Jeans For Genes Day 2015

Friday the 18th September saw the return of Jeans for Genes Day. This was the second year the team here at The Travel Visa Company has taken part in this charity fundraising event. The idea behind the day is simple. Wear a pair of jeans and donate to charity.jeansforgenes

We managed to raise £21.70 over the duration of the day! The money we helped raise goes towards helping children and their families who have, and are affected by, genetic disorders.

There are between 4,000 and 6,000 known genetic WD
disorders currently being treated in the UK. It has been estimated that one in 25 children are affected by a genetic disorder and around 30,000 babies are newly diagnosed each year which is why donating to Genetic Disorders UK is so important.

Jeans for Genes has had massive
support since the organisations creation in 1992 and has raised over £35 million! The charity has been supported by a huge range of different celebrities and famous figures including Kate Moss, Warwick Davis, Fabrice Muamba and Kate Garraway.

Overall, the Travel Visa Company team had a brilliant day raising money for a brilliant cause!

To find out more about this charity you can visit the Jeans for Genes official website at:

To donate, go to:

Follow them on twitter @JeansforGenes

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Like their facebook page: Jeans For Genes


Great Manchester Run

pre-raceLast weekend members of The Travel Visa Company team took part in our first ever charity run. And what a run it was! We ran the Morrisons’ Great Manchester Run, the biggest 10K in Europe with 40,000+ runners, which made up part of a weekend of sporting events in the city.

It was a scenic run, starting and finishing in the city centre and passing Old Trafford along the way. The streets were lined with bus loads (quite literally!) of supporters, there were live bands and DJ’s playing at various points of the course and a mass of runners with incredible stories of charity and fundraising.duncan-post

The Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity appeal was set up to fund £1million for a new MRI scanner. The existing scanner operates 8am – 8pm 7 days per week. A new scanner would allow more people to get treated and shorter wait times, keeping up with the growth in population.

The Travel Visa Company ran for two very worthwhile causes; Mid Cheshire Charitable Funds and ABTA LifeLine. In total six members of staff took part. Dan and Phil were running for ABTA lifeline and Vicky, Duncan, Billy and Lisa were running to raise money for Mid Cheshire Charitable Funds Scanner Appeal.dan-lisa

ABTA LifeLine is ABTA’s charitable trust. Our mission is to help travel industry colleagues when they or their families need help. We award grants to help ease serious financial hardship caused by life changing medical conditions, bereavement, disability and domestic violence among other things.

With a very varied range in age and ability, we were put in different starting groups and set ourselves individual training schedules and goals (all of which were beaten!) Other members of the team came to support the runners, and we’re happy to say that everyone completed the 10K with the following finishing times – well done!post-race

  • Lisa – 0:50:10
  • Billy – 0:54:31
  • Dan – 0:55:50
  • Duncan – 0:59:38
  • Vicky – 1:12:05
  • Phil – 1:19:53

Phil and Dan raised a whopping £480.00 in total for ABTA LifeLine. Vicky, Duncan, Billy and Lisa raised £335.00 for Mid Cheshire Charitable Funds. Thanks to everyone who supported and sponsored us – it really helped keep spirits up.

There is still time to send in your donations if you haven’t already:

Donate on JustGiving –

Business Travel Show ’15

Here at The Travel Visa Company HQ we are prepping, with great anticipation, for the Business Travel Show 2015. It’s our first year exhibiting at such a large event and we are really excited to be taking part in what’s promised to be the busiest show yet. As a fast growing Visa Procurement Agency, our expanding Corporate Team will be showcasing the latest services on offer including a new online tracking system.

BTS-MockupFor those of you who don’t know, the Business Travel Show is Europe’s leading exhibition and conference dedicated to Corporate Travel. Corporate Travel buyers will be able to peruse the services and products offered by over 250 global travel brands, including global travel brands in air, accommodation and travel management as well as innovative traveller services (like us!) and technology providers. There will also be sessions shaped by corporate travel experts providing practical information to both buyers and bookers.

