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NIGERIA INTRODUCE BIOMETRICS
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 15:12
As of Thursday 14 September, the Nigeria Visa Application Centre is requiring all applicants to attend in person to give biometric information (ie. fingerprints). An online system is in place for booking appointments in one hour slots, at visa centres in Leicester and London. Any potential provision for agency booking remains, at this stage, unresolved. The system has been introduced at unusually short notice.
CAMEROON CHANGE PROCESSING TIMES
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 13:00
Cameroon have changed their regular service from Next Day to 72 hours, and introduced an express Same Day service for a slightly higher fee. The regular service fee remains the same, while the express fee costs a flat extra £35.00, irrespective of whether for a 3 month or 6 month visa.
NIGERIA FEE CHANGES
Thursday, May 11th, 2017 13:00
The Nigerian Embassy has dropped its own processing fee, while the OIS Visa Application Centre has increased its express fees. The best news is for applications on the regular service, for which the only change is that they are no longer charged the Embassy's own fee of either £23 (tourist/business) or £57 (TWP/STR). However, whilst applications processed on the express service also no longer pay this - which was either £79 or £113 respectively - the saving is to a large degree cancelled out by OIS's fees having risen by £70 inc VAT (tourist/business) or £100 inc VAT (TWP/STR). Nevertheless, even these express applications have seen a small overall reduction in price.
AZERBAIJAN FEES SIMPLIFIED
Monday, March 13th, 2017 11:36
Azerbaijan have simplified their consular fees considerably, and the Azerbaijan visa centre has also adjusted its processing fees. Whilst EU nationals apart from the UK now pay a flat £30.00 consular fee for both single and multi entry visas, the rest of the world pays just £18.00 for a single entry, but £290.00 for a multi entry. Processing fees range from £20.00 + VAT for the normal service on a single entry visa, up to £160.00 + VAT for the express service.
BELARUS VISA-FREE UP TO 5 DAYS FOR 80 NATIONALITIES
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 14:21
Visitors of 80 nationalities, including the UK and the rest of the EU, can now enter Belarus for up to 5 days without a visa - for any purpose whatsoever. This only applies, however, to entry through Minsk National Airport. Other nationalities to benefit from the new arrangement include the USA, China and Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.
RUSSIA VISA FEES RATIONALISED
Monday, February 06th, 2017 15:33
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 22:45
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 15:41
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 16:28
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 23:21
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.