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SRI LANKA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE 11-11-2019

Sri Lanka travel advice

Change made
Entry requirements section (Visas) – editorial amendments to information on online visas.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA : VISA UPDATE 11-11-2019

Equatorial Guinea

 

Hotel confirmation is now required for visa applications from today and three sets of all the paperwork, 11/11/2019.

SAUDI: URGENT INFORMATION REGARDING VISAS29-10-2019
We have been  advised by the Saudi Consulate that they are no longer issuing working visit  visas at present.  Visas issued are  for BUSINESS purposes  only  regardless of what is on the invite. Anyone wishing to go out to work for short periods do so at their own risk and to contact the sponsor in Saudi Arabia as they may be able to help. ( This does not include full employment/resident visa.)  The Embassy do not have anything in writing at present regarding this information from the Ministry in Saudi Arabia and could only pass this information on  verbally .
EMBASSY CLOSURES: EMBASSY CLOSURES FOR NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 201917-10-2019
India Embassy will be closed on the 12th of November.

Russia Embassy will be closed on the 4th of November.

Angola Embassy will be closed on the 11th of November.

Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the 16th December.

RWANDA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE01-08-2019

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel advice

Change made
Summary – revised information on Ebola outbreak.

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
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