I’ve spent an ‘irritating’ day researching visa requirements (or at least updating the info I already had collated). Current thinking is that most visas can be obtained at borders. Ethiopia remains a challenge if going north due to it expiring 3 months from date of issue (unless it’s a work visa). I’ll post the Excel worksheet with our notes for all countries when we’ve finished deciding which few warrant pre-arrangement. Trailfinders charge about £35-£55 for their ‘running about London’ service, The Visa Company about £75 – remember this is on top of the consular charges. All in all it’s probably cheaper than going up to the big smoke in person – but also we might be able to mitigate costs further by posting applications.
It seems despite finishing the day job I can’t yet escape being sat on my backside in front of a computer!