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Need to know when you will be booking that trip?

Need to know when you will be booking that trip?

Published at: 2020-06-03

The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt:


The Embassy of Egypt is open for assistance with Legalization of documents.

Visa entry services will commence once International air travel resumes to and from Egypt.


All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Royal Danish Embassy: 


COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Denmark's borders are closed to foreign visitors with some exceptions. Phased reopening of the borders in place.
Due to the current restrictions on entry into Denmark, it is temporarily not possible to apply for a visa to Denmark. This means that applicants cannot fill in an application online or hand in the application at a Visa Application Center (VFS). Applicants who have handed in their visa application prior to 20 March will have their case processed. In urgent cases where an applicant has to travel to Denmark before 1 June 2020 and has a worthy purpose for entering Denmark, the applicant can contact the Danish mission.

All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Embassy of the Republic of Angola:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The Angolan authorities have suspended all international flights to and from Angola from 20 March until further notice. State of emergency extended to 10 May 2020.
The embassy is open for urgent assistance with Certifications and Legalizations
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Australian High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: As of 19 March, Australia has closed its borders until further notice, no visas are been issued currently

Austrian Embassy:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: In response to the public health threat associated with the spread of coronavirus, Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area. D Visas are currently being issued for emergency purposes only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Belgian Embassy:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: The Belgian borders are closed to non-essential movements. Tourism is not allowed during lockdown.

British High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and current state of emergency, the consular section is only able to see customers by appointment.
From 8 June, there will be new rules in place for entering the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules are for residents and visitors.
When these rules are in place, you will:
need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
You should also download the NHS contact tracing app. You’ll be able to find the app on this page when it’s available.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Lockdown measures are being eased, but borders remain closed. No visas are currently beein issued.
Legalizations and Certfications strictly by appoinment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China:
From midnight (0 a.m.) of March 28, 2020, China suspended the entry of most foreign nationals, citing the temporary measure as a response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world.
According to the announcement was made by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on March 26, foreigners who hold the following visas, even valid ones, are not allowed to enter China now:

Residence permit;
APEC business travel card; and/or
Port visa.
Chinese Visa

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Borders remain closed. No visas are currently being issued until further notice.

Cyprus High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: As of 4 May 2020, Cyprus has begun a phased approach to easing lockdown measure. Legalizations and Certifications for emergency purposes are being issued, strictly by appointment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

The Embassy of the Czech Republic:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: All categories of visa servicesincludingfor the purpose of studies remain entirely suspended at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria.
Limited reopening of borders is in place:
Legalizations and Certifications for emergency purposes are being issued, strictly by appointment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

The Embassy of Finland:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Due to the prevailing emergency conditions based on the Emergency Powers Act, the Government has decided to restrict traffic at Finland’s external borders starting on Thursday 19 March at 00.00
No visas are currently being issued. Legalizations and Certifications for emergency purposes are being issued, strictly by appointment only.
All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

French Consulate General:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Passengers arriving from a non-Schengen Member State are not allowed to enter France. Travel Restrictions remain in place until 15 June 2020.
Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, France has decided to suspend the issuance of visas until further notice. All visa types are affected : short stay Schengen visas, long stay visas to France, visas to overseas territories. This suspension also applies to visa applications for which an appointment has already been made.
Italian Embassy:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Passengers traveling as tourists are not allowed to enter Italy.
Ease of international travel from June. No visas are currently being issued.

Germany Embassy:
After the closure of the German missions to the public, only providing emergency services under level 4 and 5, please be informed that with the downgrading to level 3 as from 1 June 2020, limited consular services will be offered
For the following matters, appointments can be scheduled:
Urgent passport applications
Passport collection
Urgent signature authentication
Urgent consular certification (e.g certificate required for relocation to Germany)
Urgent name declarations
Collection Police clearence certificate
Collection of citizenship certificates/naturalization certificates/certificates for the retention of German citizenship
Application for national visas for the purpose of family reunification (exclusively for this purpose)

All consular services will have to be done by pre-appointment, please contact your MDS VisaPak consultant for assistance to secure an appointment

High Commission of the Republic Of Ghana:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Foreign Travellers are not allowed to enter Ghana. No visas are currently being issued, Embassy closed till further notice

Mozambique High Commission:
COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Foreign Travellers are not allowed to enter Mozambique. No visas are currently being issued. Embassy closed till further notice


Car Licence Disc Renewals

Car Licence Disc Renewals

Published at: 2020-05-05

MDS VisaPak has taken initiative to broaden our range of services as we move through the different stages of economic activities in South Africa. As part of the MDS Group, we are ideally placed to offer both essential and non-essential services to our customers during these phases. Post lockdown, as we move through the various stages of alertness as outlined by President Ramaphosa, we will be offering a range of services that fit in with our value-added business model.