And as everyone in business is well aware, it’s all about networking! So with over 250 confirmed exhibitors and 6,500+ professionals in attendance it’s a great place to start making new connections, so why not come along? Did I not mention, it’s free to attend?! Just click on the link below and grab your free ticket to the Business Travel Show 2015. Come and see us at stand B604. You can either book an appointment or just pop along for a chat! See you there!

Download our FREE Business Travel Show Invite

Russia – Biometric Data

On 10th December 2014 the Russian Government implemented a pilot scheme which requires all UK-based applicants to submit biometric data when applying for any visa at the application centres in the UK. The two UK-based consulates are located in London and Edinburgh, therefore requiring travellers to visit either of these two cities in order to complete their visa application.

Read the official announcement >

What is biometric data?

Scanning your fingerprint is the new method the Russian Government are using, utilising modern technology to ensure correct identification.

Though visa agencies are unable to submit an application on your behalf due to this new ruling, The Travel Visa Company are now offering services to assist with your application where possible: from providing assistance over the phone and completing the online application, to a personal meet & greet with a Russian speaking specialist and collection/delivery of the issued visa. See details >

Please not the information provided is primarily for British passport holders. Requirements for other nationalities may vary.

Chinese New Year

As Chinese New Year approaches and the year of the Horse comes to an end, it’s the turn of the Goat to be the spearhead of what is likely to be another prosperous year for China.

Chinese citizens around the world prepare for the festivities, whether that be hanging that last red lantern, perfecting the dragon dance or preparing to travel to be with their families all with the main goal to enjoy and celebrate this festival that has thrived for over 4000 years.

Wednesday 18th February (New Year’s Eve) to Tuesday 25th February is when the celebrations take place, and it is a great time to visit China. Why not visit Shanghai to embrace the buzz bouncing around the city for these festivities? Live concerts throughout the city only add to the atmosphere filled with excitement and enjoyment. Travel to Hong Kong and witness the spectacular fireworks display or spectate the Flower Fairs in the ‘Flower City’ Guangzhou.

China has many experiences to offer any traveller and this, in my opinion, is the pinnacle of what it can provide. An array of different activities along with the week-long party atmosphere and a vibrancy that can only come with these traditions makes for a great time and great memories.

Will this affect getting a visa for China?

The Chinese embassy will be closed from 18th, reopening on Monday 23rd, so those travelling to China will experience an extra 3-5 days delay when waiting for a visa to be issued. Those travelling to China will require a visa to enter so, for help in obtaining a Chinese Visa, contact The Travel Visa Company on 01270 250 590.

Charity Fundraising

Slipper Day

This week has seen The Travel Visa Company take part in two charity days for two very worthwhile causes. Wednesday 4th February was ‘World Cancer Day’ and we raised money by paying to bring in our slippers for the day….something we should do more often!

As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, Cancer Research UK is almost entirely funded by the public. With over 200 types of cancer and more than 331,000 people diagnosed in the UK in 2011. Text ‘UNITE’ to 70200 to donate £3 to Cancer Research UK or donate online.

Charity Kissing Wall
Kissing Wall and winning Raffle Tickets

Friday 6th February was ‘Wear It. Beat It.’ through the British Heart Foundation. We all had to come in wearing something red and held a raffle for everybody to take part in. A surprise to most staff was the ‘Kissing Wall’ where we ALL had to wear lipstick and see who could get the boldest kiss, whose lips were whose and who had the best pout (unfortunately I didn’t win this!).

The BHF are the nation’s heart charity and largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. With coronary heart disease being the UK’s single biggest killer, their work is helping to change this. Text ‘RED’ to 70060 to donate £3 to help fund their life saving research.

We managed to raise £48.50 for the two fantastic causes and I would like to thank all the staff for taking part. We urge everybody to try and get involved in helping the community – with Comic Relief just around the corner you can start planning now!

New Blog

Welcome to the new official blog for The Travel Visa Company. We aim to post relevant information about:

  • Travel visa requirements
  • Embassy/Foreign consulate closures
  • Updates on our services and promotions
  • Tips about what to look out for when applying for a visa
  • Interesting news related to travel

If you have any questions you’d like us to answer then please leave a comment below.