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COVID-19 Update: Progression to Phase 2

Towards the end of May 2020, the UK government published amended guidance to reveal that specified Visa Application Centres (VACs) and UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVACs) would open and resume services, albeit at a reduced capacity, from 1st June. The thoughts behind this localised approach is to commence a phased return of services as part of ‘Phase 1’. Should the opening of VACs and UKVACs on a localised level go well, the UK government will then look to open more VACs and seek to resume further services as part of ‘Phase 2’.

As of Tuesday 9th June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration and the Home Office were pleased to declare that they would begin the process of launching Phase 2. This means that from 22nd June 2020, additional VACs will open and recommence operations where local conditions permit.

The following VACs will open as of 22nd June 2020:

Adana

Alexandria

Amman

Ankara

Auckland

Baku

Bandar Seri Begawan

Banjul

Barcelona

Belgrade

Brussels

Bursa

Cairo

Changsha

Chengdu

Chiang Mai

Danang

Fuzhou

Gaziantep

Geneva

Hangzhou

Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City

Istanbul

Izmir

Jinan

Kunming

Lisbon

Madrid

Nanjing

Osaka

Paris

Phnom Penh

Seoul

Shenyang

Shenzhen

Tokyo

Tunis

Wuhan

Xi’an

Included as part of Phase 2 will be the reopening of certain English Language Test Centres. It is advised that individuals contact their specific centre to see if they can book their English Language Test.

The UK quarantine rule still applies to individuals who are travelling into the UK from countries outside of the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Ireland. Individuals who do not comply with the quarantine conditions will be subject to financial penalties.

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require legal assistance please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.