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EMBASSY CLOSURES: NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018 - UPDATED 16TH NOVEMBER 16-11-2018
Pakistan Embassy will be closed on the 19th of November.

UAE Embassy will be closed on the 19th November.

Bangladesh will be closed on the 20th November

Indonesia Embassy will be closed on the 20th November

Malaysia Embassy will be closed on the 20th November.

Nigeria Embassy will be closed on the 20th and 21st November.

Cameroon Embassy will be closed on the 21st November.

Ethiopia Embassy will be closed on the 21st and 22nd November.

Japan Embassy will be close Indian Embassy will be closed on the 23rd November.

Thailand will be closed on the 5th December.

Angola will be closed from the 21st December 2018 to 04/01/2019. The service will reopen on 07/01/2019.

Last Day for Submission:

Ordinary Visa – Normal 6th December, Express 7th December, Urgent 7th December

Short Term Visa – Normal 10th December, Express 17th December, Urgent 20th December

Tourism Visa – 10th December

Legalisation:

(Agencies only):Normal: 27th November, Urgent 10th December.

Other Documents: Normal: 6th December, Express/Urgent 14th December.

LAST DAY FOR COLLECTON: 20th December 2018.

NIGERIA: ADDITIONAL FEES FOR EXPRESS SERVICES - UPDATED 14TH NOVEMBER14-11-2018
This is to inform you that as from Monday 12th November, for Express service, there will be a postal order payable to Nigeria High Commission. £100 postal order for TWP and STR Express and all other express services is £70 made payable to the Nigeria High Commission will be required at submission.
CHINA: OLD VISA APPLICATONS FORMS CAN BE USED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE06-11-2018
We have been advised today that the Chinese Embassy will accept the old visa application forms until further notice.
INDIA: FROM 5TH NOVEMBER ALL EXPRESS APPLICATIONS WILL BE BIO-METRIC01-11-2018
As from Monday 5th November Indian same-day express visas will be bio-metric only.  Therefore applicants must attend the embassy to have their fingerprints taken.

We can accompany them to make the initial application and arrange the collection of the visa on their behalf.  All paperwork for the applications must be in our office by 3pm the day before.

CHINA: NEW RULES FOR VISA APPLICATIONS FROM 12TH NOVEMBER.31-10-2018
Important Notice

Following a meeting with the Chinese Visa Application Centre 30th October we have to inform you that as from the 12th November every applicant over the age of 14 has to attend the applications centres in either London Manchester or Edinburgh so their fingerprints can be taken and this will be by appointment only and their will be a new online application form to be completed the old forms will no longer be acceptable after this date.

As  an agent we are able to still lodge the application on your behalf without an appointment (London only) but you have to be present at the time for your fingerprints to be taken.  We have been given an allocated time slot and must have all your paperwork including your passport at least 24 hours before the lodging date as we have to present this to this embassy on the day of submission for scanning before your arrival on the same day.  If you are not there at the time specified your application will be refused and will have to come back the following day.  Our submission time is 10.20  and you must be there at this time or before.  You may have to wait to see the embassy official and our courier will meet you at the embassy.  Please advise when you are there and we will give you the telephone number of the courier for that day who will come  outside to meet you and bring you into the hall.  After your fingerprints are taken you are then free to leave whilst will carry on with the lodging of the application and collection when ready.

If you have a visa that is valid in an old passport that is either cancelled or full  you can travel on this as long as you take both passports with you until the visa expires as long as  your name has not changed in the new passport

The Requirements are still

Passport with two clear pages and valid  6 months plus  (if Dual Nationality have to supply both passports)

1 x application form which now needs to be completed by typing only ( Any hand filled forms will be reject  by the China Embassy )  

1 x photo (not same as in passport no jewellery to be shown and if long hair to be pushed off face and behind ears and no glasses)

1 x invite must show

·         Full name as in passport

·         Passport number

·         Date of birth

·         Gender

·         Dates in and out of China

·         It cannot just state business discussions and  meetings  or visiting factories ,has to be more detailed as to what they are doing in China

·         Who will be financially responsible for applicant whilst in china

·         Dated Signed and stamped

Ross consent letter (Must be completed). http://www.rossconsular.com/visas.php
CHINA: BIOMETRIC VISA SYSTEM LAUNCHING 1ST NOVEMBER 201826-10-2018
As from Thursday 1st November the Chinese visa will be launching their new Biometric visa system.

We have a meeting with the Embassy on Tuesday 30th of October and 4pm when we will be advised on the new process for applying for visas.  We will let you have more information once we have it.
TURKEY: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE23-10-2018
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Turkey

 
Turkey
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Turkey with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – from 29 October 2018, self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports; you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. From 29 October 2018, self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports - you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel.
 
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 10 km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces
  • the provinces of Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey
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