Passport & Visa Updates

Important information relating to China & Russian applications and more

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Passport & Visa Updates

Passport & Visa Updates

Important information advised by our Visa handling agent, CIBT:

New Visa Application Processing Speeds for Russia
Effective immediately, processing times for all Russian visa applications made in London have been extended. The Standard service processing time has increased from 6 working days to 20 working days and the express service has increased from 2 working days to 4 working days.

Processing times for applications submitted in Edinburgh, where CIBT also has an office and can support Russian visa applications, are not impacted and remain 6 working days for the standard service and 2 working days for the express service.

New China Visa Application Requirements
As of April 3rd, 2018, all Chinese visa application forms must be typed. Handwritten forms will no longer be accepted.

If you are planning an important trip to China and need to ensure your application goes smoothly, use CIBT’s Document Preparation Service and a senior CIBT Specialist will work with you to navigate the challenges of the application. We will carefully review all of your travel information for completeness ensuring the required documents are prepared correctly. You will receive your completed application via a secure and encrypted email keeping your personal information safe.

We also offer this service for other destinations. Look for the specially marked questionnaire next time you apply for a visa.


The cost of new passports has increased to £72.50 for an adult online application and £85.00 for a postal application.

It is now a requirement on new UK passports that you sign the page opposite the information page in your passport.

Visas for Oman

It is no longer possible to obtain a tourist visa on arrival in Oman and this must be obtained prior to arrival.  This has to be purchased via the Royal Oman Police Site at


Contact us for further information 01283 792979 or email