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    UK Raises Visa Fees For Students, Tourists



    The United Kingdom’s government has announced an increase in the cost of student and tourist visas.

    The pay for a student visa has been raised from £127 to £490, according to a statement released by the UK’s Home Office on Friday, while the fee for a visit visa for less than six months has been raised from £15 to £115.

    “The changes mean that the cost for a visit visa for less than six months is rising by £15 (₦14,592.70) to £115 (₦111,878.28 ), while the fee for applying for a student visa from outside the UK will rise by £127 (₦123,537.58) to £490 (₦476,677.59), to equal the amount charged for in-country applications.”

    According to the Home Office, the rises are the result of legislation passed by Parliament on Friday.

    It stated that the fee increase will help the government to pay for essential services and prioritize greater money for the public sector.

    According to the statement, income from fees collected is critical to the Home Office’s ability to administer a sustainable immigration and nationality system.

    The revisions come less than six months after the United Kingdom announced increases in visa application fees and health levies.

    The Home Office also stated that when determining fees, care is taken to minimise the funding contribution from British taxpayers while continuing to provide a service that is appealing to people desiring to work in the UK and supports broader prosperity for all.

    “Today’s changes do not include the planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which are scheduled to be introduced later in the Autumn,” the statement added.
    Full statement

    Increases to immigration and nationality fees to pay for vital services and allow more funding to be prioritised for public sector pay rises are set come into effect on 4 October, following legislation being laid in Parliament today (15 September).

    The changes mean that the cost for a visit visa for less than six months is rising by £15 to £115, while the fee for applying for a student visa from outside the UK will rise by £127 to £490, to equal the amount charged for in-country applications.

    In July, the government announced a 15% increase in the cost of most work and visit visas, and an increase of at least 20% in the cost of priority visas, study visas and certificates of sponsorship.

    Income from fees charged plays a vital role in the Home Office’s ability to run a sustainable immigration and nationality system.

    Careful consideration is given when setting fees to help reduce the funding contribution from British taxpayers, whilst continuing to provide a service that remains attractive to those wishing to work in the UK and support broader prosperity for all.

    The changes include:

    Fees for up to 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 year visit visas.
    The majority of fees for entry clearance and certain applications for leave to remain in the UK including those for work and study.
    Fees for indefinite leave to enter and indefinite leave to remain.
    Convention travel document and stateless person’s travel document.
    Health and Care visa.
    Fees in relation to certificates of sponsorship and confirmation of acceptance for studies.
    The in and out of country fee for the super priority service and the out of country fee for the priority service. The settlement priority service will reduce so it is aligned with the cost of using the priority service.
    Applications to Register and Naturalise as a British Citizen.
    The fee for the User Pays Visa Application service.

    Subject to Parliamentary approval, the immigration and nationality fees will increase from 4 October 2023. Today’s changes do not include the planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) which are scheduled to be introduced later in the Autumn.


    The prices of tickets and tourist packages show a decrease



    We hope that the increase will continue to moderate in the coming months and hopefully with the possibility of a reduction in these prices that will benefit consumers and generate an increase in demand for products and services, in view of the end of the annual season,” he said. said. Paula Cortes Calleexecutive president of Anato.

    Between January and May, 11,687,419 passengers were transported domestic flightswhich represented a decrease of 12% compared to the same period in 2022.

    In fact only between March and May, with the suspension of flight routes Live And Ultrathe reduction has been 19%, according to data from the Civil aviation.

    Anato analyzes that prices stabilize much faster than the national total, “since the maximum increase in air transport in the year was 42.8% (in February) and in the case of tourist packages 20.5%% (in March)”.

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    Things to Know Before You Go to Montenegro



    As the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Montenegro is a little-known country in southeast Europe that provides tourists with a wide variety of activities. This tiny Balkan nation has a lot to offer, from its magnificent Adriatic coastline to its untamed alpine scenery.
    Visa Requirements and Currency
    Verify the visa requirements for your country of residency prior to starting your trip to Montenegro. Fortunately, a lot of people don’t need a visa for brief stays in Montenegro, usually up to 90 days in a six-month period, including most European residents. However, before departing, make sure to confirm the most recent visa requirements with the Montenegrin embassy or consulate in your nation of residence.
    Because Montenegro uses the Euro (EUR) as its official currency, visitors from the Eurozone can easily go there. In cities and towns, ATMs are commonly available, and the majority of businesses take credit cards. This is also one of the most sustainable ways to travel. Although it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases, Montenegro’s banking system is generally dependable and will give you fast access to money while you’re there.

    Language and Communication

    The majority of Montenegrins speak English, especially in tourist areas, despite the fact that Montenegrin is the official language. Due to the historical and linguistic connections between these nations, Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian are also commonly understood. Your vacation experience can be improved and you can interact with the people more if you learn a few simple Montenegrin phrases.
    Since English is widely spoken in hotels, eateries, and tourist destinations, you may still get around the nation without having a strong command of the language. Both English and Montenegrin are used on the majority of road signs and information panels. Due to the ease of communicating in both languages, Montenegro is a place that is open to visitors from around the world.

