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July 2014 Travel News & Alerts

01 July 2014

Embassy Closures for the Month of July

Please be informed that the following embassies will be closed in July on the specified dates:

 

1) Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore: 25th July 2014

                                                                         29th July 2014

 

2) Embassy of Mongolia: 10th-15th July 2014

 

3) Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar: 11th July 2014

 

4) Thailand Embassy: 11 & 14 July 2014

 

No visa applications will be processed during this period.

For further information please contact your travel manager.

Myanmar Visa Application Changes

Effective 2nd July, all Myanmar Business visa applications now require to produce a Register of Company (ROC) letter from a Burmese counterpart.

Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam passport holders are now allowed to stay up to 14 days without visa for Business or Leisure Travel.

For further information please contact your travel manager.

New Security Measures for US-bound flight from the UK

From July 9th, there will be increased screening that could potentially apply to all US-bound flights to and from UK.  This includes transatlantic flights and those connecting the UK to mainland Europe. (Upon new release, the specific routes that are affected has not been determined by authorities.) 

 

The new measures require passengers to demonstrate that electronic devices in carry-on luggage can be activated. If a device is inoperable, the passenger will be barred from taking it abroad the aircraft. The devices in question include all electronic and electrical appliances, including laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Passengers are also advised that deceives in checked baggage could be screened as well. The additional measure could lead to increase time clearing airport security, particularly if passengers are denied access at security lines until they can charge their appliances.

For further information please contact your travel manager.

Earn exchangeable miles and stays with Hilton HHonors and KrisFlyer

From now to September 30 2014, registered HHonors members will earn three KrisFlyer miles per US$1 spent at participating hotels, which come in addition to the usual haul of HHonors points. Hilton HHonors is one of the few hotels that allows travellers to earn both hotel points and airline miles for their stays at brands like Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations and Homewood and Home2 Suites.

The latter comes with a cap of 100 KrisFlyer miles points per stay, and to receive the bonus, you’ll need to register for the offer on the HHonors website and choose ‘Points & Miles’ as your earning style. Valid through end September, you’ll only receive the bonus on ‘completed stays’ throughout this period. Therefore a September 30 arrival with an October 1 departure doesn’t qualify. To grab the KrisFlyer bonus, you’ll need to register before checking-out.

 

For further information please contact your travel manager.

India to Issue out e-Visas soon

The new Indian government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has plans to introduce electronic visa authorization (e-visa) system, the country’s Tourism & Culture Minister has revealed.

Shri Shripad Yesso Naik told an event organised by the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) this week that the new e-visa system will be implemented at the “earliest” opportunity. The move forms part of the election manifesto of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aims to boost the Indian tourism industry.

“Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) becomes operational at the earliest. This will provide a great push to the inbound tourism as we will be able to tap the last-minute traveller, the sponsors of business travellers and executives attending conferences,” he added.

IATO’s president, Subhash Goyal, said he supported Modi’s efforts. “BJP… was the only party which in its election manifesto talked about… tourism,” Goyal said. “That gave the confidence and optimistic feeling that our new minister will be the messiah (sic) for the betterment of the industry.”

Modi has also spoken about current implementations that has hampered the growth of tourism. Over taxation to the tourism sector, visa issues, multiple state taxes especially road taxes and air connectivity from new markets. 

Thai Airways to Reduce Heathrow Service

Thai Airways will reduce its Bangkok to London Heathrow service from 14 trips to 12 weekly in September and October. The national carrier currently operates daily outbound services TG910 and TG916. The former departing Bangkok at 0110 and arriving in London at 0715 local time, and the latter leaving Bangkok at 1250 and landing at LGR at 1855.

Its inbound flights, TG911 and TG917, run on a daily service too, with the former taking-off from Heathrow at 1230 and arriving in Bangkok at 0605 the following day, and the latter leaving LHR at 2130 and landing in Bangkok at 1505 the next day.

But between September 16 and October 25, flights TG910 and TG911 will not operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the exception of Thursday October 9.

Embassy Closure due to Eid al-Fitr

Please be informed that the 28th July is the Singapore national holiday known as Hari Raya or Eid Al-Fitr. Most embassies will close on the Monday, 28th July.

  1. Kuwait Embassy: 28 July – 30 July 2014
  2. India Embassy: 28 July - 29 July 2014
  3. Indonesia Embassy: 28 July – 3 August 2014
  4. Malaysia Embassy: 28 & 29 July 2014
  5. Saudi Arabia Embassy: 28 July – 31 July 2014
  6. Qatar Embassy: 28 July – 30 July 2014
  7. United Arab Emirates Embassy: 28 July – 31 July 2014

 

No visa application will be processed during this period.

For further information please contact your travel manager.