South Africans Luck Out with New Virgin Atlantic Initiative

The disappointment hovering over South African travelers, following the UK’s announcement that South Africans will need to incur an average minimum cost of R 938 to attain a 6 month visitor visas, and up to R7000 to receive a 10 Year Visitor Visa in order to gain entry into the UK, has just been some what alleviated.

Sir Richard Branson recently announced that South Africans who fly with Virgin Atlantic from South Africa to London and who have incurred the Visitor Visas costs, will have the opportunity to receive a refund for the Visas fees incurred. This uplifting promotion is expected to encourage South Africans to visit the UK, following the disappointing news that the UK Home office are not willing to change their stance on the Visa status for South Africans for at least the next 2 years.

Virgin Atlantic’s promotional offer includes the following:

* Buy two consecutive return tickets with Virgin Atlantic, departing from either Johannesburg (VS602) or Cape Town (VS604) and get your second UK Visa for free. This is dependant on which class you were flying.
* The 6 month Visa costs R938 and is refunded on the second ticket, if flying either Economy class or Premium Economy
* The 2 year visa costs R3010 and is refunded on the second ticket if flying Premium class or Upper Class
* The 5 year visa costs R5600 and is refunded on the second ticket if flying Upper Class
* The 10 year visa costs R7000 and is refunded on the second ticket if flying Upper Class

If your visa application is rejected, for any reason, within 30 days of purchasing your first return ticket, Virgin Atlantic will refund the first airline ticket without penalty.

This promotion will be running until 30 September 2009 for the first ticket, where the travel period will be valid between 23 September and 30 November 2009 and the second return ticket is valid for travel between 01 October and 30 November 2010.

For more information, together with all the terms and conditions of this promotion, please visit

For advice on how to obtain a UK visitors Visa or to pursue relocating to the UK, please contact 1st contact Visas.

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0800 003 163

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1800 039 300

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