Consular Closures UK 2018

Below is a list of UK-based embassies and their closing times.

Afghanistan
20th – 28th August
Algeria
Every Monday
Angola
Every Wednesday
Azerbaijan
Every Monday
Bangladesh
21st – 22nd August
Belarus
Every Wednesday
Benin
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Burundi
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Cameroon
Every Friday
Croatia
Every Thursday
Cuba
Every Friday
Georgia
Every Wednesday
India
15th, 22nd August & 3rd September
Kazakhstan
Every Wednesday
North Korea
Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Liberia
Every Friday
Lithuania
Every Monday & Friday
Mauritania
Every Friday
Mongolia
Every Wednesday & Friday
Morocco
Every Friday
Namibia
Every Friday
Norway
Every Wednesday
Romania
Every Friday
Saudi Arabia
17th – 27th August
Sierra Leone
Every Friday
South Sudan
Every Thursday & Friday
Sweden
Every Wednesday
Thailand
13th & 27th August
Tunisia
Every Friday
Turkmenistan
Every Wednesday
Uzbekistan
Every Tuesday & Thursday

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Russia: Useful travel info

Transport

Metro

The underground (Metro) is available in six host cities of the championship: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, and Ekaterinburg. In Volgograd there’s the metrotram, a high-speed tram.

Busses
You can usually find the timetables and route listings for buses, trolleybuses and trams at the bus stop. The overground tram lines usually arrive and depart in intervals of 5 to 30 minutes. You may be able to find a Minibus from as early as 5-7 a.m. They continue services until about 8 p.m. and sometimes 1 a.m.

Trains
Trains cover the cities and local suburbs (around 100 to 150 km from the city centre). Similar to the UK, the ticket price depends on the distance of your journey. Tickets have to be bought beforehand from the ticket booth. One-way tickets have to be used the same day they are purchased and are only valid for that specific destination; round-trip tickets can be used within 24 hours of their purchase.

Taxi
All Russian World Cup host cities have legal taxi companies. They have their own fleets of cars which are regularly go through technical maintenance and are licensed to transport passengers and baggage. All licensed cabs have to have a yellow or orange lamp on the roof, as well as checkered body.

For more transport information, please visit http://bit.ly/2iE0L1C.

Currency

The Russian currency is the rouble. One Russian rouble roughly equals 0.013 British Pounds at the time of posting this blog. In Russia, currency can be exchanged in banks or specialised exchange points.

Credit card payments are widely available in Russia, especially in large cities. Any product can be purchased with a credit card. The bank will automatically convert the payment into roubles and deduct the sum from the card.

Emergency Services

  • 112, 101 – telephone numbers of all emergency services
  • 101 – Firefighters
  • 102 – Police
  • 103 – Emergency medical care
  • 100 – Exact time

Useful Information

The Russian police has a right to stop pedestrians to check their documents, so carry your passport or its copy with a visa and registration stamp with you at all times.

The best way to get a taxi is to use an online service or a mobile app. There are almost no private cab drivers left in Russia.

There are pickpockets, especially in popular tourist spots. To avoid them, use the same rules as everywhere


Visa-free

You can find a list of countries whose citizens are able to travel to Russia visa-free here

Tourist Visa

British Citizen Passport Holders travelling to Russia can obtain a Russian Tourist Visa. The validity of this visa is specified by the entry and exit dates specified on the Russian Tourist Visa application. This visa allows for a single stay of up to 30 days in Russia.

To find out more about what is required to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa or to apply, please visit our website here.

The Russian Visa Process

All applicants who wish to apply for a Russian visa must do so in person at the Russian Visa Application Centres in London or Edinburgh. The Russian Embassy now requires fingerprint (bio metric) information from all travellers. In light of the new requirements, The Travel Visa Company Ltd are providing the following services:

    1. We will complete the Russian visa application form online from the draft copy enclosed
    2. We will quality check the complete application and supporting documents, to minimise the risk of refusal at the application centre.
    3. We will arrange a personal ‘meet and greet’ in London with our Russian speaking specialist at the Visa Application Centre, at a convenient date and time (within the opening times of the application centre) for the client to sign the application form and assist with the fingerprinting process.
    4. We will make payment for the application to the Visa Application Centre on behalf of the client
    5. We will collect the approved visa and passport from the Application Centre and return them, secured delivery, back to the client.

