The British High Commission has suspended visitor
visa applications from all red list countries,
This was announced in a statement hours after UK
added Nigeria to its travel red list as a result of
concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.
The suspension of processing visitor visa
applications will only be lifted when the travel ban
placed on the country is removed.
Part of the statement read, “To support the UK
Government’s aim to protect public health from
COVID-19 and associated variants of concern
(VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause
making decisions on visitor visa applications in all
red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel
restrictions are lifted.
“Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism,
visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term
business activities (for example, attending
meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6
months), taking part in research or exchange
programmes as an academic, medical reasons (for
example, receiving private medical treatment).”
The commission noted that application of those
who applied for a visit visa in a red list country and
met the UK Immigration Rules will be paused.
“You will not receive a decision on your visit visa
application whilst red list travel restrictions remain
“You will not be able to request a refund of your
visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a
Visa Application Centre (VAC),” it said.
Also those who possess a valid visit visa and are
intending to travel to England as a visitor from a
red list country will not be allowed to enter.