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SAUDI EMBASSY : CLOSURE 16-09-2019

The Saudi Embassy will be closed from 19th until 25th September.

CHINA EMBASSY : CLOSURE16-09-2019
China Embassy will be closed on 30th September and the 1st October 2019
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

EMBASSY CLOSURE : ANGOLA10-09-2019

Angola will be closed 16 /17 September 2019

 

YEMEN: TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE04-09-2019
Yemen travel advice

Change made
This advice has been reviewed in full with amendments throughout; updates to existing information on the security situation in Yemen

Time updated
12:41pm, 4 September 2019
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE : VIETNAM 02-09-2019

Vietnam travel advice

Change made.
Latest update: Summary (Health Section) – We have been advised by Vietnamese officials that test results for hazardous chemicals, following the fire at a light bulb factory in the Thanh Xuân district of Hanoi, are within safe limits. Testing will continue and people living in areas close to the factory should take precautionary sanitary measures, including cleaning the home and avoiding using food or water from that area which has been open to the environment. British citizens should follow the advice of the local authorities.

BURKINA FASO: FOREIGN OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE29-08-2019
Burkina Faso travel advice

Change made
Summary – factual update; on 11 July 2019, parliament extended the state of emergency existing in some regions for a further 6 months

Time updated
12:36pm, 29 August 2019

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.

HONG KONG: TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE FROM FOREIGN OFFICE.27-08-2019
Hong Kong (SAR of China) travel advice

Change made
Summary – factual update following political situation in Hong Kong

EMBASSY CLOSURES - SEPTEMBER : EMBASSY CLOSURES - SEPTEMBER 201927-08-2019
Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on the 16th of September.

Japan Embassy will be closed on the 16th and 26th of September.

Ethiopia Embassy will be closed on the 11th of September.

Vietnam Embassy will be closed on teh 2nd September.

Chinese Embassy will be closed on the 13th September.

NIGERIA: FCO - TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE23-08-2019
Nigeria travel advice

Change made
Summary – Factual information on the closure of the Nigeria border with the Republic of Benin

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES : AFGHANISTAN22-08-2019

Afghanistan travel advice

Change made
Summary – change to advice against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the provinces of Herat, Samangan, Balkh, Ghowr, Sar-e Pol, Daykondi, Parvan, Bamian (except Bamian City, where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel) and Kabul (except Kabul city’s Enhanced Security Zone and Hamid Karzai International Airport, where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel); Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice to reflect an overall increased threat to Western interests.

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.

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.

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