Visa World - Visa / Travel Update - OCTOBER 2021
Coronavirus Travel Restrictions
for visiting Visa World we are currently open by appointment only.
Although the last UK Government travel update changed the requirement for PCR
testing on your return journey to the UK, it is always advisable to check with
your airline before you travel and make sure you double check your outbound
requirements as some countries still require quarantine on arrival.
UK PASSPORT OFFICE
The Passport Office is currently running at less than 50% of its pre-pandemic
capacity. It is taking between 10-15 working days to secure an appointment to
submit a passport applications. Depending upon which appointments are available
and which processing centre has appointments we are still able to offer a fast
service. If you have an urgent passport application, in the first instance
please call our Passport Department.
You should always check your passport before travelling, one of the new
requirements are that your passport will need a full six month’s validity
remaining after you return from your travels and if you have any extra months
issued when your passport was renewed early, this will now not be valid.
As travel restrictions are being lifted most embassies are now issuing travel
visas – please give us a call for the latest information.
India Business Visa
India is currently processing business visas; the service is slow.
India Tourist Visa
India will be resuming international tourism flights from November allowing
travellers to enter India on tourist visas.
Saudi Arabia Business Visa
We are again processing business visas for Saudi Arabia.
Tourist and Business Visa for Ghana
The Ghana High Commission are now processing tourist & business visas
The Nigerian High Commission are now processing business visas.
Business Visa for China
Although there is still restrictions China are now processing business visas
Since the pandemic many countries have changed their entry requirements and
you may not be able to fly direct and may have to travel via another country. If you renewed your passport early last time and as a result had extended time
added to your passport it will no longer count when visiting Europe
Please check your passport’s official expiry date before booking any trips as
the rules relating to traveling in Europe have changed. Since the UK left the EU
any extra time added to your passport no longer counts as valid for travel or
visa purposes within the European union.
The government website is currently quoting 10 weeks for passport processing
(read the press this is sometimes taking much longer!!) and currently there are
no same day passport services available, so if you need to travel to the European union
sooner Visa World can still help get your passport application processed in a
fraction of that time.
Although the passport office are currently NOT offering same day or next day passport
services, Visa World can help with new passports or renewals, lost or stolen
passport, second and third passports, name change on marriage, child’s passports
We are starting to get
a higher volume of calls for passport renewals and travel advice.
If you are travelling please remember passport rules
and regulations will still apply. You need to check if you have enough time left on your passport as required by the country you are visiting and can comply with the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Please remember countries on the amber list may be added to the red list based
on the Covid 19 risk. Please check your destination as many countries on the
amber list have restrictions or special requirements for travellers arriving
from the UK e.g. Italy require 5 days isolation for UK citizens. Details
available from the UK Homer Office website
Contact us so we can get that urgent Passport renewal processed.
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