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INDONESIA: EMBASSY CLOSED17-05-2019
The Indonesia Embassy will be closed on the 30th May and the 5th and 6th June.
BRUNEI / INDIA: TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE FROM THE FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE17-05-2019
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Brunei / India

 
Brunei
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Brunei with an update to the Local Laws & Customs section – revised information on Common Law and Sharia Penal Code.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Local Laws & Customs
In 2014, Brunei began the introduction of a Sharia Penal Code, to run in parallel with the Common Law. The final phase was introduced on 3 April 2019. It specifies severe punishments, for certain crimes, including some that are not illegal in the UK.
Most laws under Common Law and the Sharia Penal Code apply to all people in Brunei, regardless of nationality or religion.
 
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/brunei
 
 
 
India
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for India with an update to the Summary – voting in India’s general elections ends on 19 May 2019, and the results will be issued on 23 May 2019; there may be heightened political activity in the run up to and after the results are announced; you should exercise caution and avoid large gatherings.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
Voting in India’s general elections ends on 19 May 2019, and the results will be issued on 23 May 2019. There may be heightened political activity in the run up to and after the results are announced. You should exercise caution and avoid large gatherings. For more information, see the Election Commission of India website.
 
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:

  • the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah
  • Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh
  • Manipur, except the state capital Imphal, where the FCO advise against all but essential travel

The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the city of Srinagar and between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway
  • Imphal, the state capital of Manipur

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

IRAN: TRAVEL ADVICE FROM THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE17-05-2019
Please note the below update, in the first paragraph, refers to a change in the level of advice, yet the summary of the update contradicted that, stating there was not a change in level of advice.  For clarification, the level of advice HAS changed, and is as follows -

 
The overall level of the advice has changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise all British nationals against all travel to:

  • within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border
  • within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border
  • the province of Sistan-Baluchistan
  • the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam

Additionally, the FCO advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran.
 
 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Iran with an update to the Summary and Safety & Security section – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran; all British nationals should consider carefully the risks of travelling to Iran.  The overall level of advice has changed. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
There is a risk that British nationals, and a higher risk that British/Iranian dual nationals, could be arbitrarily detained in Iran. All British nationals should consider carefully the risks of travelling to Iran. The Iranian authorities don’t recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and therefore don’t grant consular access for FCO officials to visit them in detention. If you’re a British-Iranian dual national and are subsequently detained in Iran, the FCO’s ability to provide consular support is extremely limited. See Safety and security.
 
 
Safety & Security
The FCO advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran.
British nationals, in particular dual British/Iranian nationals, face greater risks than nationals of many other countries. The security forces may be suspicious of people with British connections. These could include individuals with links to institutions based in the UK, or which receive public funds from, or which have perceived links to, the British government. The risks are likely to be higher for independent travellers or students than for people travelling as part of an organised tour or business people invited by the Iranian authorities or companies. If you have links to any organisation perceived as being anti-Iranian, either within Iran or elsewhere, you may be at even greater risk.
There is a risk that British nationals, and a higher risk that British/Iranian dual nationals, could be arbitrarily detained in Iran. In such cases the FCO has serious concerns that the subsequent judicial process falls below international standards. The Iranian authorities don’t recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and therefore don’t grant consular access for FCO officials to visit them in detention. If you’re a British-Iranian dual national and you are subsequently detained in Iran, the FCO’s ability to provide consular support is extremely limited.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise all British nationals against all travel to:

  • within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border
  • within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border
  • the province of Sistan-Baluchistan
  • the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam
Additionally, the FCO advise British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iran
SURINAME: TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE09-05-2019
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Suriname
 
Suriname
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Suriname with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – As of April 2019, you can apply for an e-visa or e-tourist card via the official Suriname e-visa website before you travel.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
As of April 2019, you can apply for an e-visa or e-tourist card via the official Suriname e-visa website before you travel. The Surinamese authorities are recommending that travellers use this new online application system.
 
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/suriname

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: LAOS 08-05-2019
Laos
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Laos with an update to the Entry Requirements (Regional travel) section – Thailand currently allows only two crossings per annum at the land border between Laos and Thailand.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Regional travel
Thailand currently allows only two crossings per annum at the land border between Laos and Thailand. See Thailand Travel Advice for further information.
 
