UK PASSPORT IN TOP 4 FOR LEAST VISA RESTRICTIONS
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 09:13
A UK passport is one of four in the world with the least global visa restrictions, according to an annual global ranking of countries based on the freedom of travel enjoyed by their citizens.
International citizenship consultants Henley & Partners have analyzed the visa regulations of all the countries and territories in the world to create their Visa Restrictions Index, which ranks countries according to the visa-free access their citizens enjoy to other countries. The top four passports to hold for ease of travel worldwide are apparently the UK, Germany, Finland and Sweden - all tied on visa-free access to a massive 174 countries. Denmark and Canada were tied on 173, with Belgium and the Netherlands on 172. Travel was most restricted for citizens of Afghanistan (only 28 visa-free countries), Iraq (31), and Pakistan and Somalia (both 32).
CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
Friday, September 12th, 2014 07:48
Only one visa will be required to watch teams play at any World Cup venue, whether in Australia or New Zealand.
The ICC Cricket World Cup, which takes place from 14 February to 29 March 2015, features all 14 qualifying teams playing matches in both Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand has just announced that between 26 January and 5 April the country will grant a visa on arrival to visitors who already hold "almost any type of Australian visa". John Harnden, Chief Executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, commented that “this is a real coup for fans travelling to Australia and New Zealand to witness the world’s best players compete in the biggest sporting event of 2015.”
KAZAKHSTAN INTRODUCE VISA-FREE ENTRY
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 10:04
UK citizens will no longer need a visa for stays under 15 days.
This will apply after 15 July to all types of visa including business, tourist, private and transit. Nine other nationalities are also covered by the arrangement, including the USA, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. However, visits of over 15 days will still require a visa.
SIMPLIFIED WORLD CUP VISA
Wednesday, April 09th, 2014 07:58
Brazil has introduced a simplified application process for World Cup spectators.
For the many nationalities that do need a tourist visa for Brazil, an application can now be made with just the application form, a passport and those all important World Cup tickets. These applications will moreover be prioritised. Further information can be found in our Brazilian visa pages, as well as in the Brazilian government's online document, "2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL - Frequently Asked Questions".
DUBAI / UAE ADD 13 EU COUNTRIES TO VISA ON ARRIVAL
Friday, March 21st, 2014 10:36
The 13 EU countries not already included in Dubai's Visa on Arrival scheme are being added in, as of 22 March 2014.
Visas on Arrival are already available for 15 EU countries, including the UK. The remaining 13 EU countries to which this facility is now being extended are - Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania,Slovakia and Slovenia.
SMALL PRICE INCREASE IN RUSSIAN VISAS
Friday, January 10th, 2014 09:15
The Russian Visa Application Centre will be raising their service charge on Mon 20 January by £4.00 + VAT per visa.
This will be a flat rate increase applied to all types, and all service speeds. Our fees will be adjusted to include this on the afternoon of the 17th.
LIBYA RETURNS TO NORMAL
Monday, December 16th, 2013 09:44
Libya has now resolved its system failure.
Applications are running as normal once again.
INDIAN VISAS
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 04:38
India's Visa on Arrival system is being extended.
It will soon include nationals of the UK, USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland , the UAE and Saudi Arabia, according to statements from the Indian Government.
Ghana closed Tue 15 Oct!
Monday, October 14th, 2013 08:15
The Ghana High Commission has announced with almost no notice that they will be closed on Tuesday 15 October!
UGANDA PRICES RISE
Thursday, October 03rd, 2013 08:35
The Ugandan consulate raised their visa prices slightly in late September. Single entry visas have now risen to £35.00.
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