The United Kingdom imposes a visa for Salvadorans for any type of trip

The United Kingdom imposes a visa for Salvadorans for any type of trip

The decision, according to the UK embassy, ​​responds to the increase in asylum applications. In just four years, Salvadoran asylum claims in the UK have increased by 1,657%.

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As of this Wednesday, May 11, all Salvadorans who need to travel to the United Kingdom will need a visa to do so, even if it is for tourist reasons, the United Kingdom embassy in El Salvador reported.

Through a series of tweets, the embassy assured that new visa requirements have been introduced for Salvadoran citizens, which must be completed online before the trip.

According to the UK government, the decision responds to the increase in Salvadorans seeking asylum after arriving in the European country.

“Citizens of El Salvador now require a visa to visit the UK. (…) The decision to introduce a visa regime was made due to the sustained and significant increase over the last 5 years in the number of Salvadorans who do not intend to make a short visitbut instead submit asylum applications upon arrival in the UK,” said the UK Embassy in El Salvador.

Salvadoran visitors who are already in the United Kingdom will not be affected by the new requirement, the embassy published in a statement. However, when they leave the UK, they will require a visa to be able to re-enter.

To date, Salvadorans were already required to obtain a visa to stay in the UK, whether for work or study. Now, however, they will have to process visas even for short visits.

Under UK government regulations, applicants for student visas or other visas will now have the option to use the new visa application center in El Salvador, instead of having to travel to other countries as they have done until now.

Standard visas are valid for up to six months, whether for tourism, business or study. Salvadorans can apply for longer stays under certain circumstances, such as medical treatment.

The embassy clarified that it will not have the power to issue visas, receive applications or provide assistance with individual needs or applications. Those needing advice or assistance should check the site for any guidance.



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