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Visas: Entry Clearances

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas for entry into the United Kingdom were issued by each issuing post in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (181626)

The number of visas issued by each visa-issuing post in the years 2003-07 inclusive is given in the following table.

Number of visa applications issued for all the posts in last five years

Post

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Abidjan (BE)1

2,027

2,401

0

0

0

Abu Dhabi (BE)

20,583

21,280

17,463

20,338

17,997

Abuja (BHC)

22,479

32,051

37,424

28,973

29,841

Accra (BHC)

36,230

32,480

24,392

22,489

20,330

Addis Ababa (BE)

5,147

6,445

6,824

3,760

4,642

Algiers (BE)

11,148

8,911

7,176

8,386

9,058

Almaty (BE)

6,809

8,354

10,067

15,633

15,674

Almaty (BE)2

6,809

8,354

10,067

15,633

10,169

Amman (BE)

11,271

14,135

12,686

14,572

11,561

Amsterdam (BCG)

11,746

10,199

7,313

6,452

7,038

Ankara (BE)

5,003

14,632

20,717

15,776

18,261

Antananarivo (BE)3

289

293

280

0

0

Ashgabat (BE)

1,626

2,297

1,800

1,226

1,046

Asmara (BE)

0

333

307

177

46

Athens (BE)

829

1,168

1,718

1,371

1,328

Baghdad (BE)

0

744

740

872

958

Bahrain (BE)

10,913

9,556

9,514

10,826

10,276

Baku (BE)

3,078

3,945

4,421

4,772

5,029

Bandar Seri Begawan (BE)

1,494

1,472

2,221

3,349

2,070

Bangkok (BE)

32,358

40,192

38,054

37,884

40,148

Banjul (BHC)

4,701

4,749

4,962

4,335

4,094

Basra (BCG)4

0

0

37

128

0

Beijing (BE)

51,165

56,982

53,606

70,120

71,248

Beirut (BE)

7,157

8,668

8,709

7,193

8,546

Belgrade (BE)

15,183

14,719

14,802

15,657

15,282

Belmopan (BHC)

60

40

0

0

0

Berlin (BE)

439

348

343

352

354

Bogota (BE)

13,548

13,700

13,692

14,864

16,871

Brasilia

134

119

113

223

200

Bratislava (BE)

20,884

266

239

278

96

Bridgetown (BHC)

1,410

1,929

2,038

2,764

2,122

Brussels (BE)

4,748

5,974

6,409

6,002

5,813

Bucharest (BE)

27,744

27,663

32,210

34,550

1,252

Budapest (BE)

1,963

1,774

2,009

1,953

1,304

Buenos Aires (BE)

623

752

965

1,055

1,070

Cairo (BE)

20,753

20,879

21,769

25,033

24,815

Canberra (BHC)

32,797

39,300

39,164

38,267

33,143

Caracas (BE)

455

488

789

1,091

1,402

Casablanca (BCG)5

5,883

2,921

5,796

5,381

0

Chennai (BDHC)

50,483

64,930

75,870

93,899

97,172

Chicago (BCG)

13,096

17,954

16,065

15,333

14,905

Chisinau

0

1,144

2,739

2,794

2,209

Chongqing (BCG)

3,446

4,433

5,515

6,541

7,528

Colombo (BHC)

19,653

20,756

19,184

23,474

20,780

Copenhagen (BE)

3,063

3,301

3,245

3,533

3,307

Dakar (BE)

1,399

1,399

1,657

2,371

2,805

Damascus (BE)

5,664

5,611

5,951

7,526

2,546

Dar Es Salaam (BHC)

6,919

7,392

6,767

7,103

6,536

Dhaka (BHC)

23,004

21,024

27,776

29,403

25,139

Doha (BE)

11,560

12,116

13,368

18,218

18,265

Dubai (BE)

31,858

35,540

36,711

44,539

38,570

Dublin (BE)

12,325

11,727

12,852

13,837

11,803

Dushanbe (BE)

0

0

4

23

14

Dusseldorf (BE)

31,974

32,610

29,328

27,345

20,462

Freetown (BHC)

