Westminster Outlook The first story briefed to the press on the way to Sydney was of the decision to expand the super fast-track visa programme to encompass seven extra countries, including Thailand and the UAE. At present, the 24-hour visa is only available in India and China.
Even though the visas cost £600 over the usual charges, these are clearly valuable for business executives in these countries if there is a sudden problem in a British subsidiary or a FTSE 100 deal to be brokered.
While it is understandable that the 24-hour visa should be trialled in a few countries, I think it’s interesting that the expansion is relatively small. Look out for the Tories to bolster their already substantial business vote with a manifesto pledge to roll out the policy around the world at next year’s general election.Reuse content