To begin the application for a Russian Tourist Visa with us, simply visit our website and download an application pack.

When to apply

Our processing time for a Russian tourist visa is 15 working days for processing (excluding postal days). When you are applying with us, you must apply for your visa no later than 15 working days before travel.

We recommend applying for your visa as soon as possible.

Chinese Visa Information

Visa Information

Which type of visa are you looking for?

Tourist / Business / Work / Journalist / Study / Other

Tourist Visa

This visa allows you to visit China as a tourist. You can only apply for this visa prior to travel.

Required Travel Documents

  • An eligible, undamaged, passport
    • Valid for six months beyond entry date
    • Has at least two blank visa pages

Length of stay

  • Up to 90 days at a time

Validity

  • 2 years

Number of entries

  • Multiple

Business Visa

This visa allows you to visit China for business purposes such as attending meetings or investigations.

Required Travel Documents

  • An eligible, undamaged, passport
    • Valid for six months beyond entry date
    • Has at least two blank visa pages
  • Letter of invitation issued from the company in China

Length of stay

  • Up to 90 days at a time

Validity

  • 2 years

Number of entries

  • Multiple

Work Visa

To work in China, you will need to apply for the Chinese work visa. When applying for this visa, you will also need to obtain a Chinese Employment Permit. Once the Z visa has been obtained, the holder should enter China within 90 days and register at local public security bureau within 30 days of arrival, where the China Residence Permit will be issued to replace Z visa.

Please note: this visa required the applicant to appear in person at the application centre to submit bio metric data (fingerprints).

Required Travel Documents

  • An eligible, undamaged, passport
    • Valid for six months beyond entry date
    • Has at least two blank visa pages
  • A copy of the approved work permit

Length of stay

  • To be determined
    • Because the Z visa is used to obtain a residence visa on entry, the Z visa does not have a specific length of stay.

Validity

  • 90 days
    • You are recommended to enter China within 90 days of obtaining the Z visa

Number of entries

  • Single

Journalism Visa

The Journalist J-2 visa is available for those travelling to China for short-term news coverage as a foreign reporter or related personnel.

Required Travel Documents

  • An eligible, undamaged, passport
    • Valid for six months beyond entry date
    • Has at least two blank visa pages
  • A signed and stamped invitation letter from your Chinese
    inviting partner or organisation on company letter headed paper, stating your passport information, the dates of travel and the reason for your travel. If the invitation letter is issued by an individual in China they must also provide a photocopy of there Chinese ID card.
  • A signed official authorisation letter issued by the media organisation for which the journalist works. This letter should on company letter headed paper, stating your passport information, the dates of travel and the reason for your travel.
  • You will need to be on the approved journalist list prior to visa submission. This should be arranged through your Chinese contact.

Length of stay

  • Duration of stay on the visa is decided by consular officers in the light of actual need

Validity

  • Duration of stay on the visa is decided by consular officers in the light of actual need

Number of entries

  • Duration of stay on the visa is decided by consular officers in the light of actual need

Study visa

This visa allows you to visit China to study such as participating in university courses.

Required Travel Documents

  • An eligible, undamaged, passport
    • Valid for six months beyond entry date
    • Has at least two blank visa pages
  • Admission Notice from the University (original and copy).

Length of stay

  • To be determined
    • Because the X visa is used to obtain a residence permit on entry, the X visa does not have a specific length of stay.
    • The period of validity of the residence permit is its holder’s duration of stay in China.

Validity

  • 3 months

Number of entries

  • Single

Please note: this visa required the applicant to appear in person at the application centre to submit bio metric data (fingerprints).


