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3 things you need to do before you go to UEFA EURO 2020

Soccer fans around the world are all excited about the upcoming tournament! How to get to the UEFA EURO 2020? What do you need to know before you pack your things in June 2020?

First of all, tickets for UEFA EURO 2020! Just so you know, the first application phase is already over. The next sales phase will start on Dec 2019. You can find the details about the UEFA EURO 2020 tickets purchasing on the official UEFA website.

Second, if you are attending matches in more than one host city/country, make sure you take care of your accommodation and transportation in advance. Hotels and Airbnb services are going to be super busy in any city on the list, so consider booking in advance.

Last but not least, travel visas. If you are already considering certain matches that you want to attend, you probably already know which cities and countries they are going to take place in. For those who don’t know, 12 countries will be hosting the UEFA EURO 2020: Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, and Spain. Depending on the country where the match you want to attend takes place, you should check if you need a travel visa for entering that country.

5 most exciting places to travel in March

Here is the list of destinations that are at their prime in March: best deals, entertainment, fun activities.

It may still feel like winter at home, but many parts of the world are super attractive in the month of March.

1 - Cape Town, South Africa

It is the best time for hiking and cycling and also exploring local wineries and enjoying the “March lilies” flowering all over the city.

2 – Norway

Besides winter activities, such as skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, reindeer sledding, snowshoeing, etc., according to the statistics, March is the best month to see the Northern Lights.

3 - Cartagena, Colombia

In this colorful city of Colombia, you can not only enjoy sunny days and clear skies but also fewer crowds, since the low season is about to start. Hotel rates in March are usually going down.

4 – Jordan

When the weather is warming up in March don’t miss your chance to spend a night out in Wadi Rum. At this time of the year, it is less busy and the almond and olive trees should still be blossoming.

Apply for a Russian Visa and Travel to Russia after COVID-19

The number of countries resuming international flights is gradually growing, ports are opening to accept cruise ships, and some countries in the Schengen area are already issuing tourist visas. Although it is not yet possible to issue a Russian tourist visa, there are good news for those wishing to visit Russia soon.

Who can currently get a visa to Russia?

  • Foreign citizens – family members of Russian citizens (spouses, children under the age of 18, incapacitated children of any age) for a joint trip to Russia. In this case, you need to provide a copy of a document confirming the degree of relationship (copies of passports, birth certificates, marriage, etc.) Applications can only be submitted for single or double entry private visas valid for up to 90 days. The minimum processing time for such applications is 20 business days.
  • Foreign citizens entering the Russian Federation to visit sick close relatives (spouses, parents, children) in need of care. In this case, you need to provide valid documents (copies of documents) issued by a medical organization, as well as copies of a document confirming the degree of relationship. Applications can only be made for single entry private visas valid for up to 90 days. The processing time for these applications is 3 business days.
  • Foreign citizens who are highly qualified specialists entering the Russian Federation for work. In this case, you need to provide a work invitation valid for 3 years. Applications can only be submitted for the issuance of multiple-entry work visas valid for 3 years. The regular processing time for applications is 20 business days (3 business days for expedited processing).

What if I haven’t used my Russian Visa because of COVID-19?

If you received but did not use a Russian visa, the validity of which started on March 15, 2020, and later, the following information from the Russian Foreign Ministry, dated July 23, 2020, regarding the possibility of free visa processing after lifting of restrictions on entry to Russia may be relevant.

After the resumption of work of foreign missions in the visa direction, foreign citizens will be allowed to apply for visas without charging consular fees, while observing all the following conditions:

  • An unused single- or double-entry visa is glued into the applicant's passport, the validity of which begins no earlier than March 15, 2020;
  • The applicant has submitted documents that are the basis for obtaining a visa of the same or lower frequency for a new period of validity;
  • The validity of the issued visa expires within 6 months after the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020, No. 635-r is declared invalid;
  • Along with the documents that are the basis for a new visa, the applicant submits a written application on the exemption from the payment of the consular fees due to force majeure circumstances.

Due to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, please make sure to check the latest updates and contact the airlines to grantee you will be allowed to board the plane.

