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UK visa in 15 days; UAE residents relieved as processing time decreases

09:07 PM | 30 Jan, 2023
UK visa in 15 days; UAE residents relieved as processing time decreases
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DUBAI - The passenger traffic to European countries and especially to the United Kingdom from United Arab Emirates has surged following a reduction in visa processing time for UAE residents.

Last year, the UAE residents faced hiccups and long delays in their pursuit to enter the United Kingdom due to reasons including a passenger cap levied by the London Heathrow airport.

The delay also led to some of the tourists cancelling their plans altogether because it took seven weeks to process the visitor visa, leaving the UAE tourists in despair who intended to visit London during summer break.

This was compounded by the fact that London Heathrow airport put a cap on departing passengers at 100,000 per day; however, VFS Global has now communicated in a statement that the processing time for UK visas has reverted to the 15 working days standard, and the turnaround time for Priority and Super Priority visas has likewise normalised.

The travel to UK has been made easier now because of multiple factors, the most important of which is removal of Covid restrictions as well as enhancement of capacity by airlines, Khaleej Times reported.

In this regard, specifically Emirates and British Airways have increased capacity, consequently slashing the airfares. The slashing of processing time comes months before families plan to visit the United Kingdom for Eid ul Fitr holidays. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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