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German Public Holiday in NRW - November 1

All Saints' Day (Allerheiligen) on November 1 is a public holiday in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland.

In these states, post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. However, shops and bakeries in some tourist areas, at railway stations and airports are usually open.

Public transport services may be reduced or have no service depending onthe area.

All Saints' Day is not a public holiday in other parts of Germany.

LOA rates updated

LOA revision following a change to the Forces Fixed Rate – October 1, 2014

LOA rates are paid according to a measured, additional living cost in the specific overseas theatre and are designed to uplift the Service Person’s (SP) pay packet by the living cost difference, in local currency.

The Forces Fixed Rate (FFR) is the rate at which SP overseas pay allotments will be deposited.

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System outage - Information from BFG Customs And Immigration and Vehicle Licensing Office

The applications delivering BFG Customs and Immigration and Vehicle Licensing Office services are hosted on servers in England.

We have been notified of a major maintenance programme affecting the servers and network centre that will be carried out in November. 

As a result, both the Customs and Immigration and Vehicle Licensing Office applications will be unavailable on November 7, 10, 21 and 28. On these dates we will not be able to process any import/export, traders, veterans or registration applications. As a result there is likely to be a significant backlog of work building up in November and December. 

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