Five Must Have Tech Devices for Travel

Let’s face it, traveling can be hectic. Even if you are traveling for pleasure you can run into some problems. Luckily, technology has often come to our rescue while traveling. VisaCenter looked into the best technology that can make your next trip much easier.

Five Must Have Devices for Travel

The way we travel has changed over the years. In the past people simply got in the car and headed out on the open road with nothing more than a roadmap. Those days are long gone. With the development of technology now we have powerful tools that can make traveling safer and easier.

1. A lightweight laptop: One piece of technology that you should never leave home without is a laptop. Not only can you access the internet but for those business travelers, a laptop will allow you to work on the go. However, not just any laptop will do. When choosing a laptop for travel make sure to choose one that is lightweight and thin so it does not weigh you down.

2. A pocket wi-fi: While traveling you often run into areas with no internet which can be a nuisance. So instead of doing without the internet why not rent a pocket wi-fi? The global WiFi pocket hotspot router will keep you connected even in the most remote areas. This amazing router will provide limitless internet in Europe, North America, and the rest of the world! Just imagine being able to access your social media accounts without any interruptions. Having your own personal world-wide travel Wi-Fi hotspot means you will always be connected to friends and family. No longer will you have to worry about roaming charges or expensive phone bills. Its compatible size is perfect for those busy travels and it is no larger than a smartphone. The best part is you don’t even have to buy it. You simply pay a small rental fee and return it when you get back home from your trip.

3. GPS unit: GPS units are great for traveling in the car. They will help you navigate and an accurate GPS unit will allow you to do away with those hard to read maps.

4. A good smartphone: While most of us have smartphones already, you might want to get a new one if you plan to travel long distances. Choose a smartphone with a long-lasting battery and one that gets reception in the area you’re planning to travel in.

5. A smartwatch: Another handy device to have while traveling is a smartwatch. Smartwatches are easy to carry and can provide many of the same services that a smartphone does.

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Travel insurance for Canadians, it’s worth it!

While we hope that you never need to actually use your travel insurance, having one is not only required but it’s also a practice of basic common sense. Accidents do happen and often at the worst possible time. Traveling to another country can be a wonderful way to make new friends, discover new places you’ve only read about, and no matter your age, increase your knowledge of the world. However keep in mind that no one is invincible, and knowing that emergencies won’t get out of hand can provide you with the reassurance needed by your family members who are not joining you on your journeys.

 

We at VisaCenter are here to provide you with several useful few tips to keep in mind in regards to your travel insurance.

  1. You must ensure that your chosen travel insurance provider includes coverage for emergency treatments and hospitalizations. Not all carriers cover medications and physician’s office visits. Those who are seeking a travel insurance that will meet such requirements should make sure that urgent medical care and emergency room visits are also covered by the insurance as a standard coverage, and not as an additional option sold separately.
  2. Travellers often assume that costs for such insurance coverage are quite high, however, this does not need to be the case. It is possible to get a low cost travel insurance that not only is affordable for most people’s budgets but that will also cover, and adequately so, any related medical costs incurred during a stay in USA, Australia, Russia, China, Africa, Schengen countries (Europe).
  3. Your travel insurance policy number and other information should be readily available in the event that you need to present it to health providers. We recommend making a photocopy of your travel insurance documents prior to traveling. Do not wait until you need healthcare services to look for your policy in your luggage.
  4. Your policy information should also be safeguarded to prevent fraudulent use of your insurance by scammers and other criminals at another location. It would not be cost-effective to acquire a low-cost travel insurance only to have it be misused by someone illegally. Being careless with your information can sometimes create hardships when may require to obtain travel insurance again in the future.
  5. In addition to health and medical coverage when traveling, protecting your luggage from loss is one of your most important duties during transit. After you’ve arrived at your destination, finding out that another passenger has run off with your gear can be a horrible shock. Protecting the investment you’ve made in your gear can also be covered, making losses such as this less painful.
  6. Another aspect of travel is discovering that cancellations do happen. Unless the fine print states that you’ll receive a refund, often you’ll have to wait for a replacement of what you’ve purchased. This can create extreme hardship especially in the case of accommodations. Cancelled flights, cancelled accommodations, and even cancelled excursions can all also be covered by travel insurance policies. While you might be able to catch another flight, or wait a few hours until the next one leaves the airport, this can cause you to lose your intended hotel room. If your hotel has cancelled, where will you stay in your destination city? A tour can easily be replaced, but finding another that will suit your needs and in the same time frame might not be found so easily.

 

Searching for the right policy may take some time, so starting as soon as you know you’ll be needing it will take a lot of the pressure off you and allow you to find the perfect policy that covers all of your needs. As always, if you have any questions or want to get a price quote on travel insurance, call or us or simply visit at: https://www.visacenter.ca/travel-insurance#top

 

 

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We demystify the reasons why your visa application may be delayed or rejected.