We are assisting with applications and all supporting visa documents for the process of obtaining Russian visas. Send your request to find out if you are eligible.

It should be noted that all visa and visa-free regimes provided for by international treaties of the Russian Federation remain in force.

Cancellation of 14-day quarantine in Russia

From July 15, 2020, the Russian authorities have decided to abolish the mandatory 14-day isolation for those who enter the country. To do this, the visitor must have a medical document in English or Russian, confirming a negative test for COVID-19. Foreigners will be able to provide a certificate of the PCR test, passed no earlier than three days before arrival in the country, and documents on the presence of immunoglobulin G antibodies (if any).

If a visitor does not have such a document, he will be obliged to take a virus test in Russia within three days. The testing procedure will take place on a paid basis.

Similar rules will apply to Russian citizens who intend to return to their homeland. If their coronavirus test results are positive, they will need to self-isolate at their place of residence until they recover and receive negative coronavirus test results. The decree notes that while on self-isolation, it is necessary to exclude contact with family members who are not infected with COVID-19.

A 14-day quarantine can also be maintained for Russians returning from countries with an unfavorable epidemic situation. If citizens do not have test results for COVID-19, then they will be placed in an observatory until a negative test result.

If you need any assistance with Russian visas, supporting documents, or any other travel questions, contact us and stay safe.

Best travel tips to make a long flight bearable

Long distance traveling is in trend now – more and more travelers tend to explore the world overseas, which makes their flights longer and more challenging.

So we gathered all our experience to make the list of the best travel hacks you can keep in mind when you go for a long flight.

Give your preference to morning flights

Give yourself a chance not to make your long flight even longer. All the delays throughout the day tend to build up by the evening, so it is highly advised to travel in the morning.

Get to the airport early...

...unless you checked-in online 24 hours prior to your flight. But if you didn’t, being late to the airport will be not only stressful, but also you may get the least comfortable seat. In this case your long flight will be just unbearable.

Don’t forget a portable charger

In most cases long flights are pretty entertaining with movies, etc. However, if you are using your own gadgets, you better be prepared. It is actually even recommended to bring your own entertainment in case if your plane cannot offer you any.

Stay hydrated

Long flights are not a good impact on our bodies. Water is the best option oppose to tea or coffee. Other than that, bring your own reusable water bottle, which you can refill at the airport.

Make sure you won’t get turned around on the border

That will definitely make your long flight the worst experience of your life! Check the visa situation for your destination country! ETA, visas on arrival, or even powerful passports in their pockets can make some travelers too self-confident that they are all set for the landing. We do encourage all travelers to check if they need a travel visato reach their desired destination.

Cathay Pacific is ending the daily flight route Vancouver – New York City

One of the most popular flights between North America’s two coasts will be discontinued. No more daily flights from YVR to JFK by Cathay Pacific starting from April 2020.

After 23 years of operation, the flight from the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to JFK service (with a stop at YVR) will no longer exist. According to official reports, this decision has been made since this route has been unprofitable for Cathay Pacific for years because of increased competition from non-stop flights from Hong Kong to New York City.

If you are willing to travel to New York City from Vancouver and try one of the most enjoyable flights, you still have almost eight months to do so. If you have a Canadian Permanent Residency or staying in Vancouver on any temporary visa, check if you need a visa to travel to the USA and use your chance to explore a little bit more.

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Current COVID-19 travel problems for residents and citizens returning to Canada

Main COVID-19 outbreak travel issues and what you should do based on your status when returning to Canada.

As the COVID-19 preventative measures are getting stricter in almost every country, many travellers are facing issues such as flight cancelations, border crossing, and imposed self-isolation, not to mention the huge impact the coronavirus is having on businesses.

The Canadian border is now closed for foreign nationals who are not residents or citizens. Therefore, having your travel documents in order is a smart and responsible approach, if you are trying to return home safely.

We, at AnyVisa, are committed to helping Canadian Permanent Residents, who have issues with their PR cards, get back to Canada. And, of course, other foreign travelers, who require consular assistance to go to their home countries, can rely on AnyVisa for travel document support.

