to the Summary - martial law is in place across the whole of Mindanao until 31 December 2017.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
Martial law is in place across the whole of Mindanao until 31 December 2017. There may be curfews and checkpoints. Monitor media reporting and follow the instructions of local authorities.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands) and to the south of Cebu province, up to and including the municipalities of Dalaguete and Badian, due to the threat of terrorism.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines
Middle East, Far East & Austr: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES08-05-2017

The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Bahrain
 
Bahrain
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated the travel advice for Bahrain with an update to the Safety & Security (Demonstrations) section - information about planned demonstrations from 4 to 6 May 2017.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Demonstrations
The following demonstrations are planned:
On Thursday 4 May 2017

  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Barbar starting at 7pm
  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Diraz starting at 8:30pm

On Friday 5 May 2017

  • calls for unauthorised marches from Barbar, Bani Jamra and Al Markh towards Diraz; the times haven’t been announced but will probably take place before Friday prayers
  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Karranah starting at 4:30pm
  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Barbar starting at 1pm.

On Saturday 6 May 2017

  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Barbar starting at 7pm
Demonstrations and protests take place regularly. These activities may include attempts to disrupt traffic, protests in villages and near economic centres, burning tyres, throwing Molotov cocktails, and the use of improvised explosive devices. As a result there could be clashes between government security forces and protesters.

While there have been no direct threats or attacks on British nationals to date, you should remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings wherever you are on the island. Violent protests pose a risk to those who might inadvertently find themselves near to an active demonstration.

If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, leave the area immediately. If you see any suspect item, don’t approach or touch it. Move away from the vicinity and notify the police calling on 999 or the Police Hotline 8000 8008.
 
 
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/bahrain

AMERICA : Immigration Presidential Executive Order– Update 1 30-01-2017

Good morning

The ABTA Destinations tea have been monitoring the unfolding situation in the USA regarding the executive order introduced by President Trump  

The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has issued the following statement

Foreign Office statement on what the Presidential executive order on inbound migration to US means to British nationals and dual nationals.

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has today held conversations with the US Government and as a result we can clarify that:

  • The Presidential executive order only applies to individuals travelling from one of the seven named countries.
  • If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth.
  • If you are a UK national who happens to be travelling from one of those countries to the US, then the order does not apply to you – even if you were born in one of those countries.
  • If you are a dual citizen of one of those countries travelling to the US from OUTSIDE those countries then the order does not apply to you.
The only dual nationals who might have extra checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves – for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US.

The US has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the expeditious processing of all travellers from the United Kingdom.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue further updates as appropriate.

EMBASSY CLOSURE DATES:: JANUARY 201705-01-2017
JANUARY 2017   THIS LIST WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE DATES BECOME AVAILABLE
EMBASSY   CLOSURE DATE/DATES
CHINA   27TH - 30TH JANUARY
INDIA   26TH JANUARY
TANZANIA   12TH JANUARY
TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE - HEALTH.: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE FOR SUMMARY HEALTH SECTIONS.20-09-2016
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated the travel advice for the following countries with an update to the Summary and Health sections – updated links to National Travel Health Network and Centre website.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference, the overall levels of the advice has not changed:

 
 
Anguilla
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Anguilla and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/anguilla
 
 
Antigua and Barbuda
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Antigua and Barbuda. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-and-barbuda
 
 
Aruba
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in Aruba. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/aruba
 
 
Bahamas
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in the Bahamas. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bahamas
 
 
British Virgin Islands
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in BVI and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/british-virgin-islands
 
 
Cayman Islands
Health
Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in the Cayman Islands. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cayman-islands
 
 
Cuba
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Cuba. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. Dengue fever is also present in Cuba. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba
 
 
Dominica
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Dominica. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominica
 
 
El Salvador
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in El Salvador. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. As of August 2015, the government had issued Dengue and Chickungunya alerts in the provinces of: Cabañas, Cuscatlán, San Miguel, Ahuachapán, Sonsonate, Usulután, La Union and large parts of San Salvador.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/el-salvador
 
 
Grenada
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/grenada
 
 
Guinea-Bissau
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/guinea-bissau
 
