We dont go until 7th Jan, but my passport has run out. I have sent off for this today and have been told if theres no problems ie. they dont think I have changed that much in 10 years and so dont want a counter signatory, I should have it back in at least 2 weeks. As soon as I get it back I shall be sending off for the visa. How long is it taking for the visas to get back ??? I am sure I have enough time, last time we went I had them back in 10 days I sent them recorded delivery and put he recorded delivery envelopefor return. Unless that is anyone has a better idea ???