How to Apply UK Visit Visa from Pakistan for Tourism in 2020/21?

This guidance relates to UK visit visa requirements from Pakistan in 2020, especially for those Pakistani citizens who wish to apply for tourist and family visitor visa for London, England, for very first time – with reference to Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. Therefore, explains how to apply for family visitor and tourist applications and meet the UK visit visa requirements from Pakistan? Moreover, also provides a checklist of the documents required for UK tourist and family visitor visa from Pakistan.

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1. How to Apply UK Visit Visa from Pakistan?

Visit Visa Requirements from Pakistan to UK for Tourists 2020/21

The UK visit visa application requirements from Pakistan usually consists of the following steps:

  1. Specify the Purpose of Visiting the UK
  2. Fill the Online Application Form
  3. Schedule an Appointment
  4. Pay the Application Fees
  5. Upload/Prepare the Documents Bunch
  6. Biometrics at UKVAC
  7. Wait for the Decision
  8. Passport Collection from UKVAC
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1. Specify the Purpose

In most of the instances, the purpose of visiting the UK from Pakistan is tourism, meeting family members, business. Therefore, the first step is important for a person to first specify the purpose of applying for UK visit visa from Pakistan. And then start gathering the required supporting documents to apply for the UK visit visa from Pakistan.

2. Fill the Application Form

An applicant can apply online for any type of UK visa and immigration application. Moreover, an applicant has the option of reading the questions in Urdu. However, an applicant can answer only in English. After selecting a language for reading the questions, one needs to select Pakistan as the country of the application. Accordingly, after completing an application form, an applicant needs to attend an appointment at one of the UK Visa Application (UKVAC) in Pakistan. Indeed, an applicant needs to fill the following sections of the online application form:

  1. Travel Information
  2. Personal Information
  3. Passport Details
  4. Spouse/Partner Details
  5. Dependant Details
  6. Parent Details
  7. Employment, Income and Expenditure
  8. Accommodation Details
  9. Travel History (UK)
  10. Travel history (other)
  11. Other History
  12. Convictions and other Penalties
  13. Medical Treatment
  14. Extra Information
  15. English Language
  16. Documents
  17. Payment
  18. Declaration

For further details, please refer to UK Tourist Visa 2020: how to fill the online application form?

3. Schedule Appointment

Once an applicant has reviewed and finalised the application then can select the service the service type (standard or priority). And accordingly, can schedule an appointment at one of the UKVACs in Pakistan i.e. Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Mirpur (AJK). An applicant can fast track a UK visit visa from Pakistan by purchasing the priority service. The priority service fees for UK visit visa from Pakistan is ₨45,456/- and enables fast tracking an application within 5 working days or 1 week instead of 3-12 weeks. Please note: a vast majority of applicants erroneously refer to priority visa as premium or express visa from Pakistan. Therefore, the UK premium or express visa fees are the same as that for the priority visa.

4. Fee Payment

Perhaps, paying the application fees is a mandatory requirement for completing and finalizing the UK visit visa from Pakistan. Therefore, once an applicant has scheduled the appointment and selected the service type then can proceed forward to make payment online. And may take a printout of the final online application form of UK visit visa from Pakistan.

5. Supporting Documents

Quite clearly, the requirements of submitting the required supporting documents with the application for UK visit visa from Pakistan is the same as that for any other visa national. Therefore, an applicant applying for a UK visitor or tourist visa from Pakistan needs to upload/submit the required supporting documents.

6. UK Visitor Visa Biometrics Requirements in Pakistan

An applicant needs to attend an appointment at one of the application centres in Pakistan for biometrics and passport/application submission. Accordingly, the staff of the VFS Global application centre takes an electronic photo of the applicant at the time of application submission. Moreover, the staff of UKVAC also takes an applicant’s biometrics i.e. scanning of fingers + thumbs. Therefore, in case of a successful decision, the British HC or Embassy use the electronic photo for visa vignette.

7. Waiting Time for UK Visit Visa Decision in Pakistan

Perhaps, the UK visa processing time from Pakistan for all the short and long-term visitor visa application is usually within 10-15 days i.e. 2 to 3 weeks. However, the UK visa processing time from Pakistan with priority services is normally within 5-7 working days. Here it is important to note that UKVI’s service standard for UK tourist visa processing from Pakistan is 12 weeks.

8. UK Visit Visa Passport Collection in Pakistan

Once the UKVI makes the decision on the application then the UKVAC will inform the applicant for passport collection. However, if your application remains unresolved even after 12 weeks or 60 working days then you need to contact the UKVI.

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2. Supporting Documents

Visit Visa Requirements from Pakistan to UK for Tourists 2020/21

An applicant applying for a UK tourist or family visitor visa from Pakistan may need following types of supporting documents:

  1. Online application form
  2. Current valid Pakistani passport
  3. Previous Pakistani passport, if applicable
  4. Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
  5. Invitation letter, if applicable
  6. A UK address for staying during the visit
  7. Residential address in Pakistan
  8. Telephone or mobile number
  9. Marriage certificate, if applicable
  10. Family certificate, if applicable
  11. Business/Employer details
  12. Tax registration certificate
  13. Tax returns
  14. Bank statements
  15. Salary slips (for employed persons)
  16. Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in Pakistan
  17. Evidence of assets

Moreover, there is no requirement of submitting photographs with UK visit visa from Pakistan. Certainly, the procedure has changed during the last few years. Therefore, the information relating to the requirement of submitting a photograph with UK visit visa from Pakistan is misleading and outdated. Please note, this is not an exhaustive checklist of the required documents to apply for UK visit visa from Pakistan, as these may differ due to the personal circumstances. For further details, please refer to supporting documents checklist.

3. Amber List Rules for Pakistani Citizens

Visit Visa Requirements from Pakistan to UK for Tourists 2020/21

At present, Pakistan is on Red List. However, from Sept 22, 2021, Pakistan will be on the Amber List. Therefore, Pakistanis travelling to the UK needs to follow the Amber List Rules.  

Before a Pakistani Travels to England

Before a Pakistani citizen travels to England, they need to:

  • take a COVID-19 test in the 3 days before travel to England
  • book and pay for COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete a passenger locator form

A Pakistani need to do these things whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

When a Pakistani Citizen Arrives in England

If a Pakistani citizen is fully vaccinated, then after arriving in England needs to take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2. If a Pakistani is in England for less than 2 days, then still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. However, a Pakistani citizen only need to take the test if they are still in England on day 2.

If a Pakistani citizen is not fully vaccinated or do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, on arrival in England then they need to:

  • quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

If they are in England for less than 10 days, then need to quarantine for the time they are in the UK. They need to book day 2 and day 8 travel tests. However, they only need to take the tests if they are still in England.

Test to Release scheme

If a Pakistani citizen need to quarantine, then they may be able to end quarantine early if they pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

If a Pakistani citizen have also been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before they arrive in England, then need to follow the red list rules.

From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.

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