Home Office UK Border Agency LogoBy now, all South Africans know that the British government has politely gone and changed the visa requirements for entry to their country. Of course, this means all the steps required to gain such a visa are now a little more complex and needless to say, clueless travel bumpkins like Chantelle and myself (well mainly myself really) need all the help we can get in order to get to grips with the new system.

Thankfully though, a horde of helpful sites and services have jumped up to take on the challenge, one such highly useful and informative site being that of VFS Global, official partner to the Home Office UK Border Agency.

Thanks to their nice and simple, informative site, we now know that the visa application process consists of the following steps:

– Making your application online through http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk
– Making an appointment to give your biometrics and submit your application.
– Paying your visa fee at Nedbank or by bankers cheque.
– Visiting the actual visa application centre.
– Awaiting the final decision and then finally,
– Collecting your passport.

It would seem we have a visa application centre here in Cape Town, so once we get all our ducks in a row, we’ll keep you up to date with the finer details of all these bloody extra arrangements that now have to be made! :)

Related link: http://www.vfs-uk-za.com