AZERBAIJAN FEES SIMPLIFIED
Monday, March 13th, 2017 11:36
Azerbaijan have simplified their consular fees considerably, and the Azerbaijan visa centre has also adjusted its processing fees. Whilst EU nationals apart from the UK now pay a flat £30.00 consular fee for both single and multi entry visas, the rest of the world pays just £18.00 for a single entry, but £290.00 for a multi entry. Processing fees range from £20.00 + VAT for the normal service on a single entry visa, up to £160.00 + VAT for the express service.
BELARUS VISA-FREE UP TO 5 DAYS FOR 80 NATIONALITIES
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 14:21
Visitors of 80 nationalities, including the UK and the rest of the EU, can now enter Belarus for up to 5 days without a visa - for any purpose whatsoever. This only applies, however, to entry through Minsk National Airport. Other nationalities to benefit from the new arrangement include the USA, China and Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.
RUSSIA VISA FEES RATIONALISED
Monday, February 06th, 2017 15:33
The Russian Embassy has simplified their visa fees for applications in the UK, sweeping away extensive differences between the prices charged to different nationalities. However, this has resulted in significant increases for many visas. Nearly all visas are now charged at the same rate, and only nationals of Angola, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey and Vietnam will pay lower fees across the board. For UK nationals, this has meant a rise of 41% for single entry business and tourist visas, while double entries have gone up a more significant 73%. However, Brits will only pay £12.00 more for multi entry visas on the normal service - but an extra £123.00 for multis on the faster next day service.
VIETNAM EXTENDS BUSINESS PROCESSING TIMES
Thursday, December 08th, 2016 22:45
For business visas, the express service is now 3 working days, whilst the normal processing time is 1 week. Tourist visas are, however, unaffected and can still be obtained on a next day express service, while the normal processing time for tourist visas remains at 3 working days. There has also been a small increase in consular fees for all Vietnamese visas.
MYANMAR FEES INCREASE
Thursday, December 08th, 2016 15:41
As of Monday 12 December Myanmar's visa fees are rising substantially, with a 1 year business multi entry visa more than doubling from £200 to £525. A 6 month business multi entry will increase equally significantly, from £100 to £350. There's better news, however, for travellers on single entry visas - although these are rising by similar percentages they will still only end up as a relatively modest £35 (tourist), and £45 (business).
THAI TOURIST VISAS FREE UNTIL END FEB
Friday, December 02nd, 2016 16:28
As of the 1st December, the Thai consulate is waiving the consular fee on single entry tourist visas, right through to the 28 February. Good news for anyone planning to spend any part of the Xmas period on a Thai beach, or indeed anywhere in the country. Citizens of any nationality can travel there in this period without paying the normal consular fee of £25.00.
ANGOLAN ONLINE APPLICATION SUSPENDED
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 23:21
Due to technical issues, Angola's recently introduced additional online application procedure has just been suspended. It is not at this stage clear when it will be re-introduced, or even if it will remain in its current format. Further information is not expected for a week or two.
ANGOLA ADDS ONLINE APPLICATION
Thursday, October 06th, 2016 20:44
Angola has added an online application form, to be completed in addition to the standard application procedure. Since Monday 3 October, all applications for Angolan visas now involve filling in an extra form online, prior to making the normal application. The additional online fee is $40.00, and the form requires uploading documents that include a passport scan and yellow fever certificate. It is not yet clear how long the online approval process will take.
SAUDI ARABIA FEES RISING SUBSTANTIALLY
Friday, September 30th, 2016 14:37
As of 2 October, Saudi consular fees are rising substantially. Whilst the full details are not yet completely clear, single and multiple entry business visas are increasing over 500 per cent, at current exchange rates. Family visas are rising by a similar amount, but the position on work and residence visas has yet to be clarified. Further details are expected to emerge very soon.
CHINESE EU EMPLOYMENT LETTER REQUIREMENT DROPPED
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 22:00
A matter of weeks after its introduction, the Chinese Visa Centre in London has dropped the requirement for EU nationals to provide a letter from their UK employer confirming residence here. This is good news for EU passport holders, who once again find that, like UK nationals, their citizenship is sufficient to establish their right to apply for a Chinese visa in the UK.