In view of the worsening Covid-19 situation around the world, the United Kingdom has put in place measures to limit the spread. Do keep up on the latest updates to better plan your relocation to the U.K.
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(Last updated on 12 October 2021)
Travel Restriction Updates – Covid-19
From 11 Oct, the UK will relax travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Indians as well as arrivals from 47 other countries.
Fully vaccinated travellers from selected European countries can now enter UK without self-isolating upon arrival.
UK relaxes Covid-19 travel restrictions: 8 countries removed from its ‘red list’ and testing requirements reduced and simplified.
Currently, 60 countries and territories are sitting on the UK’s red list, with the names being updated around every three weeks, but the travel announcement could see some nations given new status.
As of 10 August 2021, UK eases travel restrictions for India
As of 4 August 2021, UK eases travel restrictions as the industry lobbies for more.
As of 29 July 2021, England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU and US visitors.
Fully vaccinated travellers returning to England and Wales from France will still have to quarantine from Monday, 19 July 2021.
After adding 15 new countries and territories to its quarantine-free travel list, the UK has placed the Balearic islands (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca and Formentera) back on its amber list from 19 July.
UK government is to relax quarantine rules for fully vaccinated travellers from 19 July 2021.
As of 10 June 2021, between midnight on June 10 to June 26, residents travelling from the UK to Denmark by sea, land or plane, will need to show a *negative PCR test less than 48 hours old before embarking from the UK. (*Restrictions will not apply to UK citizens who are fully vaccinated.)
As of 9 June 2021, fully vaccinated residents of all OECD countries (UK, Canada, US and more) can now enter Denmark with no self-isolation required or the need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before or after arrival.
From 31 May 2021, travellers from UK are only allowed to enter France for essential travel. Travellers will be required to self-isolate for 7 days.
There is now an imposed quarantine on UK visitors going to France due to the new virus strain from India. This includes a 7-day isolation and negative Covid-19 swab tests results within 48 hours before departure from the UK.
From 17 May 2021, travellers from the UK returning from the following countries will not have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the UK.
- New Zealand
- Faroe Islands
- Falkland Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St. Helena, Tristan de Cunha, Ascension Island
However, travellers will be required to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departing for the UK and a second PCR test within 2 days of arriving in the UK
From 4 am British Standard Time (BST), 12 May 2021, Maldives, Turkey and Nepal will be added to the ‘red’ list of countries. Travellers from these three countries will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days upon their arrival in the UK and are to take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before Day 2 of their arrival and on Day 8 of their quarantine.
Since 20 December 2020, over 40 countries have banned flights from the U.K. due to the new strain of Covid-19 found in the country.
From 4 a.m. on 19 September 2020, Singapore will be added to the list of countries where self-isolation on return to the U.K. is not required.
Public Health Measures for All U.K. Arrivals
- Contact locator form: All arriving passengers will be required to fill this in to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with develops the disease
- Self isolation: From 8 June 2020, all passengers arriving in the U.K. will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and could be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance.
- Enforcement: Failure to comply with the mandatory conditions may face enforcement action
- Spot checks: Border Force will undertake checks at the border and may refuse entry to any non-British citizen who refuses to comply with these regulations and isn’t resident in the UK. Failure to complete the form is also punishable by a £100 fixed penalty notice
Advice – Upon returning to U.K.
- The National Travel Health Network and Centre has provided advice on how to stay safe as you travel by air
- The Government advice all travellers entering Australia to go straight home from the airport, avoiding public transport where possible
- If you start to have symptoms like a high temperature or frequent cough, go straight home and self-isolate for 7 days. See the guidance for households with a possible infection and call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen
Leaving U.K. Borders
FCO advise British people against travelling abroad unless it is essential. This applies for an indefinite period due to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions.
If your travel is essential, check here for guidance on international travel.
Getting Flights Back to the U.K.
Changes to Visa Applications During Covid-19
- U.K. Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) and Service and Support Centres (SSCs) will be temporarily closed due to Covid-19
- No booking of appointments are allowed
- If you have already made an appointment, you will be contacted to be informed that it has been cancelled and will be advised on when you can book your new appointment
Get updates on changes pertaining to Visa information here.
Changes to Visa Applications
Notice to U.K. Visa Holders:
- Visa holders currently in the U.K. with leave expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if visa holders are unable to leave the U.K. due to travel restrictions or self-isolation related to Covid-19
- Request for extension can be made by updating records with Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT)
- For visa holders that wish to apply to stay in the U.K. long-term are able to apply online, subjected to the requirements of the application route and pay the U.K. application fee
Notice to U.K. Visa Holders working for NHS:
Eligible frontline health workers and their families would automatically get their visas extended by 1 year. Check eligibility here.
Notice to U.K. visa applicants residing outside U.K.:
All UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:
- TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
- VFS global for all other countries
Notice to British Nationals who need to apply for passport:
If your country‘s VAC is closed, you won’t be able to apply for a British passport. If you urgently need to travel to the U.K., you can apply for an emergency travel document.
More information on visa updates can be found here.
Here is an overview of the travel restrictions and visa updates in United Kingdom.
No border restrictions entering the U.K.
|Category||Visa Application & Passport Updates|
|All U.K. Visa Holders||Visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if visa holders are unable to leave the U.K. due to Covid-19|
|U.K. long-term application are available online, subjected to the U.K. requirements of the application route.|
|U.K. Visa Holders working for NHS||Automatic visa extension by 1 year.|
|U.K. visa applicants residing outside UK||All U.K. Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed|
More Information on Covid-19
Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the Covid-19 situation.
Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Guidance from Foreign & Commonwealth Office for Covid-19
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