RUSSIA VISA FEES RATIONALISED
Monday, February 06th, 2017 09:33
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 16:45
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 09:41
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 10:28
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 17:21
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 14:44
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 08:37
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 16:00
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. 
EU CITIZENS NEED EMPLOYMENT LETTER FOR CHINA
Thursday, September 08th, 2016 06:25
A letter from a UK employer is now required by all EU nationals when applying for any Chinese visa. Necessary from the 1st September, the letter must specifically confirm that the applicant works and lives in the UK. 
GHANA TIGHTENS APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 07:00
Following the recent price changes, as of the 20th June the Ghanaian embassy have begun adhering strictly to the appointment dates and times selected online.  Prior to this date some flexibility was allowed, in particular to visa agencies, but applications are now being accepted at the appointment time only, without exception. Clients are advised to ensure the appointment time they select allows plenty of time for documents to arrive at our office, and any necessary changes to be made!