Tag: Consular News

Nationals in need

Consuls dealing with citizens in distress rely on the help of NGOs. Travel Care is a charity providing a refuge and basic assistance to foreign…

Russia outsources visas

The Russian Consulate in London has launched its first-ever visa outsourcing, which will process around 110,000 visa applications every year. The contract was awarded to…

Consular revamp

Britain’s consular services are undergoing a major overhaul, the FCO’s new head of consular affairs announced at a recent Consular Corps meeting. A record turnout…

Visa outsourcing – a solution?

With the opening of a Joint Visa Application Centre in London, the issue of outsourcing visa services has become a hot topic among consuls, with…

New head of Consular Corps

Congratulations to Guy Van Glabeke of the Belgian Consulate, who succeeds Anas Khales as the new President of the Consular Corps, following Mr Khales’s appointment…

Russians, Dutch outsource visas

LONDON – The Russian and Dutch Embassies have outsourced their visa services operations in London order to cope with the increased demand in visa applications….

Consular crisis response

Less than one third (30%) of envoys knows how the Diplomatic Protection Group responds to a consular emergency in the capital, a recent DPG survey…

US imposes new travel procedures

From January next year, travellers to the United States from 22 countries in Europe and five in the Asia-Pacific region currently exempt from certain US…

Disaster diplomacy

Staff at the Chinese Embassy have been working overtime to coordinate the emergency response in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake as the death toll…

An end to visa queues

Long queues outside Indian and Chinese consulates in the UK will be a thing of the past as both missions move to outsource their visa…