Other Visa Types Visa

Purpose of Visit Visa Category Link
Tourism L Enquire now
Exchange,visits,study tours or other relevant activities F Enquire now
Commercial trade activities M Enquire now
Family member or relative of Chinese citizen(s) or foreigner(s) with permanent residence status in China Q1 Enquire now
Family member or relative of Chinese citizen(s) or foreigner(s) with permanent residence status in China Q2 Enquire now
Family member of foreigner(s) staying or residence in China or person who needs to come to China for personal matters S1 Enquire now
Family member of foreigner(s) staying or residence in China or person who needs to come to China for personal matters S2 Enquire now
Work Z Enquire now
Study X1 Enquire now
Study X2 Enquire now
Journalist J1 Enquire now
Journalist J2 Enquire now
Crew member C Enquire now
Transit G Enquire now
Permanent residence D Enquire now
Foreigner of high talent or specialist R Enquire now

Australia Visa Information

Visa information

What type of Australian visa are you looking for?

Holiday or Vacation


The ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation)

This visa allows you to visit Australia as a tourist. It is electronically applied to your passport. There is also no stamp or label placed in your passport.

If you have a criminal record, you will be ineligible for an ETA. You can instead apply for a Subclass 600 Visitor Visa.

For those travelling to Australia for longer than 3 months, you may also consider applying for a Subclass 600 Visitor Visa.

Eligibility

  • Hold an eligible passport
  • Be outside Australia

Length of stay

  • Visa is valid for up to 12 months
  • 3 months stay after each entry

Number of entries

  • Multiple entry

What you can do

  • Visit as a tourist
  • Visit your family and friends
  • Study for up to three months

Apply here.

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

This visa lets you visit Australia to visit for up to three, six or 12 months.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

  • As a visitor
  • To visit family
  • Are planning to stay between 3 and 12 months

Length of stay

  • Up to three, six or 12 months

What you can do

  • Have a holiday
  • Visit family and friends
  • Study for up to three months

Apply here.

Business Activities


The ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation)

As well as being able to travel to Australia for tourism purposes, the ETA also allows the traveller to carry out business visitor activities such as making general business or employment enquiries, negotiations or participating in a conference.

Eligibility

  • Hold an eligible passport
  • Be outside Australia

Length of stay

  • Visa is valid for up to 12 months
  • 3 months stay after each entry

Number of entries

  • Multiple entry

What you can do

  • Undertake business visitor activities

Apply here.

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

This visa also lets you visit Australia for business visitor purposes as well as tourism visiting.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

  • For business visitor activities

Length of stay

  • Up to three, six or 12 months

What you can do

  • Undertake business visitor activities

Apply here.

Business Innovation and Investment Visa

Allows business people to establish a new, or develop an existing, business in Australia, or to invest in Australia.

Eligibility

  • Be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade
  • Be invited to apply for the visa
  • Have experience in owning and operating a business (Business Innovation stream) or…
  • Have at least AUD 1.5 million to invest (Investor stream) or…
  • Have at least AUD 5 million to invest (Significant Investor stream) or…
  • Have at least AUD 15 million to invest (Premium Investor stream)
  • Meet additional requirements of the relevant stream.

Length of stay

  • Four years and three months

What you can do

  • You can apply for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) (if eligible).

Apply here.

Study


Student Visa

Allows a student to study in a registered, full-time course.

Eligibility

  • Be at least six years of age
  • Have been accepted to study at an educational institution in Australia
  • Have health insurance.

Length of stay

  • Up to 5 years

What you can do

  • Study in your course
  • Work part-time.

Apply here.

Student Guardian Visa

This visa permits you to provide care and support for a student visa holder who is under 18.

Eligibility

  • Be the student’s parent, legal guardian or relative
  • Have enough money to support yourself and the student during your stay
  • Be able to provide accommodation and other support
  • Be at least 21 years of age.

Length of stay

  • Up to 5 years

What you can do

  • Stay in Australia with the student until they turn 18
  • Study (usually for up to 3 months).

Apply here.

Work


Working Holiday Visa

Allows young people to have a holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. Applicants who complete 3 months specified work in regional Australia might be eligible to apply for a second year.

Eligibility

  • Hold an eligible passport
  • Be 18 to 30 years of age
  • Not have come to Australia previously on a Work and Holiday visa (462).

