UK visa application
Changes in UK visa payment process
From December 2013 all applications for a UK visa must be completed using our online application system and paid for online in US Dollars. Payment can be made using Verve debit card, Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards or the e-wallet PAGA. The move to online application and payments will deliver a streamlined application process and is consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments. It meets the requirements of the UK Government’s Digital by Default initiative and will help cut costs in the management of the visas operation, which in turn helps to keep visa fees down. It will also be a safer system for both customers and staff as it reduces the risk associated with handling large amounts of cash during the visa application process.
Some visitors will require a visa in order to visit the United Kingdom.
With history, culture and glorious countryside in abundance, it’s no wonder the UK is so popular with visitors.
UK visa requirements vary. For example, since mid-2009 South Africans require a visa to enter even if they have previously travelled to the UK.
Not to worry, the UK Government has a website, visa4uk.fco.gov.uk (opens in a new window) which will let you know if you need a visa (and let you apply online if you do).
How to apply for your UK visa
You can easily find out if you need a UK visa, and apply by following the link below.
Join the Registered Traveller scheme for faster entry to the UK
Availabe to American, Australian, Canadian, Hong Kong, Japanese, New Zealand, Singaporean, South Korean and Taiwanese passport holders.
Apply for the Registered Traveller service and you won't need to fill out a landing card for the UK.
This service will allow you to sail through UK border control faster via the ePassport gates (providing you have a biometric passport) and the UK/EU entry lanes.
Get detailed travel requirements for your trip
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