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Reopening of the UK VAC here in SA BUT for passport return only

Message from the UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Cape Town: As part of the phased resumption of services by UK Visas & Immigration, our Visa Application Centre in Cape Town will be reopening from the week of June 22nd for passport return only. Please note that our centre will not be open for new applications at this time. Please check our Address page for information on opening days and hours.   Currently the only UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) here in South Africa that are ope… Read More

Changes to the design of British Passports

Blue passports will be phased in over a number of months. If you renew your passport during this initial period, you may be issued with either a blue or a burgundy British passport. You will not be able to choose whether you get a burgundy or a blue passport. All styles of passport will be equally valid for travel. All British passports issued from mid-2020 will be blue. Official source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/passport-design-changes/changes-to-the-design-of-british-passports… Read More

UK Healthcare Surcharge fee set to increase in October 2020

If you’re coming to the UK for longer than six months you will need to pay the mandatory immigration health surcharge (IHS). It's full name is the International Health Surcharge (IHS) and by paying the surcharge, it will give a person the same access to the UK's National Health System (NHS) as a resident of the UK. A person will however still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment, eye tests and assisted conception. The UK government has announced that… Read More

You can now renew your British Passport during lockdown here in SA

Visa Box is able to assist you with your British Passport renewal even during the current lockdown here in South Africa. We are able to complete your online forms, review all of your supporting docs electronically and then send off applications to the UK with an international courier once the application is complete. The HM Passport Office in the UK are able to process your application and then return your new passport to your address here in South Africa.   Message from the HM Passport Office i… Read More