 
Guyana
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Guyana. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. Malaria and dengue fever are common to Guyana and can occur throughout the year. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/guyana
 
 
Malaysia
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malaysia
 
 
Marshall Islands
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/marshall-islands
 
 
Micronesia
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/micronesia
 
 
Nicaragua
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Nicaragua. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nicaragua
 
 
Papua New Guinea
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Papua New Guinea. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre. Dengue fever is also present. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/papua-new-guinea
 
 
Singapore
Health
Mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and chikungunya virus occur all year round. You should take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/singapore
 
 
St Kitts and Nevis
Health
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Kitts and Nevis. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-kitts-and-nevis
 
 
St Lucia
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Lucia. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia
 
 
St Maarten
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in St Maarten and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre .
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-maarten
 
 
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-vincent-and-the-grenadines
 
 
Turks and Caicos Islands
Health
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikunyunga virus have been confirmed in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the number of reported cases in the region is increasing. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turks-and-caicos-islands

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE : France: Calais French Lorry Drivers and Union protests: Initial Advice  05-09-2016

ABTA Operational Bulletin

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Good morning,
 
The ABTA Destination Services team have been monitoring details regarding the proposed French lorry drivers and Trade union protests in the Calais
 
We understand that the protests by lorry drivers and unions which are scheduled to take place today are against the migrant camp in Calais.   The protests are expected to create major disruption in and around the French port of Calais.
 
Local media report that lorry drivers are staging their protest over increasing threats from organised gangs and migrants, who have being attempting to board the vehicles to reach the UK.
 
We understand that vehicles will set out from Dunkirk and Boulogne on the A16 motorway leading to Calais on a "go slow".   It is believed that local businesses and trade unions are also set to join the demonstration against the French government's refusal to close the camp.  A blockade near the Channel Tunnel is also threatened.
 
Advice for Members & Customers
 
The ABTA Destination Services team advise that travellers due to travel through the port of Calais today should:

  • monitor news reports closely
  • Plan their journeys and allow extra time  for their travel plans
  • Ensure they and their cars are fit for the journey – including taking regular breaks and topping up with fuel
  • Carry sufficient refreshments and food provisions in the car as a precaution
  • Have books &  games to keep their children occupied

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle statement
 
Important Information for customers travelling on Monday 5th September
 
There is likely to be travel disruption in the Calais area on this date. For the latest travel updates please go to:
 
•gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
•bison-fute.gouv.fr
•autoroutes.fr
 
We have prepared the following suggested routes if you wish to make alternative plans to get to our terminal:
•Via Dunkirk: https://goo.gl/maps/1U446pbXGz82
•Via Saint-Omer: https://goo.gl/maps/38EijjMZCt92
•Via Boulogne: https://goo.gl/maps/PwKL5RbhbCm
 
France FCO Travel advice update
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated the travel advice for France with an update to the Summary – French hauliers and unions are planning protests in the Calais area on 5 September 2016, which are likely to lead to significant disruption on the A16 motorway around Calais; there may be limited access to the Eurotunnel terminal and access to Calais port may also be disrupted; contact your travel company/operator for the latest information on their services and be prepared for delays.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
French hauliers and unions are planning protests in the Calais area on 5 September 2016, which are likely to lead to significant disruption on the A16 motorway around Calais. There may be limited access to the Eurotunnel terminal. Access to Calais port may also be disrupted. Contact your travel company/operator for the latest information on their services and be prepared for delays. Traffic information in English is available on the Bison Futé 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/france
 
The ABTA Destination Services team will continue to monitor the situation and issue updates as appropriate.
 

 

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Guatemala/Jamaica/Venezuela/De: FCO TRAVEL UPDATES 13-07-2016

 

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Guatemala – FCO Travel Advice Update

The FCO have updated the travel advice for Guatemala with an update to the Political Situation – there have been reports of clashes between members of the Semuc Champey community and local authorities; on 4 July 2016, PROATUR (escort service for tourists groups) advised against travelling to Semuc Champey for the foreseeable future; you should consult PROATUR for the latest situation. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

Political situation

Incidents of political violence, strikes and large demonstrations can occur, often with little or no notice. Although most demonstrations are peaceful, they can turn violent. You should avoid all demonstrations.

