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Embassy Updates

Embassy Updates

Published at: 2021-03-15

India
Currently issuing business visas

Australia
Visas cannot be extended under Australian migration legislation. If you are unable to enter Australia prior to the visa cease date, you would not have the right of entry to Australia.

You would be required to apply for and be granted a further visa if you wish to enter Australia, subject to border entry restrictions. You can look at visa options on the Department of Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au Most visas, including Visitor visas, can be applied for online at any time.

A Visa Application Charge waiver will be available for Visitor (Tourist) visa holders whose visas expired while outside Australia following implementation of COVID-19 travel restrictions on 20 March 2020. Further detail is outlined here: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/refunds-and-waivers-visa-application-charges

For more information on border entry restrictions, please see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/
Turkey
is issuing tourism and business visas

Canada
the Canadian high commission will only issue visas for compassionate cases at the moment. Travellers will need to submit a letter explaining the purpose of their travel prior to applying and only once the embassy approves the request may we apply for a visa.
Compassionate reasons include:
1.to attend to the death of, or provide support to, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident, or protected person who is residing in Canada and who is deemed to be critically ill by a health-care professional entitled under the laws of a province to provide health services in the province
2. to provide care for a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident, or protected person residing in Canada who is deemed by a health-care professional entitled under the laws of a province to provide health services in the province to have a medical reason as to why they require support (for example, assisting in a birth, providing elder care, supporting someone during pregnancy)
3. to attend a funeral or end of life ceremony of a person who resided in Canada

This information serves as a guide line and may change at any time


Angolan embassy is now open and processing visas.

Angolan embassy is now open and processing visas.

Published at: 2021-02-25

Dear valued customer, Please note that the Angolan embassy is now open and processing visas.

With all the work that goes into preparing for your trip, the last thing you want is to stress about is your visa.

We invite you to try out our services & experience true service satisfaction, call us today for assistance with your visa applications.


Canada Notification

Canada Notification

Published at: 2020-10-14

To all our valued customers and travelers,

Please note that as of July 1, 2020, Canada lifted the suspension on the processing of temporary resident visa (visitor visa) applications. Although processing of applications has resumed, travel restrictions to Canada remain in place.

Following Ministerial Instructions issued by the Minister of Citizenship applicants can no longer submit an application for temporary residence in paper at the VAC. New Ministerial Instructions have extended this measure until January 31, 2021 with some exemptions. Please check the IRCC website to find out more about these exemptions.

MDS VisaPak will assist clients by checking applications, scheduling appointments, paying the visa costs and meeting the client at the application centre to assist with the processing of the application. Once the application is finalised we will collect and return it to the client nationwide.


Offices Re-open

Offices Re-open

Published at: 2020-10-13

To all our valued customers and travelers,

The VisaPak team is here to remind you that we are available to advise and assist you with your visa needs. The health and safety of our employees and customers continue to be our primary concern.

All visa queries are being managed at our newly re-opened head office in JHB, where you can contact our Visa Manager directly at 011 241 4923. Please note all operations will run as normal and we will continue to assist you. Once all restrictions are lifted we will slowly be looking at re-opening our National offices.

For all visa updates please refer to our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Visapak and our website under News: https://visapak.net/news.

Please note should you need a vehicle license renewed please email us at info@renewit4u.co.za or head on to our website https://renewit4u.co.za, for further added value services please go to visapak.net.

For further assistance you can contact

Cherie Churchyard - Visa Manager
066 475 1475 | Info@visas.co.za

Carla Douglas - National Business Manager
079 884 0331 | Info@visas.co.za

*Offices open on Monday to Friday during 8am-5pm


Re-opening of borders

Re-opening of borders

Published at: 2020-10-08

To all our valued customers and travelers, we are happy to announce that as countries are reopening their borders, we are ready to help you with your visa needs.
To find a updated Restrictions guide please visit: https://indd.adobe.com/view/5cb86635-411d-4a89-ac5e-5c5373594299 or email us on info@visas.co.za

Travellers intending to visit South Africa will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa.

Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened, should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.

Any person from a country listed as having a high COVID-19 infection and transmission rate, who wish to undertake a business travel into South Africa, may with effect from 01 October 2020, apply to the Minister of Home Affairs and demonstrate reasons for their request to enter the Republic for business purposes during the period of the national state of disaster.
For more information on restrictions and high risk countries visit; https://www.gov.za/.../indivi.../travel-coronavirus-covid-19

Thank you for choosing VisaPak to handle your Visa needs.


Australian quarantine fees

Australian quarantine fees

Published at: 2020-09-08

To all our valued customers and travelers,

Australia’s 14-day quarantine fees, payable by travellers, are as follows;

- Single adults are charged AUD3 000 (R36 566) for New South Wales and South Australia quarantines. Additional adults in quarantine are charged AUD1 000 (R12 192) while children over three years old are charged AUD500 (R6 092).

- Quarantine in Western Australia for one adult costs AUD2 520 (R30 708); two adults travelling together are charged AUD3 360 (R40 940) and the charge for a family of four is AUD5 040 (R61 407).
- Queensland charges one adult in quarantine AUD 2 800 (R34 115); two adults, AUD4 710 (R57 386) and the cost for two adults and two children is AUD4 620 (R56 290).

- Charges for one adult in the Northern Territory is AUD2 500 (R30 336) while the family quarantine rate is AUD5 000 (R60 916).

