26 August 2016

Brazil on Strike - NO BRAZILIAN VISAS

Effective immediately, staff of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, and the Brazilian embassies and all consulates general of Brazil world wide are on strike for an indefinite period.

1)  NO VISAS WILL BE ISSUED by the Brazilian authorities anywhere in the world.

2)  Only emergency visas, as strictly and closely defined by Brazilian law, will be considered. Emergency visas do not include business or conference or student or researcher or cruise or tourist or family visit visas.

Canadians are warned to avoid all attempts to travel to Brazil until the strike has been settled and visas are once again being issued.

Once again, there are NO VISAS being issued by Brazil due to a strike by the foreign ministry staff.

There is NO WAIVER to allow Canadian to enter without a visa during the strike. Do NOT attempt to enter Brazil without a visa.

11 August 2016

China Requires Your Old Passport

Effective immediately, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China requires that all persons seeking a Chinese visa of any type provide their previous (old / cancelled) passport, in addition to their current valid signed passport.

1)
The new rules state that if your current valid signed passport was issued on or later than 1 January 2014, you must provide the original of your previous passport.

or,

2)
If you no longer possess the old passport, you must provide a typed and signed original letter explaining why you do not have the previous old passport,

and,

3)
You must also provide a typed and signed original letter with a full and complete list of all countries visited in the last two (2) years in the following format:
“FRANCE - Paris, June 2015, 10 days”
"KENYA - Nairobi, January 2016, 5 days"

All three requirements are mandatory. Any application without the second passport, or the letters, will be automatically rejected by the Chinese visa officers.

Click here for China visa forms.

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.