Life flows slower with visas

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

Africa

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