Summarizing the Canadian government’s measures, including the border closure, here is the current situation:

1 – If you are a Temporary Resident traveling to Canada:

  • Such as a Canadian tourist visa holder, student visa holder, or work visa holder, you will not be able to come to Canada until further notice by the authorities.

Death Valley: what to see and what NOT to do

Decided to visit the hottest place on Earth? The Death Valley National Park is waiting for you - all wild and beautiful! Be cautious though and save this tips.

Located in California/Nevada, USA, the Death Valley has been a legendary attraction not only for tourists, but also for movie scenes. When you decide to visit the Death Valley, be prepared to spend at least a few hours there. It's not just one spot, it's a huge territory of sand, dunes, rocks, mountains, and lots of stops for sightseeing. We will focus on a few of them - what is really worth seeing in the Death Valley:

1 - Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. It is the largest dune field in the park. It includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. There is a parking available right in front of the dunes, so it will be totally up to you how much time you spend there - 10 min or a couple of hours. The view is truly mesmerizing, so no wonder if you want to walk a little bit further and further, just be careful and stay on track.

2 - Dantes View is the most breathtaking viewpoint in the park. Here is the bonus for Star Wars fans - two episodes of the famous movie series were filmed in the Death Valley National Park, and the Dantes View was one of the locations used of a scene.

3 - Zabriskie Point is one the most famous viewpoint in the park. If you are looking for a great place for photography, visit Zabriskie Point at sunrise or sunset. The best shots are guaranteed! 

Entering Canada, staying in Canada and other recent updates on travel during COVID

These travel updates are for those who are stuck in Canada due to the pandemic, or can’t wait when Canada lifts its travel restrictions for foreign travelers.

Canada’s Immigration system has been impacted greatly for the past few months. The good news: things are slowly improving.

We would divide the most popular requests that we are getting from our customers into 2 major groups:

  • Requests from those non-residents who are stuck in Canada because of COVID-19;
  • Requests from foreign travelers waiting to come into Canada.

For the first group - it is possible to prolong their legal stay in Canada, as long as all of the documents are well prepared and there is no hidden motive for extending their stay in Canada.

The very recent update from the Government of Canada was announced on July 14, 2020, saying that former workers, students and visitors who remained in Canada, and whose status expired after Jan 30, 2020, will now have extended time to apply until Dec 31, 2020, to restore their status. To find out if you are eligible to apply, contact us.

As for the second group of requests – people are patiently waiting for the borders to re-open for non-essential travel. We have covered in detail the rules for Temporary Residents, Permanent Residents, and Canadian Citizens coming to Canada in our previous blog.


So, who can currently enter Canada?

  • Canadian citizens,
  • Permanent residents,
  • and immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or Permanent resident.

For all other foreign nationals to be eligible to enter Canada, they must meet 2 requirements:

  • They must be traveling for an essential purpose;
  • They must be eithertraveling directly from the US or exempt from travel restrictions.

These measures are in effect until at least August 21, 2020, for travelers coming directly from the US, and July 31, 2020, for all other foreign nationals. The best way to discuss your options in the current situation is by contacting us.

Can you apply for a Canadian Visa meanwhile?

The answer is YES! We can still assist you with Canadian Tourist Visa applications, Student/Work Permits, Business Immigration, PNP, Family Sponsorship files, etc.

What is going to happen next – no one can predict, but we are hoping for the best and will keep you posted on Government Updates. We post travel and immigration updates weekly on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to get recent updates, or contact us directly.

Honeymoon Havens: Discovering the Top 5 Irresistible Destinations for Newlyweds

Honeymoons are a special time for couples to celebrate their love and start their lives together in a new and exciting location. While many popular honeymoon destinations are visa-free for Canadians, there are a number of destinations where Canadians are required to obtain a tourist visa before their trip. In this article, we'll highlight some of the top honeymoon destinations where Canadians require tourist visas.


