Britain introduces new visa requirements

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
04 April 2014

The United Kingdom has introduced new changes to the visa application process which will require potential travelers to pay application fees online by debit card.

A statement from the British Embassy said Zimbabweans can no longer go to the embassy to apply for a visa but will have to visit the website to apply online for appointment times.

Most Zimbabweans have no access to debit cards and are likely to find the new process a deterrent. But the embassy said the ‘mandatory’ system would meet the UK government’s requirements and is ‘consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments.’ The UK government also said the new system would help cut costs in the management of the visa regime and would also keep the fees affordable.

The embassy also introduced a priority visa to cater for business travelers. The special visa will be processed within five days at a cost of £100, as opposed to the normal visa which could take 15 working days.

Since 2000 many Zimbabweans have fled both repression and the economic decline to settle in the West. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans reside in the UK. In 2002 the UK was forced to introduce a visa for Zimbabweans as a way of controlling the number of people coming into the country.

5 Responsesto “Britain introduces new visa requirements”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Since I chimbwido war veteran took the brave decision to apply for asylum with the imperialists I see MDC idiots are trying to copy their hero.Why can’t sell outs just stay at home Nxaaa

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      This behaviour by Rhodies in the diaspora is criminal. Most of them never went to school and do not know they are committing a serious crime. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently: To assume the character or appearance of someone especially fraudulently is called impersonation in English language and is a punishable offence, my pikinini. You can be arrested and prosecuted my pikinini. Ignorance of law is no defence, my pikinini. In any case, Chimbwido Warvet style of writing is unique and no rhodie can write like him. Ok my pikinini? Duzvi rambuya njuzu.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Iwe ndine chimbwido war veteran stop abusing zvita rangu whanzwa mupfana? Bloody stupid Rhodie have you got a passport or drivers licence in the name of chimbwido war veteran? Those of us who are true war veterans are tired of small boys in boy shorts attempting to represent us since you claims to be a veteran which sector were u in? Who was your commander?

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          Come on rhodie, stop playing foolish games with Chimbwido Warvet. The warvet can take you to the cleaners, duzvi rambuya rhodie.

  2. mike hondo says:

    £100 pounds for a visa sounds like daylight robbery to me,oh my god can these governments please stop fleecing people all over the world $60 is too much to pay as an entry /cover charge to visit zim and £100 is way too much entry fee to come into the uk.It must be the rich ministers in the governments who are just setting these really high fees which should be much lower .

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