14 July 2016

Kenya Increasing Visa Fees

Effective 01 August 2016 the government of Kenya is increasing the visa fees charged at the Kenyan High Commission in Canada.

Tourist and business visa prices are rising to $65 per visa. This is a thirteen dollar increase.

East Africa Tourist Visas (EATV) prices are rising to $130 per visa.

Transit visas will be $35 for a single-entry and $75 for a double-entry visa.

Click here for Kenya visa forms.

11 July 2016

Canada Post Lock-Out by Management

Dear Clients

PLEASE use FedEx or Purolator couriers to ship your passports and applications to our office for the foreseeable future.
CanadaPost has said it retains the right to lock-out the workers.
This will result in any packages being stuck in storage for the duration of the lockout- or strike. There will be no getting the package out until it is all over.

Azerbaijan Price Changes

Until recently all Azeri visas cost US$100. A recent embassy price change dropped the fee for a single-entry visa down to US$20, but raised the multi-entry fee to US$350.

So now you either save $80, or pay an incredible extra $250 on top of the previous price.

No other requirements have changed.

Click here for Azerbaijan visa forms.

Madagascar Visa Prices Change

The Embassy of Madagascar has altered their visa prices again, but it is not bad and Canadians can still get a basic single-entry visa for $45. Prices for other classes and entries have changed a bit.

Click here for Madagascar visa forms.

China Requires More Details from Dual Nationals

Effective immediately the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese consulates require a lot more information and documentation from Canadians who are either dual-nationals, or who were born in another country, or who later became citizens of a foreign country.

Dual nationals MUST provide the original of their second passport, or a signed letter attesting that they do not hold a second country’s passport..

Dual nationals MUST provide a signed letter detailing the circumstances of the original and also the most recent arrival in Canada, and which passport they used for each of those entries. The letter must detail when you became a Canadian citizen.

These requirements are being very broadly interpreted to apply to anyone who was not born in Canada or who claims to have a second passport. If you have the slightest doubt about your status in this regard, send EVERYTHING requested above, as the Chinese embassy is stopping all such applications pending furtehr documentation.

Click here for China visa forms.

Russian Voucher Numbers Change

Effective immediately the registration number on Russian vouchers issued by our partner (OOO Atlanta) has changed.

When you are filling out the new Russian visa application you must include the new registration number (017328).

Click here for Russian tourist visa forms.

09 April 2016

VSC at Ottawa Travel Show, 09 April 2016

Here is a selection of photographs of VSC company president Pamela meeting embassy and high commission staff of our various international partners at the Ottawa travel show this weekend.

Richard of the Tanzanian High Commission

Sheila of the Kenyan High Commission

Mrs. Chui - an old friend of the company and expert on Chinese visas.

Pam with Viet Nam Embassy staff.

Canada is on the list of 169 countries whose citizens do not need tourist visas for Indonesia.

Japan Airlines service to Canada.

At the Chinese Embassy and travel agency booth.

At the Egyptian embassy and travel agency booth.

Indonesian coffee at the travel show.

Liquid surface painting at the Turkish Embassy and travel agency booth.





 


Official grand opening of the Mexican Embassy and travel agency booth.
Music and dancing at the Mexican booth.

31 March 2016

Russian Demanding Voucher Confirmation Numbers

Effective immediately the Russian Embassy in Ottawa and all Russian consulates are demanding that all tourist visa applications have the real unique tourist voucher CONFIRAMTION NUMBER in the application form.

This is a unique number which appears on your tourist voucher from the Russian hotel or from the Russian tourist agency.

We encourage all applicants to acquire this from their Russian travel provider or their Russian hotel. If you cannot get one from Russia we can get one for you.

Click here for Russian tourist visas.

China Demands 2nd Passport from Dual Nationals

Effective immediately the Embassy of China in Ottawa, and all Chinese consulates, are demanding the original of any second passport a Canadian visa applicant may hold.

Any applicant who is a dual national, or who was born outside of Canada, must provide the real original passport from that other country along with their real Canadian passport.

Copies are NOT accepted.

If you are a dual national or were born outside Canada, but do not hold a second passport, you must provide an attestation letter confirming that you do not now hold any second (non-Canadian) passport.

This letter is a legal document and must of course be signed and dated.

Click here for Chinese visas.

16 March 2016

Brazil Raises Visa Fees 30%

We are sad to announce that the government of Brazil has raised their visa prices by about 30% this week, effective immediately.

Tourist visas now cost $120.  This is up from the old $97.50 fee.

Business visas now cost $120. This is up from the old fee of $90.

We had been expecting this for several months as the Canadian dollar dropped, but with the dollar stable and even rising it seems like an odd time to now raise the fees.

Click here for Brazil visa forms.