The Australian High Commission recommends that travellers visit www.smartraveller.gov.au for up-to-date information on Australian travel information.


Sweden Update

Sweden Update

Published at: 2020-07-14

Due to the coronavirus and the temporary entry ban to Sweden, the Swedish Migration Agency has decided that the majority of visa applications will be rejected. This applies if you wish to visit Sweden and are a citizen of a country outside of the EU.

The extension of the temporary entry ban to Sweden has been extended until 31 August 2020 and easing of restrictions for more travelers. For more information on the travel ban click the following link; https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/about-sweden-non-swedish-citizens/going-to-sweden/temporary-ban-on-travel-to-sweden/.

We also must take into consideration locally if applicants from South Africa can get flights back to South Africa as well as if the quarantine has been lifted in South Africa. VFS are planning to gradually reopen with a limited opening hour, date still to be advised.

For the time being the embassy is open for submissions, by appointment only.
Applicant has to provide a confirmed return booking and state under what exemption to the travel ban he/she is applying.

Commercial flights from South Africa will be on hold for a while as we are in Stage 3. According to the South African Government, South Africa will allow international commercial flights again, in Stage 2. The move between stages will depend on the level of COVID transmission in South Africa among other things, something which remains hard to predict.

Who is exempt from the entry ban?
As of 4 July, the entry ban does not apply to people who:
1. Are an EEA citizen or a citizen of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.
2. Have long-term resident status in Sweden or another EU Member State.
3. Have a residence permit in Sweden or another EEA state, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.
4. Have a national visa for Sweden or a national visa valid longer than three months in another EEA State, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City.
5. Have family ties as specified in Chapter 3a, Section 2, first paragraph, or Chapter 5, Section 3, first paragraph, points 1–4, or Section 3a of the Aliens Act (2005:716) to a person covered by any of points 1–4 or to a Swedish citizen.
6. Lives in one of the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

In addition, the entry ban does not apply to people with an essential need or function in Sweden.
For example, this may be the case for:
· Healthcare workers, researchers in health and medical care and elderly staff;
· Frontier workers;
· Seasonal workers in the agricultural, forestry and horticulture sectors;
· Personnel transporting goods and other staff in the transport sector;
· People covered by Chapter 2, Section 10 of the Aliens Act (2005:716);
· People who work in international organisations or are invited by such organisations and whose presence is necessary for the organisations’ activities, military personnel, aid workers and civil defence staff;
· Passengers in transit;
· People with imperative family reasons;
· Seafarers;
· People in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons;
· People who travel for the purpose of studying; and
· Highly skilled workers, if the job the alien is to perform cannot be postponed or performed remotely.

*The above list of people who can be considered to have an essential need or function is for illustration only and there may therefore be other categories of people who may be exempted. It is the responsibility of the enforcing authorities (primarily the Swedish Police Authority) to determine in each individual case how the exemptions are to be interpreted and which decisions are to be made. The purpose of the measure is to mitigate the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is a temporary measure.

Feel free to contact us if you wish to book an appointment or have any enquiries?


Notification for French Visas

Notification for French Visas

Published at: 2020-07-06

To all our valued customers and travelers,
We are happy to inform you that Capago is opening for submissions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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

Once the application is finalised we will collect and return it to you.
MDS VisaPak is here to make visas easy for you


Ghana and DRC Embassy Update

Ghana and DRC Embassy Update

Published at: 2020-06-24

To all our valued customers and travelers,

We miss you all very much but hope you are keeping safe during these difficult and uncertain times.

We are following up with embassies and visa processing centers continuously so that we can keep you in the know and get your applications processed as soon as the embassies resume processing.

Today we have followed up with the Ghana embassy and the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, we are happy to announce that they will be opening to process urgent business visa applications for travelers.

Our team is ready to assist with the collection, checking and submitting of the applications, once processed we will collect the passports and return them to the traveler.

For both Ghana and the DRC we will need to have 3 to 5 applications to submit to the embassy; so we ask that all applicants remain patient and allow additional time for processing.

Have a wonderful day further and stay safe.

From your trusted visa acquisition team at MDS VisaPak


European Embassy Update

European Embassy Update

Published at: 2020-06-22

To all our valued customers and travelers,

We miss you all very much but hope you are keeping safe during these difficult and uncertain times.

We are following up with embassies and visa processing centers continuously so that we can keep you in the know and get your applications processed as soon as the embassies resume processing.

Today we have followed up with the European countries and Schengen states but with deep regret they are currently still closed and are not yet able to confirm what the new processes will be once they re-open.

The following embassies for European countries are currently not processing visa applications:
• Albania
• Andorra
• Armenia
• Austria
• Azerbaijan
• Belarus
• Belgium
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Bulgaria
• Croatia
• Cyprus
• Czechia
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Georgia
• Germany
• Greece
• Hungary
• Iceland
• Ireland
• Italy
• Kazakhstan
• Kosovo
• Latvia
• Liechtenstein
• Lithuania
• Luxembourg
• Malta
• Moldova
• Monaco
• Montenegro
• Netherlands
• North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia)
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Romania
• Russia
• San Marino
• Serbia
• Slovakia
• Slovenia
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• Ukraine
• United Kingdom (UK)
• Vatican City (Holy See)

We would like to assure you that we will keep checking and as soon as we have an opening date and the new processes that will be followed, we will update you.

Have a wonderful day further and stay safe.
From your trusted visa acquisition team at MDS VisaPak