Effective from 27th January, 2014, it has become mandatory for citizens from some African countries to make online payments only for their visa applications to the UK.
The payment has to be made in US Dollars only using either MasterCard or Visa credit or debit cards, as also through an online payment method that goes by the name ‘skrill’ (www.skrill.com, being its domain name). Payments made through other means or methods is not acceptable/accepted. The applicant should also ensure that he/she has enough cash reserves available with him/her before applying.
Even though the visa application will have to be sent online, the applicants have to appear in person at the application centre, in order to submit all of their related and relevant documents and their biometrics. Typically, a person’s biometrics would include fingerprints, face recognition, DNA, palm print.
Once the online visa payment is completed successfully, the applicants have to book an online appointment to be present at the Visa Application Center.
Below mentioned is the list of the countries, where online payment has become mandatory.
- Ivory Coast
- Guinea Bissau
- The Gambia
- Equatorial Guinea
- Central African Republic
- Cape Verde
- Burkina Faso