U.S. ends international travel ban

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travellers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. This is in addition to the negative COVID-19 test requirement that already in place.

Russian invitations

Please be advised that due to the announced lockdown in Moscow from 28.10.2021 to 07.11.2021 - all invitations orders made on these days will be accepted only on 08.11.2021. Invitations which are supposed to be ready from 28.10 to 5.11 will be recieved only after 08.11.2021.

Russia abolishes quarantine for foreigners

The 14-day quarantine for Germans and other foreigners who travel to Russia for work purposes will be abolished with immediate effect. German managers and technical stuff can therefore enter Russian Foderation qurantine-free with a valid visa - regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. 
Russian tourist visas

Foreign tourists are able to obtain visas fir six month to visit Russia if they have hotel confirmation
. The relevant law entered into force on August 25. Following the adoption of amendments, tourist visas will be issued for six month if a foreign citizen can provide confirmation of the organisation, registered with the Unified Federal Register of Tour Operators, or a hotel booking or other accommodation confirmation, included in the federal list of classified hotels and other accommodation facilities.

COVID/Who can travel to Russia?

In accordance with Annex Nr. 1 of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation Nr. 635, travellers from the following countries may come to Russia :

Abkhazia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, UK, Hungary, Venezuela, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Egypt, India, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazachstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Cuba, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Maldives, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, North Macedonia, UAE, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, Croatia, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Japan

There are 2 main rules for travellers who are going to visit Russia:

- you must be a citizen of these countries or have a residence permit (or any other document proving the right of permanent resindece)

- you have to enter Russia by plane and only from the territory of your country

COVID-19. Germany lifts ban on travellers from Russia

Germany is lifting a Covid-related travel ban on people from Russia and four variant-hit countries.

The restrictions, which also applied to people from Russia, Portugal, India, UK and Nepal, will be relaxed from Wednesday.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated will also not be required to quarantine. Non-vaccinated people will however still be required to qurantine for up to 10 days, with the option to end their qurantine early with a negative test on fifth day.
Germany restricts travel to Russia

From 29.06.2021 only German citizens and residents will be allowed  to travel into Germany from Russia, which is currently reporting a surge in cases over the delta variant of the COVID. Those allowed to enter from Russia will be subject to a two-week quarantane, regardless of whether they can provide a negative COVID test.
Russia 01.05.21 - 10.05.21 holidays

Russia's President Vladimir Putin announced a 10 day non-working period in the country to prevent a surge in novel coronavirus cases.

Speaking at a meeting with country's chief sanitary officer on Friday, Putin backed her recommendation to lengthen public holidays in Russia from May 01.05.21 to 10.05.21.
Indian e-Visa

India has now restarted e-Visa facilities for 156 countries. This e-Visa facility is applicable for international travellers from 156 countries, who wish to visit for conferences, medical purposes or business. The e-Visa also extends to medical attendants.
Russia resumes flights to Germany

The crisis center noted that regular flights would be resumed in a limited format. Most quotas have been allocated for routes to and from Gemany: flights will depart to Frankfurt am Main five times a week, from St.Petersburg to Frankfurt am Main - three times a week and from Moscow to Berlin three times a week.

Russian invitations for a Business visa can be ordered from now on in the usual way. For processing it is important that you have a residence permit for Germany.

China. Online Health Declaration

Starting from November 28 th 2020, non-Chinese nationals who are to fly to China from the European Union and United Kingdom need to apply for Health Declaration Certificate online The Chinese Embassies will no longer accept applications for Health Declaration Certificate via E-Mail.

Non-Chinese nationals could access the Health Declaration Certificate system on PC, mobile phone or other terminals to fill in the information, declare the health conditions an dupload tests reports. After the Chinese Embassy examines and approves the application, the passenger will receive an electronic Health Declaration Certificate via the online system, which is a green QR code marked with "HDC". Passengers must present the green QR code with the "HDC" mark to the airline staff for verification before checking-in.
Russian invitations

Due to the requirements of the Ministry of Health, the Russian goverment will probably not allow European citizens to enter Russia until September 1, 2020. In addition, no ministerial invitations will be issued so far. 

However, there are exceptions for the following categories of people who may request a visa:

- Accredited or appointed employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices of foreign States in the Russian Federation, international organizations und their representations, other official representations of foreign States located on the territory of the Russian Federation, officials of the Standing Committee of the Union State, as well as family members of these persons;

- Drivers of international cargo*, crewmembers*, see and river vessels*, train and locomotive crews of international railway transport, employees of intergovermental courier communications, members of official delegations entering the Russian Federation;

- Persons who have diplomatic, official or ordinary private visas issued in connection with the death of a close relative, as well as ordinary private visas issues by the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

* Could be applied by Visa Support GmbH
Important customer information

As part of its stimulus package, the German Federal Government has decided to reduce the applicable VAT from 19 to 16 percent for a limited period of time. The reduced tax rate is valid from 1 July to 31 December 2020. 