Vietnam is a great honeymoon destination with scenic beauty and rich culture. From lush jungles to stunning beaches, Vietnam boasts a variety of natural landscapes perfect for romantic adventures. You can experience the culture and history of Vietnam, including ancient temples, imperial citadels, and bustling markets. In addition, Vietnamese cuisine is known for its fresh flavours, healthy ingredients, and diverse culinary styles, making it an excellent place for food-loving couples. Vietnam offers a range of luxury accommodations at affordable prices, allowing couples to enjoy a romantic honeymoon without breaking the bank. As for activities, from hiking in the mountains to kayaking in the bays, there are plenty of outdoor activities for active couples. Last but not least, Vietnamese people are known for their hospitality, making it a welcoming destination for newlyweds.

Most foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Vietnam. There are a few exceptions for citizens of countries that have visa-free agreements with Vietnam, but for most people, a visa is required.


Turkey offers a range of landscapes, from sandy beaches, rolling hills, and towering mountains to historical cities and ancient ruins. Honeymooners can enjoy various activities such as sunbathing on the beaches, hiking in the mountains, and exploring the cultural heritage of cities like Istanbul. Turkey has a rich cultural heritage reflected in its food, architecture, and art. Turkey has many luxurious resorts that offer all-inclusive packages, private beaches, and romantic settings for honeymooners. These resorts provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a chance for couples to relax. Turkey offers excellent value for money, making it an affordable honeymoon destination.

Citizens of most countries, including the majority of countries in Europe, North America, and Asia, are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Turkey. Before travelling, it is important to check the latest visa requirements for your country of citizenship.


India also offers a wealth of options for honeymooners. From breathtaking beaches to historic palaces, from wildlife adventures to cultural experiences, India has something for every type of couple. With its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique experiences, India will surely provide newlyweds with an unforgettable and romantic start to their married life. One of India's most popular destinations for honeymooners is Goa and the Andaman Islands, known for their picturesque beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Couples can soak up the sun, enjoy water sports, and sample delicious seafood. The serene atmosphere and peaceful surroundings make it a perfect location for newlyweds to unwind and spend quality time together.

There are a few exceptions for citizens of countries that have visa-free or visa-on-arrival agreements with India, but for most people, an Indian visa is required.


Greece is home to some of the world's most stunning and iconic landscapes, including the Aegean and Ionian Seas, the towering Mount Olympus, and the rolling hills of the Peloponnese peninsula. The beaches of the Greek islands are particularly stunning, with crystal-clear waters and soft, sandy shores. Greece offers a perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon, with its scenic beauty, rich history and culture, delicious cuisine, relaxing accommodations, and exciting activities. Whether you're looking for a beach holiday, a cultural adventure, or simply a chance to relax and enjoy each other's company, Greece has something to offer.

Citizens of the European Union and European Economic Area countries, as well as citizens of Switzerland, do not need Schengen visato enter Greece. Canadians also do not need a visa to travel to countries within the Schengen area for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, starting from 2024 ETIAS for entry to Europe will be required for citizens of Canada,  the United States, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries.


France has been a number-one choice for a honeymoon destination for decades. One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Eiffel Tower is the epitome of romantic experiences. Couples can enjoy stunning views of Paris from the top, take a picnic in its shadow, or dine in one of its chic restaurants. Also, France is famous for its culinary delights, and the country's wine regions are a must-visit for food and drink lovers. France has a rich cultural heritage and a fascinating history, with castles, palaces, and monuments to explore. Visit the Palace of Versailles, explore the streets of Paris, or wander the galleries of the Louvre to immerse yourselves in the country's rich heritage. So, there is a reason behind the fact that France has been one of the most popular destinations for honeymoons. Whether you prefer adventure, relaxation, or culture, France has something for everyone and is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

France also requires a Schengen visa for citizens of most countries. It is important to check the specific requirements and procedures for a visa you are applying for, as these can vary. If it is your first Schengen Visa you will be required to attend an interview at the Consular/ Visa Center office as part of your application process and provide relevant documentation.

The process of obtaining a visa might get complicated and time-consuming, which you don't want to add up to your busy schedule around the wedding and honeymoon. With years of experience and a team of expert visa specialists in place to assist you, we provide a hassle-free experience that will ensure a smooth and efficient visa application process. So, plan your honeymoon trip, enjoy the beginning of your married life, and let us help you obtain your visa with ease and on time.

