In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United Kingdom has put in place notices to reduce the worsening of COVID-19 situation. Before making a decision to move to United Kingdom, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.
Last updated: 6 July 2020
Travel Restriction Updates – COVID-19
UPDATE: United Kingdom have yet to impose any border restrictions in response to COVID-19.
Here’s what you need to know about the travel restrictions in United Kingdom.
Entering United Kingdom Borders
Currently, United Kingdom have yet to impose any border restrictions in response to COVID-19.
- The Foreign & Commonwealth Office strongly advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now while commercial flights are still available (this excludes British people permanently residing abroad)
Public Health Measures 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.
- From 10 July, passengers returning to or visiting England from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, will no longer need to self-isolate on arrival.
- 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 UK
- 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.
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Leaving United Kingdom borders
FCO advise British people against travelling abroad unless it is essential, except to the countries and territories listed on this page. These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad.
- 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.
Get updates on changes pertaining to visa information here.
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, 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 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:
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.
Here is an overview of the travel restrictions and visa updates in United Kingdom.
No border restrictions entering the UK.
|Category||Visa application & Passport Updates|
|All UK Visa Holders||Visa 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 NHS||Automatic visa extension by 1 year. |
|UK visa applicants residing outside UK||All UK 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, 9am to 5pm)