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Nigerian Visa Process Update

With immediate effect, all Nigerian Visa applicants must appear at the OIS Services Processing Centre in person to provide their biometric information. In order to facilitate this change, we are pleased to offer our clients’ a Meet and Greet service, where one of our specialist Visa Couriers will meet the applicant at the Processing Centre to guide them through the process. Please contact our Passport & Visa Department on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 01784 262620/262621 for further information.

Nigerian Visa News

We have been advised that the Nigerian High Commission is not currently accepting any applications on the express service. All applications must be submitted using the standard seven day service. Please take this into consideration prior to booking any non-refundable travel or accommodation. If you would like to discuss this any further, please contact our Passport & Visa Department on +44 (0) 1784 262 620 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Embassy Closures during Eid

Algeria 26th June
Bahrain 26th – 28th June
Egyptian Chamber of Commerce 26th – 27th June
Indonesia 26th – 30th June
Iran 26th June
Jordan 26th – 28th June
Kuwait 26th – 28th June
Lebanon 26th – 27th June
Philippines 26th June
Pakistan 26th – 27th June
Qatar 26th – 30th June
Saudi 26th – 30th June
Yemen 26th – 28th June

Further closures may still be announced. Please contact our export shipping department on +44 (0) 1784 254123 for further information.

Pakistan Business Visas

Due to a recent policy introduced by the Pakistani Interior Ministry, all business visa applicants will need to be referred for security clearance prior to a visa being issued. As a result of this, applications will now take up to six or seven weeks to process. It is not currently possible to expedite this process. We strongly recommend that applicants book flexible flights and accommodation in Pakistan to allow trips to be rescheduled to avoid any additional financial costs, For further information, please contact our visa department on 01784 262620 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Important Embassy & Chamber closures during Christmas

Arab Chamber 23rd December – 3rd January
Algeria 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Angola 17th December – 2nd January
China 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Congo (Democratic) 23rd December – 4th January
Egypt 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Ethiopia 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Indonesia 23rd December – 2nd January
Iraq 26th December – 2nd January
Japan 29th – 30th December
Liberia 23rd December – 2nd January
Myanmar 29th December
Oman 26th December – 2nd January
Philippines 26th – 27th December, 30th December, 2nd January
Qatar 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Russia 31st December – 8th January
Saudi Arabia 22nd December – 2nd January
Senegal 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Tanzania 23rd December – 3rd January
Turkmenistan 12th December
UAE 26th – 27th December, 2nd January
Uganda 16th December – 2nd January
Zimbabwe 22nd December

Saudi Arabian Visas – New Visa Durations and Fee Increases

With effect from Sunday 2nd October, the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London will be introducing one and two year multiple entry visas. In addition to this, they will be changing the fee structure for their visit visas, which will result in an increase in cost for all applicants. For further information, or to discuss how this will impact your future applications, please contact our Passport & Visa Department on 01784 262620 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Brazil, Chile & Morocco Legalisation

Brazil, Chile and Morocco recently joined the Hague Convention Act, therefore full Embassy Legalisation on documentation is no longer required. Documents destined for these countries only require an Apostille stamp from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, saving considerable time and cost.

For more information on this, please contact our Corporate Legal & Regulatory documentation department on 01784 427750.

Embassy closures during Eid

Algeria: 12th – 14th September
Bahrain: 12th – 14th September
Iraq: 12th – 16th September
Jordan: 12th – 14th September
Kuwait: 12th – 14th September
Libya: 12th – 16th September
Oman: 12th – 14th September
Qatar: 12th – 14th September
Saudi Arabia: 9th – 14th September
Sudan: 12th – 14th September
Tunisia: 12th – 14th September
UAE: 12th – 14th September
Yemen: 12th – 16th September

The closures will cause a delay to legalisation requests and visa applications. For further information, please contact our Export Shipping Department on 01784 254123.

U.A.E Embassy - New Price Structure

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates will be applying a new price structure for legalisation with immediate effect. Please contact our sales department for further details.

Ramadan Closures

The Holy Month of Ramadan will begin on 6th June and is due to end around 6th July.

During this time, the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce and many Embassies adopt shorter working hours, which may result in longer processing times for document legalisation and visa applications. In addition to this, at the end of Ramadan the Embassies will be closed for several days. Please take this into consideration when planning document submissions.

Once we have confirmation of Embassy closure dates, we will provide further information.