MALAWI TO REQUIRE VISAS FOR EU/UK NATIONALS
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 11:03
As of the 1st Oct there will be no more visas issued on arrival to EU (including the UK) citizens. The precise details of the visa application process have still to be released.
KENYA GOES ONLINE
Friday, July 10th, 2015 08:10
From the 1st of September all visa applications to Kenya will only be possible online.
Once August has come to an end the Kenyan High Commission will no longer be accepting paper applications of any kind, and all applications will have to be made through www.ecitizen.go.ke. We will of course still be able to arrange these for our clients.
VIETNAM 15 DAY EXEMPTIONS
Friday, July 03rd, 2015 10:51
As of the 1st July UK, German, French, Spanish and Italian nationals will be exempt from all Vietnamese visa requirements for any purpose for stays of under 15 days.
Passports must however have at least 6 months validity, and there is no visa-free re-entry within 30 days of the last visa-free exit. However, visa-free entry is possible immediately after exit from a visit for which a visa was obtained.
VIETNAM EXEMPTIONS FOR UK NATIONALS
Friday, June 19th, 2015 08:17
The Vietnam embassy in London has not yet received confirmation of the impending exemptions for UK nationals.
Applications from UK nationals are therefore still being processed normally and all application fees are non-refundable. As soon as the embassy receives further information they will make a further announcement.

SCOTTS OFFER MOBILE BIOMETRICS FOR RUSSIA
Monday, June 01st, 2015 06:16
Mobile Biometrics: we have arranged with the visa centre to bring their equipment to our Russian Visa Help Desk at certain appointed times for fingerprints to be taken and documents checked without the need to attend the VFS centre. We operate an appointments system during these periods thus eliminating the need to queue. This service costs an extra £80 plus VAT. Please contact us for further details.
BRAZIL VISA PROCESSING SUSPENDED
Thursday, April 16th, 2015 09:33
Since the 14th April the Brazilian Consulate has been closed due to structural issues with the building.
While this is the case no Brazil visas are being processed until further notice. It is not clear at this point when the situation will be resolved. We understand that only cases of personal emergency will be considered for visa applications by the embassy during this period.
INDIAN VISA APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 10:42
On the 16th of March an appointment scheme for Indian visa applicants was put in place.
Scott's Visas now has some experience of how the new system works in practice.
The appointment must be made after filling in the application form, and the application unsurprisingly can only be submitted on the appointment date, at around the appointed time. To guarantee acceptance, it's a good idea to make appointments for between 10:30 and 11:30. Same day business visas are the only type that can be submitted straight away, regardless of when the appointment is.
For further information, please see our India visa pages.
INDIA VISA APPLICATIONS UPDATE
Monday, March 02nd, 2015 05:25
From the 16th of March an appointment scheme for Indian visa applicants will be put in place. 
Indian visa applicants will need to first apply online and make an appointment. In the future, this will probably lead to applicants having to attend in person.
We believe that for now at least, we will still be able to submit applications for our clients. Please make the appointment for the earliest available opportunity after you expect us to receive your documents from you. Same day business visas (only this category) do not, we are told, need to wait for their appointment time. So we will attempt to submit applications at the earliest opportunity regardless of when the appointment has been made for.
We are launching an Indian Visa Help Desk (IVHD), right across the road from The Indian Visa Centre, to help you deal with any emergencies on the day of your appointment.
BUSINESS VISAS NEED APPROVAL IN VIETNAM
Wednesday, January 07th, 2015 10:30
Vietnam business visas now require approval to be arranged from inside the country by the inviting organisation.
As of 1 Jan 2015 a Visa Approval Letter, issued by an immigration office in Vietnam at the request of the inviting organisation, must be submitted with an application for a business visa. The embassy has, however, indicated it may consider individual requests to issue the visa without such a letter.
REPORT SUPPORTS BORIS
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 07:19
A new report has given support to Boris Johnson's call for a 'Bilateral Mobility Zone' between the UK and Australia.
In 2013 London Mayor Boris Johnson floated the idea of allowing citizens of the UK, Australia and New Zealand to live and work in each others'  countries without a visa. At the time Boris said, "We need to raise our eyes beyond Europe... and you could not do better than by starting with Australia". A recent report from Commonwealth Exchange has thrown its weight behind the idea, adding Canada to the list of proposed countries to be included. The report suggests modelling the idea on the existing TTTA between Australia and New Zealand, and goes on to state such an agreement "...wouldn't need any codified laws" and so could not be blocked by the EU.