Length of stay

  • Up to 12 months

Number of entries

  • Multiple entry

What you can do

  • Work for the duration of your visa but only up to 6 months with each employer
  • Visit as a tourist
  • Visit family and friends
  • Study for up to four months.

Apply here.

Temporary Work Visa

The Temporary Work Visa permits travellers to do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work. In limited circumstances, some travellers will be permitted to participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests such as assisting in a natural disaster.

Eligibility

  • Be invited, or supported, by the organisation you will be working for
  • have specialist skills, knowledge or experience that is needed but cannot be found in Australia

Length of stay

  • Up to 3 months (6 months in limited circumstances)

What you can do

  • You can work or participate in the activities for which you were granted the visa

Apply here.

Temporary Graduate Visa

This visa is for international students who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution. It lets you live,study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.

Eligibility

  • Be under 50 years of age
  • Hold an eligible visa
  • Have a recent qualification in a CRICOS-registered course
  • Meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

The qualification must either:

  • Relate to an occupation on the skilled occupation list (Graduate Work stream)
  • Be a higher education degree (Post-Study Work stream)

Length of stay

  • Graduate Work stream – 18 months
  • Post-Study Work stream – two to four years

What you can do

This visa allows you and your family to stay in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. While in Australia, you can:

  • Travel
  • Work
  • Study

Apply here.

Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa

Allows engineering graduates to gain work experience in Australia.

Eligibility

  • Be under 31 years of age
  • Have completed an engineering degree at a recognised institution in the past two years
  • Not have been the primary visa holder of a subclass 476 or 485 visa.

Length of stay

  • 18 Months

What you can do

This visa allows you and your family stay in Australia for up to 18 months. While in Australia, you can:

  • Travel
  • Work
  • Study

Apply here.

Temporary Activity Visa

Allows a person to work in the entertainment industry, as a full-time religious worker, as a domestic worker for certain executives or as a superyacht crew member OR participate in cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation, high-level sports competition, a research project, a reciprocal staff exchange for a skilled position, an Australian government endorsed event or other specific event or a special program approved by the Department.

Eligibility

  • Have the skills to undertake the activity to be carried out in Australia
  • Be supported or sponsored
  • Meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

Length of stay

  • If invited by an organisation to participate in a specific event – 3 months
  • If participating in Australian government activities – 4 years
  • All other activities – 2 years

What you can do

  • Stay in Australia for the period that aligns with the activities that you have been approved to undertake on this visa.
  • Do the work or activity specified in your application
  • Bring eligible family members with you to Australia
  • Enter and leave Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid.

Apply here.

8 Best Travel Apps for 2017

Though many of us enjoy a break from our digital lives when holidaying or travelling, there are a whole host of apps that have been designed to enhance our experience – from the planning stages through to booking your flights, hotel and finding your way around. We have compiled a list of 8 of our favourites for any traveller: 

 

 

Citymapper – City Breaks / Directions

 

Though this app started out as a way to find your way around London, it has since expanded to include information for over 37+ other cities across the globe. It is the ideal app for any city break with detailed maps and directions for all modes of transport (taxi/car, bus, tram, rail, cycling, walking, etc). Search for points of interest, get instant ETAs based on current traffic, see your friends arrive in real-time and save journeys for offline viewing. One of its newest features displays how many calories burned, trees saved and money saved by using public transport! For a list of cities or to vote for the next one to be added, visit https://citymapper.com/cities

> Available for iPhone and Android

 


 

Skiplagged – Flights

Want to save on flight tickets? Skiplagged details the price history of specific routes to let you know the best times to book and find “hidden-city” one-way ticket deals where you can get cheaper flights by stopping over – a great excuse to explore another city. If you’ve never travelled like this before, you should read thier hidden-city FAQ at http://skiplagged.com/faq. The app also details hotel discounts with special in-app rates and lists a number of travel deals, allowing you to receive notifications when prices drop and save up to 80%!

