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Overview

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 UK.

Information still current at: 12 October 2021

Last Updated at:  12 October 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – United Kingdom

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Overview

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 UK.

Information still current at: 12 October 2021

Last Updated at: 12 October 2021

THINKING OF MOVING AND LIVING IN UNITED KINGDOM?

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Global Mobility Updates – United Kingdom

Latest Update

Fully vaccinated, in-bound Brits now require fewer tests on their return to England from most countries around the world

Only Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela now remain on the UK’s ‘red’ list, where returning travellers are required to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel for 10 days.

 

From 11 Oct, the UK will relax travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Indians as well as arrivals from 47 other countries

Starting 11 Oct, full vaccinated Indians will not have to self-isolate or take a Covid test when they arrive in the UK. This change in guidelines comes days after Delhi imposed reciprocal measures on British nationals in retaliation for UK travel curbs on Indian citizens.

The UK had earlier refused to recognise Covishield. So, fully vaccinated Indian travellers had to still isolate for 10 days and take Covid-19 tests – at their own expense – before they were allowed to leave quarantine.

Also, as of 11th October, arrivals from 47 countries will no longer have to enter hotel quarantine. They will just have to do a PCR test on or before day 2.

In a major overhaul, only seven countries remain on the red quarantine list, including Peru and the Dominican Republic.

47 countries removed from the UK’s red list

As of Monday 11th October, people travelling to England from these locations will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel on arrival:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Indonesia
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Réunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Travel restrictions are updated every three weeks by the UK government, meaning the next update is expected on or around Thursday 28 October.

For full information from the UK government, check their website.

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Public Health Measure For All UK 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, all passengers arriving in the UK 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 The UK

 

Leaving United Kingdom 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 UK

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Latest Update on Schools COVID-19 Guidelines

  • All university students t0 return to in-person teaching.
  • For England, pupils and students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools and colleges.
  • All children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.
  • Up to 6 people from different households or a larger number of no more than 2 households can meet indoors without the need for a formal childcare arrangement.

For more information on operational guidelines for schools, please visit GOV.UK. 

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Changes to Visa Services During COVID-19

  • UK 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.

 

Changes To Visa Application

Notice to UK Visa Holders:

  • Visa holders currently in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, the visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if visa holders are unable to leave the UK due to travel restrictions or self-isolation related to COVID-19.
  • Request for an extension can be made by updating records with Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT).
  • For visa holders that wish to apply to stay in the UK long-term are able to apply online, subjected to the requirements of the application route and pay the UK application fee.

 

Notice to UK 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 UK visa applicants residing outside UK:

  • 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 UK, you can apply for an emergency travel document.

More information on visa updates can be found here.

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Home Search

In light of the COVID-19 situation, moving home is permitted in the United Kingdom.

  • It is recommended to have initial viewing of the property virtually.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a group of up to 6 from any number of households (including children).
  • Face covering or masks are required when viewing the property.
  • Viewings of occupied homes should still be arranged by appointment only
  • Open house viewings with multiple households at the same time is prohibited.
  • When viewing houses, one should avoid touching the surfaces, and wash their hands/use hands sanitiser (the same applies for children)

For more information on property viewing/home moving guidelines in the UK, please click here.

Feel free to check out our article on Best Short Term Accommodation In The UK: Your Best Guide For Navigating the UK Housing Market Upon Arrival. 

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You can enter or return to Great Britain with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

* Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

* If these rules were not met, your pet may face quarantine for up to 4 months or refused entry into the UK if travelled by sea.

For more information on importing pets into great Britain, please visit GOV.UK.

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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, 9am to 5pm)
Guidance from Foreign & Commonwealth Office for COVID-19

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Latest Update

Fully vaccinated, in-bound Brits now require fewer tests on their return to England from most countries around the world

Only Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela now remain on the UK’s ‘red’ list, where returning travellers are required to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel for 10 days.

 

From 11 Oct, the UK will relax travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Indians as well as arrivals from 47 other countries

Starting 11 Oct, full vaccinated Indians will not have to self-isolate or take a Covid test when they arrive in the UK. This change in guidelines comes days after Delhi imposed reciprocal measures on British nationals in retaliation for UK travel curbs on Indian citizens.

The UK had earlier refused to recognise Covishield. So, fully vaccinated Indian travellers had to still isolate for 10 days and take Covid-19 tests – at their own expense – before they were allowed to leave quarantine.

Also, as of 11th October, arrivals from 47 countries will no longer have to enter hotel quarantine. They will just have to do a PCR test on or before day 2.

In a major overhaul, only seven countries remain on the red quarantine list, including Peru and the Dominican Republic.

47 countries removed from the UK’s red list

As of Monday 11th October, people travelling to England from these locations will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel on arrival:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Indonesia
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Réunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Travel restrictions are updated every three weeks by the UK government, meaning the next update is expected on or around Thursday 28 October.

For full information from the UK government, check their website.

Public Health Measure For All UK 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, all passengers arriving in the UK 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 The UK

 

Leaving United Kingdom 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 UK

Latest Update on Schools COVID-19 Guidelines

  • All university students t0 return to in-person teaching.
  • For England, pupils and students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools and colleges.
  • All children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.
  • Up to 6 people from different households or a larger number of no more than 2 households can meet indoors without the need for a formal childcare arrangement.

For more information on operational guidelines for schools, please visit GOV.UK. 

Changes to Visa Services During COVID-19

  • UK 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.

 

Changes To Visa Application

Notice to UK Visa Holders:

  • Visa holders currently in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, the visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if visa holders are unable to leave the UK due to travel restrictions or self-isolation related to COVID-19.
  • Request for an extension can be made by updating records with Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT).
  • For visa holders that wish to apply to stay in the UK long-term are able to apply online, subjected to the requirements of the application route and pay the UK application fee.

 

Notice to UK 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 UK visa applicants residing outside UK:

  • 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 UK, you can apply for an emergency travel document.

More information on visa updates can be found here.

Home Search

In light of the COVID-19 situation, moving home is permitted in the United Kingdom.

  • It is recommended to have initial viewing of the property virtually.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a group of up to 6 from any number of households (including children).
  • Face covering or masks are required when viewing the property.
  • Viewings of occupied homes should still be arranged by appointment only
  • Open house viewings with multiple households at the same time is prohibited.
  • When viewing houses, one should avoid touching the surfaces, and wash their hands/use hands sanitiser (the same applies for children)

For more information on property viewing/home moving guidelines in the UK, please click here.

Feel free to check out our article on Best Short Term Accommodation In The UK: Your Best Guide For Navigating the UK Housing Market Upon Arrival. 

You can enter or return to Great Britain with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

* Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

* If these rules were not met, your pet may face quarantine for up to 4 months or refused entry into the UK if travelled by sea.

For more information on importing pets into great Britain, please visit GOV.UK.

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, 9am to 5pm)
Guidance from Foreign & Commonwealth Office for COVID-19

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions and visa updates in United Kingdom.
No border restrictions entering the UK.

CategoryVisa application & Passport Updates
All UK Visa HoldersVisa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if visa holders are unable to leave the UK due to COVID-19
UK long-term application are available online, subjected to the UK requirements of the application route.
UK Visa Holders working for NHSAutomatic visa extension by 1 year.
*Check eligibility
UK visa applicants residing outside UKAll UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed

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