The British Embassy in Libya has announced that visa applications submitted in Tunisia must be paid for online, according to the global UKVI policy, emphasising that cash payments will not be accepted.
The Embassy clarified that applicants can use their bank card or a trusted person’s card, such as a friend or family member, to make the payment.
The announcement comes as the British Embassy seeks to streamline and modernise the visa application process for Libyan citizens seeking to travel to the UK.
In recent years, relations between the UK and Libya have improved significantly, with increased cooperation in a variety of areas, including security, energy, and education.
As part of this growing relationship, the UK has sought to facilitate travel for Libyan citizens, while maintaining the necessary security measures to ensure the safety of all travellers.
The move to online payments for visa applications is a positive step towards this goal, and will make the process more convenient and efficient for Libyan citizens.
Earlier this month, Britain’s representative to the UN Security Council, Barbara Wood stressed the need for a “broader political agreement among the power-holders in Libya.”
Addressing the UN Security Council session on Libya, the British Ambassador emphasised that the Libyan people “are eager to exercise their right to vote in elections, as it is seen as a crucial step in resolving the political crisis and achieving lasting stability in the country.”
She called on the international community to “unite its efforts in supporting the UN Special Envoy to Libya, in conducting successful elections.” She also warned that the political deadlock in Libya “directly affects the healthcare system in the country.”
“The ongoing political instability has hindered the country’s ability to provide adequate healthcare services, and meet the needs of its population. This highlights the urgency of finding a comprehensive political solution that can address the underlying issues, and create a conducive environment for social and economic development. The international community’s support and engagement are crucial in helping Libya navigate through these challenges, and create the conditions necessary for a peaceful and prosperous future,” Wood stressed.