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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE17-05-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Dominican Republic with updates to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – from April 2018, the tourism entry tax (previously known as a tourist card) will no longer be collected upon arrival and should be included in your air fare; if you bought your flight earlier, you can still pay the US$10 or equivalent fee separately on arrival at the airport, or at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London; contact your airline or tour operator if you’re unsure whether you have already paid this fee; updated information on immigration checks.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
From April 2018, the tourism entry tax (previously known as a tourist card) will no longer be collected upon arrival and should be included in your air fare. If you bought your flight earlier, you can still pay the US$10 or equivalent fee separately on arrival at the airport, or at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in London. Contact your airline or tour operator if you’re unsure whether you have already paid this fee. The Dominican Republic Embassy website has more information.
There have been reports in April 2018 that immigration authorities will make more frequent checks on foreign visitors to establish the validity of their stay in the country. The Dominican Republic immigration rules haven’t changed; all tourists should have valid documentation for a 30-day stay and pay for an extension on departure if staying for up to 60 days. Make sure you’re able to provide a photocopy of your identification (such as a passport), and proof of onward or return travel if you’re asked to do so by the authorities.
 
 
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/dominican-republic

EMBASSIES UPDATES : RAMADAN AND CLOSURES15-05-2018

The month of Ramadan starts 16th May .This can affect opening and closing times of the various embassies concerned and may cause a delay in the issuing of visas and documents.

 

At the end of this period which will be approx.  14th June the Embassies will close for EID  this can be from just one day up to 7 days depending on the embassy and we  will notify  you as and when we receive this information.

 

Other closures coming up listed below: 

 

 

 

The Cameroon Embassy will be closed on the 22nd of May.

 

The Nigeria Embassy will be closed on the 29th of May.

 

The Russia Embassy will be closed on the 11th and 12th of June
CHINA: NEW REGULATIONS FOR VISA APPLICATIONS FROM 8TH MAY 201802-05-2018
Received from the Chinese application Centre

As we mentioned in the previous email, CVASC in London, Manchester and Edinburgh will be upgrading to the bio system soon. 

CVASC London will start the new system from 8th of May, from then, applicants who are aged between 14 to 70 applying for (D), (Z), (X1), (S1or Q1), (J1), or 5-10 years multiple-entry visa, are required to give their fingerprints in person at the centre.

This means that if your Clients are aged between 14 to 70 and are applying for D, Z,X1, S1, Q1,J2 or 5/10 years multiple-entry visas, we will need to go into the Embassy with you to submit their application. The Embassy will then capture their fingerprints before accepting the application.

Please be aware that currently the Embassy we will NOT capture the fingerprints from the applicants who are from USA, Canada, Israel, Argentina and Brazil applying for 5/10 years multiple-entry visas.

FCO TRAVEL ADIVE UPDATE: AFRICA 30-04-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Angola / Madagascar
 
Angola
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Angola with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – addition of information on changes to the visa regime.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
On 30 March, Angola announced changes to its visa regime to enable those applying for tourist visas to submit documentation online in advance of travel and be granted a pre-approval that will allow visitors to receive their physical visa on entry into Angola, without the need to submit documentation to an Angolan Embassy. This process is currently being implemented. The online application portal can be found here. You should check all entry requirements with the Angolan Embassy in London.
 
 
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 Cabinda (but not including Cabinda city) and Lunda Norte. See Local travel.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/angola
 
 
 
Madagascar
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Madagascar with an update to the Summary – addition of information on large demonstration expected in central Antananarivo on Saturday 28 April.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
A large demonstration is expected in central Antananarivo on Saturday 28 April 2018. You should avoid the area around Independence Square (“La Place du 13 mai”) and the town hall. You should avoid any other demonstrations that take place in Madagascar during the weekend of 28 and 29 April, and throughout the run up to elections later this year. See Safety and Security.
 
 
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/madagascar

BANGLADESH / THAILAND: EMBASSY CLOSURES25-04-2018
Thailand closed 7/28/29 may

Bangladesh 29 April    1/7/29 may

PHILIPPINES : EMBASSY CLOSURES 23-04-2018

The Philippine Embassy will be closed on 1st, 7th and 28th May 2018, and also on 12th and 15th June 2018.

RUSSIA: MANCHESTER VISA APPLICATION CENTRE NEW ADDRESS.23-04-2018
New address of Russia Visa Application Centre in Manchester http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/news.html

Dear applicants, Russian Visa application centre in Manchester will be operating at new address commencing 03 May 2018.

New address: 53 Fountain Street, Manchester M2 2AN (Regus Business Centre - Manchester Fountain Street).

Submission of Applications: 08:30 - 13:00; 13:45 – 16:00 Monday to Friday except Declared Holidays

CHINA: NEW RULES REGARDING FINGERPRINTS18-04-2018
Important Notice 

The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in London, Manchester and Edinburgh (hereinafter referred to as ’Visa Application Centre’) will convert to a new website soon. Meanwhile, in accordance with Chinese Law and regulations, the Visa Application Centre will capture some applicants’ fingerprints on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates.

Additionally,  all applicants will need to make the payment of all fees when lodging visa application at Visa Application Centre. Fees will not be refunded should the visa application be declined, refused or in any way changed by the Chinese Embassy or Consulates.

The specific date will be announced in the future.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

 

Kind regards

CVASC

EMBASSY CLOSURES : LATEST EMBASSY CLOSURES 09-04-2018

The Belarus Embassy is closed on 16th and 30th of April.

The Egypt Embassy is closed on 25th  April.

The India Embassy is Closed on the 30th April.

The Myanmar Embassy is closed on 13th  April, 16th April, 17th April.

The Russia Embassy is closed from the 30th of April to 2nd may, They will also be closed on the 9th of May.


The Sierra Leone Embassy is closed every Friday and on the 27th  April.

The Tanzania Embassy is closed on the 26th of April.

The Thailand Embassy will be closed on 13th of April.

The Vietnam Embassy is closed on the 25th April, The 30th April until 1st of May.

The Zimbabwe Embassy is closed on the 18th of April.

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