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EMBASSY CLOSURES : MOZAMBIQUE & VENEZUELA18-06-2019

Mozambique embassy will be closed on the 25th of June.

Venezuela Embassy will be closed on the 5th of July.
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES : AFRICA 13-06-2019
Uganda
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Uganda with updates to the Summary, Health, and Local Laws & Customs sections. Summary and Health – On 11 June 2019 the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda; latest updates can be found on the World Health Organisation website; Local Laws & Customs – on 22 May 2019 it became an offence punishable by a prison sentence and/or a fine to offer money, food or clothing to children living on the streets in Kampala.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Summary
On 11 June 2019 the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda. See Health
On 1 August 2018, an outbreak of Ebola was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organisation’s website. See Health
 
Health
On 11 June 2019 the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Kasese District in western Uganda. The latest updates can be found on the WHO’s website.
 
Local Laws & Customs
On 22 May 2019 it became an offence punishable by a prison sentence and/or a fine to offer money, food or clothing to children living on the streets in Kampala.
 
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/uganda

AZERBAIJAN: EMBASSY CLOSURE03-06-2019

Azerbaijan Embassy be closed June 5th to 6th, 17th and 26th.

EMBASSY CLOSURES : UPCOMING EMBASSY CLOSURES 28-05-2019

Australia Embassy will be closed on the 10th of June.

 

Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the 31st of May, 4th  - 5th of June.

 

Gabon Embassy will be closed on the 30th of May.

 

India Embassy will be closed on the 5th of June.

 

Saudi Embassy will be closed 3rd to 7th of June, last day for lodging will be 30th May

 

Russia Embassy will be closed on the 12th of June.

 

Thailand Embassy will be closed on the 3rd of June.

 

Ethiopia Embassy will be closed on 28th May

 

Indonesia Embassy will be closed on 30th May

FCO Travel Advice Updates : North, Central & South America28-05-2019
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Venezuela
 
Venezuela
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Venezuela with an update to the Summary – addition of information about the suspension of all direct air services between Venezuela and the USA until further notice; if you’re planning travel in the region on any of these routes, contact your travel company for more information.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
A number of Venezuela’s land and sea borders are subject to closure. The land borders with Brazil and Colombia have been temporarily closed by the Venezuelan de facto authorities. The sea borders with Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are also temporarily closed, with no air or sea traffic operating between Venezuela and these islands. The US Department of Transportation has suspended all direct air services between Venezuela and the USA, both commercial flights (passengers) and cargo operations, until further notice. If you’re planning travel in the region on any of these routes, contact your travel company for more information.
 
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 within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border and 40 km (25 miles) of the Brazilian border. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active along the border area with Colombia and Brazil and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime
The FCO advise against all travel to Zulia State as a result of prolonged power cuts and an increase in civil disorder. See Crime.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing crime and instability. If you’re in Venezuela, you should consider carefully whether you need to remain, and keep your departure options under close review. In the event of prolonged power cuts and/or a deterioriation in the political or security situation, the British embassy may be limited in the assistance that it can provide.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/venezuela

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: LAOS 08-05-2019
Laos
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Laos with an update to the Entry Requirements (Regional travel) section – Thailand currently allows only two crossings per annum at the land border between Laos and Thailand.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Regional travel
Thailand currently allows only two crossings per annum at the land border between Laos and Thailand. See Thailand Travel Advice for further information.
 
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 Xaisomboun province.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/laos

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE: SRI LANKA 08-05-2019
Sri Lanka
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Sri Lanka with updates to the Summary, Entry Requirements (Visas), and Local Laws & Customs sections. Summary – The Sri Lankan government continues to use curfews to support ongoing security operations; these have been limited to certain areas and have been put in place at short notice, so you should keep up to date with developments; Entry Requirements (Visas) – revised visa information; Local Laws & Customs – It’s Sri Lankan law that you must carry an official form of identification at all times; for foreign nationals, the acceptable form of identification is your passport; if you do not have it with you and you’re stopped by the authorities, you may be detained.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
The Sri Lankan Government continues to use curfews to support ongoing security operations. Most recently these have been limited to certain areas and have been put in place at short notice, so you should keep up to date with developments and avoid travelling during periods of curfew in affected areas.
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka.
It’s possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, but it can save time at the airport if you get a visa before travelling. You can apply for a short stay visa online at: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. For up-to-date information and advice on visas, check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. If you experience any difficulty with the ETA system, or if you’re travelling for paid or unpaid work, you should get a visa from the Sri Lankan High Commission before you travel.
Overstaying your visa will attract a fine and possible detention and deportation. If you have overstayed your visa, you must report to the Department of Immigration & Emigration
Visas on arrival have been suspended for all travellers arriving from Sierra Leone and Guinea.
 
Local Laws & Customs
It’s Sri Lankan law that you must carry an official form of identification at all times. For foreign nationals, the acceptable form of identification is your passport. If you do not have it with you and you’re stopped by the authorities, you may be detained. If you’re detained, you should ask the authorities to contact the British High Commission.
 
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 Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019. This advice does not apply if transiting Colombo airport, providing that passengers remain airside in the airport.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka

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