ISLAMABAD (APP) - As part of worldwide IT up-gradation, the British High Commission (BHC) has closed its visa application centres between 11 to 15 March and the Consular Section will also be closed to the public between 12 to 16 March. Regarding visa services, the UK Border Agency advises customers that the visa application centres in Islamabad, Karachi, Mirpur and Lahore will be closed from 11 to 15 March, said a news release issued here Friday. The UK Border Agency office in Islamabad will also be closed from 12 to 15 March, after which the aim is to resume a normal visa service as quickly as possible. The last date on which Gerrys will accept new applications in the visa application centres is March 10. The visa application centres will reopen on Tuesday 16 March. Any further updates will be placed on the websites: and The closures are to enable the installation of a new IT system at the British High Commission in Islamabad, as part of a global programme affecting all British High Commissions and Embassies.