INDIA SIMPLIFIES BUSINESS VISA PRICING FOR UK NATIONALS
Thursday, January 21st, 2016 16:36
India has abolished the different rates charged to UK nationals for business visas of either 6 month or 1 year validity. There is just one rate now for all validities up to 1 year, charged at a level somewhere between the two old rates. However, in practice most visas issued are still for 6 months only.
CENTRAL LONDON POSTAL SERVICE DISRUPTED 14-17 JAN
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 12:23
Due to Central London's Lumiere Festival, Royal Mail cannot guarantee their normal services to and from Scott's Whitfield Street office from the 14-17 Jan (inc)
Deliveries and collections will still take place whenever possible, but may be delayed. Please contact your Scott's agent if you think this may affect you.
VIETNAMESE BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS RELAXED
Monday, December 28th, 2015 20:05
An official Visa Approval Letter from the Immigration Office in Vietnam is no longer required when the purpose of travel is simply business meetings.
A normal letter of invitation from the inviting organisation in Vietnam is now all that is required, as long as no training is undertaken. In addition, there have been some small changes to the visa processing service. Normal service is now 72 hours, and the 48 hr service has been abolished completely (but the next day service remains unchanged). There have also been some minor alterations to the fees.
SCOTT'S OPEN BOXING DAY FOR RUSSIA, INDIA & MORE
Thursday, December 17th, 2015 10:07
Many embassies and visa centres, including Russia, India and Belarus, are working normally on Boxing Day (Mon 28 Dec) and Scott's Visas will be open too, processing applications for our clients.
Although it is a UK bank holiday, our main office will be open from 10am - 2pm, and the Russian Visa Helpdesk from 8.30am - 3pm. Embassies working normally on Mon 28 Dec also include Algeria, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
KENYA REINTRODUCES MANUAL VISA PROCESSING
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 07:27
The Kenyan High Commission is once again processing paper visa applications of all types.
Whilst Kenyan e-Visas are still available online, they are no longer the only means of obtaining a visa for the country. Reversing the initial e-Visa policy, in which online application was the only type allowed, the High Commission is now processing all types of applications again. This service is running exactly as it did before the e-Visa option was added at the beginning of September, giving applicants free choice between the two methods.
Changes to Saudi Arabian Visa Requirements
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 05:13
From Mon 19 October a number of key details have changed in the requirements for a range of Saudi visas. These include requiring EU nationals to provide original documents establishing UK residence. Moreover, all UK based companies involved in sponsoring business applications must now be registered in the UK. Non-EU nationals will have to provide the original UK residence permit or visa, where previously a copy was acceptable. In addition, proof of family relationships in support of Family or Residence visas must now be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
China Closure
Friday, September 25th, 2015 03:50
The Chinese Embassy will be closed due to a National Holiday from the 1st until the 5th of October. As a result some delays are expected in the processing time of visa applications over the following one to two weeks.  Please contact us before booking your flight. 
VISAS REQUIRED FOR MALAWI
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 10:17
From Thu 1 Oct UK nationals entering Malawi will need a visa, which will be obtainable either in advance or on arrivalWhen applying on arrival the fee will be US$75, and the sterling fee for advance applications will be around £65.
The requirements will be the same as for nationalities that currently require a visa, except that travellers with heavy luggage will be relieved that potentially bulky bank statements will not be required when applying on arrival. This change will also apply to nationals of all those countries that charge Malawians for visas.
CHINA SERVICE FEE INCREASE
Friday, August 07th, 2015 07:40
As of Monday 10 August the China Visa Application Service Centre is increasing all their own processing fees by a flat £25.00 + VAT. This is purely a change in the Visa Centre's fees - the Chinese Embassy's visa fees will remain unchanged.
CHINA PROCESSING RESTRICTIONS 6 & 7 AUGUST 2015
Wednesday, August 05th, 2015 06:32
Due to system updates The China Visa Centre is restricting their service severely on Thu 6 and Fri 7 August.
On Thu 6 only express (48hr) applications will be accepted, while on Fri 7 no applications at all will be processed. Processing is expected to go back to normal on Mon 10 August, with an as yet unspecified rise in the centre's service fee.