August Bank Holiday Opening Times

Due to the up coming Bank Holiday weekend, We will be closed on Monday 26th August. But not to worry… We will be open as normal from Tuesday 27th August at 9 am.

Our opening times are as follows:

Friday 23 August09:00 – 17:30
Saturday 24 AugustCLOSED
Sunday 25 AugustCLOSED
Monday 26 AugustCLOSED
Tuesday 27 August09:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 28 August09:00 – 17:30
Thursday 29 August09:00 – 17:30
Friday 30 August09:00 – 17:30

Out For Lunch

From 12th August, We’re implementing a ‘Lunch break‘ across the The Travel Visa Company. This is a 1 hour break, starting 12:30 pm and ending 1:30 pm, every day.

Do not worry though! We are still open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am until 5:30 pm outside of the lunch break.

Any Questions? Feel free to contact us at:

Office Address
The Travel Visa Company Ltd
The Quadrangle, Crewe Hall
Weston Road, Crewe
Cheshire, CW1 6UY

Our offices are located at Crewe Hall in Cheshire, 5 minutes away from Crewe train station and 10 minutes from J16 of the M6.

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2019

Our offices will be closed for May bank holiday. Normal opening hours resume from Tuesday 28th May.

Our opening times are as follows:

Friday 24 May 09:00 – 17:30
Saturday 25 May CLOSED
Sunday 26 May CLOSED
Monday 27 May CLOSED
Tuesday 28 May 09:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 29 May 09:00 – 17:30
Thursday 30 May 09:00 – 17:30
Friday 31 May 09:00 – 17:30

New Zealand ETA (NZeTA)

From 1 October 2019, travellers must have an ETA (NZeTA) to travel to New Zealand.

The NZeTA is now available. Download an application pack

New Zealand have announced plans to introduce an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) for travellers wishing to enter the country.

“The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) will improve the way travellers are assessed before they arrive in New Zealand. It will also help reduce the time needed for border clearance and strengthen border security.”

New Zealand Immigration

British Citizen passport holders, cruising or flying into New Zealand on or after the 1st October 2019, will need to obtain an NZeTA. This is an Electronic Travel Authority which will be valid for two years and allow multiple entries into New Zealand.

The NZeTA will bring a number of benefits to travellers, carriers and New Zealand’s borders, by ensuring faster and better facilitation for an increasing number of visitors. These benefits include:

  • Providing assurance about the purposes and characteristics of foreign travellers who plan to visit New Zealand.
  • Lowering New Zealand’s security exposure, and closing existing gaps in the border relating to the marine (cruise) pathway.
  • Bringing New Zealand’s border controls into line with international best practices.
  • Help New Zealand manage the increasing numbers of travellers forecast to come to our country in the future.
  • Meeting travellers’ and carriers’ expectations of being able to interact with authorities digitally to receive personalised and relevant services.

Easter Opening Hours 2019

Our offices will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday. Normal opening hours resume from Tuesday 23rd April.

Our opening times are as follows:

Friday 19th April CLOSED
Saturday 20th April CLOSED
Sunday 21st April CLOSED
Monday 22nd April CLOSED
Tuesday 23rd April 09:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 24th April 09:00 – 17:30
Thursday 25th April 09:00 – 17:30
Friday 26th April 09:00 – 17:30

Consular Closures UK 2018

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

20th – 28th August
Every Monday
Every Wednesday
Every Monday
21st – 22nd August
Every Wednesday
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Every Friday
Every Thursday
Every Friday
Every Wednesday
15th, 22nd August & 3rd September
Every Wednesday
North Korea
Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Every Friday
Every Monday & Friday
Every Friday
Every Wednesday & Friday
Every Friday
Every Friday
Every Wednesday
Every Friday
Saudi Arabia
17th – 27th August
Sierra Leone
Every Friday
South Sudan
Every Thursday & Friday
Every Wednesday
13th & 27th August
Every Friday
Every Wednesday
Every Tuesday & Thursday

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Russia: Useful travel info



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.

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 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.

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


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


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.

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

> 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 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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Around The World In 24 Hours

This year we have chosen to support The Family Holiday Association.

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

To celebrate our new relationship with FHA, we have pledged to raise £500 which will be raised through our latest (and greatest) charity event:

Around the world in 24 hours!


On the 20th of July, Team Travel Visa will be carrying out a 24 hour non-stop cycle around the world! We have arranged for an Exercise bike to be set-up in the office, which has been kindly donated by the very generous people at STUDIO 4ORCE Personal Training, and we will be cycling the equivalent of 250 Miles / 400 Kilometres.

Visit our JustGiving Page to donate >

Now, obviously, to cycle around the world is a mammoth job! Especially in under 24 hours. Fortunately for us, our crack team of mathematicians have calculated a formula that will help us to achieve this goal!

So for each mile we clock on an exercise bike it will be 100 miles on the map. The circumference of the Earth is almost 25,000 miles (meaning we will need to cycle 250 miles).

We have given ourselves 24 hours to cycle around the world, but we hope to finish the cycle in 22 hours (if all goes to plan). The event will take place from 3pm on Wednesday the 20th and will continue into the night and through to the morning, with an estimated completion time of 1pm.

