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Welcome to our blog, where our specialist team of experts share the best news, opinions and content around document legalisation and travel visas. We aim to inform as well as entertain you, keeping you up to date with the latest in global relocation matters. We hope you enjoy it!


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What’s happening in 2020 – Get your visa sorted for the big events of the year!

The year ahead will be full of exciting events across the globe, including many large sporting events that are sure to attract thousands of visitors. After experiencing long waiting times for visa appointments and extended processing times for visas in busy periods in 2019, we’re here to give you the heads up so you don’t miss out on that special trip to the big events of 2020!

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Legalisation for Thailand – The Complete Guide

Thailand is becoming an increasingly popular expat destination, especially for those wishing to teach ESL (English as a Second Language). Due to changes brought in by the government in May 2018 which now require all documents to be legalised in-country before travelling to Thailand, we’ve put together a complete guide on these processes. What is the legalisation process? Legalisation, also...

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The UK Legalisation Process for China Is Changing – New Costs Issued

As of the 8th of November 2019, the process for legalising UK documents for China has changed. There have also been increases in the costs levied by the Chinese authorities as well as where the documents are handled. We have updated our full guide on these procedures which you can read here, but the following posts details the changes and...

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Requirements for Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English as a Foreign Language, otherwise known as TEFL, is a great way to travel the world whilst also gaining teaching experience.  Whether you would prefer to explore Europe, have an awesome Asian adventure, hit South America, or anywhere else, there are schools everywhere looking for teachers; providing you with the opportunity to live and work in a whole...

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Christmas Travel – Are Your Documents Valid For Your Winter Break?

‘Tis the Season to Travel!…but how easy is it to go to the most popular Wintertime destinations? Our Visa expert Jess has put together a guide on the requirements for travelling to the Christmas hotspots. Christmas markets, festive theme parks, even a bit of winter sun! There are many reasons why travelling abroad in the holiday season is an enticing idea and...

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Don’t lose access to the sites you love overseas – VPN for expats

Originally designed for business use, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers security and encryption of your data when using the internet. With increasing awareness of safety online often being an issue, using a VPN is becoming more popular, especially for those relocating or travelling overseas. What are the other benefits of using a VPN, and why is it quickly becoming...

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Chinese Transit Visa – More Cities Ready To Be Explored

China’s G-Visa, the 144 hour transit visa, is about to see some great new destinations added to its list. As of December 1st 2019, the total number of cities and areas you are able to visit with a Chinese transit visa will include more than 20 destinations. The latest additions will allow tourists transiting through China to enjoy some of...

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Driving as an expat – can I use my UK license abroad?

If you’re moving overseas you may be thinking about how you’re going to get around whilst you’re there. Some people who live in a city are more than happy to rely on public transport, which you might find is vastly superior to services in your own country! But if you need to drive, can you use your UK license abroad?

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Get Exclusive Benefits when you join the Vital Consular Corporate Club

If you’re a company or a recruiter hiring overseas, you’ll have come across the term ‘Legalisation‘. The process can be lengthy, time-consuming and expensive, and it’s likely something both you and your candidates/future employees are worried about. As a business, are you doing the best for your company to make sure your new hires arrive in country without issues? As...