How to get a Russian Visa in Vancouver

Many Vancouverites are facing a problem of applying for a Russian visa. Many are still looking for a Russian Consulate in Vancouver, but that’s not what you should start from.

First of all, you need to know the dates and the purpose of your trip to Russia. Based on that, you need to have your Letter of Invitation in order. That would be a good start for getting your package of documents ready for applying for a Russian visa. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the day of exit from Russia. It also has to have a minimum of 2 blank visa-designated pages. Based on the type of your visa (tourist/private/work/business/study/humanitarian), additional documents will be required.

Our visa specialists will guide you through the list of documents you will need for your type of visa. You can either order a quick consultation, if you are applying for a Russian visa by yourself, or order a full visa service – our bi-lingual team will be happy to make your visa process easy, fast and stress-free.

Specialized Tours: which one would you prefer?

When you are planning your next trip - either with your travel agent or by yourself - make sure you are aware of what type of tour you are looking for. Especially if you are travelling with somebody else - your vacation expectations should be the same or complement each other.

Type of tours you might be choosing from:

1 - R&R (Rest and Relaxation)

A sandy beach, good food, spas and perhaps nightly entertainment are typical for of the #relaxation tours. Popular destinations are Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Indonesia, and Thailand.

2 - Scenic/Historical Sites

Mayan ruins in Mexico, history of Europe, the Holy Lands, and many more destinations with rich history and heritage attract tourists for active traveling. This type of tours includes lots of walking, and it is highly recommended to have a nice accommodation to be able to rest in comfort after a long day of sightseeing and exploring.

The best beaches to go to in December 2019

TOP-5 hot destinations to go to in December and enjoy the beaches with white sand and azure sea.

1 – Vietnam

It is a very beautiful place with picturesque views and exotic beaches. You can explore small islands and bays sailing a boat. It is a very safe country now, and yet you can’t get rid of a feeling that you are on an adventure. Best months to go to Vietnam: Nov-Feb.

2 – Thailand

White sand beaches, azure sea, and a cloudless blue sky are waiting for you in Thailand. Every island is very unique, and we recommend you to pick the one that would meet your expectations from the vacation. For example, Ko Lanta, an island district in Krabi Province, is famous for its calm and cozy little hotels on a beach. Best time to visit: Nov-Mar.

3 – China

There are lots of beautiful beaches in China to visit during the holidays. The most popular beaches around China would be at Sanya, Xiamen, Putuo Island, Beidaihe and Beihai. Feel free to watch our video guidance on how to apply for a visa to China from Vancouver.

The biggest sports events in 2020

The year 2020 will be marked not only as a first year of the new decade but also as a year of the biggest sports events worldwide.

Every year is somewhat special in terms of annual tournaments, championships, and other sports events. However, some major events take place once in a few years, and here is what we have on the list:

1 – EURO 2020: UEFA European Championship

This football competition takes place every 4 years and has been played in multiple European countries. This year it will be played from June 12th to July 12th in 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, and Spain. Read more about what you need to know before you go to UEFA EURO 2020.

2 – Summer 2020 Olympic Games

Japan has been preparing for this huge event for the last few years. The host city for the 2020 Olympic Games is Tokyo. Exciting fact is that five new sports have been added to the program in Tokyo: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing. The Games will be held from July 24th to August 9th, 2020.

The most popular exotic destinations to go on a cruise ship in winter 2019-2020

Thinking of an exotic getaway for the upcoming winter? Here are 4 hottest destinations you can reach traveling from Vancouver on a cruise ship tour.

1 – Cambodia

When you cruise to Cambodia, you will have a chance to explore not only breathtaking beaches but also incredible pristine jungles and ancient temples. We would recommend taking excursions and making time to visit such must-see Cambodian sites as The Ruins of Angkor, Psar Lu Market, Wat Krom, and Wat Leu, Phnom Penh.

2 – Vietnam

Incredible ports of Vietnam will be just the beginning of your exotic experience. Vietnam is an incredible country mixing energetic cities, picturesque waterways and bays, and a mountainous countryside with rice terraces. Must-see destinations in Vietnam include Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Sapa.