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 Xaisomboun province.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/laos

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: SRI LANKA 08-05-2019
Sri Lanka
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Sri Lanka with updates to the Summary, Entry Requirements (Visas), and Local Laws & Customs sections. Summary – The Sri Lankan government continues to use curfews to support ongoing security operations; these have been limited to certain areas and have been put in place at short notice, so you should keep up to date with developments; Entry Requirements (Visas) – revised visa information; Local Laws & Customs – It’s Sri Lankan law that you must carry an official form of identification at all times; for foreign nationals, the acceptable form of identification is your passport; if you do not have it with you and you’re stopped by the authorities, you may be detained.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
The Sri Lankan Government continues to use curfews to support ongoing security operations. Most recently these have been limited to certain areas and have been put in place at short notice, so you should keep up to date with developments and avoid travelling during periods of curfew in affected areas.
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka.
It’s possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, but it can save time at the airport if you get a visa before travelling. You can apply for a short stay visa online at: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. For up-to-date information and advice on visas, check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. If you experience any difficulty with the ETA system, or if you’re travelling for paid or unpaid work, you should get a visa from the Sri Lankan High Commission before you travel.
Overstaying your visa will attract a fine and possible detention and deportation. If you have overstayed your visa, you must report to the Department of Immigration & Emigration
Visas on arrival have been suspended for all travellers arriving from Sierra Leone and Guinea.
 
Local Laws & Customs
It’s Sri Lankan law that you must carry an official form of identification at all times. For foreign nationals, the acceptable form of identification is your passport. If you do not have it with you and you’re stopped by the authorities, you may be detained. If you’re detained, you should ask the authorities to contact the British High Commission.
 
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 Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019. This advice does not apply if transiting Colombo airport, providing that passengers remain airside in the airport.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka

INDONESIA : EMBASSY CLOSURE08-05-2019

Indonesia Embassy will be closed on the 27th May.

FCO Travel Advice Update: Nepal02-05-2019
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Nepal with an update to the Entry requirements section (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – updated information on acceptance of UK ETDs for entry, transit and exit from Nepal; Summary – removal of information about a general strike on 18 April.
 
The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
 
UK Emergency Travel Documents
 
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, transit and exit from Nepal with a valid visa.
 
If you are issued with an ETD in Nepal to use to exit Nepal, you will need to get an exit visa stamp from the Department of Immigration Office in Kathmandu.
 
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/nepal

RAMADAN : UPDATES02-05-2019

Please be aware that the month of Ramadan starts 5th May 2019

The opening and closing times of the Muslim Related embassies may change  and this  can cause a delay in visas being issued.

At the End of this period the embassies will close from 1 day up to as much as 7 working days and will nearer the time as and when embassy release their closures

PHILIPPINES : EMBASSY CLOSURE 02-05-2019

THE PHILIPPINES EMBASSY WILL BE CLOSED ON 13TH AND 14TH MAY 2019.

UPCOMING EMBASSY CLOSURES: EMBASSY CLOSURES 30-04-2019

Algeria Embassy is closed on 1st May.

Belarus Embassy is closed every Wednesday and will be closed on 7th to 9th  May.

Mozambique Embassy is closed on 1st  May.

Nambia Embassy is closed every Friday and will also be closed on the 1st May and 10th May.

Nigeria Embassy will be closed on the 1st of May.

Russia Embassy is closed from 1st  to 3rd  May, 6th May, 9th and 10th  May.

Republic of Congo Embassy is closed on 1st  May.

Egypt Embassy is closed on 1st  May.

Tanzania Embassy is closed on 1st May.

Ghana Embassy is closed on 1st  May.

Kazakhstan The Embassy is closed on 7th May, 9th and 10th May.

Vietnam Embassy is closed on 1st May.

Sri Lanka: Suspected Terrorist Incidents: 29-04-2019
The ABTA Destinations team continue to monitor the situation in Sri Lanka.
 
The FCO has updated the travel advice with amendments to the Entry requirements section - Retraction of visa free scheme for British Nationals. You must have a valid visa prior to travelling to Sri Lanka. The applicable extract is as follows:
 
Entry requirements
 
Visas
You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka.
 
The Department of Immigration & Emigration has announced that visas on arrival will no longer be issued free of charge for British nationals. Please ensure you have a valid visa in advance of any travel
 
Alternatively, you can get a short stay Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online before you travel. Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. For the most up-to-date information and advice on visas, check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK.

The overall level of advice has not changed and there are travel restrictions in place:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019.   The guidance advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka does not apply to flights transiting Colombo airport, providing that passengers remain airside in the airport.

The full FCO travel advice for Sri Lanka can be accessed here  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka
 
Advice for Members
 
Members with customers who are imminently due to travel to Sri Lanka are advised to liaise with their customers regarding any changes to their holiday itineraries and flight arrangements because of the All but essential travel advice to Sri Lanka.
 
