SCHENGEN FEE INCREASE
Friday, December 20th, 2019 15:41
On the 2 February the fee for all Schengen short stay visas will increase from €60 to €80, while the reduced rate for certain nationalities and minors will be raised by €5 to €40. Applications will also be accepted up to 6 months in advance, as opposed to the current 3 month limit. These changes are to ensure stronger security screening, as well as helping to ease the difficulties of Schengen visa applications.
eVISAS ONLY TO TANZANIA
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 06:00
The Tanzanian High Commission in London has now completely stopped processing all visa applications. However, the good news is that online eVisas have been launched instead, and are available for the full range of travel purposes. Priced at between $50 and $100 USD for most purposes, they are processed in 2 weeks for most nationalities, although can occasionally take up to 2 months.
VFS NOW HANDLING IRELAND VISA APPLICATIONS
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 09:10
The increasingly popular Vfs Visa Application Centre in London's EC2 area  are now handling applications for Ireland as well. There have been no major changes to the application requirements, although many details have changed, but an extra service fee of £30 inc VAT is now charged. The Vfs Visa Application Centre at 66 Wilson St, London EC2A 2BT already manages applications for many other European countries.
UKRAINE APPOINT VFS
Wednesday, July 03rd, 2019 01:57
The Embassy of Ukraine has appointed Vfs Global to process visa applications on their behalf. As a result all applications will now incur an extra service fee of £14.62 + VAT, and will be processed in the Visa Application Centre at 66 Wilson Street, EC2A 2BT.
RUSSIA BRINGS IN CHANGES FOR USA NATIONALS
Tuesday, March 05th, 2019 07:35
Russia has set all consular visa fees for USA nationals to a flat £125, irrespective of the type of visa or the number of entries. There is also now no express service for USA citizens, and all visas process in 15 calendar days. These changes apply to all visa types, including for family members of a Russian citizen.
UZBEKISTAN ENDS VISA PROCESSING IN THE UK
Friday, February 22nd, 2019 13:25
Uzbekistan have stopped processing visas in the UK, leaving tourist e-Visas as currently the only simple and fast method of obtaining a visa to the country. Other visas are still available, for business in particular, but the application process must now be undertaken in Uzbekistan by an inviting company or individual. Once approval has been granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the visa will issued on arrival in Tashkent International Airport.
RUSSIAN VISA FEES SIMPLIFIED
Thursday, February 07th, 2019 08:06
Russia have simplified and, in some cases, slightly reduced their visa fees. As of the 4 February most fees in fact reduced by a small amount, although fees for EU citizens were unchanged. Fees charged to Japanese citizens in particular dropped, but increased for nationals of Bangladesh, Turkey, Syria and Pakistan, and work and student visas are now charged at the same rate as all other types.
UZBEKISTAN EXTENDS VISA FREE TRAVEL
Thursday, January 10th, 2019 05:35
Uzbekistan, an increasingly popular destination after the ITV series Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventure, is extending visa free travel to 45 more countries including the UK. On 1 February EU nationals, as well as Canadians, Australians, Brazilians, Argentinians and nationals of a handful of other countries will join the 8 nationalities already able to travel there without a visa. Visits of up to 30 days, for any purpose, are allowed without a visa under the scheme.
ONLY E-VISAS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UGANDA
Monday, November 26th, 2018 07:42
The Ugandan High Commission in the UK has now formally stopped processing all visa applications. Ugandan visas are now only available as E-Visas, applied for and granted entirely online. Ugandan E-Visas are processed in 72 hours, and the consular fee starts at USD $51.50 for a single entry visa, valid for 3 months, rising to USD $154.50 for a multi entry, valid for 2 years.
BIOMETRICS EXTENDED TO ALL CHINA VISAS
Thursday, November 01st, 2018 21:21
China is introducing biometrics for all visa applications from Mon 12 November. This means all applicants will have to attend the Visa Application Centre in person, no matter what type of visa is applied for. Biometrics were introduced earlier in the year for work visas and longer term student or family/private visas, and are now being extended to all other visas, with the result that fingerprints will now be taken every time a China visa application is made.