3 – India

If you are looking for an exotic getaway, consider cruising to India. India’s ports offer such an unforgettable experience like bustling bazaars, Victorian-era museums, ornate temples, and the smell of spices in the air. India’s main cruise ship ports are Mumbai and Kochi. Other emerging ports include Goa, on the Arabian Sea, and Chennai.

4 – China

Cruise calls on China are becoming more and more popular. In every Chinese port, you visit the nature will be just around the corner – mountaintops, rivers, sea. Along with its rich history and cultural heritage, China is very advanced. So, during your tour, you will have a chance to enjoy modern entertainment, shopping, and unique cuisine.

Some Cruise Ship Tours may include several destination countries. In any case, we do encourage you to check on your travel visa situation in advance. If you need a visa to go to one of the countries of your cruise ship tour, our visa specialists will gladly guide you through the process. Stress-free visa application is what you need, so all you have to worry about is your travel itinerary, which is a fun part!

Top recommendations for your first African Safari tour

African Safari will become an unforgettable adventure of your life. Make sure you are well-prepared for the wild journey!

First of all, be aware that African Safari is an unpredictable experience! Even if you choose a guided tour – be prepared for such things as weather change, insects, rough rides…Wild animals are not waiting for you along the road (which is mostly gravel or sand). Sometimes your driver will need to cross the river, or a stone field, or even drive through the bush!

Second of all, stay safe! For that, follow these safety tips for African Safari:

  • Stay in the car at all times;
  • Keep your hands and camera inside the car;
  • Don’t approach animals too closely;
  • Don’t make noise;
  • Never stand between hippos and the water;
  • Always obey the rules – they are there for a good reason!

The guides of the African Safari are always there for you to get the best safari experience. So, don’t be shy to ask for a stop, or any question that you have – there is one more chance for you to learn more about African wildlife and animals’ behavior, don’t miss it!

See what countries in Africa are the most popular for African Safari tours. 

TOP-20 best places to travel in 2020

Family vacation, a solo trip or traveling with friends – consider these countries for your 2020 travel plans!

Keep in mind, that some of these countries may require visa, or eVisa, but some of them do not require visa or you can get a visa on arrival. Please, check if you need a travel visa (including transit visa) here, and pick one of these hot destinations for 2020 travel:

1 - Ethiopia: Addis Ababa and its historical must-see Menelik Palace, also known as the Imperial Palace.

2 - China: Beijing city had a couple of great openings this year such as Beijing Daxing International Airport, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing Luxury Hotel. Also, the Qianlong Garden will be opened for the first time in 2020. That all is attracting tourists just as much as historical sites of the city.

3 - UAE: The first World Expo in the Middle East will take place in Dubai in 2020.

4 - Malawi: one of the best African destinations for a safari tour. After years of repopulating the major Liwonde National Park, which has a tragic history of poaching, 2020 will be the first year that visitors can anticipate seeing the Big Five.

TOP-5 most romantic destinations in the world

What could be better than a spontaneous getaway to one of the most romantic places on the planet!

Every year St. Valentine’s Day reminds us about one of the most significant things in life – LOVE! Everybody must have experienced this desire to escape with the loved one somewhere warm, exotic or just quiet place on earth – just to enjoy the company of each other. Here is the list of the most romantic destinations worldwide that have always been magnetic for loving hearts.

1 – Hawaii – the absolute leader for a romantic vacation!

Spend some quality time with your romantic partner in one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. The most popular destinations here would be Kauai or Honolulu. However, no matter what you choose – you will get picturesque secluded beaches, colorful gardens, and breathtaking waterfalls!

2 – Big Sur – the perfect romantic ride in California

If you go on a road trip and take the Pacific Highway, you will enjoy one of the most unforgettable coastlines - just between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle.  This ride is perfect for Valentine’s break! Enjoy the mountains on one side and rocky cliffs and amazing beaches on the other. Here are some travel tips for the road trip to make sure your vacation goes smoothly.

3 – Kyoto – peaceful Japanese experience

Japan is one of the most impressive destinations in Asia, but Kyoto is something absolutely special you will never be able to forget, especially if you explore it with your significant other! Visit Kyoto Botanical Gardens and enjoy a romantic boat ride.