6,076

5,191

5,160

5,443

3,928

Gaborone (BHC)

1,216

1,906

1,669

1,866

1,896

Geneva (BC)

10,016

10,346

10,653

10,718

9,531

Georgetown (BHC)

2,227

1,423

3,267

3,556

2,943

Guangzhou (BC)

25,455

32,713

26,372

31,075

33,978

Hanoi (BE)

3,721

4,813

4,933

5,487

6,464

Harare (BHC)

16,744

19,207

15,683

11,842

7,870

Havana (BE)

2,187

1,909

1,997

2,468

2,222

Helsinki (BE)

840

990

1,077

1,239

1,261

Hong Kong (BC)

7,004

11,508

11,821

12,700

12,750

Islamabad (BHC)

77,026

96,027

88,040

108,062

91,912

Istanbul (BCG)

52,527

29,810

38,309

52,209

53,694

Jakarta (BE)

12,725

13,442

13,285

14,382

16,392

Jedda (BCG)

17,144

20,349

19,436

20,946

20,825

Jerusalem (BCG)

1,844

1,720

1,725

1,631

1,517

Kampala (BHC)

10,972

7,698

6,433

7,008

7,407

Karachi (BDHC)

2,167

9,470

20,395

25,936

15,110

Kathmandu (BE)

3,821

3,842

9,183

13,890

11,162

Khartoum (BE)

4,794

5,057

5,614

7,147

6,806

Kiev (BE)

20,780

27,040

27,930

31,759

33,061

Kingston (BHC)

15,717

12,773

10,370

10,263

10,974

Kinshasa (BE)

2,073

3,062

3,322

2,827

3,282

Kolkata (BDHC)

11,337

12,857

14,588

18,319

17,156

Kuala Lumpur (BE)

5,016

10,158

8,724

9,078

10,786

Kuwait City (BE)

44,147

41,545

47,111

46,869

41,971

La Paz (BE)

166

244

213

334

296

Lagos (BDHC)

62,595

86,739

84,526

74,577

74,059

Lilongwe (BHC)

562

1,065

1,693

2,518

3,238

Lima (BE)

3,761

3,791

3,624

4,267

4,436

Lisbon (BE)

2,102

2,639

2,495

3,300

2,092

Los Angeles (BCG)

22,169

29,440

27,790

28,468

25,726

Luanda (BE)

2,419

3,000

3,131

3,173

3,660

Lusaka (BHC)

4,454

5,116

5,127

5,377

5,377

Luxembourg (BE)

507

516

0

0

0

Madrid (BC)

6,377

8,547

8,380

7,742

6,923

Manila (BE)

25,173

26,457

29,387

34,178

33,737

Maputo (BHC)

778

850

818

147

0

Maseru (BHC)6

121

6

0

0

0

Mbabane (BHC)7

397

370

0

0

0

Mexico City (BE)

1,134

2,582

3,213

3,441

3,353

Minsk (BE)

9,185

10,508

10,456

10,144

10,153

Montevideo (BE)

58

64

56

67

61

Moscow (BE)

78,178

92,669

104,747

119,513

120,222

Mumbai (BHC)

85,072

102,861

117,708

136,613

127,708

Muscat (BE)

10,686

9,813

9,664

9,758

9,491

Nairobi (BHC)

15,455

16,179

12,822

13,846

13,455

Nassau (BHC)8

219

91

0

0

0

New Delhi (BHC)

76,677

84,694

99,386

114,986

109,756

New York (BCG)

49,198

59,278

54,681

54,079

47,801

Nicosia (BHC)

6,073

5,117

4,346

7,277

4,816

Oslo (BE)

4,226

4,054

4,027

4,159

3,269

Ottawa (BHC)

19,381

22,058

21,344

20,304

18,435

Panama City (BE)

242

263

387

181

150

Paris (BE)

26,237

27,526

25,965

28,725

21,857

Port Louis (BHC)

2,584

3,184

3,659

3,348

3,029

Port Moresby (BHC)

130

124

157

107

80

Port of Spain (BHC)

1,935

3,096

3,228

2,856

2,274

Port Vila9

8

2

5

0

0

Prague (BE)

