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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 As of 15 April 2019, non-essential British Embassy staff and dependents have been withdrawn from Sudan.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

BREXIT: Important information for customers and businesses Update 605-04-2019
Further to the operational bulletins advising about preparations for the UK leaving the EU, today, Thursday 4 April, the European Parliament has approved legal changes to ensure that UK citizens will not need a visa to travel to the EU for short stays after Brexit – even in the event of a no-deal exit.

This follows on from the confirmation shared recently that flights will continue to operate, even in a no deal.

This means that two of the most important concerns for UK tourists and business travellers visiting the EU have been addressed and will provide a further boost to confidence about travel to the EU after Brexit.
 
Advice for Members
 
There is comprehensive advice and information for Members regarding Brexit available within the Member zone on ABTA.com, including the latest version of ABTA’s contingency planning guidance 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
RUSSIA: PROCESSING TIMES DURING MAY BANK HOLIDAY03-04-2019
Please see below information received from the Russian Embassy call centre

Please find the dates for the standard service application for Russia during the May Bank Holidays.  

Also please be advised that the Embassy courier DX is not collecting the passports from us on 19th and 22nd April and 6th May.

 

Application Submitted

Passport ready for collection

03.04.2019

06.05.2019

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 Kindly note that Russia visa application centre will be closed 1st – 3rd and 9th – 10th May  2019 due to public holidays in Russia.

For further information please visit our website http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk or contact our call centre on  0905 889 0149

(calls to the premium rate number cost 55 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges).

Alternatively please see other contact details here: http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/contact_us.html 
EMBASSY CLOSURES : ANGOLA & VIETNAM 02-04-2019

The Angola Embassy will be closed on 4th and 5th April

Vietnam Embassy will be closed on the 15th April.
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE : SOMALIA 02-04-2019
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Somalia with updates to the Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Somalia, including Somaliland; Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about providing a letter of invitation on arrival in Somalia, outlining the purpose of travel
 
The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
 
Visas
A visa is required for all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland. If you arrive at Mogadishu International Airport, you can get a single entry visa, valid for one month, for US$60 in cash. You may also be required to provide a letter of invitation on arrival in Somalia outlining the purpose of your travel. This letter can usually be obtained from your place of work (a hotel booking may also suffice). Without this letter, you could be denied entry.
 
British nationals are also able to obtain a single entry visa, valid for one month, on arrival in Somaliland for US$60 in cash.
 
Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Somalia, including Somaliland.
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, there are restrictions in place.
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. Any British nationals in areas of Somalia to which the FCO advise against all travel should leave. Any British nationals in Hargeisa or Berbera who are not on essential travel should leave.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/somalia

BREXIT: UPDATES 29-03-2019

The UK Government has confirmed that the earliest the UK will leave the European Union (EU) is Friday 12 April 2019, instead of the originally planned date of Friday 29 March 2019.
 
The UK will still be a Member of the EU up until at least 12 April, meaning everything will remain the same during this period; people can continue to travel as they do now and travel businesses will continue to operate within the remit of EU regulation and legislation.
 
However, there is still much uncertainty about next steps.
 
There is still is a possibility that the UK will leave the EU on 12 April without a deal. Members should continue to plan for this scenario and make customers aware of any steps they may need to take. Today we have published an updated version of ABTA’s contingency planning document and updated our information for customers at abta.com/Brexit.
 
If a Brexit deal is agreed, the Prime Minister and European Council agreed last week that the UK won’t actually leave until 22 May 2019, which is when the transition period (which keeps the status quo until December 2020) will commence.
 
There are a number of other possible scenarios that could play out in the coming weeks, including a longer extension. ABTA is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with Government departments and officials in Brussels and destinations. We will continue to provide updates to Members and, as always, the MemberZone will have the latest information and documents.
 
 
FCO updated travel advice to EU countries
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for all European and EEA countries with information and advice for British Nationals travelling to or living in an EU country.
 
The following FCO update is concerning information in relation to guidance on doing business European and EEA countries.
 
For the purpose of this bulletin, we have used the advice included within the Austria FCO travel advice.  Please use the specific country links below to check the details for the areas that you feature as the rules may be different.
  
Europe and EEA Countries FCO Travel advice updates:
 

The FCO has updated the travel advice for the European and EEA countries.  
 
If you’re travelling to Austria to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Austria after EU Exit.
 
An extract of the advice is below for further information please read the guidance on providing services in Austria after EU Exit.
 
Introduction
 
If the UK leaves the EU on 12 April 2019 without a deal, UK firms and service providers will face additional steps or potentially even barriers to trade.
You will need to comply with both local and EU/EEA-wide rules in the following areas:

  • cross-border trade
  • establishing and structuring your business
  • business travel and visa requirements
  • recognition of UK professional qualifications
  • data protection
Austria:                 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria
Belgium:              https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium
Bulgaria:               https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bulgaria
Czech Republic: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic
Croatia:                https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia 
Cyprus:                 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus
Denmark:            https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/denmark
Estonia:                https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/estonia
Finland:                https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland
France:                 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france
Germany:            https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany
Greece:                https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece
Hungary:              https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary
Iceland:                https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/iceland
Ireland:                https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland
Liechtenstein: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/liechtenstein
Italy:                      https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy
Latvia:                   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/latvia
Lithuania:            https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/lithuania
Luxembourg:     https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/luxembourg
Malta:                   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta
Netherlands:      https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands
Norway:               https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/norway
Poland:                 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland
Portugal:              https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
Romania:             https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania
Slovakia:              https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovakia
Slovenia:              https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovenia
Spain:                    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain
Switzerland:       https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/switzerland
Sweden:              https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sweden
 