Top-5 music festivals to attend in 2020

The best selection of annual festivals for music lovers. Europe, Asia, North America – you chose where to go in 2020 and enjoy the time of your life!

Here is a list of music festivals 2020 – from the world’s most famous to the less well-known cultural events that are worth to visit!

1 - Coachella Music & Arts Festival – California, USA

Dates: Apr. 10 – Apr. 19, 2020

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has become an iconic cultural event for the country. There are all sorts of musical styles like Hip Hop, alternative rock and electronic music. You will be surprised by the large scale art installations, amazing food, and celebrities wearing their best desert outfits. If you are thinking of a roadtrip to California, here are some useful tips for you to keep in mind while traveling in the USA.

2 - Primavera Sound – Barcelona, Spain

Dates: June 3 – June 7, 2020

Enjoy the great music, live acts, and performance in this wonderful city! Make to the beach for a music festival, or explore lots of chill areas to spend time with friends. Experience this wonderful vibe of a summertime music festival in Barcelona as many nationalities visit the city specifically for the event.

Travel advisory due to Hurricane Dorian consequences

East Coast of North America is recovering from the extremely powerful hurricane Dorian. People are being evacuated from the flooded areas. It is advised to avoid any traveling to the Atlantic region.

Started from a tropical wave and damaging winds in the Central Atlantic, Dorian affected the Caribbean region, Virgin Islands. Rapidly transforming into a destructive hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas causing catastrophic damage to Grand Bahama and Abaco Island. As a result, more than 70 thousand people lost their homes.

Dorian began to move towards the north-northwest slowly weakening. Fluctuating in intensity between Category 1 and 2 it sped northeastward toward Atlantic Canada.

On September 7 and 8, the hurricane Dorian made landfall in eastern Canada. Causing wind damage and bringing heavy rainfall, Dorian left about 400 thousand people without power in provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

On September 9, additional rainfall is expected from Dorian in eastern Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador. Meanwhile, mid-Atlantic and New England coasts of the U.S. and the coast of Atlantic Canada may expect life-threatening tide and surf conditions.

We encourage all travelers to be cautious and stay safe. There are situations when it seems to be impossible to cancel the trip that was planned way before. However, it is always better to follow travel advisories and keep yourself and your family away from emergencies. Pick safe destinations for your next trip and feel free to ask for professional assistance before your trip. First, check if you need a visa to reach your destination.

Travel advisory from Anyvisa regarding your upcoming trip to Russia

The recent explosion happened in the Northern Russian town Severodvinsk, made a worldwide commotion, especially among travelers who are planning to go to Russia soon.

The reasons and consequences of this nuclear incident are still under investigation. That’s why many travelers are questioning – is it safe to go to Russia now?

It’s always advisable to check current country conditions and terms of your travel visa and your valid insurance, because incidents like this may cause flight delays, itinerary changes, destination cancellations, and other unpleasant predicaments.

To address all your travel needs and obtain your visa to Russia, you are welcome to contact our office in Vancouver.

Travel tips for a road trip to the USA

When you are on a road trip, expect unexpected things to happen to you. Even if you have planned everything and it seems like you are all set, well, you are not!

1 - Wi-Fi is really HARD to find! Surprisingly, but turns out that in Canada we are spoiled with Wi-Fi access almost everywhere. In the US you have more chances to find Wi-Fi at a fast food cafe in the middle of nowhere, but not in restaurants or cafeterias where you would actually expect to connect to Wi-Fi. So, if you travel without roaming and have an urgency to contact your family or check your email, don't ignore the closest Starbucks.

2 - Bring CASH. Yes, in 99% cases you'll be able to pay by a credit card, but it's not guaranteed that it won't be unexpectedly declined, and you won't know why.

3 - If you booked your accommodation through EXPEDIA, always contact the hotel before heading there and confirm that they have your booking. Sometimes hotels don't see the bookings made via Expedia for an unknown reason. In this case you are risking not getting your accommodation even if you've already paid for it. If the inn didn’t see your booking and can't provide you with a room on the required date, there are 2 options:

Traveling with friends: how to make it through the trip

Sometimes traveling with friends may become torture for many reasons you can't predict. Here are some travel tips to have fun and keep your friendship going.