We have made the temporary adjustment accordingly, which will allow you to benefit fully from the VAT reduction. We will show the reduced VAT rate on the invoices and charge them accordingly. 

You don't have to do anything else to get the temporary reduction in the VAT rate, the changes are automatically implemented. This rule applies to all customers resident and subject to VAT in Germany. 

Your Visa Support & Business Solutions GmbH team
Restrictions on invitation orders for Russia As a measure to protect against the corona virus, the Russian government will no longer issue invitations to Italian citizens. Neither current nor future invitation orders are processed. The rest of the procedure for issuing visas remains to be seen.
Entry ban for USA

For people who

  • are not US citizens,
  • do not have permanent legal residence in the United States or
  • are not a spouse, parent, child or sibling under the age of 21 of a US citizen or person who is a permanent legal resident of the United States, or
  • have not privileged residence status as a diplomat or employee of international organizations or
  • do not fulfill another exemption under the presidential decree,

an entry ban will come into force immediately if you are in the Schengen area within 14 days of entering the USA in Germany or another country.

India refuses to accept visa applications Currently it is not possible to apply for e-Visa from Germany, nor are Visa applications accepted in the Indian Visa Centers or Consulates. This applies to all nationalities.
Coronavirus related cancellation of Indian visas

- All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain and issued on or before 11.3.2020 and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect.

 - All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and which have been issued on or before 03.03.2020 and who have not yet entered India remain suspended.

- Regular (sticker) visa/e-Visa granted to nationals of China, issued on or before 05.02.2020 suspended earlier continue to be suspended.

- Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany and Spain on or after 01.02.2020 and who have not yet entered India stands suspended with immediate effect.

- All aforementioned restricted category of foreign nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from the nearest Indian embassy/consulate. Italian and South Korean nationals, who are granted fresh visa issued after 05.03.2020 should carry ‘tested negative for COVID-19’ medical certificate from designated laboratories of Italy and South Korea.

- Indians and OCI card holders from Italy and South Korea should carry ‘tested negative for COVID-19’ medical certificate from designated laboratories of Italy and South Korea. OCI card holders of other countries are free from visa restrictions but shall need to undergo mandatory health check upon arrival in India.

- Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc of their visa or grant of any consular service if they choose to do so.

- Holders of Diplomatic passports, Official passports, officials of UN and other international bodies and aircrew from above eight countries are exempted from such restriction on entry. However, their medical screening on arrival is compulsory.

- All foreign and Indian nationals entering into India from any port are required to furnish a pair of duly filled self-declaration forms (including personal particulars i.e. Phone number and address in India) and travel history to health officials and immigration officials at all arrival ports.

These restrictions will remain in force till further orders.

12.03.2020 Update: Currently it is not possible to apply for e-Visa from Germany, nor are Visa applications accepted in the Indian Visa Centers or Consulates. This applies to all nationalities.
Coronavirus related visa restrictions India Foreigners who have been to China on or after Jan 15. 2020, are presently not allowed to enter India from any air, land or seaport including Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan, Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Pak land borders. These visa restrictions will not apply to Aircrew who may be Chinese nationals or other nationals coming from China.
US Visa From February 2. 2020 foreign travelers who have stayed in China in the past 14 days or who want to travel from China will be denied entry to the United States due to the coronavirus outbreak. Previous stays in Hongkong and Macau are not affected.
Our new website is now live! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new website! After a couple of months of hard work and dedication, we are excited to officialy announce the launch! It was definitely time to give our own site a facelift.  It's been 4,5 years since we last redesigned our site and thought it was time to give it a whirl. 

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Visa Support GmbH services and solutions and also to allow you, the visitors, to browse information easier. The new website is of course responsive, built on Mezzanine (Python/Django), and on 1&1 super-fasr hosting! We have ramped up our all of our pages and navigation. Our current and prospective clients will find usefull information about our services on the homepage of our website. 

The Online Management System (OMS) highlight the project we have completed and outline the value produced for each client as a result. 

We are continuimg to update our website with usefull information and news regarding our company and projects, so please do check back with us for updates.

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China: Change-over to biometric visa Since December 16, 2019, visa applicants for China must appear in person at the Visa Application Service Center in order to submit fingerprints. The fingerprints are valid for five years in connection with the passport. Visa Support GmbH will be happy to assist you in compiling the visa application documents and in arranging the appointment to submit your fingerprints. For the next visa application within five years, we are at your disposal with the usual all-round service.