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FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE : BRAZIL 20-08-2019

Brazil travel advice

Change made
Health, Safety and security (Road travel), Natural disasters section and Summary – editorial amendments throughout; Santos Dumont domestic airport in Rio de Janeiro is operating a restricted service for one month from approximately 24 August; check with your airline before travelling.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES : PAKISTAN 12-08-2019

Pakistan travel advice

Change made
Summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the immediate vicinity of the Line of Control.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLLIC OF CONGO : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE 01-08-2019

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel advice

Change made
Summary – revised information on Ebola outbreak.

RWANDA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE01-08-2019

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel advice

Change made
Summary – revised information on Ebola outbreak.

BANGLADESH : EMBASSY CLOSURES 12-07-2019

The Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the following days,12th to13th August,15th August, 23rd August,26th August,10th September.

EID : EMBASSY ADVICE 12-07-2019

Please be aware that Muslim countries will have closures for Eid starting approximately the 12th  August with confirmation times as and when related by the Embassies.

 

The opening and closing times of the Muslim Related Embassies may change and this can cause a delay in visas being issued.

KOSOVO : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE 09-07-2019

Kosovo travel advice

Change made:
Entry requirements (Registration) – if you’re coming to Kosovo for a short stay (90 days or less), and will be staying in a hotel, hostel or other registered landlord, that business will notify the police of your presence on your behalf; if you plan to stay in a private house then you must notify the nearest police station of where you’re staying; if you plan to stay in Kosovo for longer than 90 days, you will need to register with the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a Residence Permit

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