The use of roadblocks and blocking public facilities, including the international airport, has increased. Vehicle access to the Semuc Champey National Park in Alta Verapaz is sometimes blocked by local protestors. There have been reports of clashes between members of the Semuc Champey community and local authorities. On 4 July 2016, PROATUR has advised against travelling to Semuc Champey for the foreseeable future. Consult PROATUR for the latest situation, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.

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/guatemala

Jamaica – FCO Travel Advice Update

The FCO have updated the travel advice for Jamaica with an update to the Health section - there has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of dengue fever during the first half of 2016. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

Health

There has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of Dengue fever in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Dengue fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year.

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/jamaica

Venezuela – FCO Travel Advice Update

The FCO have updated the travel advice for Venezuela with an update to the Summary - the Venezuelan Government is considering relaxing the border closure in coordination with the Colombian authorities. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

Summary

The Venezuelan government has closed the border with Colombia in the Venezuelan states of Tachira, Zulia, Apure and Amazonas until further notice due to concerns about security and smuggling. Special measures have been implemented in border municipalities in these states which include restrictions on the right to free movement, assembly and protest. The government is considering relaxing the border closure in coordination with the Colombian authorities, but the extent of this initiative is not yet clear

The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are restrictions within the advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira state. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime

View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/venezuela

Democratic Republic of Congo – FCO Travel Advice Update

The FCO have updated the travel advice for Democratic Republic of Congo with an update to the Summary - political opposition groups are planning marches in Kinshasa on Sunday 31 July; you should be extra vigilant if you’re travelling around the city on this day, including travel to and from N’djili airport, follow local security advice and continue to avoid large crowds or demonstrations. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

Summary

Political opposition groups are planning marches in Kinshasa on Sunday 31 July. You should be extra vigilant if you’re travelling around the city on this day, including travel to and from N’djili airport, follow local security advice and continue to avoid large crowds or demonstrations.

The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are restrictions within the advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika, and to within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the cities of Goma and Bukavu and to the districts of N’djili and Kimbanseke in Kinshasa.

View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/democratic-republic-of-congo

CHINA: WITH IMMEDIAT EFFECT THE CHINESE EMBASSY HAVE INTRODUCED NEW VISA FEES FOR UK NATIONALS ONLY.11-01-2016
With immediate effect the Chinese Embassy have Introduced new visa fess for UK nationals only. There is no longer any price difference between single double or Multiple entry visas

 

Visa Charged by the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General

Regular Services £85  –  Express Services £100  )

Application service fee charged by the China visa centre ( VAT Included)

Regular Services £66  –  Express services £78

SAUDI ARABIA: LAST DAY FOR LODGING 22/12/15, LAST DAY FOR COLLECTING 23/12/15. RE-OPENS 4TH JANUARY 2016.15-12-2015
The last day for lodging at the Saudi Arabian Embassy is the 22nd December and the last day for collecting is the 23rd December.  They will then be closed until they re-open on the 4th January 2016.
ANGOLA: Embassy will be closed from 15th December to 4th January 2016. Open for collection only on the 17th December.27-11-2015
The Angolan Embassy will be closed from Tuesday 15th December until Monday 4th January 2016.  They will be open on the 17th December for COLLECTIONS only.
SAUDI ARABIA: DELAY IN VISA APPLICATIONS DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE SAUDI MINISTRY WEBSITE07-09-2015
The Saudi Embassy are not accepting visa applications at the moment due to technical problems between them and the Saudi Ministry website that has an update, Once the system is fully back up working to allow us to upload the applications on the Saudi website again we can continue to process all the visa applications as normal.
SAUDI: IF YOU HAVE TRAVELLED TO SIERRA LEONE OR CONAKRY (GUINEA) IN THE PAST 4 WEEKS NO VISA WILL BE ISSUED.24-08-2015
We have been advised by the Saudi Arabian Embassy that anyone who has travelled to either Sierra Leone or Conakry (Guinea) in the past 4 weeks from date of application the visa will be rejected and we have been asked not to lodge them.