Members are advised to have a statement which outlines their policy in regard to Sri Lanka in a prominent location on their website
 
Members with customers still in Sri Lanka are advised keep in touch with their customers and offer advice and assistance as appropriate in regard to the FCO “All but essential” travel advice.
 
Advice for Customers
 
Customers who are imminently due to travel to Sri Lanka are advised to liaise with their travel provider and airline regarding any changes to their holiday itineraries and flight arrangements because of this situation.
 
Customers on holiday in Sri Lanka should follow the Foreign office advice for Sri Lanka and any advice and instruction issued by their travel provider, the local authorities and their accommodation providers.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation in Sri Lanka and issue updates as appropriate

FCO Travel Advice Updates: Central Asia, South East Asia, East Asia25-04-2019

The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Burma / Indonesia
 
Burma
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Burma with an update to the Local Laws & Customs section – addition of information on Burma’s defamation laws.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Local Laws & Customs
Burma’s defamation laws give broad scope for individuals to bring potentially arbitrary charges which could result in criminal penalties, including a prison sentence. Foreigners have been subject to criminal investigations for acts such as posting a critical review of a hotel online.
 
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:

  • Rakhine State, except the southern townships (administrative areas similar to a borough or county) of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the tourist resort of Ngapali) and Gwa.
  • Paletwa township, in southern Chin State, due to active armed conflict. If you’re visiting Mount Victoria in Mindat township, you should seek advice from tour operators or guides before travel.
  • Shan State (North), except Kyaukme town, Hsipaw town, and the train line from Mandalay to Kyaukme and Hsipaw. Please note that the town of Lashio and its airport are included in the area where the FCO advise against all but essential travel.
  • Kachin State (except the towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao) due to continued risk of armed conflict. On 15 May 2018 there were 2 explosions with no casualties on the train track between Mandalay and Myitkyina. See Local travel

 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/burma
 
 
 
Indonesia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Indonesia with an update to the Summary – General elections were held in Indonesia on 17 April with official results set to be announced on 22 May; you should avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
General elections were held in Indonesia on 17 April 2019 with official results set to be announced on 22 May 2019. You should avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies as there’s a risk of violence.
 
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:

  • within 4 kilometres of the Mount Agung crater in east Bali
  • within 7 kilometres of the Mount Sinabung crater in Kalo Regency, North Sumatra
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES : AFRICA 25-04-2019

The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Sudan
 
Sudan
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Sudan with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – updated information on exit visas for visitors to Sudan on a single entry visa.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
Visitors to Sudan on a single entry visa need to get an exit visa to leave the country, though this is not always enforced. Exit visas can be processed at the airport. If requested, you should be ready to show proof of your sponsor and pay the exit visa fee of 50 US dollars.
 
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:

  • the Darfur states
  • the Abyei Region
  • South Kordofan and Blue Nile states
  • the southern area of West Kordofan state that was previously part of South Kordofan, as shown on the map
  • within 50km of the border with South Sudan in White Nile and Sennar states
  • within 200km of the border with Libya
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sudan. If you’re in Sudan, you should consider carefully whether your need to remain is essential and consider leaving the country by commercial means. As of 15 April 2019, non-essential British Embassy staff and dependents have been withdrawn from Sudan.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sudan

FCO Travel Advice Updates : AFRICA18-04-2019

The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Sudan

 
Sudan
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Sudan with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – updated information on exit visas.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
British nationals need a visa to visit Sudan. Apply before you travel via the Sudanese Embassy in London.
You should register with the Aliens Department at the Ministry of Interior within 3 days of your arrival in the country. You will need two passport size photos. The fee is the Sudanese Pound equivalent of around £35. If you don’t register within 3 days of arrival, you may be fined. Some of the larger hotels will do this for you but you should ask when you check-in.
Visitors to Sudan on a single entry visa need to get an exit visa to leave the country. Exit visas can be processed at the airport. You will need to show proof of your sponsor and the current cost is 50 US dollars.
Most foreign residents, including British nationals, also need an exit permit. You are advised to check the details with your sponsor, ideally before your arrival, and to ensure that you understand and are happy with the process. You should also be aware that this requirement could make it difficult for you to leave the country at short notice, should the need arise.
 