As we enter Level 4, we will be offering vehicle licence renewal services. The service will include the processing and payment of your licence disc renewal application and delivery of the original document back to you. We are doing our part to help flatten the curve. Please do your part and stay at home & healthy. Please send an email to info@renewit4u.net for more information.

Our consultants will be working from home, reducing the risk on them, and our drivers are all well trained in social distancing, personal hygiene, and have all the PPE required to ensure their safety. All our facilities are fully equipped with the necessary measures to minimize the risk of exposure to our staff in the workplace.

Send us a mail on info@renewit4u.net to get the form and find out more about how we can help with this.

If there are any other services that you may need at this time; from picking up your mail to delivering your groceries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist and in our effort to ensure that we remain active in our economy.

We wish each of you well and pray that you and your loved ones remain safe.

Stay home, stay safe!


COVID-19 Update: Moving forward

COVID-19 Update: Moving forward

Published at: 2020-03-24

Our valued customers,

We are currently busy evaluating the list of the essential services and assessing exactly how the business will continue to operate during this time.

We will, of course, comply with our President’s requests and follow the rule of the law, whilst still maintaining the interest of our customers and your businesses.

We have set up our staff, who’s roles allow, to work from home and during this time we will remain available remotely. This work from home has been in place since last week. We have done this to keep our business running and also to protect the staff that are part of our team.

We will keep you updated, timeously, on how we will be managing this new landscape we are faced with for the next 21 days.

South Africans, the success of our response to the #coronavirus pandemic depends on the efforts of each and every citizen.

Please send any requests or concerns surrounding travel and visa restrictions to:

Visas Business Manager
Carla Douglas
Mobile: 0798840331
Email: info@visas.co.za


Festive Season Trading Hours

Festive Season Trading Hours

Published at: 2019-12-23

In the spirit of appreciation for your continued support in 2019. We would like to say THANK YOU and extend our best wishes for a happy holiday season. We look forward to another successful year working together in the new year.


Passports for minors under 18

Passports for minors under 18

Published at: 2019-11-20

New South African passports for minors under the age of 18 are being issued, containing the details of both parents as a standard feature.

Children traveling on these new passports do not require any additional documentation when traveling abroad. (If accompanied by both parents. )

If minors under 18 traveling with parents are still traveling on old passports, the following additional documents will be required:

Copy of unabridged Birth Certificate
Copies of parents ID’s + consent letter from each parent not accompanying minor.
Both parents are required to appear at the interview for children below the age of 18 years or alternatively supply an affidavit specifying why the parent cannot be in attendance.


Embassies Festive Peak Season

Embassies Festive Peak Season

Published at: 2019-11-20

What you need to know
Reminder to please take note that Embassies/Consulates are going into their festive peak season and that they are taking their full processing times as per our website. www.visapak.net

There are currently delays with obtaining appointments at most Schengen Embassies/Visa Application Centers. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to avoid delays with applications.

Current available appointment dates - Subject to change without notice

Austria - 13 November (JHB)
France - 6 November
Germany - 11 November
Hungary - 21 November
Poland - 18 November

UK Visas
Please allow a minimum of 15 working days for normal visas and 7 working days for priority visas from the date of appointment. Pending availability

USA Visas
Due to high volumes of visa applications, the USA appointment system currently has a waiting period of 10 weeks to secure a date for submission. To avoid delays please forward your completed application forms and copy of passports so that MDS VisaPak can assist with loading and securing your appointment.

Current availability:
Durban - 13 January 2019
Johannesburg - 11 December 2019
Cape Town - 18 November


Lodging a visa application for Christmas

Lodging a visa application for Christmas

Published at: 2019-11-20

Requirements
Lodgment of visa applications for the Christmas period has begun and we would like to provide some useful information to applicants to ensure that our requirements are clear, and we are able to focus on finalizing applications in an efficient and timely manner.

Please take note of the following points

Lodge a complete application. Processing officers are able to make a decision on an application at first sight. If they open an incomplete application they may refuse the application. The checklist provides details of the documentation we require.

