UK visa services resume in four countries in Middle East

Travelers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates can submit their visa applications

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From June 28, 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at Visa Application Centers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
From June 28, 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at Visa Application Centers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

DUBAI — From June 28, 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at Visa Application Centers in Bahrain (Manama), Kuwait (Kuwait City), Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Jeddah, Riyadh), and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

As part of health precautions, only customers with a prior appointment may visit the center to submit their applications and enroll biometrics.

Customers who were unable to attend an earlier appointment at the center prior to the lockdown, will now be able to log into their account to book a new appointment. Customers who had completed their applica-tion on GOV.UK before lockdown, but didn’t previously book an appointment at the Visa Application Cent-re, can now also book an appointment.

The following services will currently not be offered: Super Priority Visa, Priority Visa (for visit visas), Priori-ty Visa for settlement and walk-in service.

Health measures at the UK border

Customers are also advised that there are new rules in place for entering the UK because of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We request you to please check the latest information before you tra-vel at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

Health & safety measures are the center

As part of VFS Global health and safety measures for the prevention of COVID-19, which are in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and local authorities, customers visiting Visa Ap-plication Centers may be asked to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be requi-red to wear facemasks.

Customers exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including fever (higher than 37.3 degrees Celsius), cough or difficulty 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.

Customer can also opt for Courier Return of documents (available at a nominal fee), so they do not have to visit the Visa Application Center again after a decision is made. For customers who will be coming to the center to pick up their passports after a decision is made, VFS Global will contact them to arrange for the collection of their passports, by appointment only. — SG


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