Online visa payments become compulsory for many countries

The UKBA have made it compulsory for visa applications and payments to be completed online for a wide range of countries across the world. The changes come into effect through November and December 2013.

Under the new system visa applicants will have to apply and pay online, then visit local application centres to submit printed documentation, biometric data and any other material required. Appointments at local application centres have to be booked when completing the online application.

Payments online have to be made using Visa or Mastercard debit or credit cards. Pre-paid cards are accepted as long as they have sufficient funds as required for your application fee.

Online applications and payments are compulsory in the following countries:

  • Algeria from 16 December
  • Angola from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina from 19 November
  • Botswana from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Cambodia from 16 December
  • Fiji from 16 December
  • Gambia from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Indonesia from 16 December
  • Lithuania from 16 December
  • Mali from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Nigeria from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Pakistan from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Papua New Guinea from 16 December
  • Montenegro from 19 November
  • Morocco from 16 December
  • Romania from 19 November
  • São Tomé and Príncipe from 16 December. Payment must be made in UK Sterling. Payment can also be made via a Skrill e-wallet.
  • Thailand from 16 December
  • Tunisia from 16 December
  • Vietnam from 16 December

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