16 November 2015

India Offers Multi-Entry Visas

The government of India is once again offering MULTIPLE-ENTRY business and tourist visas to Canadians.

The only requirement for multi-entry visas, in addition to all the usual business or tourist requirements, is paying more money.

Business multi-entry visas cost $317.40
Tourist multi-entry visas cost $211.40

The duration and number of entries of the visa is completely at the discretion of Indian High Commission. Be aware that you could pay for multi-entries and still only be issued a single-entry visa in some circumstances. The Indians will not give any refunds.

Click here for India multi-entry visas.

12 November 2015

Brazil Olympics Visa-Free

The Brazilian parliament has approved a law waiving the visa requirement for Canadians travelling to Brazil during the Olympics.

According to the new law passed by the senate, there will be a ninety (90) day window of visa-free entry to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ending on 18 September 2016. This should be come active as of 19 June 2016, but is still to be determined.

It also seems that a ticket to an olympic games is NOT required in order to benefit from the new visa regime.

However, conflicting wording from Brazil means that it is still unclear as to whether this only applies to Rio and other olympic cities, or to the country as a whole. The tourism minister has said both at different times, so the reality is still unknown. Visitors arriving at other locations could face the possibility of being denied entry for lack of a visa to a non-olympic place.

Click here for Brazil visas.

05 November 2015

Brazil Processing Time Warning

The diplomats from Brazil have warned Canadians that visa processing is now expected to take longer as we head into the holiday months.

While Western Canadians have had great and speedy service for the past few months, be warned that this could slow to a month at any point.Those living in Ontario and Manitoba have been officially warned that processing is now a firm 15 working days.People in Quebec and the Maritimes are waiting a month for visas now. Do not expect anything faster.

APPLY EARLY. You can apply up to six months in advance of travel. That said, it is still the most popular visa in Canada.

Click here for Brazil visas.

Lower Indian e-Visa Prices

Effective this past Monday the Government of Indian has lowered the fees charged for e-Visas.

Canadians and nearly a hundred other nationals pay a fee of US$49.20 for the Indian e-Visa at the time of electronic application.

There is a further charge at the airport in India of another 3700 rupees (US$60) to have the visa stamped into the passport.

Nationals of the UK, USA, Russia, Ukraine and Mozambique still pay the US$60 higher fee.

Click here for Indian e-Visas.

Indian e-Visas Extended to More Countries

The Indian Government has announced that their wildly-popular e-Visa scheme has been extended to 113 nationalities.

Indian e-Visas are available for nationals of following countries/territories:
Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, China, SAR Hong Kong, SAR Macau, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Turks & Caicos, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, UK, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Click here for Indian e-Visas.

Iran Visas Growing

We are pleased to announce that we can secure visas to Iran for tourists in as little as a week.

Although the previous Canadian government deported all Iranian diplomats and closed the Iranian Embassy in Ottawa, visas are still available through the Iranian office in the USA. Now that is ironic.

Want to see Persepolis? Want to buy rugs? Want to experience a place with almost no tourism? Go to Iran. Our forms even help you get the authorization you need in order to apply for the visa.

Click here for Iran visas.

Ivory Coast Visas Available by Courier

Good news from Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) -- the embassy is once again issuing visas without requiring applicants to appear in person in Ottawa for an interview. Also, they have done away with the online payment system which rarely worked.

So we can again assist with your Ivory Coast visa needs. Just ship everything by courier to us in Ottawa and we will deal with the embassy on your behalf. You do NOT have to travel to Ottawa. and you still pay in Canadian dollars.

Click here for Ivory Coast visas.

Egyptian Business Visas

The Embassy of the Republic of Egypt now requires as a mandatory item a formal business letter of invitation for all business visa requests. Applicants seeking a business visa must provide a letter from their Egyptian business partner detailing the nature of the business and the person being invited. This must come from Egypt.

Strangely, many applicants do not understand that you cannot be invited to a country by someone in a third country. They get a letter from some other country, and expect it to be accepted by the embassy. If the letter is not from the country for which you are seeking the visa, then you have the wrong letter.

Everything else remains the same, and the price has not gone up. So get packed for that Egyptian business trip.

Click here for Egypt visas.

14 August 2015

India E-Visa Extended to More Airports and Countries

As of today the government of India has extended the new e-Tourist visa to 37 more countries and seven more airports.

The best part is that Canadians no longer have to submit their passports. Keep your passport at home.

You must arrive in India by airline flight at one of the following sixteen international airports:  Ahmedabad,  Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tirchy, Trivandrum, or Varanasi.

The government of India offers e-Visas to nationals of the following countries: CANADA, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Island,Chile, China, China- SAR Hong Kong, China- SAR Macau, (but not to mainland China PRC), Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand,Nicaragua, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands,Sri Lanka,Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

Click here for Indian visa applications.

Click here for Indian E-Tourist (and Business) e-Visas.

13 July 2015

Embassies Closing for Eid (Islamic holy days)

Eid Mubarak. (Happy Eid)

Many embassies and consulates will be closed starting on Thursday 16 July 2015 for the Islamic holy days known as Eid. This is the end of Ramadan, and signals the end of fasting and the start of feasting.

All Muslim / Islamic countries will have office closures and will not be processing any visas at all for the week following 16 July.

Please expect processing times to extend by another week due to the holidays.

Also, countries with extensive or sensitive Muslim populations also commonly close or cut back on work days during Eid. This includes countries such as Tanzania and usually Nigeria.

Remember that Indonesia is in fact a Muslim country and will be closed for the entire period.

Visa Services Canada will of course be fully open during the entire Eid period to assist with all visas.