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MEXICO: TRAVE UPDATE FROM THE FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE18-10-2019
Mexico travel advice

Change made
Entry requirements (Customs and border control) – addition of information and advice on declaring goods; Health – removal of reference to cholera cases in Quintana Roo

Time updated
2:09pm, 18 October 2019

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE FROM THE FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE18-10-2019
Democratic Republic of the Congo travel advice

Change made
Health – addition of link to Public Health England guidance for humanitarian or healthcare workers travelling to countries at risk of Ebola

Time updated
2:47pm, 18 October 2019

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.

VIETNAM: HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS FOUND IN TAP WATER IN HANOI AND SURROUNDING AREAS16-10-2019
Vietnam travel advice

Change made
Health section and Summary – updated information and advice after authorities in Hanoi confirmed that hazardous chemicals have been identified in tap water in parts of the city and surrounding areas following a chemical spill

Time updated
2:20pm, 16 October 2019

RWANDA: TRAVEL ADVICE FROM THE FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE10-10-2019
Rwanda travel advice

Change made
Safety and Security section and Summary – updated advice regarding a continued risk to the security situation deteriorating near the DRC or Burundi border

Time updated
4:39pm, 9 October 2019
UZBEKISTAN: FOREIGN OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE10-10-2019
Uzbekistan travel advice

Change made
This advice has been reviewed in full and reissued with amendments throughout

Time updated
11:10am, 10 October 2019

CHINA / INDIA: VISA APPLICATION APPOINTMENT TIMES / SUBMISSION TIME.10-10-2019
China submission time:

Please be aware China visa office have changed our Agency appointment and applicants will now have to be at the application centre between 9.00amd 09.10am from Monday 21st of October.

Appointments:

China and India appointments are currently taking around  5 - 7 working days to obtain prior to lodging into the embassy please make sure you leave enough time to obtain your visas.

 

RWANDA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE 07-10-2019

Rwanda travel advice

Change made
Summary: Safety and Security section – updated advice regarding a continued risk to the security situation deteriorating near the DRC or Burundi border.

USA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE 04-10-2019

USA travel advice

Change made
This advice has been reviewed in full with amendments across all sections.

CHINA : EMBASSY UPDATE 03-10-2019

To advise the China Embassy peak season is now and to make sure that you leave enough time for obtaining appointments before the visa application can be processed.

 

UPCOMING EMBASSY : CLOSURES 03-10-2019

Mozambique Embassy will be closed on the 4th of October.

 

Japan Embassy will be closed on the 14th and 22nd of October

IRAQ : TRAVEL ADVICE03-10-2019

Iraq travel advice

Change made
Summary – updated information on protests and a curfew in place for Baghdad until further notice; you should continue to monitor local media for updates on the situation.

CHINA: AMENDMENT TO VISA REQUIRMENTS03-10-2019
As of today the Chinese Embassy is back to normal.
For visa applications you no longer need to supply Utility bills or a letter from your Employer. However you must still supply a UK Resident Card if applicable.
CHINA: New Rules regarding Company Letters19-09-2019
With Immediate Effect
All passport holders except the UK now need a letter addressed to  below and on co headed paper

Embassy of China
Visa Section
31 Portland Place
London, W1B 1QD

They will need to give all employment details , start date /job title etc

They must also state – the upon returning from china from the  business trip Mr ???????? will resume his duties at (insert Company Name).

It must be signed by somebody in Human Resources or a Company Director.

THAILAND : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE 13-09-2019

Thailand travel advice

Change made:
Entry requirements section – updated information on immigration requirements for those staying in Thailand on long-term visas; editorial amendments to the rest of the section

CHINA : New China Requirements for NON UK Passport Holders URGENT13-09-2019

China

As from Wednesday 18th September  EU Passport holders must provide proof of residency in the UK with  one or more of following documents

 

UK Blue Book  Settlement Card

Utility Bills

Council Tax

Rent Agreement

 

Other nationals who do not hold a UK work /resident permit cannot apply for a visa

RUSSIA: E-VISAS FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2019.28-08-2019
Russia E-visa.

E-visas to visit Russia’s Saint Petersburg and its Surrounding Region (Leningradskaya Oblast)

From 01 October 2019, electronic visas are introduced for visiting Saint Petersburg and its surrounding region (Leningradskaya Oblast). An e-visa only allows a single entry (for business, tourism or a humanitarian visit) and stay only on the territory of Saint Petersburg and its surrounding region (Leningradskaya Oblast) for a maximum term of 8 days. The list of countries which citizens can apply for electronic visas, as well as border crossings through which foreign citizens can enter the Russian Federation having e-visas, will be approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.

·         E-visas may be obtained online at http://electronic-visa.kdmid.ru/

·         An e-visa is issued within 4 calendar days, including week-ends and bank holidays.

·         There is no need for any invitations or confirmations. Just fill in the application form on the website.

·         There is no need to waste your free time or working hours to visit the consular agency during its business hours. The website works 24/7.

·         You do not need to pay for anything to obtain an e-visa.

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