UK Relaxes Order On Visa Issuance For Kenyans

Kenyans can still apply for their United Kingdom (UK) visas at the Nairobi office. British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner (pictured) said the South African office will only be used for other consular operations.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner

British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner

At a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations, Turner asked Kenyans to continue applying for their visas at the Nairobi office to travel to the UK.

“The South African office is just a normal operation office, Kenyans can apply for their visas normally,” he said. The assurance by Turner came after Saboti MP David Wafula sought to know why the UK government had relocated the visa processing section to Pretoria, South Africa.

He said this will be a big challenge to Kenyans who would wish to travel to the UK to do business, seek medical attention or for tourism purposes. The UK government in June said the visa processing section will from December 31 be processed in Pretoria.

A document by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) indicated that all the visa processing operations will be done in South Africa, a move expected to affect the region’s citizens who send their applications for British visas to the Nairobi section.

-People Daily