Why you travel visa application may be denied

Why you travel visa application may be denied

If you are traveling to a country with entry visa requirements, you must apply for a travel visa in advance and prepare all required documents properly. Coming from VisaCenter experience, there may be a list of reasons why your visa application may be delayed in its processing or rejected completely.

 

11 reasons your visa application is delayed:

  1. Visa application form is incomplete, i.e. while completing it you have omitted one or several items.
  2. Visa application is not signed and/or not dated.
  3. Visa application form is not in the required format. Many countries now require that the visa application form be first filled-out on-line and then printed out. Russia, Brazil, and India are examples of countries that require this format. In other cases, such as China, visa application forms must be filled out on your computer and then printed, but not filled out by hand.
  4. Passport is not signed by the owner. The holder must sign Page 3 of his or her Canadian passport.
  5. Passport is damaged. This applies to obvious damage, such as torn pages, cover(s) or unauthorized, non-official markings (scribbles made by your child or notes by yourself). In addition, a “washed” passport is also unacceptable. It may seem OK to you, but not to the visa officer at the consulate.
  6. Photos not in line with requirements. Photo booth photos or self-made photos are not acceptable. You may have your photo taken at any VisaCenter office locations or at a professional outlet, like Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.
  7. Additionally required documents are not presented, presented incompletely or do not meet the standards. Each country has a different list of documents that must be submitted along with the core ones (passport, photo and visa application form). In some cases it is an invitation from the person or organization from that country, or /and bank statement, printed out itinerary, International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever, etc. Some consulates are asking applicants to bring an extra copy of some of the documents being submitted. For example, when you submit for Russian visa you must attach a copy of the main page of the applicant’s passport.
  8. Incorrect payment of consular visa fee, in the case of an incorrect amount or form of payment. Most consulates accept only money orders, so sending them cash or personal cheques is classified as an incorrect form of payment.
  9. Incorrect mailing address. In many cases, consular divisions of embassies are located at locations different from the address of the embassy itself. If you send your visa application directly to the embassy, you can be sure to expect a delay in processing. In the case of Russia and China, neither the embassy nor the consulate accepts visa applications from the general public. You must use a visa center only – no other choice.
  10. No return pre-paid envelope/waybill enclosed to return your passport with visa or enclosing the envelope of the service that the consulate is not using. Some consulates, for example, are using only certain courier companies and if you attach a pre-paid waybill from a different company they will not send it back to you.
  11. Political and/or consulate relations between two countries. Sometimes when the relations between countries are getting worse, this may negatively reflect on visa issuance processing.

Top 5 reasons your application is rejected:

  1. The country you intend to enter has blacklisted you.
  2. You have provided false, in-complete information
  3. You failed to meet additional requirements
  4. You failed to attend a visa interview at the consulate.
  5. You failed to pass a visa interview at the consulate.

In the majority of cases, consulates do not provide any explanation or detail as to why a visa application has been rejected and/or you are denied an entry visa.

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Travel Visas News Digest

Round up of the major news related to travel visa issues:

– Georgia leaves Punjabi farmers in lurch, denies visa to many. Details: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2014/20140831/main4.htm
– China may expand its 72-hour visa-free policy for foreigners in a bid to boost the
country’s tourism. Details: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-08/21/c_133573952.htm

– Taiwan will deny residence and work permits to people with drug abuse history. Details:  http://m.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2014/08/22/415477/Drug-using-visa.htm
– Indian E-visa scheme hits inter-departmental roadblock. Details: http://m.timesofindia.com/india/E-visascheme/hits-inter-departmental-roadblock/articleshow/40445610.cms

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Travel Visas News Digest

Visa to Canada

Round up of the major news related to travel visa issues:

CAN+ visas: China, India, Mexico get 10-year multiple-entry visas to Canada . Details: http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=23422

China wants Thailand to allow Chinese tourists to visit without visa. Details: http://www.eturbonews.com/47922/china-wants-thailand-allow-chinese-tourists-visit-without-visa

As of july getting visa to India has become more difficult. Details: http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/07/08/visa-backlog-lost-passports-pathetic-customer-service-cox-kings-global-services-leaves-india-travelers-us-bureaucratic-mess/

Brazil to issue three-year visa to Lebanese citizens. Details: http://www2.anba.com.br/noticia/21864263/diplomacy/brazil-to-issue-three-year-visa-to-lebanese/

Bahrain relaxes visa restrictions for 64 countries. Deatils: http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/20946-bahrain-relaxes-visa-restrictions-for-64-countries/

Reunion abolishes visa for Chinese and Indian tourists. Details: http://www.eturbonews.com/47654/reunion-abolishes-visa-chinese-and-indian-tourists

British visa hell for Russian travellers. Details: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/society/10966838/british-visa-hell-russians.html

South African travelers need visa for Kenya from July 1 Details: http://www.eturbonews.com/47042/south-african-travelers-need-visa-kenya-july-1

UAE Citizens To Travel Visa-Free To Kazakhstan From July 15. Details: http://gulfbusiness.com/2014/07/uae-citizens-travel-visa-free-kazakhstan-july-15/#.U8bFQ7GiNnA

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Travel Visas News Digest

Here is the round-up of the major news related to travel visa issues:

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Travel Visas News Digest

Here is the round-up of the major news related to travel visa issues:

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Travel Visas News Digest

 

Here is the round-up of the news related to travel visa issues for the last 2 weeks:

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How to Get Russian Visa to Attend Sochi 2014

 

Visacenter.ca provides visas to RussiaTo ensure the security of the Games Russian authorities has introduced special visa regime for Sochi and area for the time of the Olympics (Feb 07-23) and Paralympics (Mar. 07-16).

