UK Visa/Passport News

UK Lost £148 Billion in 2020 Due to Travel & Tourism Restrictions

The United Kingdom suffered a £148 billion financial loss and a 62.3 percent decline in contribution to the country's GDP last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic situation. In addition, the crisis provoked by the virus left 307,000 persons working in the travel and tourism sector jobless in 2020, VisaGuide.World reports. These conclusions have been reached by research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and presented on the annual Economic Impact Report (EIR). In [...]

UK Lost £148 Billion in 2020 Due to Travel & Tourism Restrictions2021-04-12T10:13:19+02:00

England Imposes Compulsory Form for International Travel to Prevent Illegal Trips

England’s citizens who wish to travel abroad from March 8 will be obliged to fill a “Declaration to Travel” form; otherwise, they will be prohibited from traveling, and even face a £200 fine. Before traveling, England citizens must download the form available at the UK’s government website, VisaGuide.World reports. “Police have been stepping up their presence at ports and airports in recent weeks. Officers will be conducting spot checks and have the power to ask travelers to [...]

England Imposes Compulsory Form for International Travel to Prevent Illegal Trips2021-03-08T13:26:17+02:00

UK Global Travel Taskforce to Introduce Plan for Safe Return of International Travel

The United Kingdom's government is seeking to restart international travel safely and sustainably. The plan has been discussed by Britain's Secretary of State Grant Shapps during the first meeting of the new Global Travel Taskforce. The task force's work and how international travel could be safely restored have been discussed by several UK government departments, transport operators, industry bodies, and travel agencies, VisaGuide.World reports. The current plan includes developing a framework that would ease the international travel [...]

UK Global Travel Taskforce to Introduce Plan for Safe Return of International Travel2021-03-03T18:26:27+02:00

UK Government Launches Digital Process for Hong Kong BN(O) Visa

All persons interested in applying for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa with biometric passports will be eligible to do so from a smartphone app in order to scan their passport. Persons will be able to fill an application within the United Kingdom or overseas, and all British National Overseas BN (O), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) or European Economic Area (EEA) biometric passport holders will be able to submit their biometrics as well as to validate [...]

UK Government Launches Digital Process for Hong Kong BN(O) Visa2021-02-24T15:29:27+02:00

UK Opens New Visa Route for Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holders

The United Kingdom has opened its doors to migrants coming from Hong Kong through the new visa for residents coming from Hong Kong’s territory after the Chinese authorities’ imposed the National Security Law in Hong Kong last year, which the UK believes is in breach of its commitments under international law. “The visa reflects the UK’s historical and moral commitment to the people of Hong Kong who have had their rights and freedoms restricted,” reads a statement of the [...]

UK Opens New Visa Route for Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holders2021-02-02T18:18:21+02:00

UK Closes All Travel Corridors, Obliges Arrivals to Self Isolate for 10 Days

All persons arriving in the UK must undergo a period of ten days in quarantine, as the country has closed all its travel corridors until February 15, the UK government has announced. The decision has also been announced by Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who stressed that the recent decision comes in an effort to protect the country against new contagious variants of the Coronavirus pandemic, VisaGuide.World reports. Persons arriving in the United Kingdom's territory by train, [...]

UK Closes All Travel Corridors, Obliges Arrivals to Self Isolate for 10 Days2021-01-18T11:47:20+02:00

England Imposes Mandatory COVID-19 Pre-Departure Tests, Due to New Virus Strain

Travellers from all international destinations must present proof of negative results of a COVID-19 test before departing for England. The requirement has been imposed in a bid of the authorities to stop the further spread of the new strains of the virus. The decision has been confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who pointed out that from today, January 15, all persons arriving by plane, train, or boat will be required to take a test up to [...]

England Imposes Mandatory COVID-19 Pre-Departure Tests, Due to New Virus Strain2021-01-15T11:53:27+02:00

UK Introduces Global Health Insurance Card

The United Kingdom residents will be eligible to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which would help them receive free or reduced-rate medical treatment when travelling to the European Union countries. The decision has been announced by the United Kingdom’s government, which clarifies that healthcare service will continue when travelling in the European Union countries, following the recent agreement reached by the United Kingdom and the European Union, VisaGuide.World reports. The European Health Insurance [...]

UK Introduces Global Health Insurance Card2021-01-12T17:43:26+02:00

UK Removes Uruguay, Namibia & US Virgin Islands From Its Travel Corridor List

Authorities in the United Kingdom have removed from their travel corridor list Uruguay, Namibia, and the United States Virgin Islands, after evaluating the current pandemic situation in these territories, the UK's government has announced. The new decision obliges all citizens of countries mentioned above who wish to enter Britain to undergo a period of ten days of mandatory quarantine, VisaGuide.World reports. According to the United Kingdom's authorities' statement, the decision took effect after estimating that there has [...]

UK Removes Uruguay, Namibia & US Virgin Islands From Its Travel Corridor List2020-12-24T15:19:05+02:00

UK Adds Botswana & Saudi Arabia to Its Travel Corridor List of Exemptions

The United Kingdom has added Botswana and Saudi Arabia to its travel corridor list, after evaluating that the epidemiological situation requires for such a decision to be taken, the country’s government has announced. According to the announcement, starting from December 12, all citizens arriving in Britain from countries mentioned above will no longer need to follow quarantine rules, VisaGuide.World reports. At the same time, the United Kingdom has announced that the Canary Islands will be excluded from [...]

UK Adds Botswana & Saudi Arabia to Its Travel Corridor List of Exemptions2020-12-11T16:49:11+02:00