Complete biometrics within the time frames. We recognize that as the peak season builds up the biometric appointments will also fill up quickly. If you can only make an appointment outside of the permitted time frame let us know. We can make a case note and arrange for a new letter to be sent out. If you don’t provide biometrics within 14 days (or otherwise negotiated) we will refuse your application.

Lodge early. The earlier you lodge the application, the more time we have to process and less stress for you. We will regularly update processing times on Twitter and Facebook. Please check these time frames for realistic expectations on when a decision will be made. The earlier an applicant lodges, the sooner finalization can be made, enabling the applicant to then purchase their flight tickets.

No expedited processing. Only a documented medical emergency will be considered for urgent processing. All other applications will be assessed on a lodgment date basis. Flight specials will not be considered an urgent or compassionate reason to jump the processing queue.
Follow up emails. In the lead up to Christmas, we will not be responding to requests for updates that are inside service standards. We will also not expedite because a client has purchased a ticket.

Requirements for Children. Please remind applicants of the requirements for traveling children as soon as inquiries are made. Ensure Form 1229 is signed by both parents and attached, along with copies of IDs or passports.

Pretoria Processing Times
The current processing time in Pretoria for subclass 600 tourist applications is 30 days.
This is now outside the 90% global aver-age processing time frame listed on www.homeaffairs. gov.au.
Subsequent Entrant applications do not have a time frame for processing. Priority is given to student applications.


The importance of lodging an application

The importance of lodging an application

Published at: 2019-11-20

The global average processing time should not be taken as a lodgement target date. During peak periods our processing time frames will increase. The times listed on the page shown below are updated monthly to reflect changing demands.

[Important] A ticket that has been purchased is not a reason for us to expedite an application.

We understand that business meetings may be scheduled at short notice. However, if we note that tickets or conferences have been booked but an application has not been lodged until the last minute we cannot expedite. We will prioritize business applications that are of benefit to Australia.

The Australian High Commission in Pretoria has reduced the processing times for subclass 600 tourist applications to 24 days. Subject to change without notice.

Biometric collection
Each applicant is required to provide their PIDs (personal identifiers) as part of the visa application process. This requirement is linked to every application submitted by clients who reside in a biometric collection country. Regardless of the time passed between subsequent visa applications we require a new collection of biometrics per each visa lodgement.

The biometric request letter includes a time frame for the biometrics to be collected. If an applicant does not provide their biometrics within this time frame a case officer is entitled to refuse the application. We would appreciate if you could advise your clients that there is a time frame that they need to meet. We encourage all applicants to contact us if they will not meet this time frame so that a note can be made on their application. We are not able to issue multiple extensions but we can accommodate genuine reasons for appointments being made outside the initial time frame.

Who needs to provide their biometrics?
Every applicant is required to provide some form of biometric collection. Applicants aged 0 to 5 years only provide a facial photograph. From 5 years upwards a facial photograph and a full set of fingerprints are required.

Minors
When it comes to schoolchildren (minors) traveling it is very important to provide the unabridged birth certificate with the application, as well as consent forms (available from our website), a visa cannot granted to a child without an unabridged birth certificate.


Peak Season Processing Times

Peak Season Processing Times

Published at: 2019-04-25

Reminder to please take note that Schengen Embassies/Consulates are in their peak season and that they are taking their full processing times as per our website.

There are currently delays with obtaining appointments at all Schengen Embassies/Visa Application Centers. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to avoid delays with applications.

Please take into consideration the following Embassy processing times and delays with obtaining appointments for biometric submission:

PROCESSING TIMES:
Australia - 45 working days
United Kingdom - Normal process - 15 working days from date of appointment
- Priority process - 7 working days from date of appointment

DELAYS WITH APPOINTMENTS:
USA
Portugal
Netherlands
Austria
Italy
Hungary
Romania
France
Belgium
Germany
United Kingdom
Denmark
Finland
Switzerland


Italian Application Centre

Italian Application Centre

Published at: 2019-04-25

Kindly be advised that from Thursday 2 May 2019, the Italian application Centre Capago Johannesburg, Durban, and Pretoria will no longer process applications for Italy. All applications will be lodged through VFS.
Residents of the Cape Provinces will still apply at the Capago Cape Town offices.

MDS VisaPak will assist clients by checking applications, scheduling appointments, paying the visa costs and meeting the client at the application center to assist with the processing of the application.