Month: August 2016

USA ESTA Advice: Make Sure You Have Everything For Your Trip

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When you are entering into the United States of America you need to have a valid visa, a visa is a way of giving non-citizens clearance to enter a country; however this can be revoked at any time. Usually a visa tends to be a stamp, travel document or an electronic record of authorization.Those who should get ESTA visas ( are those who want to enter the US for business, tourism or transit. If you’re travelling to meet up with clients or any form of business, wanting travel by air or sea to go sightseeing around the US, or even just transiting through the US then you must obtain an ESTA visa. There are so many of different visas, the ESTA being one of the more popular ones. Visas provide people with temporary authorization into a country. The ESTA visa is for international citizens who wish to travel to the US. There are different ways to apply for visas one of the simpler ones is done online, this is the ESTA visa, and this is for the USA Visa Waiver Program.

Read more: Visa Waiver program explained.

This is for international citizens who wish to travel the United States and spend time going around the country visiting different places and monuments. The visa can be applied for online, through ESTA, this means electronic system for travel authorization. It is valid for two years or until your passport runs out depending on which happens first; although you mustn’t exceed the 90 day permitted stay. These are generally approved immediately to avoid any inconvenience, although It can take minutes to find out whether it has been reject or accepted, although it can take up to 72 hours before you want to check your application status and they should be printed off ready for when boarding your flight.

If you choose to go to Walt Disney World then you could visit one of their many theme parks before going to have a nice meal and going back to one of the resorts to go to sleep. They have a range of theme and water parks such as the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park and Epcot.  At the Royal Tyrell’s museum of Palaeontology you can view the collection of more than 130,000 fossils. They also have interactive exhibits to make things more fun for younger ones and lots of skeletal models, this means you can see lots of different prehistoric creatures; to make it even better it’s very informative and knowledgeable so it’s fun and educational.

Canada ETA – Why Not Visit Somewhere New?

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Canada is a stunning place to visit as the area is amazing full of so many fantastic and interesting things to do and visit during your stay, there are also many friendly locals. Some of the stunning places for you to visit during your stay include Angel falls and Banff National Park. Before your visit to Canada, make sure you sort out Canada ETA Visa:

If you want something fun that the kids will enjoy then you could visit Canada’s wonderland or La Ronde which is the six flags amusement park. However if you’re wanting to go out for a meal, why not try somewhere such as the CN tower, which has its own revolving restaurant. When you travel to countries such as the United States and Canada you need to have a valid visa which permits you entry into that country. When getting a visa you can now apply for an electronic travel organization, this allows you to either travel to Canada for business, tourism and transit. The electronic travel authorization will be granted by the Canadian Immigration authorities. All you need to do is apply online by filling in a form and submit a payment; so you need to make sure you have you passport and credit card ready when you are applying.  The applications tend to be approved immediately to stop there from being any inconvenience. To obtain one of these visas you need to have a valid passport and have enough money for your stay in Canada. Anyone with a criminal record, no fly orders and an invalid passport will be rejected. This is to protect Canada’s border and resources. Also to obtain this visa you must have a valid passport, email address and credit card.

This is then valid for 5 years; it also means that you can travel to Canada as long as the visa and passport are valid without having to reapply. You need to make sure that you have it ready for boarding your flight to stop there from being any issues. Remember that Canada’s environment is important to them so take care of the area when you stay there, as you would expect the same from them. Everyone must obtain this visa if they are from a visa free country this includes children. If you are a single parent that is travelling with a child then you need to have a letter from the other parent providing their consent, this is to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Foreign travel advice USA

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Local laws and customs

Laws vary from state to state. When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws. You must carry a passport showing that you have leave to enter or remain with you at all times.

The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people differ hugely across the country. Transgender travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the state of North Carolina. Before travelling please read our general travel advice for the LGBT community. You can find more detail on LGBT issues in the US on the website of the Human Rights Campaign.

Possession or trafficking of a controlled substance in the United States can carry a severe prison sentence and/or fine. Check with each state you are intending to visit to make sure you comply with the personal possession and consumption laws of controlled substances within those states. A list of all types of controlled substances, as listed under the Controlled Substances Act, can be found on the US Department of Justice website.

Details of the assistance offered by the British Embassy and Consulates to British nationals if arrested or detained in the USA is available on GOV.UK.

Read more here.

Foreign travel advice Canada

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Visitors travelling to Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. However, the Canadian authorities have stated that until 29 September 2016, travellers who don’t have an eTA can still board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents (such as a valid passport). For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website. See Entry requirements

From 30 September 2016, if you’re visiting Canada you’ll need an eTA to board your flight unless you’re otherwise exempted (for example, if you have a valid Canadian visa or a permanent resident card). If you have British-Canadian dual nationality you won’t be able to apply for an eTA and you’ll need to present a valid Canadian passport to board your flight to Canada.

For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit theofficial Canadian government website. See Entry requirements

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Severe snow storms are a regular occurrence during winter. Monitor local news and weather reports and visit Environment Canada. See Local Traveland Natural Disasters

Around 724,000 British nationals visit Canada each year. Most visits are trouble free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.


Spend Your Next Family Holiday In Canada

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Canada is a great place for family holidays as there a huge range of fantastic things you can do together and some which you may want to do separately or only a few of you at a time. If you want to go to more scenic, peaceful places which are great for taking pictures then you should visit places such as the Rocky Mountains, The Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. However, if you want to go to places that the whole family can enjoy and have fun at then you should visit Canada’s Wonderland, Vancouver Aquarium and Mont Sainte-Anne which is great for skiing and other winter sports. Although if you decide that you would like to learn about the history of Canada then you should try visiting the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario and Distillery District.

There has been a slight change for when travelling to Canada. There have been no changes for if you are travelling there by land or sea but if you plan on travelling by air you must now obtain an ETA visa, this means electronic travel authorisation visa. This allows you to visit Canada for business, tourism and transit. To be able to obtain this visa you must have a valid passport, a credit card although other cards are accepted and an email. Also, you will be rejected if you have no fly orders or a criminal record for the safety of Canada’s border as this must be protected. This visa provides you with easier and quicker travel. This must be printed and ready for when you are boarding your flight to stop there from being any issues when it comes to travelling. All air passengers who are travelling from visa free countries must have one of these visas; this includes children and nationals from lots of countries such as Britain, Cyprus, Latvia, Poland and Spain. It will last for five years and if you plan on travelling to Canada again during these five years, as long as the visa and your passport are valid you will not have to reapply. You can apply for this online as it online takes a few minutes; when applying you needs to make sure that you have your card and passport ready with you. This is generally approved immediately or at least in a small period of time to avoid any inconvenience.