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Whilst most UK airports are now open, flight schedules are still not back to normal and thousands of people are still stranded all over the world.

The UK Border Agency has posted the following announcement on the impact the volcanic ash is having on visa services:

UK airports have reopened from 22:00, Tuesday 20 April.

We are making every effort to minimise any delays but it will take time for the situation for our visa operation to return to normal in some areas. Flight cancellations have caused disruption to courier schedules, leading to delays in transporting passports and visa applications to and from our processing centres in Europe.

Customers may still experience delays at the following visa processing centres:

  • Warsaw – This is affecting visa applications from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
  • Stockholm – This affects visa applications from Norway and Helsinki. All visa decisions will be delayed by up to one week.
  • UK – This is affecting visa applications from Algeria and Pakistani settlement applications only.
  • Istanbul – This is affecting visa applications from Tel Aviv.

There may also be delays at our visa processing centre in Belgrade. This would affect visa applications from Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.

Updates will appear here and on local visa application websites.

We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience.

Source: UK Border Agency

See also:

UKBA issue notice expired visa holders whose travel plans have been disrupted by volcanic ash delays

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