By Chioma Obinagwam
Following COVID-19 global pandemic, the British High Commission in Nigeria has said it will replace, for free, the 30-day visa of individuals that were supposed to travel to the UK.
Confiance News gathered from a statement by the Commission on Thursday titled, ‘Update on VAC Services From The BHC Nigeria’ posted on its verified Twitter handle, @UKinNigeria.
It said the free visa replacement which will be open till December 2020, covers those who will be travelling to the UK for work, study or to join their families.
The statement read in part, “As a result of the disruptions to travel caused by COVID-19, we are experiencing high demand for replacement vignettes for 30-day visas to travel to the UK for work, study or to join their families.
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— UK in Nigeria🇬🇧 (@UKinNigeria) August 20, 2020
“If an individual’s 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, they can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. This does not apply to other types of visas. This process will be in place until the end of 2020. The replacement visa will be valid for 90 days.’
“To request a replacement visa, individuals can arrange to return their passport to their Visa Application Centre in Nigeria without an appointment.”
It was earlier reported that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced on Monday that international airports would reopen for commercial flight operations effective August 29 after about five months of closure.
“Glad to announce the resumption of international flights from the 29th of August, 2020. Beginning with Lagos and Abuja as we did with the domestic flight resumption. Protocols and procedures will be announced in due course. We thank you for your patience,” the minister had said on Twitter.