    Best Time to Visit Along its coastline,
    Montenegro experiences a Mediterranean climate, but its mountainous interior experiences a continental one. Your tastes and interests will determine when is the best time to go. Plan your trip between June and September when the Adriatic Sea is at its most tempting if you prefer the beach and mild weather.
    The summertime provides the best weather for swimming, water activities, and tanning, as well as lots of different accommodation options. Still, if you wish to make the most of your time here, you could look into comfy luxury holiday apartments for rent and feel like a local every single day!
    However, if you enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities in the highlands, spring and fall, especially April to June and September to October, provide the best weather. Temperatures are milder during these times, making it pleasant to go on outdoor adventures and explore national parks.
    Cuisine and Local Delights
    The cuisine of Montenegro is surely one of its attractions. The cuisine of Montenegro is a delicious fusion of influences from the Mediterranean and the Balkans, delivering a wide range of flavors that will tempt your palate. Don’t pass up the chance to sample regional specialties like “cevapi” (grilled ground beef) and “burek” (savory pastries filled with meat or cheese).
    These dishes not only taste great but also showcase the nation’s rich culinary history. Fresh seafood from the Adriatic, such as grilled fish and seafood risottos, will delight seafood enthusiasts. Enjoy a glass or two of the top-notch local wines that Montenegro has to offer while you’re there. Vineyards in coastal areas are well-known for producing fine wines that go well with seafood-based dishes.

    Exploring Montenegro
    Despite being a relatively tiny nation, Montenegro is crammed with unique attractions that appeal to a wide range of interests. You can find charming towns like Kotor, Budva, and Herceg Novi along the coast, each with its own personality and background. The breathtaking bay vistas and ancient old town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are its most well-known features. Spend hours exploring its winding, cobblestone streets and finding tucked-away squares, churches, and cafes. You can travel to Montenegro by plane which makes this travel a lot easier.
    If you enjoy the outdoors, visit Durmitor National Park where you can go hiking or just enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Consider staying in one of the several luxury vacation apartments for rent that are offered in well-known tourist areas for a touch of luxury and comfort. These lodgings offer a great starting point for exploring the area.
    From its alluring Adriatic coastline to its untamed mountainous landscape, Montenegro is a tourist destination that provides a rich tapestry of experiences. Remember to research visa requirements before you travel, become familiar with the local currency, and choose the best time to visit based on your interests.

    Although English is commonly spoken, learning a few Montenegrin words and phrases can improve your communication with locals and help you feel more connected to the country’s culture. No matter if you enjoy exploring historic towns or outdoor excursions, be sure to savor the delectable Montenegrin food. You’re ready for a memorable trip through Montenegro – but only if you keep these suggestions in mind!

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    We are in Nigeria airspace to create seamless collaboration — Enived Air boss



    Ehiogie O Hope is the CEO/Accountable Manager, Enived Air and Logistics Ltd. In this interview with WALE OLAPADE, he speaks on his plan to create seamless collaboration in the Nigeria airspace and other sundry issues.

    You recently opened an operational office for Enived Air in Abuja, what is the motive behind that move?

    Actually since we got our ATOL and with plans to start special travel operations, Abuja is key to that plan. We are also working on other states where we will be servicing when Enived air fully commences its scheduled operations soon by God’s grace. As you know, we are favouring five major start out routes in Nigeria.

    We can say the motive is to be able to influence the travel reality in Nigeria starting from the capital.

    With the recent NCAA Air Travel Organiser’s Licence granted Enived Air & Logistics Ltd, what should the travel public expect and what are your mandate?

    For one who have embarked on what many called an impossible journey/dream/vision, every milestone encourages us to keep going.

    For those who have been following the Enived dream for years, you will agree with me that we come with a standard that focuses on each individual. As we like to put it “we are big enough to accommodate your travel dreams and we are small enough to walk this path to success with you as a travel companion”.

    For us at Enived Air, it’s not just about flying but building a community of travel enthusiasts, travel service providers and of course, travel service buyers too. So receiving the ATOL has further energised us to keep going. I personally believe that the reality of Enived Air as an indigenous airline and being from Edo State after the defunct Okada Air owned by our respected father in the state, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, I believe it will set a platform of possibilities for other young people to go all out for their dreams. I don’t believe anything is impossible. Expect fun, smiles, culture, family experience, transparency, safety and of course, royalty. We are currently building an amazing team of young but smart people under the mentorship of those who have gone ahead of us. Our team will be very exciting and that you can be double sure.

    In what ways are you going to activate the partnership bid to effectively benefit from the industry business value chain to reflect your love for stakeholders’ engagement?

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