With the re-opening of UK airports from 22:00, Tuesday 20 April, the UK Border Agency has announced that it is making every effort to minimise delays in visa applications. According to the agency, it will take time for the situation to return to normal in some areas.
Flight cancellations caused disruption to courier schedules, leading to delays in transporting passports and visa applications to and from UKBA processing centres in Europe.
“Customers may still experience delays at the following visa processing centres”:
■Warsaw – This is affecting visa applications from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. As a result there may be slight delays in processing applications.
■Stockholm – This affects visa applications from Norway and Finland
■Norway – All applications made since, and during, the flight restrictions started will be delayed by up to one week. All new applications made from 22 April 2010 will be processed within normal times.
■Finland – All visa decisions will be delayed by up to one week.
■UK – This is affecting visa applications from Algeria and Pakistani settlement applications only.
There may also be delays at UKBA visa processing centre in Belgrade. This would affect visa applications from Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.