08.07.2011 Delays with British visas in Moscow

British Council

The British Consulate in Moscow can’t issue visas in time, reports Geo Meridian portal. Visas are often delayed for 2-3 weeks. As a result, only on the past weekend about 60 families couldn’t go on vacations to the Great Britain, including tourists from the regions of Russia.

According to reports of Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), because of these delays tourists are losing the money paid for tours, as certain insurance companies refuse to pay the sum insured in such cases.

Remember, that serious problems with visa issue began already in May. Although, the operation of visa center was somewhat improved about the same period. So, its working time was extended by as much as two hours. Moreover, there was introduced a new paid service – reception of documents beyond the usual working hours.

The existing situation undermines the travelers' trust in tourist agencies and British destination as a whole.

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