Russian Embassies and Consulates WILL NOT be issuing regular tourist visas for applicants going to Sochi. To be able to obtain Russian visa to go to Sochi Olympics the following document must be presented:

1. Original passport valid at least till October 2014.
2. Filled out and signed visa application form. The form must be filled out on-line at the Russian Foreign Ministry web site (http://visa.kdmid.ru), printed out and signed. If you need help use this detailed manual on how to fill-out Russian visa on-line application form.
3. One photo as per the following specs – http://www.visacenter.ca/pdf/additional-russian-visa-photo-requirements.pdf
4. Tourist visa support documents specially prepared for Sochi 2014. If you do not already have them you may apply here: http://www.russian-visa-invitation.com.
5. Copy of one of the following: Spectator Pass, Event Ticket, Receipt for Event Ticket purchase.

What is the Spectator Pass?
Spectator Pass means a document which presented together with the Ticket allows a Ticket Holder to be eligible to be granted access to a Venue to attend a specific Session on the date indicated on the Ticket. The Spectator Pass is an additional feature established by Sochi 2014 for the purpose of providing security for all Ticket Holders at the Venues at Games-time. The Spectator Pass is free of charge. The Spectator Pass issuing procedure is defined by the Sochi 2014 and is described at the Sochi 2014 Website. In order to obtain Spectator Pass a Ticket Holder has to provide Sochi 2014 with their Personal data. Sochi 2014 reserves the right to either grant a Spectator Pass or deny it.

How and where to get the Pass?
Follow this link – https://pass.sochi2014.com/sochi/#tab_main (copy-paste it into your browser).

Where to purchase tickets for Sochi 2014?
Follow this link – http://tickets.sochi2014.com/tickets.htm?language=en (copy-paste it into your browser)

Where to get more info, advice and assistance with processing of Russian visas to Sochi 2014?
You may visit the following page for more information on Russian visas http://russia.visacenter.ca and if you need help with visa processing ask Visa Center which has offices across Canada (http://www.visacenter.ca/corporate/contact.html)

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13 Reasons why your visa application may be delayed or rejected.

If you are traveling to the country with entry visa regime then you need to apply for entry visa in advance.

Coming from Visacenter experience there may be a list of reasons why your visa application may be delayed in its processing or rejected completely.

Reasons for your visa application to be delayed:

1. Visa application form is incomplete, i.e. while completing it you have omitted one or several items.
2. Visa application is not signed and/or not dated.
3. Visa application form is not in the required form. Many countries now require that visa application form be first filled-out on-line and then printed out. This apply, for example for visa application forms for Russia, Brazil, India. Some of them, like China, requires that visa application forms must be filled out on your computer and then printed, but not filled out by hand.
4. Passport is not signed by the owner. There is a special place on page 3, usually, where the holder of this document must put the signature.
5. Passport is damaged. It applies to obvious damage, like torn pages, cover(s). Unauthorized, non-official markings on the page (like scribbles made by your child or notes by yourself). Or less obvious, like when you wash your passport. It may seem OK to you, but not to the visa officer at the consulate.
6. Photo is not up to the requirements. Photo-booth are absolute no-no these days and self-made photos are not acceptable in many cases. You have to take your photo at any Visacenter office or at the professional outlet, like Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.
7. Additionally required documents are not presented, presented not in full or do not meet the standards. Each country has a different list of the documents that must be submitted along the core ones (passport, photo and visa application form). In some cases it is an invitation from the person or organization from that country, or /and bank statement, printed out itinerary, International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever, etc.
8. Payment of consular visa fee is in-correct: it may be incorrect amount or form of payment. Most consulates are accepting only money-orders, so sending them cash or personal cheque is incorrect form of payment.
9. Incorrect mailing address. In many cases the consular divisions of the embassies are located at addresses different from the address of the embassy premises. If you send your visa application to the embassy it will be definitely delayed in processing.
10. No return pre-paid envelope/waybill enclosed to return your passport with visa or enclosing the envelope of the service that the consulate is not using. Some consulates for example are using only certain courier companies and if you attach pre-paid waybill from different company they do not send it back to to you.
11. Political and/or consulate relations between two countries. Sometimes when the relations between the countries are getting worse, this may negatively reflect on visa issuance processing.

Reasons for your application to be rejected:

1. You are black-listed by the country where your are going to.
2. You have provided false, in-complete information or failed to meet additional requirements or failed to attend visa interview at the consulate.

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