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


 

Tripit – Travel Itinerary

This app is a super handy piece of kit that will auto scan your emails to compile all your travel plans into one place. Alternatively, you can manually send confirmation emails for it to instantly create an itinerary. It can sync with your calendar and send notifications to remind you about events plus you can easily share specific plans, or your entire itinerary, with anyone else. Subscribing to Tripit Pro (£38.99 annual membership) gives you all this power plus real-time flight alerts, seat tracking, alternative flight finder, fare refund notifications, point tracking and more…

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


 

GeoSure – Health & Security

GeoSure is an invaluable app for travellers with state-of-the-art statistical analysis of health and security concerns for destinations worldwide. As well as pulling data from hundreds of renowned and trusted sources and local authorities, it includes crowd-sourced information from the global community of users who share personal accounts from wherever they are. Areas are given a safety score reflecting health risks, environmental threats, political uprisings and details of any thefts and assaults that may have occurred in the area. Experience the joy of discovering new places while maximising your safety.

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


 

MAPS.ME – Offline Maps

If you are looking for a map for your travels this app is the right choice. With over 40 million+ users and available for all popular devices, maps are well detailed and regularly updated. The best part? You don’t need to worry about internet connection or roaming charges as all maps are available offline – just make sure you search for the area you are visiting and download that area prior to travelling. With GPS navigation it provides driving, walking and cycle information for anywhere in the world, allowing you to bookmark all the places you are planning to visit for quick access and showing nearby points of interest, ATMs, public transport, attractions and restaurants.

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


 

Travello – Social Networking

This awesome app provides a new way of connecting with other travellers with similar interests. There is a noticeboard to search for upcoming plans, WiFi finder, chat facility for the new friends you add and ways to arrange meetups, find local deals and match travel plans. If you are thinking about getting recommendations or looking to meet like-minded people whilst travelling, Travello comes equipped with the tools to make it easy, fun and engaging. Their latest update adds video support so you can now share your experiences with people in over 180 countries!

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


 

WeatherBug – Weather

Though most devices have a stock weather app, WeatherBug is a cross-platform app that is powered by the largest professional weather network in the world. With real-time forecasts (current, hourly and 10-day), lightning detector, weather alerts and 18 maps to visualise your weather, this app gives you much more detailed information. Our favourite feature is the lifestyle forecasts which let you know how weather will impact your allergies, sporting events, workouts and more – quickly access pollen count, wind speed/direction, pressure, humidity and stay informed of hurricane forecasts and changing conditions. For all things weather in over 2.6 million+ locations, this is our go-to app.

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


 

Google Earth – Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is increasingly becoming more popular and what better use than exploring the planet without having to set foot outside? Google Earth has come a long way since it was first launched in 2005 and maps Earth using satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information system to generate a 3D globe. Features now include “tour guides” with step-by-step interactive adventures for discover exciting new places and curated content from the likes of the BBC and National Geographic. Whether you want to uncover the awe-inspiring architecture of the Taj Mahal or plunge into the depths of the Grand Canyon’s geological layers, this app provides you with the world in the palm of your hands.

> Available for iPhone and Android

  


Are there any other apps you think should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments or via our social media channels:

 

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Social Media & Marketing Apprentice

National Apprenticeship Awards

I have developed and discovered a variety of different skills and seen many personal benefits. From my graphic design work and charity fundraising to the email marketing campaigns and social media optimisation I have carried out.

Since I have been a Social Media and Marketing Apprentice with The Travel Visa Company, I have seen my knowledge increase massively, gaining an in-depth knowledge about:

  • Social Media Campaigning
  • HTML / CSS
  • SEO & SEM
  • Collaborative Software
  • Email Marketing
  • Keyword Optimisation
  • Location Aware Content
  • Web and Social Media Analytics
  • Google Adwords
  • Blogging
  • Digital Legislation
  • CRM Systems
  • Graphic and Web Design
  • Stock Control
  • Mobile Optimisation
  • Data Analysis

However, my learning didn’t just come from studying for my level 3 diploma. Working as part of a busy team has allowed me to grow and develop many skills. Being part of weekly meetings within the organisation, as well as arranging and attending meetings with clients and dealing with customers, has boosted my confidence. This has given me the ability to act and conduct myself in a professional manner.