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:

  • the Darfur states
  • the Abyei Region
  • South Kordofan and Blue Nile states
  • the southern area of West Kordofan state that was previously part of South Kordofan, as shown on the map
  • within 50km of the border with South Sudan in White Nile and Sennar states
  • within 200km of the border with Libya
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to all other areas of Sudan. If you’re in Sudan, you should consider carefully whether your need to remain is essential and consider leaving the country by commercial means. As of 15 April 2019, non-essential British Embassy staff and dependents have been withdrawn from Sudan.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sudan

Brexit update: Important information for customers and businesses Update 812-04-2019

Following the latest European Council summit on Brexit, a further delay has been agreed to the UK’s departure from the European Union to Thursday 31 October 2019, at the latest.

 

This removes the threat of no-deal in the short-term, provided that the European Parliamentary elections take place as laid out in the Statutory Instrument that has been approved by Parliament, and covers the entire Summer season.

 

The Brexit extension provides certainty that people will be able to continue to travel to the European Union exactly as they do today, at least until the end of October 2019.

 

Advice for Members

 

We are also recommending that Members continue with contingency planning, as the no-deal scenario remains a possibility later in the year. We will continue to update our advice to Members in the coming weeks.

 

There is comprehensive advice and information for Members regarding Brexit available within the Member zone on ABTA.com https://www.abta.com/member-zone

 

Advice for Customers 
 

ABTA has updated its Brexit advice for travellers to reflect today’s developments – abta.com/Brexit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
EMBASSY CLOSURES : UPCOMING EMBASSY CLOSURES 12-04-2019

Philippines Embassy will be closed on the 18th April 2019.

 

Ghana Embassy will be closed on the 1st May 2019.

 

Mozambique Embassy will be closed on the 1st May 2019.

 

Namibia Embassy will be closed on the 1st May 2019.

 

Vietnam Embassy will be closed on the 1st May 2019.

FCO Travel Advice Updates: Entry Requirements - Various Countries11-04-2019
The FCO have updated the travel advice for a number of countries with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section.  Please see below the updated extracts, and see each individual countries travel advice in full by clicking on the below links:
 
Aruba
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Aruba, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/aruba
 
 
Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bonaire-st-eustatius-saba
 
 
Curaçao
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Curaçao, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/curacao
 
 
French Guiana
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting French Guiana, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/french-guiana
 
 
French Polynesia
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting French Polynesia, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/french-polynesia
 
 
Guadeloupe
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Guadeloupe, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/guadeloupe
 
 
Martinique
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Martinique, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/martinique
 
 
Mayotte
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Mayotte, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mayotte
 
 
New Caledonia
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting New Caledonia, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/new-caledonia
 
 
Réunion
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Réunion, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/reunion
 
 
St Maarten
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting St Maarten, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-maarten
 
 
St Pierre & Miquelon
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting St Pierre & Miquelon, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-pierre-and-miquelon
 
 
St Martin and St Barthélemy
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting St Martin and/or St Barthélemy, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-martin-and-st-barthelemy

 
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about the current visa policy for British Citizens visiting Wallis and Futuna Islands, which may change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/wallis-and-futuna

Brexit update: Important information for customers and businesses Update 711-04-2019
Further to the operational bulletins about the possible implications of leaving the EU, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today published an update to confirm that the UK will accede to the EU Interbus Agreement on 13 April, in the event of a no-deal departure this Friday 12 April. Officials have confirmed that it will enable occasional coach services to continue to operate to EU Member States and other Interbus signatory countries. The full DFT update can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-to-drive-in-the-eu-after-brexit-bus-and-coach-drivers.

However, there does remain an important issue with UK operators of occasional services to destination countries that are not signatories to the Interbus Agreement, which includes Switzerland and Andorra. Under the rules of the Interbus Agreement, transiting through the EU to reach a third country destination is not permitted. The DfT says it remains in talks with the Commission to seek a resolution to this matter, but to date no agreement has been reached to cover the provision of these services. In the absence of such an agreement, and should the UK depart the EU without a deal, the DfT has previously indicated that sub-contracting of services to EU operators could be one way to ensure services can continue without disruption. ABTA will remain in contact with the DfT and European Commission on this issue.
 
Advice for Members
 
There is comprehensive advice and information for Members regarding Brexit available within the Member zone on ABTA.com https://www.abta.com/member-zone
 
Advice for Customers
 
Advice and information for travellers regarding Brexit is available on ABTA.com https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: Entry Requirements - Europe08-04-2019
The FCO have updated the travel advice for a number of countries with an update to the Entry Requirements section – updated information on passport validity and visa requirements. Please see below the updated extract, and see each individual countries travel advice in full by clicking on the below links:
 
Bulgaria
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria
 
 
Croatia
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia
 
 
Cyprus
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus
 
 
Romania
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania

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