Britain has announced a new regime that would now require Malawi applicants for UK visas to pay in South African Rands.
The British High Commission in Malawi says from 16 December, 2013 all applications for a UK visa made in Malawi should be completed using UK Visas online application system.
This has been communicated through a statement issued by the Deputy British High Commissioner to Malawi, Kirk Hollingsworth.
The statement says visa process will be done through their website http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/ and paid for online in South African Rand (ZAR) before going to the visa application centre in Lilongwe to submit a printed copy of the application form, passport and biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).
“All UK visa applicants from December next year start processing their visas online in South African Rand before going to the visa application centre in Lilongwe to submit a printed copy and other relevant documents,” the statement emailed to Nyasa Times reads.
The statement adds: “Payment can be made online using Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards. Customers should ensure the payment method has sufficient funds available before attempting application and payment.
According to the statement, the move to online application and payments aims at delivering a streamlined application process which is consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments.
This would meet the requirements of the UK Government’s Digital by Default Initiative and would help cut costs in the management of the visa operation which, in turn, helps 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.