Life flows slower with visas
IN your post-brexit analysis (July 6), you raise the fact that tourism amounts to 10% of GDP and should not ‘become a casualty of politics’. We have travelled between Canada and South Africa twice yearly over the past 10 years, so stopping at Heathrow was the obvious choice. England was a marvellous option and we were able to visit places of interest, see a show or attend a concert.
Sadly, getting the required visa proved more than just an annoyance. After failing to obtain them in time for one trip, the following year, we applied six months in advance for a six-month visa, so allowing a stop at both ends of our journey. When the passports were returned, the visa started from the date of issue rather than our departure date—so five months of the allowed time had passed before our trip began. A 48-hour visa requires as much paperwork and isn’t cheap.
Thank you for a wonderful magazine, through which we vicariously enjoy the UK, although we now travel in the rest of Europe instead, without any frustration. Mercia Polley, South