One of my biggest achievements has been designing and creating my first website: ‘coverworks.com’. Seeing the results of my work and learning coming together into one project is an incredibly rewarding feeling especially as prior to my apprenticeship, I had no knowledge about how websites work. I believe that this shows the opportunities that being part of an apprenticeship scheme in a growing business can bring.

You don’t just learn from reading text books and sitting exams, practical experience brings with it new ways to gain knowledge.

While working for The Travel Visa Company I took part in my first ever organised run – The Great Manchester Run. With the support of my friends, family and colleagues, I was able to raise £360.00 and complete the run with a time of 01:00:17.


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Going Global 2017

We’re Exhibiting

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Going Global is Europe’s leading exhibition tailored to providing businesses with absolutely everything they need to know about international expansion and trading overseas in this dramatically changing economic climate. Tickets to this acclaimed exhibition which takes place at ExCel London on the 17th & 18th May are absolutely free, you can register here.

Packed with leading experts, educationally-rich seminars, interactive masterclasses, a line-up of the most innovative exhibitors, and unparalleled networking opportunities, this is THE show to help your business trade in the world’s most lucrative cities, countries, and regions.

The two day event will deliver pivotal advice and cutting edge information on the biggest opportunities in emerging economies, and the chance to learn from the most experienced business experts who will help you take your business to the next level, wherever in the world that might be.


The Travel Visa Company will be exhibiting as part of the Hub Africa stand.

Visit us at stand 1230 for information about our services including:

Business Visas   •   Media Visas   •   Temporary Work Permits

Crew Visas   •   Offshore Visas   •   Electronic Visas   •   Passport Renewal

 

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The 2017 Formula 1

Australia

The Australian stretch of the Formula 1 races will be taking place between the 24th and 26th of March. British Citizen Passport Holders travelling to Australia will be eligible for the ETA short stay visa. The ETA is valid for 1 year and allows multiple entries of up to 3 months at a time into Australia.

If you are over the age of 75 please contact one of our travel visa specialists on 01270 250 590.

China

The Chinese Grand Prix will be taking place on the 7th and 9th of April. If you are looking to travel to China to enjoy the race, British Citizen Passpoer Holders will require a visa for travel. We will be able to assist you in obtaining a visa. This visa is valid for 2 years and allows multiple stays of up to 90 days at a time into China. For further information, visit our website or alternatively call us on 01270 250 590.

Bahrain

The Bahrain F1 will be held between the 14th and the 16th of April.  Those who wish to travel to Bahrain may be eligible for an eVisa. Contact our team on 01270 250 590 to find out more.

Russia

The Russian GP will be taking place between the 28th and 30th of April.  British Citizen Passport Holders will require a visa to travel to Russia.

The Russian Embassy requires fingerprint (biometric) information from all travellers. All applicants who wish to apply for a Russian visa must attend an appointment at the Russian Visa Application Centres in London or Edinburgh. If you are under the age of 12, or are applying for a diplomatic or official visa, you will not need to give biometric information to the Russian Application Centre.

The Russian Visa is issued according to the dates specified on your application. It allows for stays of up to 30 days depending on the type of visa you require.

To begin your application, or for more information, visit our website.

Spain

12th – 14th of May. Visas are only required for people who do not have a British passport. Contact our team for further information.

Monaco

25th – 28th of May. Currently to visit Monaco as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Canada

This years Canadian Formula 1 GP races will be taking place between the 9th and the 11th of June. British Citizen Passport Holders will need a visa to travel to Canada. This will come in the form of an ETA. This is an electronic travel authorisation. This form of visa allows you to visit the country for up to 90 days at a time over a period of 5 years.

Visit our website to apply.

Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijan stretch of the Formula 1 races will take place between the 23rd and the 25th June. British Citizen Passport Holders will need a visa to visit Azerbaijan. To visit this country for tourist purposes a visa will be required. Contact our award-winning team for more information.

