Travel firms await clarity on UK visa bond

The requirement of a £3,000 bond for a UK visa has thrown travellers into a tizzy.

Travel companies are yet to receive a communication from the British High Commission on the rules related to the almost Rs 2.75-lakh bond for procuring a UK visa. But they are advising tourists that the diktat applies to those visiting the UK for at least six months or more.

“If genuine tourists have to give such a bond, tourism to UK will fall off the cliff,” said Sharat Dhall, president, “We are hoping this would be implemented selectively, if at all.”

The high commission reserves the discretion of asking for a bond. This has raised uncertainity among travellers if the move could apply to even short-term visitors.

Full report here Business Standard 


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