3,215

1,536

1,281

2,167

2,911

Pretoria (BCG)

27,490

34,518

33,761

24,300

21,534

Quito (BE)

2,521

2,441

2,393

2,941

2,618

Rabat (BE)

0

0

0

0

8,011

Rangoon (BE)

1,150

1,225

1,781

1,725

1,939

Reykjavik (BE)

319

411

394

684

289

Riga (BE)

1,567

1,843

1,928

2,179

2,215

Rio de Janeiro

1,445

2,793

7,232

6,246

6,877

Riyadh (BE)

22,020

26,827

30,747

36,207

40,069

Rome (BE)

12,975

13,036

13,910

12,213

8,991

San Salvador (BE)10

25

0

0

0

0

Sanaa (BE)

2,657

2,866

2,653

2,905

2,495

Santiago (BE)

1,027

987

1,271

1,155

1,051

Santo DOMINGO (BE)

1,074

1,058

1,420

1,280

1,563

Sarajevo (BE)

3,070

2,963

2,964

3,012

3,098

Seoul (BE)

2,858

9,299

10,937

9,934

9,415

Shanghai (BC)

21,912

27,800

27,388

39,280

40,349

Singapore (BHC)

5,005

7,216

7,046

7,075

7,349

Skopje (BE)

4,820

4,336

4,548

5,252

6,045

Sofia (BE)

21,372

20,987

23,517

25,275

453

St. Petersburg (BCG)

13,472

15,927

19,728

20,113

22,073

Stockholm (BE)

4,616

4,573

4,615

4,198

3,416

Suva (BHC)

1,235

1,144

964

757

989

Taipei (BTO)

31,717

37,605

35,614

38,300

34,532

Tallinn (BE)

682

685

891

1,095

955

Tashkent (BE)

2,590

2,155

2,241

1,392

2,644

Tbilisi (BE)

2,935

3,042

3,293

3,852

4,291

Tegucigalpa (BE)11

562

0

0

0

0

Tehran (BE)

23,668

27,951

28,526

35,777

31,754

Tel Aviv (BE)

1,481

2,470

3,976

2,548

1,906

Tirana (BE)

4,419

6,814

10,063

8,334

6,952

Tokyo (BE)

6,232

17,737

17,246

16,956

14,855

Tripoli (BE)

10,838

13,270

14,655

16,342

11,548

Tunis (BE)

4,151

6,044

6,009

6,037

6,043

UKvisas, London12

0

79

875

841

1,049

Ulaanbaatar (BE)

1,019

837

797

1,139

2,118

Valletta (BHC)

1,116

697

503

469

381

Victoria (BHC)

185

270

278

253

202

Vienna (BE)

2,914

2,599

2,656

2,595

2,119

Vilnius (BE)

1,802

685

330

335

326

Warsaw (BE)

3,713

2,275

1,172

1,345

1,419

Wellington (BHC)

9,148

10,232

10,376

10,819

10,121

Windhoek (BHC)

1,101

1,782

537

254

0

Yaounde

2,990

2,802

2,908

2,659

3,169

Yekaterinburg (BCG)

4,424

6,399

7,777

8,778

8,602

Yerevan (BE)

1,072

1,221

1,441

1,592

1,719

Zagreb (BE)

14,811

14,508

14,660

2,901

974

Grand total

1,779,814

2,007,207

2,086,078

2,261,905

2,086,906

1 Closed May 2006 .

2Closed August 2007.

3 Closed August 2005.

4 Moved to air station March 2007.

5 Closed October 2007.

6 Closed August 2005.

7 Closed September 2005.

8 Closed April 2005.

9 Closed October 2005.

10 Closed August 2003.

11 Closed January 2004.

12 Diplomatic visas.

BE = British Embassy

BHC = British High Commission

BDHC = British Deputy High Commission

BCG = British Consulate-General

BTO = British Trade Office

RO = regional Office

Note:

The data is unpublished and should be used for information purposes only. Also this data includes all the endorsement category.

Date Range:

1 January 2003 to 31 December 2007.

Source:

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