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Entry requirements (Customs and border control) – addition of information and advice on declaring goods; Health – removal of reference to cholera cases in Quintana Roo
2:09pm, 18 October 2019
Health – addition of link to Public Health England guidance for humanitarian or healthcare workers travelling to countries at risk of Ebola
2:47pm, 18 October 2019
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.
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
2:20pm, 16 October 2019
Safety and Security section and Summary – updated advice regarding a continued risk to the security situation deteriorating near the DRC or Burundi border
4:39pm, 9 October 2019
This advice has been reviewed in full and reissued with amendments throughout
11:10am, 10 October 2019
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
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.
Summary: Safety and Security section – updated advice regarding a continued risk to the security situation deteriorating near the DRC or Burundi border.
This advice has been reviewed in full with amendments across all sections.
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.
Mozambique Embassy will be closed on the 4th of October.
Japan Embassy will be closed on the 14th and 22nd of October
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.
Embassy of China
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.
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
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
Other nationals who do not hold a UK work /resident permit cannot apply for a visa
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.
Summary – revised information on Ebola outbreak.
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.
Advice for Customers
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