Austria

Fri 07 Jul – Sun 09 Jul 2017. Currently to visit Austria as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Hungary

Fri 28 Jul – Sun 30 Jul 2017. Currently to visit Hungary as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Belgium

Fri 25 Aug – Sun 27 Aug 2017. Currently to visit Hungary as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Italy

Fri 01 Sep – Sun 03 Sep 2017. Currently to visit Italy as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Singapore

Fri 15 Sep – Sun 17 Sep 2017. Currently to visit Singapore as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen or are staying in Singapore for more 30 days. Contact our team for further information.

Malaysia

Fri 29 Sep – Sun 01 Oct 2017. Currently to visit Malaysia as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Japan

Fri 06 Oct – Sun 08 Oct 2017. Currently to visit Japan as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Unites States of America

The USA Formula 1 GP will be held between Fri 20 Oct – Sun 22 Oct 2017. British Citizen Passport Holders Travelling to America (U.S.A.) will need a visa to travel. The Travel Visa Company are able to assist with all visas to America (U.S.A.) including media visas (I), tourist & visit visas(B-2), study & exchange visas (J-1), business (B-1), employment visas (H2-B), the ESTA and more.

The ESTA

The ESTA is valid for 2 years allowing stays of up to 90 days at a time into America (U.S.). All passengers travelling to America (U.S.) MUST hold a passport with an integrated chip. Anyone who has travelled to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since 1 March 2011 or who are dual nationals of these states, can no longer travel to America (U.S.) under the visa waiver program. If you are ineligible for an ESTA, you must apply for an America (U.S.) B-2 Tourist Visa.

Apply for the America (U.S.) ESTA

To apply a different visa to America (U.S.) please call us on 01270 250 590.

Mexico

Fri 27 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 2017. Currently to visit Mexico as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Brazil

Fri 10 Nov – Sun 12 Nov 2017. Currently to visit Brazil as a tourist, a visa will not be needed unless you are not a British citizen. Contact our team for further information.

Abu Dhabi

Fri 24 Nov – Sun 26 Nov 2017. If you hold a British Citizen Passport* and are travelling to the United Arab Emirates for tourist purposes, you will not need a Visa prior to travel. A 30-Day Visa must be obtained on arrival. Contact our team for further information.

 

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5 of the greatest countries to celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras: the colourful winter carnival celebrated in cities all across the world. Bringing in huge crowds, delicious feasts, parades, parties and more. Here are the 5 of the greatest countries to celebrate Mardi Gras:

Goa, India

The Goa Carnival showcases the free, harmonious spirit that makes this Portuguese carnival so legendary. Beautiful floats covered in flowers and graceful dancers manoeuvre their way through the streets of Panjim to traditional the folk songs and strumming of guitars.

Mindelo, Cape Verde

Just off the coast of Senegal, the lush Cape Verde islands host a curious mix of Carnival traditions in the run-up to the fast. In the handsome town of Mindelo, jerry-built floats and curvy dancers sway to Creole coladeira punctuated by ululating African shrieks.

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras by the pristine, exotic beaches of the Caribbean then Trinidad & Tobago is for you. Follow the sounds of the steel pan band as they lead the newly crowned Carnival King and Queen, dressed in dramatic, embellished costumes. The crowds that follow these parades are notoriously passionate, so much so that it can be hard to see where the performers stop and the crowd begin; so dress up, dance and join the party. Brace yourself for all-night parties and raucous steel-pan music. Two days before Ash Wednesday, paint, oil, and melted chocolate fly during the mas (masquerade) parades.

Rio de Janeiro

Arguably one of the most famous pre-Lent celebrations, the Rio Carnival draws millions of people to the city for one big samba party. Thousands of performers dance on decorated floats and compete in one of seven divisions for their choice of music, costume and themes. With dancers training all year for the festivities, you know they mean business and that it’ll be the show of a lifetime.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Beginning with a masked ball on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, celebrations build to fever pitch during five days of pre-Lenten parties.

