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

 

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

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Shopping Paradise of China

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Shanghai is known as “Shopping Paradise,” so if you are here, then you cannot miss shopping because providing best shopping experience is a part of Shanghai’s tourism industry. In Shanghai, most of the vendors or shopkeepers sell the same thing under one roof or in an open section of space. They believe that if you are selling the same thing, you will attract more customers. Up to an extent, they are right. Here is a list of some best shopping spots in the city of seas, Shanghai.

1. Nanjing road:

This No.1 Commercial street of Shanghai has clusters of wide variety shops including centuries old stores, specialist stores and modern malls, where everything is available.

2. Huahai road:

Equally famous like Nanjing, Huahai Street is known for its elegance. You can find many stores with variety of fashion clothing as well as silk products and malls here offer more cost effective shopping then Nanjing Road. Hundreds of other shops display variety of styles, including western and international brands.

3. Middle Tibet Road

If you are looking to sample one of the best culinary delights offered by Shanghai, then you should visit this place. From traditional snacks to international cuisines, you can find almost anything here. Apart from that, the market has many gift stalls with variety of handmade beautiful crafts making it a one stop destination for visitors.

4. Dong Tai road antique market:

This market is filled with a lot of fun, whether you are looking to buy some antiques or you are looking just to wander around and enjoy the junk. Here, you can find old photos, porcelain, lanterns, chopsticks and much more. Remember to bargain to keep your treasure hunt continued.

5. Taikang Lu

Here, you can find plenty of stylish clubs, art galleries and fashionable boutiques selling everything from silk to designer handbags.

6. The Grand Gateway:

This is the largest shopping mall in Xujiahui district spanning seven floors, 245 shops, plenty of restaurant and recreational facilities. You can find many entertainment venues starting from Bridge Street Dance Club to mini gold. Located on 2118 Hua Shan Road, the Grand Gateway is suitable for people of all ages, a perfect outing for whole family.

7. Shanxi Lu:

This is a highly versatile shopping area where some of the ways lead to low price bargain shopping while other linings of the street offer pricey and upper class clothing, where you can find anything from gorgeous gowns to traditional spices and teas. Surrounding areas of the market are filled with many unique and interesting shops including t-shirt shops, electronics stores, low price DVD/CD house, etc. All of them offer excellent shopping.

8. Yuyuan Shopping City:

It is a place for specialist Chinese goods including local crafts, jade wares, antiques and gold/silver jewellery.

The aforementioned places would be highly useful for you if you are going to visit Shanghai. Make sure that you have a valid travel visa to China that can be obtained at Visa Center in USA, UK and Canada.

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5 Must Visit Places for New Year’s Eve in Shanghai, China


New Year is that time when the whole world rejoices to the tune of a new beginning. To make it grand, the city of Shanghai is buzzed with the festive fervor by hosting events and parties to welcome the New Year. People of Shanghai mostly indulge in clubbing, events, dining and shopping during the New Year. Listed below are some of the best places to make headway for the New Year celebrations.

1. Shanghai Marriott Hotel
Shanghai Marriott Hotel is planning out the New Year celebration themed, The Final Countdown. One can join it throughout the night to sing and dance on the New Year eve at the Champions New Year’s Eve Bash. The party plans to have lively music with DJ, dance, drinks and food. Marriott also plan to have amazing fireworks for the occasion.
2. The Meet
This steakhouse is another best place to take your family and friends for a lavish feast on the New Year’s Eve. This place plans to offer a 4 course dinner with wine and one can also get a chance to win great prizes during the countdown party. The Meet also has a special menu designed for kids.
3. The Brew
For an awesome outdoor barbeque which will help reuniting with family and friends, one can make a move to The Brew, for incredible experience to welcome the New Year. The outdoor barbeque party will be complete with roasting chestnuts, skewers, while dancing to the tunes of live DJ. This place will also offer free flowing beer, house wine, and selected cocktails.
4. glo London
Enliven in the New Year spirits at the glo London. This is a perfect place to party with friends and family all night to the latest hit tunes. Food, music, and drinks add splendor to the occasion.
5. TECHNOW Event
TECHNOW is a popular event hosted by the Austro-German Techno crew MUSHIDO to rejoice the arrival of the New Year. The event is enlivened by huge crowd dancing to the tune of techno beats. This a an amazing place to visit for the occasion if you hang out with a group of friends.
Though there are various other places and events that charm the people of Shanghai during New Year’s Eve, the must-visit places mentioned above will help welcome 2012 in grandeur and style.

If you plan to go to China, plus to the tickets you need to obtain tourist or business visa to enter the country. This can be easily done by contacting one of VisaCenter offices in Canada, USA and UK.

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Incredible destinations for Winter

With the winters gearing up and the holiday season in full swing, it’s time again for adventurists to plan an exciting expedition exploring new places. The world is an open place spotted with some magnificent places. China, Russia, Brazil, Vietnam and Tanzania are the new holiday destinations that attract people from all around the world. You can now avail the expert services of VisaCenter to assist and help you to reach your holiday destination hassle free. Their expertise with in-time travel visa processing ensures you save time running around, exhausting yourself even before your holiday starts. Now you can sit back and plan your holiday.

China can be visited all year round. The month of December has its own charm, with winters in full bloom. Apart from the Great Wall of China other magnificent places that you can visit during the winter months include Temple of Heaven, The Forbidden City, Beijing Capital Museum and Temple of Heaven. Mount Haungshan is one of China’s major tourist destination and is well known for its scenery, sunsets and it’s granite peaks. The Pearl City of Guilin too is endowed with astonishing natural beauty and you cannot leave China without witnessing the verdant vegetation and the clear waters that beautify this land.

The imperial capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg is the most visited city of the country. If offers a wide array of exciting activities during the winters, starting from December. These include ice skating, snow painting and ice sculpture. Various intriguing monuments and heritage centers are scattered across the city and you will surely enjoy visiting them with your family. The city also has the world’s largest museum, The Winter Palace and you must pay it a visit before you depart from Russia. The capital city of Russia, Moscow organizes the world’s best winter festival cherished with musical evenings and wonderful light works. Tread the city of Moscow using the world’s second most heavily used transit system and experience a new world altogether.

Brazil enjoys a massive cultural diversity and therefore no one feels like a foreigner here. The 7000 kilometers of coastline and the vastness of the desert sands of Lencois Maranhenses have an unmatched exuberance. The natural reserves that cover up the Amazon too attract people from across the world. The impressive mountains of Minas Gerais, the noisy waters in the state of Amapa and Para and the beautiful sunsets throughout pampas of Rio Grande do Sul cannot be missed if you visit the country.

The Ha long Bay in Vietnam is a heaven indeed with its 3000 islands and superb sandy beaches. It’s the most magnificent place for visit in Vietnam. Unique floating markets, famous sand dunes and the Temple of Literature can be explored for ultimate fun. Apart from these, the Citadel and the Cu Chi tunnels are two other beautiful places to visit here.

Tanzania is the home of legendary vegetation and a diversity of animals trekking across the plains. The highest peak of Africa Mt. Kilimanjaro, beautiful Lake Victoria and the chain of small islands Zanzibar are the best eminent places to visit here.

All these exotic locations are quite pleasurable to discover but getting a TRAVEL ENTRY VISA for the same not that easy. With the most reliable and rapid processing service, Visacenter.ca is the ultimate destination for VISA solutions and can be easily reached at these websites for Canada, USA and UK.

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