- Nigerians with expired 30-day visas to the UK need not worry as the country has promised a replacement coming at no cost
- According to the British High Commission, the replacement of expired visas is free as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
- However, it must be noted that this replacement does not apply to other types of UK visas
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The United Kingdom (UK) High Commission in Nigeria has said it will replace expired 30-day visas for Nigerians free of charge due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legit.ng gathered that this development is coming as the British High Commission in Abuja, reopened its Visa Application Centres (VACs) across the country.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the High Commission and shared on its official Twitter handle on Thursday, August 20, whilst giving updated information on its visa application services.
According to the statement, any individual whose 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study, or visitation had expired, can request for a replacement free of charge with revised validity dates.
Though the free replacements will continue until the end of 2020, it, however, does not apply to other types of UK visas.
The British High Commission went on to note that it is experiencing a high demand for the replacement of vignettes for 30-day visas due to the travel disruptions caused by the pandemic.
The statement reads in parts: “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. The process will be in place until the end of 2020. The replacement visa will be valid for 90 days.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the government of the United Kingdom explained the reason Air Peace, a private Nigerian airline, was denied operational access in the UK.
Recall that in what came as a shock, Air Peace was denied access to land in the UK where it was billed to convey some stranded Nigerians back home.
But in a statement released by the UK high commission in Nigeria on Twitter on Friday, July 17, the UK government said the decision on the Air Peace was made on technicality considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a related development, the Nigerian high commission in Canada on Tuesday, August 18, announced an indefinite suspension of its activities following an attack on one of its staff.
The suspension is also coming amidst requests for several passport renewals from Nigerians in the country.
In a statement provided on its website, the Nigerian high commission also noted that the special intervention arrangements for emergency cases have been suspended as well.
According to the embassy, the decision to suspend activities is due to the fact that people show up at the chancery uninvited and act in an unruly and abusive manner, disturbing the peace.
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