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New UK Visa Application Procedures for Zimbabwe

The British Embassy in Harare announces new changes to the UK Visa application process for customers in Zimbabwe.

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Mandatory UK Visa Application Changes

The British Embassy would like to inform it’s UK visa customers in Zimbabwe that with immediate effect all visa applications are to be completed online at This brings our application process in Zimbabwe in line with the rest of Southern Africa, where online applications have been in place for some time. After completing their application online, customers will select an appointment time at our Visa Application Centre in Harare to submit their biometrics and supporting documentation.

With this change it is now mandatory that UK visa customers pay for their visa fee online by MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card. The move to online application and payments will deliver a streamlined application process and is consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments. It meets the requirements of the UK Government’s Digital by Default initiative and will help cut costs in the management of the visa operation, which in turn helps to keep visa fees down.

New Priority Visa Service

Ambassador Deborah Bronnert has the pleasure of announcing the introduction of a Priority Visa Service to UK visa customers in Zimbabwe. The Priority Visa Service will take 5 working days to process at a cost of £100 (US$170) compared to the 15 working days processing of the normal visa. It is hoped that this will impact positively on our business customers.

Published 31 March 2014