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With long-haul travel getting more affordable, exotic holidays to far-flung destinations are becoming easier for Brits. But visas are often required for long-haul destinations – popular favourites such as Australia, India and the USA are good examples. Unfortunately, there are some fraudulent sites out there, offering fake visa services that charge well over what’s necessary. We have found charges of up to £75 on top of the normal visa fees for doing nothing other than directing you to the correct website. To help prevent you from becoming a victim of these sites, here we round up the current process and costs for popular UK tourist visas for travellers with a full British Passport. India India’s decision to extend the online electronic visa service to UK visitors (the e-Tourist Visa) is great news for Brits planning a winter sun holiday to Goa. The process is completely online, meaning no trip to London to visit the Indian visa agency. Apply for a visa for all Indian tourist trips arriving at one of 16 airports including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Chennai and Go. You can apply for a visa as late as four days ahead of your arrival and up to a maximum of 34 days ahead of your trip date. Fast facts Length of trip permitted under the e-Tourist visa: 30 days Passport validity needed: Six months from the date of arrival in India Cost: US$60 (around £39) The official site USA The Visa Waiver scheme for trips to the USA, including the holiday favourites of Florida, New York and Las Vegas, is known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) and has been in place for many years. However, many holidaymakers get caught out by spurious websites charging over the odds – and which may not even give you the correct documentation for arrival in the USA. Use the official site only. Fast facts Length of trip permitted under ESTA visas: 90 days. Once issued, the ESTA is valid for two years allowing you multiple trips into the USA without the need to buy a new visa. Passport validity needed: The duration of your intended stay Cost: US$14 (around £9) The official site Canada British citizens do no not currently need a visa to enter Canada, but as of September 29, you will need to apply...Read More
If you’ve read reports about the recent bomb attacks in Turkey, you may be feeling apprehensive about the safety of the country, especially if you are preparing for a holiday there. Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile attacks this year, the most recent coming last night when Istanbul’s Ataturk airport was targeted by a gun and bomb attack. So far it has been confirmed that 41 people have lost their lives, while at least 239 are reported injured. Despite this horrendous atrocity, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not changed its stance on Turkey and the vast majority of the country remains safe in the eyes of the government; this advice includes popular coastal resorts where the majority of tourists holiday in Turkey. Visitors to the coastal resorts do not fly through Istanbul or Ankara airports unless they have booked their own flights with a connection in those cities. It’s vital to stress that the coastal resorts along the Med, where the vast majority of the 2.5 million Brits who visit the country each year travel to, are unaffected by this tragedy and many miles away from the cities. In Turkey’s popular coastal resorts, such as Bodrum, Antalya and Fethiye, it is business as usual with tourism continuing on as normal. If you are planning a holiday to Turkey, please check advice before travelling. More than 2.5 million British nationals visit Turkey every year and nearly all of these trips are completely trouble-free. Past issues and the impact on tourism Back in 2013, Turkey witnessed a number of high-profile demonstrations in relation to the current government’s policies and the actions of the country’s then Prime Minister, now President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A plan to redevelop a park in central Istanbul adjacent to Taksim Square sparked the unrest. Istanbul, the capital Ankara and a number of other major towns and cities in the country were affected by the demonstrations, but tourism remained largely untroubled in the country as a whole. As demonstrations are not uncommon in Turkey, the FCO advises tourists to avoid large gatherings in any area of the country to ensure they don’t get caught up in any protests or crowd control issues. Is it safe to travel to Turkey? In Turkey’s popular coastal resorts, such as Bodrum, Antalya and Fethtiye, it’s business as usual with tourism continuing on as normal. There has been little impact...Read More