Travel Advice and Visa Extensions

*The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.*

Travel Advice

Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice remains under constant review to ensure it reflects the latest expert assessments of risks to British people. The latest guidance can be found on the FCO website here.

Experts continue to monitor the situation and any possible changes to travel advice will be informed by the best possible scientific input.

Entering the UK - Quarantine

Travellers entering the UK must undertake a 14 day quarantine period. There are a limited number of exceptions to this - full information about quarantining on arrival in the UK is available here.

Visas

New measures will extend visas  for foreign nationals already in the UK and who are unable to return home. Anyone who cannot leave the UK before the expiry of their leave due to travel restrictions or self-isolation, must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) by email to advise of their situation. The email address is: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk.  

Current visa rules require people in certain categories to return to their home country to apply for a new visa if they wish to remain in the UK for a different purpose (e.g. student or skilled worker). In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Home Office is waiving the requirement that such applications are made overseas and will allow switching into these routes to be made from within the UK.   
 
Those switching routes in-country still need to pay the relevant fees, meet the requirements of the rules for the route they are applying and will remain subject to immigration control, including criminality checks. The Home Office will endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible, but in the current circumstances some applications may take longer than normal to process, including those wishing to switch category.