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Friday, 10 July 2020

UK Visa Centres Set to Reopen



The United Kingdom is set to reopen visa application centres in Bangladesh in phases from July 12, the British high commission in Dhaka said in an announcement on Wednesday.

British high commissioner Robert Dickson described in a tweet the reopening of visa centres as ‘welcome news for Bangladeshi travellers to the United Kingdom.’

The British authorities generally collect passports and visa applications through the VFS Global.

The high commission requested the visa seekers for securing appointment before visiting VFS Global offices.

Visa seekers ‘must have an appointment to visit the Visa Application Centre,’ and they were advised to confirm their chosen centre remains open on the day of their appointment, according to the announcement.

Prospective travellers, who were unable to attend an earlier appointment, can now log onto their account to book a new appointment.

Visa seekers who have completed their application on GOV.UK, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre, can also seek appointment.

Visa applicants would require to maintain physical distancing, undergo temperature checks and to wear facemasks as per the local authority guidelines.

Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius), cough or difficulty in breathing will be helped to reschedule their application submission for another day and will be advised to seek medical attention at the nearest healthcare facility of their choice.

The high commission expressed inability to extend ‘super priority’ and ‘priority visa’ and ‘walk-in services’ due to COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The visa applicants would be contacted for collecting their passports once decisions are made about their cases.

All customers are also advised to purchase courier return services for their documents to avoid visit to the visa application centre again, after a decision is made.

Potential travellers are requested to get updates about the new rules in place for entering the UK because of COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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