Visa and Passport Updates

December 14, 2018

CIBT Visa News
New China Visa Application Procedure and Fingerprints
Beginning on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, all Chinae visa applicants in Canada will need to provide fingerprints in person at the Visa Application Center in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, or Vancouver. Before fingerprint collection is required and beginning Monday, December 17, 2018, the China visa application and photograph process will change slightly. The most up to date forms and instructions can be found on the
CIBT website.

After January 1st, 2019, travellers will need to gather and send to CIBT the forms, documents and supporting materials required by China. Once we have received all the application materials, we will contact the traveller to book an appointment for fingerprints. Travellers whose applications are submitted to the consulate before December 31, 2018 may not require a fingerprint appointment.

We will meet each traveller personally before their fingerprint appointment to provide them with the necessary documents for signature and answer any last minute questions. After the fingerprints are taken, the application package will be complete and the consulate will issue the visa. Processing speeds at the consulate are unchanged. Once the visa is issued, CIBT will deliver it as we have before. 

Please
visit our website, for the most up to date information on the requirements for a visa to China.

New Document Preparation Service for Cambodia and Pakistan 
Need a convenient way to complete your Cambodia or Pakistan visa application? If you are planning an important trip and need to ensure your application goes smoothly, use our Document Preparation Service and a senior CIBT Consultant 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 complete application via a secure and encrypted email keeping your personal information safe. We also offer this service for other destinations, just look for the specially marked questionnaire next time you apply for a visa. Start your application today and take advantage of our fast, easy, and convenient Document Preparation Service.

Consular Updates

Holiday Closures
The CIBT offices will be closing at 2pm CT on December 24th and will remain closed on December 25th to celebrate the holiday season. Many consulates nationwide will be closed during this time period as well resulting in an increase in processing times. Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa application needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today. 

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

December 6, 2018

CIBT Visa News
New Document Preparation Service for Egypt and Tanzania 
Need a convenient way to complete your Egypt or Tanzania visa application? If you are planning an important trip and need to ensure your application goes smoothly, use our Document Preparation Service and a senior CIBT Consultant 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 complete application via a secure and encrypted email keeping your personal information safe. We also offer this service for other destinations, just look for the specially marked questionnaire next time you apply for a visa. Start your application today and take advantage of our fast, easy, and convenient Document Preparation Service.

China’s Strict Photo Requirements - Your Photo Could Influence Your Visa Approval
China is one of the top visa destinations in the world with some of the most strictly enforced photo requirements. Photos are required as part of the visa application and must meet very specific rules including size (exactly 48mm tall and 33mm wide), date taken, and facial position among others. If these rules are not met, your visa application could be denied. You can avoid that risk with CIBT’s Digital Photo Service. Use your own camera and take a photo in the comfort of your home or office, then simply upload it to our website. We will take care of the rest and ensure your photo meets government and consular requirements. See how it works.

Holiday Travel Plans? Apply Today.
The holiday season is here and Canadian nationals with international travel plans should ensure they have enough time to acquire their travel visas. Many consulates experience an increase in visa requests during the holidays and the start of the new year. This increase along with holiday closures can cause a delay in processing times. CIBT has the expertise and tools to help you navigate the complex visa requirements and quickly complete your application and supporting documents. Avoid unexpected delays, disruptions, and uncertainty; apply for your visa today with CIBT.

Consular Updates

Vietnam - Ottawa
The Consulate of Vietnam in Ottawa is closed every Tuesday and Thursday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Vietnam

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

November 29, 2018

CIBT Visa News
New Document Preparation Service for Algeria and Ghana 
Need a convenient way to complete your Algeria or Ghana visa application? If you are planning an important trip and need to ensure your application goes smoothly, use our Document Preparation Service and a senior CIBT Consultant 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 complete application via a secure and encrypted email keeping your personal information safe. We also offer this service for other destinations, just look for the specially marked questionnaire next time you apply for a visa. Start your application today and take advantage of our fast, easy, and convenient Document Preparation Service.

Traveller Registration for Holiday Travel
The holiday season is here and if you are travelling abroad, it's not too late to sign up for Traveller Registration. Our Traveller Registration service provides travellers with important information about safety conditions in the countries they are visiting and can help them make informed decisions about their travel plans. This service also allows the local Canadian Embassy to contact you should any unexpected event occur during your trip. Traveller Registration allows you to stay informed, connected, and safe. Learn more and register here

Concierge Service
Don’t put your travel plans at risk. A dedicated Concierge Specialist will manage the entire process from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your request is approved as quickly as possible. Learn more.

Consular Updates

Thailand
Travelers who have visited a Yellow Fever risk area within the last three months must provide a copy of a valid Yellow Fever Certificate when applying for a visa to Thailand. Click here for all of your Thailand visa requirements.

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

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