Embrace the chaos and be seduced by the spirit of Carnival. Enjoy lavish parades, masquerade balls and the unforgettable atmosphere of Mardi Gras. It’s said that the first parade float was created by a society of wealthy men called the Mistick Krewe of Comus. From this day, different secret societies, or ‘Krewes’, join the party with their own floats, colours and costumes. One to look out for is the Krewe of Rex, who wear traditional gold, purple and green colours. Newer Krewes like Bacchus, Endymion and Zulu opt for glitz with celebrity appearances, marching bands and more than 1,000 riders.

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6 Romantic Destinations to take your loved one this Valentines

For that someone special

Maybe you are the type of person who likes to spoil their their significant other? Maybe your looking for an excuse to take your loved one on the holiday of their dreams? Or maybe, as a nice gesture, you just want to be able to spend some time with the person you love. If so, why not treat your other half to a trip out to one of these 6 romantic destinations to this Valentines Day.


6. Sānyà, China

Diverse in it’s culture, ethics, religion, architecture and cuisine, China offers some of the most amazing and romantic scenery in the world.

Sānyà offers 40 kilometres of pristine coastline partnered with a bustling city centre next to a long stretch of beaches and hotels. Being situated in the Hainan Province gives Sānyà the tropical monsoon climate it’s known for. Sanya is a noted tourist resort with incredible scenery. Mountains, rivers, beaches and the best seaview in the country, this is a place to spoil your loved one.

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5. Hawaii

If you are a couple that like exploring somewhere new together, Hawaii may be the place for you! Described as a ‘place like no other on earth’, the white sandy beaches, colossal mountain ranges and beautiful nature reserves make Hawaii the incredible place that it is.

There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island each with its own distinct personality.

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4. India

India may not be the first place you think of when it comes to romance, but India is a place deep with culture and heritage that is guaranteed to move you and your partner.

Goa, Andaman, Agra are all destinations (amongst others) that are great to visit for celebrations! Find a somewhere to join the party or spend quiet romantic time with your lover, this place will cater to all your needs.

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3. New York City

Share a kiss at the top of the Empire State Building. The breathtaking views over the city that never sleeps makes this spot for ideal for a romantic date. But if you’re looking to take it one step further, splash out and spoil your significant other by taking them on a helicopter tour of the city!

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If you both prefer a more relaxed approach to spending Valentines Day, you should look into exploring the many art museums and galleries dotted around NYC.

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A valentines trip to New York City would not be complete without a lazy walk around Central Park – But don’t forget to wrap up warm as you may only experience highs of 4°C. So, if the being out in the cold isn’t your thing, you can check out some of the botanical gardens that New York has to offer.

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If you’re ready to brave the outdoors, then why not try out one of the most romantic wintertime traditions in the city – ice skating! Watch the ice-skaters at the Rockefeller Center rink, or tie on a pair of skates yourself.

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2. Venice

A romantic trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a Gondola ride through the city. This is a great way to get around and to take in the landscape.

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Enjoy the ballet or opera the Theatre La Fenice one of “the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre”.

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If you happen to find yourself in St Mark’s Square, head over to the Campanile bell tower which is perhaps one of the most instantly recognisable symbols of Venice. At the top, you can enjoy spectacular views across the canals and roofs of the city. It’s open until the sunsets throughout the year, making for a very romantic evening with your significant other.

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1. Paris

Commonly known as the city of love. Paris has to be one the most romantic cities in the world. The world famous love lock bridge can be found in Paris, close to the Notre-Dame. Here, lovers from all over the world attached a lock engraved with a special message to the bridge.

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On an island in the middle of a lake in the Bois de Vincennes, the largest public park in the city, you can find the “Temple of Love”. A less well-known landmark in Paris, visiting the Temple of Love (also known as the Temple Romantique) means you won’t be sharing your romantic moment with dozens of other couples trying to do the same.

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Take a stroll down the River Siene admiring the boutique houseboats as you go. Below street level of the Quai des Tuileries, you will be able to find peace and comfort away from the crowds of people.

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Take in the view of the Eiffel Tower. A popular place for marriage proposals, the sweeping panoramic views of the city make it so perfectly romantic. But if you really want to go all out, make sure you take your loved one to view the Eiffel Tower at night. The 324m Parisian icon lights up the nights sky with a sparkly light show that will leave you lost for words.

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