The Family Holiday Association is a charity that we, as a business, are passionate about and we are very excited to be able to raise money for a cause that we care so much about.

To donate to this chairty which really is close to our hearts, simply go to our JustGiving page.

Throughout the cycle we will be constantly updating our social media accounts so keep an eye out!

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SPONSOR – Studio 4orce


All personal training sessions are conducted by John Howell, a fully qualified PT Instructor. John’s qualifications were gained though a leading UK Training Provider.

Rio 2016 Travel Requirements

British Citizen Passport Holders

For British Nationals, travel to Brazil does not require a visa. However:

  • You will need to comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country.
  • You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit.
  • You will need to show that you have enough money for the duration of your stay.
  • Provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or further onward travel.
  • Your passport should be stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You will need it when you leave. If you lose it you may also be fined.
  • Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.

Information from

The British Government have also released a useful guide to help you ‘stay ahead of the games’. It gives you advices and information about travel insurance, when is best to book, vaccinations, languages and more! You can download it here.

Other Nationalities

It comes as no surprise that the Rio Olympics are going to bring in a huge amount of foreign visitors, and so, the Brazilian Government are making it as easy (and as safe) as possible for travellers to enter Brazil. That is why they have introduced a temporary Visa Waiver Program (until the 18th of September 2016).

Australian, Canadian, Japanese and US nationals will not require a tourist visa to enter Brazil. Instead, they will be eligible for a 90 day, non-extendable, visa waiver.

*Note: you do not have to be attending the Olympic Games to take advantage of the new travel requirements.

If you want to check visa requirements of any other nationalities then, you can download this document (Entry Visas To Brazil PDF).

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#Make In India

What is it all about?

#MakeInIndia has been trending on twitter for the past week, however, it seems that some people don’t really understand what it is all about…

Make In India is an initiative created by the Government of India to encourage businesses to manufacture their products in India.



This is a massive conference that is held in Mumbai. Here, businesses can exhibit, network and mingle in the hopes of making new and valuable contacts as well as gaining more information about the organisations they are interested in.

There was a wide array of popular and diverse businesses that were featured at the Make In India conference, most notable were: Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Tata, Air India, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Pfizer and many more with rumours of there being 9,00 companies attending!


Why was this created?

This was created as a response to a critical situation in 2013 when the emerging markets bubble had burst in September 2014 by the Indian Prime Minister, Modi.

It was put in place to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub encouraging: foreign direct investment, new initiatives and national manufacturing. This would involve sectors such as travel and tourism, aviation, construction, space, pharmaceuticals and more!


To start a movement, you need a strategy that inspires, empowers and enables in equal measure. Make in India needed a different kind of campaign: instead of the typical statistics-laden newspaper advertisements, this exercise required messaging that was informative, well-packaged and most importantly, credible.

What now?

Mumbai week as come to a close today and you’re probably wondering what happened that was worth knowing about. To begin with:

  • President Modi “promised” that India will have 100 million new jobs by 2022.
  • India’s GDP is to increase from 15% to 25% in 2022
  • 100 smart cities are to be developed to decongest the urban housing scenario
  • Vodafone India are to invest in new business initiatives such as a ‘tier-4’ data centre at Airoli
  • Jaguar showcased their XE and XJ models
  • The VW Ameo is also showcased
  • Danish firm universal robots aims to double sales
  • 2016 Hyundie i20 was unveiled
  • India consider proposals to manufacture F-16 fighter jet
  • A new “single table”concept has been brought in to place when considering new proposals


To find out more, visit their website: but also be sure to check their hashtag on Twitter #MakeInIndia

“From profit to progress, friendship to partnership calling the world to #MakeInIndia”

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Delhi Motor Show 2016

The Auto Expo

This bi-annual event is the second largest of its kind. It will showcase some of the latest and greatest in the automotive industry, with big names such as Honda, Ford, Nissan, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, Jeep, Mercedes and many more attending. You can expect to see brand new cars launched, concept cars unveiled and futuristic motor tech shown off!


What’s happening this week

This week plays host to the Delhi Auto Expo which has been split in to two events: The Auto Expo (components) and The Auto Expo (motor show).

The motor show will be located in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR and will last for 4 days (5th – 9th of February) whereas the components part of the show will be held in New Delhi and will run from the 4th to the 7th of February.


Previous years

The event has been running for over 30 years and was originally created in 1985 where it lasted for 9 days.

Since day 1 the Auto Expo has been held at ‘Pragiti Maidan’ which is an exhibition centre that has around 72,000 metres of space. It is also Delhi’s largest exhibition centre!


A large part of the show is the concept cars (and bikes) that are revealed. There are some truly crazy concepts on show – here is a selection from past years:





Visa Requirements

The event organisers state that:

Citizens of all countries require a valid national passport / travel document with a valid visa to visit India. These may be obtained from the Indian Mission / Consular Office in the country of their residence.

If you are thinking of travelling to India there are two types of visa available to UK passport holders:

e-Tourist Visa (eTV). This is for tourists staying in India for up to 30 days click here for further information.

Full Indian Visa. If you are ineligible for an eTV or are planning to stay for over 30 days you will require a full Indian visa. You can click here to apply.

“Nothing beats a good drive.”

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