The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced that it has reopened its visa Application Centres across the country, and that any individual whose 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or visitation had expired can request for a replacement free of charge.

The UK High Commission, announcing the move Thursday August 20, said the free visa replacement will be open till December 2020 and covers individuals who will be travelling to the UK for work, study or to join their families.

In a statement by the Commission on titled, ‘Update on VAC Services From The BHC Nigeria’ posted on its verified Twitter handle, @UKinNigeria the commission said;

“As a result of the disruptions to travel caused by COVID-19, we are experiencing high demand for replacement vignettes for 30-day visas to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family.

“If an individual’s 30-day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, they can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. This does not apply to other types of visas. This process will be in place until the end of 2020. The replacement visa will be valid for 90 days.’

“To request a replacement visa, individuals can arrange to return their passport to their Visa Application Centre in Nigeria without an appointment.”

The UK commission’s announcement comes after Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced on Monday that international airports would reopen on the 29th August.