Everybody has their vision and expectations from the trip, that's why it's important to be on the same page. Here is the best way to start your planning:

1 - Discussion

Go through the details of your upcoming trip: what each person of the group wants to visit. It would be very disappointing to spend all this money on the trip and not be able to see what you expected or always been dreaming of. Compromise is key to the discussion.

2 - Finances

The point that cannot be ignored as it's the frequent cause of conflicts. Generally, the entire plan of your vacation will depend on the finances each of you is ready to spend. Guided tours, restaurants, accommodation, and transportation - all that has to be discussed before the trip to avoid any misunderstanding.

3 - Useful apps

There are a bunch of super handy mobile apps that will allow you to keep track of your shared expenses and balance with your friends. For example, Splitwise will be useful if you decide to take turns paying the bills. Also, Budgy App would be a nice analog.

Vancouver-LA-Vancouver: what is the best way to travel?

Somebody may say the best way to get to Los Angeles from Vancouver is to take a plane. However, what if you are a road trip lover?

Indeed, you can easily get to LA, California from Vancouver, BC by car. Here is a question – which highway to pick? If you want to reach Los Angeles faster, pick the interior highway. In this case, the total driving time would be around 20 hours, so consider making an overnight stop somewhere on your way. The trip will be quite boring though: the road will be pretty much all you can see on your way.

Another option for a road trip from Vancouver to LA would be driving along the Pacific coast. That’s the best option if you have plenty of time and a thirst for breathtaking picturesque views!

What to do for Christmas in Canada

TOP-5 Canadian cities that will make your Christmas holidays experience the most festive and memorable!

If you are planning to spend your Christmas holidays away from home, consider Canada as an option and you won’t regret! Festive season in Canada is quite remarkable with its snowy scenes, Christmas markets and seasonal cheer. Here are TOP-5 best Canadians cities to go for your winter holidays:

1 – Toronto

It is not only the largest city in Canada, it’s the biggest concentration of fun! Half a million people are coming to Toronto every year to see sparkling lights, enjoy outdoor skating rinks and attend various of seasonal events, such as Toronto Christmas Market, Christmas at Casa Loma, Cavalcade of Lights, Christmas Flower Shows and many more!

2 – Montreal

This one is the largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec, and definitely a great destination to enjoy the Christmas season. Delicious food, European atmosphere, weekly fireworks shows – all that is about Christmas holidays in Montreal. If you are planning your getaway to Montreal, check out these events: Christmas in the Park, Holiday Alley in Old Montreal, Merry Montreal.

What to do in Saint Petersburg during UEFA EURO 2020

If you are going to Saint Petersburg as a UEFA fan next summer, here is what you need to know about the schedule and the city.

As a UEFA fan you probably already know that the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament will take place in 12 cities: Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, and Saint Petersburg. For sure, not every fan would have an opportunity to travel from country to country to watch all the desired matches.

If you are already excited to come to Russia for UEFA EURO 2020, you are not going to be disappointed with the host city - Saint Petersburg. If you are going to stay in the city and watch the game only there, you will need to know the schedule of matches and what to do in Saint Petersburg between the big dates.

Matches in Saint Petersburg Stadium

Why the world is so excited about The Beijing Daxing Airport?

The brand new airport in Beijing is not only one of the largest airports in the world, but also super convenient for the passengers.

It is actually fascinating – not only design wise, but also in terms of the features that are implemented in this huge “starfish”. Here are some facts about the new airport in Beijing:


Can you imagine 98 football fields? That’s exactly how huge the Beijing Daxing Airport is. Its size is more than 700,000 square meters. It’s the largest terminal in a single building the world has ever seen.


Not only the design from the outside is quite mesmerizing, but also the way the airport is designed inside is all about convenience for the passengers. Let’s say, have you ever been late for your flight and found yourself running to your gate, dropping things and worrying that the plane was going to take off without you? You won’t have this problem in the Beijing Daxing Airport since its design allows you to get from the security checkpoint to the gate within no more than 8 minutes.