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PERU: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE 20-02-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Peru
 
Peru
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Peru with an update to the Summary - if you enter Peru without an entry stamp you’re required by law to apply for a new entry stamp at the nearest immigration office.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
If you enter Peru without an entry stamp you’re required by law to apply for a new entry stamp at the nearest immigration office. See Entry Requirements.
 
 
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/peru

PORTUGAL: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE.15-02-2018
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Portugal with an update to the Entry Requirements section - revised information on entry and exit requirements for children travelling alone or without a parent or legal guardian.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:

 
Entry Requirements
Travelling with children
Portuguese Border Control (SEF) advise that a child under the age of 18 who is travelling to Portugal alone or without a parent or legal guardian should either:

  • be met at the airport or point of entry by their parent or guardian, or
  • carry a letter of authorisation to travel from their parent or guardian. The letter should name the adult in Portugal who will be responsible for them during their stay. There is no legal requirement for the letter to be notarised. However, the onus is on the parent or legal guardian to provide reasonable evidence, including contact details, to confirm that adequate care arrangements are in place.
 
 
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/portugal

EMBASSY CLOSURES: FEBRUARY / MARCH 201813-02-2018
Angola Embassy will be closed on the 8th March.

Azerbaijan Embassy will be closed on the 8th  and the 20th to 26th of March.

Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the 26th  March.

China Embassy will be closed on the  16th  to 19th  February.

Ghana Embassy will be closed on the 6th  March.

India Embassy will be closed on the 2nd March.

Iran Embassy will be closed on 20th February, The 20th and 21st of March.

Japan Embassy will be closed on 21st March.

Kazakhstan Embassy will be closed on the 8th March and 22nd March.

Russia  Embassy will be closed on the 23rd February, The 8th to 9th March.

Zambia Embassy will be closed on the 8th March.

Zimbabwe Embassy will be closed on 8th March.

North,Central & South America: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES07-02-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Peru/Paraguay
 
Peru
 
The FCO has updated its travel advice for Peru with an update to the Entry requirements section (Visas) – if you have tourism status in Peru, you’ll need to apply online for a special permit in order to sign any type of contract, including car hire, holiday home rentals as well as business contracts. For more information, please contact the Peruvian Immigration Office or the Peruvian Consulate-General. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Visas
You don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism. If you’re travelling for any other purpose, check entry clearance requirements with the Peruvian Consulate-General in London.
 
If you have tourism status in Peru, you’ll need to apply online for a special permit in order to sign any type of contract, including car hire, holiday home rentals as well as business contracts. For more information, please contact the Peruvian Immigration Office or the Peruvian Consulate-General in London.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 183 days.
 
Double check the period of time you’ve been granted. If you overstay, you’ll need to pay a fine. In the worst case scenario you could be held in detention.
 
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/peru
 
Paraguay
 
The FCO has updated its travel advice for Paraguay with an update to the Summary – due to an increase in reported cases of yellow fever in Brazil, you should follow the necessary requirements for vaccination if you’re arriving from Brazil, including making sure you’re vaccinated 10 days prior to arrival. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
Due to an increase in reported cases of yellow fever in Brazil, you should follow the necessary requirements for vaccination if you’re arriving from Brazil, including making sure you’re vaccinated 10 days prior to arrival. See Entry requirements.
 
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/paraguay

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

NIGERIA : COLLECTIONS 07-02-2018

With Immediate effect for us to be able to collect visas from the Nigeria Embassy we must be present when the applicant lodges their application so we are able to pass to them our Company tag to put on their passports.  The embassy will give us the collection receipts.

EMBASSY CLOSURE : INDIA 07-02-2018

India Embassy will be closed on the 2nd  of March.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES : Middle East, Australasia/Oceania30-01-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: United Arab Emirates
 
United Arab Emirates
 
The FCO has updated its travel advice for United Arab Emirates with an update to the Entry requirements (Passport validity) – if you’re transiting the UAE (and not passing through Immigration), your passport only needs to have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least 3 months in order to travel into the country.
 
If you’re transiting the UAE (and not passing through Immigration) your passport only needs to have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit.
 
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/united-arab-emirates
JAPAN: FCO Travel Advice Update24-01-2018
The FCO has updated its travel advice for Japan with an update to the Local law and customs section – some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines are banned and ignorance may not be considered a defence; if you need prescription medication for long term use, you may need to provide extra paperwork, such as an import licence. You should check with the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for advice and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare also provides information about bringing medication for personal use. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Local Laws and Customs
Prescription and over-the-counter medicines
Some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines are banned and ignorance may not be considered a defence. Foreign nationals have been detained and deported for offences. If you need prescription medication for long term use, you may need to provide extra paperwork, such as an import licence. You should check with the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for advice.
 
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare also provides information about bringing medication for personal use.
 
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/japan

FCO Travel Advice Updates: Central Asia, South East Asia, East Asia05-12-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Vietnam
 
Vietnam
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Vietnam with an update to the Safety & Security (Road travel) section – as of December 2017, the Vietnamese authorities have advised that British issued International Driving Permits (IDPs) are not accepted in Vietnam; if you want to drive a car or motorcycle in Vietnam you’ll need to get a Vietnamese driving licence.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Road travel
As of December 2017, the Vietnamese authorities have advised that British issued International Driving Permits (IDPs) are not accepted in Vietnam. If you want to drive a car or motorcycle in Vietnam, you’ll need to get a Vietnamese driving licence. A Vietnamese driving licence can only be issued to a foreign national in possession of a Vietnamese visa valid for 3 months or more. Applications for a Vietnamese driving licence can be made at the local offices of the Department of Public Works and Transportation.
 
 
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/vietnam

Venezuela: FCO Travel Advice Update06-11-2017

The FCO has updated its travel advice for Venezuela with an update to the Money section and summary – information about ongoing cash supply shortages and pressure on card payment processing infrastructure; Health section – reports of an increase in cases of malaria and diphtheria in Venezuela in 2017; see the TravelHealthPro website for more information. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Money
Banknote shortages mean that more people have to pay by card. This has put pressure on Venezuela’s card payment processing infrastructure. Debit or credit card transactions may take longer than expected, or several attempts, to clear through points of sale nationwide.
 
If you run out of money and discover that your bank cards do not work, you can arrange with friends and family overseas to deposit funds into any Western Union branch, and pick up the deposited funds at any Grupo Zoom branch nationwide.
 
Health
In 2017 there have been reports of an increase in cases of malaria and diphtheria across Venezuela. See the TravelHealthPro website for more information, including this factsheet on how to prevent diphtheria.
 
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, Barinas, Apure and Bolívar
  • within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in Amazonas state as far south as 100 km (62 miles) south of Puerto Ayacucho
within 40km (25 miles) of the rest of the Colombian border 
Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime
 
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing crime and instability. If you’re in Venezuela, you should keep your departure options under review. If the political situation worsens, the British embassy may be limited in the assistance that it can provide.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/venezuela

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 TRAVEL 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.