 
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 customers regarding Brexit is available on ABTA.com https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE : AFRICA29-03-2019
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Benin / Cape Verde / Central African Republic / Senegal / Tanzania
 
Benin
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Benin with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas and Passports) section – revised information on contact details and passport validity.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
British passport holders need a visa to enter Benin. You should get a short stay or multiple entry e-visa by applying and paying online. The visa will then be issued on arrival at the airport in Cotonou.
The nearest Embassy of Benin is in Paris:
Embassy of the Republic of Benin 
87 Avenue Victor Hugo 
752116 
Paris 
Telephone: +33 145 009882, +33 142 223191 
Fax: +33 145 018202 

For further information on entry requirements, contact the Embassy of Benin in Paris
Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
 
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 Parc du W and the contiguous hunting zones of Meêkrou and Djona. The Parc is tri-national and shares an open border with Burkina Faso and Niger. There is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout the Parc. See Terrorism
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the area between the Interstate Highway (RNIE) 2 (Tchaourou to Malanville) and the Nigerian border, due to increasing criminality in that area.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/benin
 
 
 
Cape Verde
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Cape Verde with an update to the Safety & Security (Road travel) section – addition of information about driving licence requirements.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Road travel
You can drive in Cape Verde with a valid UK driving licence for up to 6 months, or on a valid International Driving Permit. If you’re staying longer or living in Cape Verde, you’ll need to get a Cape Verde driving licence
 
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/cape-verde
 
 
 
Central African Republic
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Central African Republic with an update to the Safety & Security (Road travel) section – addition of information about International Driving Permit changes from 28 March 2019.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
From 28 March 2019, you will need to have a 1968 International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Central African Republic (CAR). IDPs previously issued by the UK may no longer be accepted for use in CAR after this date. From 1 February 2019, you can only get IDPs over the counter from 2,500 UK Post Offices. It may be extremely difficult to obtain an IDP in CAR. We recommend buying one in the UK before departure.
 
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 central Bangui between the Airport and the Oubangui river, as shown on the map.
This area is bordered to the north by Avenue des Martyrs and Avenue de l’Indépendance linked by Avenue Koudoukou and bordered to the south by Avenue de France and Avenue Barthélemy Boganda linked by Avenue Ruth Roland. It includes the riverside area of the city centre (around Boulevard du Géneral de Gaulle) including the UNESCO building, the French Embassy and the Hotel Oubangi.
The FCO advise against all travel to the rest of Bangui and the Central African Republic (CAR).
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/central-african-republic
 
 
 
Senegal
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Senegal with an update to the Safety & Security (Road travel) section – addition of information about driving licence requirements.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
(Road travel)
You can drive in Senegal with a valid UK driving licence for up to 6 months, or on a valid International Driving Permit. If you’re staying longer or living in Senegal, you’ll need to get a Senegalese driving licence.
 
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/senegal
 
 
 
Tanzania
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Tanzania with an update to the Safety & Security (Road travel) section – addition of information about International Driving Permits.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Road travel
You will need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Tanzania. From 1 February 2019, you can only get IDPs over the counter from 2,500 UK Post Offices. You will not be able to buy an IDP outside the UK, so get one before you travel.
 
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/tanzania

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES : Somalia 27-03-2019
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Somalia with updates to the Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Somalia, including Somaliland; Entry requirements section (Visas) – addition of information about providing a letter of invitation on arrival in Somalia, outlining the purpose of travel
 
The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
 
Visas
A visa is required for all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland. If you arrive at Mogadishu International Airport, you can get a single entry visa, valid for one month, for US$60 in cash. You may also be required to provide a letter of invitation on arrival in Somalia outlining the purpose of your travel. This letter can usually be obtained from your place of work (a hotel booking may also suffice). Without this letter, you could be denied entry.
 
British nationals are also able to obtain a single entry visa, valid for one month, on arrival in Somaliland for US$60 in cash.
 
Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Somalia, including Somaliland.
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, there are restrictions in place
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. Any British nationals in areas of Somalia to which the FCO advise against all travel should leave. Any British nationals in Hargeisa or Berbera who are not on essential travel should leave.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/somalia

EMBASSY CLOSURES : MARCH / APRIL 201918-03-2019
AFGHANISTAN CLOSED 20TH - 22ND MARCH

ANGOLA CLOSED 4TH APRIL

AZERBAIJAN CLOSED 20TH TO 26TH MARCH

BANGLADESH CLOSED 26TH MARCH

INDIA CLOSED 21ST MARCH
RUSSIA: PRICE AND PROCESSING TIMES CHANGED FOR AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS13-03-2019
Russia visa price change and processing time for American Passport holders.

 

United States of America Price and Processing Time Changes.

Dear applicants, please note that from 03 March 2019 price for United States of America will be £125 for all visa types plus service charge and processing time for all types of visas will take 15 calendar days. http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/visa_types.html 

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