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Foreigners: Sports

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2083W, on foreigners: sports, whether she plans to increase (a) the visa fee payable for a sportsperson from a visa national country coming to participate at a sporting event in the UK and (b) what the visa national countries are. (193220)

The visa fee currently payable for a sportsperson from a visa national country coming to participate at a sporting event in the UK is £99.

Applications made under the creative and sporting sub-category of tier 5 of the points based system will be set at £99—also below cost recovery levels.

A list of the countries subject to a visa regime is as follows.

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

Angola

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belarus

Benin

Bhutan

Bosnia Herzegovina

Burkina Faso

Burma

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

People’s Republic of China (except those referred to in sub-paragraphs 2(d) and (e) of this appendix)

Colombia

Comoros

Congo

Cuba

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Fiji

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Korea (North)

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Liberia

Libya

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Moldova

Mongolia

Morocco

Mozambique

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Peru

Philippines

Qatar

Russia

Rwanda

Sao Tome e Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Somalia

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Surinam

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

The territories formerly comprising the socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

(b) Persons who hold passports or travel documents issued by the former Soviet Union or by the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

(c) Stateless persons.

(d) Persons who hold non-national documents.