Covid-19 Updates

last updated 15 Nov 2020

United Kingdom Covid-19 Regulations

  1. Entry Restrictions

Travelers who have been to or transited through Demark in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter or transit the United Kingdom. This entry ban does not apply to British nationals and residents of the United Kingdom.

Travelers from all other countries are permitted to enter the United Kingdom, but could be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period (please see below). Travelers arriving from one of the countries on the travel corridor list are not required to self-isolate. Travelers who have either visited or transited a country not on the travel corridor list within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United Kingdom are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The travel corridor list is updated on an ongoing basis.

All travelers arriving in the United Kingdom from overseas are required to complete the passenger locator form before their enter the UK, with the exception of passengers arriving from Ireland, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands (the Common Travel Area) who have only been in the Common Travel Area during the past 14 days.

2. Quarantine/Self-Isolation Requirements

Travelers arriving from one of the countries on the travel corridor list are not required to self-isolate. Travelers who have either visited or transited a country not on the travel corridor list within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United Kingdom are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The travel corridor list is updated on an ongoing basis.

Travelers who are subject to the self-isolation requirement can find more information here on how the self-isolation must be completed.

3. Impact on Work/Residence Permit Processing

Employers are able to assign Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for foreign employees or can request new CoS allocations from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). But please note that processing times of some requests submitted to the UKVI can be delayed.

The UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVACS) offices in the United Kingdom remain open and continue to issue new appointments each day 28 days in advance. Individuals who have previously submitted biometrics to the UKVI are able to submit their applications through the UKVI Identity Verification (IDV) app and will not need to schedule a separate appointment with an UKVACS office.

UK Visa Application Centers worldwide could be affected by local COVID-19 restrictions in the respective countries and could close to the public with little notice. Therefore, travelers who plan to submit their UK visa applications are strongly advised to ensure that their UK Visa Application Centers continues to accept visa applications. Travelers can find their UK visa application centers here.

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