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CHINA : VISA CENTRE CLOSURE 09-01-2020

The China visa centre in London will be closed from January 24th till 27th for the Chinese Spring Festival.

SOLOMON ISLANDS : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE 19-12-2019

Solomon Islands travel advice

Change made
Entry requirements section and Summary – update to information on showing proof of vaccination against measles if you have travelled from or via Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and the Philippines.
SURINAME : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE19-12-2019

Suriname travel advice

Change made
Safety and security (Air travel), Entry requirements (Visas) and Summary – updated information on aviation safety; factual update on e-visas.

RUSSIA : VISA UPDATE 09-12-2019

Russia Passport collection dates:

Dear applicants, please check passport collection dates when you are applying for Russian Visa during Christmas time and Russian New Year holidays here. Please note that these dates are not final and are subject to change.

TANZANIA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES 03-12-2019

Tanzania travel advice

Change made
Safety and security (Mozambique border) – factual update on cross-border tension; Entry requirements (Visas) – factual update on obtaining e-visas.

RWANDA : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE01-08-2019

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel advice

Change made
Summary – revised information on Ebola outbreak.

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