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.

 

To find out more about the upcoming Formula 1 events, visit the F1 weebsite here.

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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 www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/brazil/entry-requirements.gov.uk

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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T20 Cricket World Cup

Venues

This year’s 2016 ICC World Twenty20 will be held in India from the 8th of March until the 3rd of April.

It will be hosted in 7 different Indian cities across the country: Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mohali and Dharamshala; with the first match being played in Nagpur on the 8th of March and the final being played at the Eden Gardens of Kolkata.

Teams

For those of you follow cricket you probably already know how it works, but in short, 16 teams enter the competition. There are two rounds with two groups each consisting of four teams:

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Teams then battle through the groups to advance to the knock-out stages where they then progress to semi-finals and the finals.

Viewing

As it is not being broadcast on national television in the UK, you may be wondering how can you watch the World Cup. Australians can watch on Fox Sports, UK and New Zealanders can view the matches on Sky Sports  and Americans can watch on ESPN. In India, Start Sports will be showing all the games featured in this event or you could tune in to DD National who will only be broadcasting India’s games.

Alternatively you can stream live on www.starsports.com

India

Travelling to India? If you are travelling to India for business or tourist purposes, you will need a visa! To request an application pack and receive more information from our Visa Specialists, please contact us on 01270 250 590. Please note that the granting of any Indian Visa is dependant upon consular discretion and requires up to 15 working days in the embassy.

Visit our website to download an application pack: thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/india/

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Holiday Season in Europe

Why Europe?

If you’re looking for a lovely little winter get-away, then look no further… Europe is the place to be.

Europe plays host to charming small villages, world famous landmarks and some stunning cities such as Prague, Athens, Stockholm, Rome, Zurich and many, many more. With such a wide range of diverse and cultural places to go and see, travelling around Europe is a bucket list essential!

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What to do whilst visiting Europe

Europe contains a great deal of different things to do and see. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Winter Sports

One of the most popular activities has to be Skiing. This is an adventurous pursuit that the whole family can get involved in. There’s a whole load of different ski resorts that can cater to your needs, budgets and skill level. It is said that Val Thorens (France) is rated one of the best ski resorts in the world – possibly due to the fact that it is the highest altitude resort in Europe!

But the fun doesn’t stop at skiing. Some ski resorts also offers downhill mountain biking, paragliding, ice-water scuba diving, sledding with huskies and you can even spend an evening in a Yurt. Other popular resorts include: La Plagne (France), Westondorf (Austria) and Alagna (Italy).

Another popular activity would be Mountain climbing. Now this isn’t for the faint hearted. Mountain climbs can be hard work and require a lot of training, dedication and commitment. Having said that, they are an incredible achievement and give you something to brag about for years to come! Popular mountain climbing destinations include: Fontainebleau (France), Västervik (Sweden) and San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily.

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Christmas Markets

For those of you who would rather relax into the festive season, Europe is the best place to find some of the most amazing Christmas markets around the world!

When you think of the Christmas markets, your first thought is probably of Berlin and their world renowned Christmas markets, however other cities such as Brussels, Cologne, Stockholm and Vienna are becoming more and more popular to travel to each year.

The markets are usually packed with shoppers out to experience everything the city has to offer. From the stalls to stores you can expect to find traditional hand-made gifts, an array of locally sourced foods accompanied with the classic: Mulled Wine, providing everything you need to get in to the Christmas spirit! But we must warn you that it is the middle of the winter and you will need to take this into account as temperatures drop and the chance of snow and ice increases.

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Lapland

Why not take the family out to Finland to meet Santa himself! Lapland is Finland’s most northern region and borders Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea. Flights from the UK usually take around 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Lapland is also known for its vast wilderness, ski resorts and (if you’re lucky enough) you may get a chance to see the famous Northern Lights! You can also get a ride in Santa’s sleigh, go for a winter safari by dog sled, visit local museums or even just relax in the sauna… and it is said that there are more saunas than personal vehicles in Finland!

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Roadtrips

Just you, your family and the open road. The beauty of going on a road trip is that you can choose where you go, what you do, when you want. There are many pre-planned routes that you can follow which will take you to some of Europe’s most popular attractions – here’s a useful link for an incredible route featuring some stunning scenery: lifehacker.com

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Thinking of visiting?

If you are a non-UK passport holder visiting Europe you may need what is called a ‘Schengen Visa’. This grants you access to 22 different European countries as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

For more information about the requirements and to see if you are eligible for a Schengen Visa, go to our website: thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/visas/schengen/

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