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Public call for opinion on ePassport gates

On Monday 10th August 2020, The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, announced a “call for evidence” on ePassport gates. This is the launch of a brand-new inspection into the operations and utilisation of ePassport Gates by the Home Office. Mr Bolt is now inviting individuals with any knowledge and experience of

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COVID-19 Update: Immigration and travel provisions for the UK and Singapore

Between 29th July and 3rd August 2020, the Home Office has made vital updates to the current set of information on visa expirations and the status of Visa Application Centres (VACs). As travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are beginning to lift on a global scale, the operation of VACs has resumed albeit where local conditions

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Removal of Spain from the travel corridor exemption list

As a result of a substantial augmentation in the level and number of COVID-19 cases in Spain over the past week, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office took the executive decision to remove Spain from the travel corridor exemption list on 25th July 2020. This list comprises of all the countries where people are not required

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A new visa system for Scotland

As the UK paves the way for the implementation of a points-based immigration system on 1st January 2021, there has been much campaigning from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, for Scotland to have its own varied visa system. Considering that nations such as Australia and Canada have their own regional visa systems, the

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Further UK Visa Application Centres re-open

Starting from 27th July 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has scheduled for more Visa Application Centres (VACs) to reopen and resume services. This announcement is widely appreciated as the UK border begins to reopen with more travellers now having the ability to book their respective appointments to travel in and outside of the UK.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

The UK Visas & Immigration have confirmed that as of Monday 13th July 2020, further VFS Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) will re-open and resume its services. It has been eagerly anticipated by both businesses and individuals; ultimately it is a relief for UK visa applicants as biometrics appointments will recommence, and applicants can now progress

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Are you exempt from quarantine upon arrival into the UK?

As a means of reducing the rate of imported infection of COVID-19, the UK as well as many other EU countries chose to adopt quarantine rules for individuals seeking to travel to different countries during the pandemic. However, considering the falling death rates and cases of COVID-19, the UK has chosen to gradually lift the

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EU Recommendation for Non-Essential Travellers

On 25th June 2020, the European Commission published a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU. This is an extension of the Communication created by the European Commission back on 16th March 2020 which imposed an interim ban on non-essential travel from third countries into the “EU+

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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

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COVID-19 Update: International Consular Openings

As we begin to see the spread of the coronavirus diminishing, countries are seeking to gradually ease travel to give visa customers, passengers and the travel and aviation industry a chance of succour. As a steppingstone towards fully opening international borders, multiple nations have scheduled to implement procedures permitting international travel from June onwards, albeit

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UK Quarantine Rule Under Fire from the Travel Industry

On Monday 1st June 2020, multiple travel companies have launched a plea over the UK quarantine rule that is due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This means that people entering the UK from overseas will be instructed to isolate for 14 days. Approximately 200 travel businesses have written a formal letter to the

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COVID-19 Update: Health Measures and Visa Extensions

On Friday 22nd May 2020, The Home Office imparted new guidance on the future health measures at the UK border which are due to take effect from 8th June 2020. This guidance also contains supplementary information about visa extensions for migrants in the UK. New Amendments- Entering the UK: Passengers must provide travel and contact

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COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: French Exemption from UK Quarantine

May 20, 2020 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

As a detrimental consequence of COVID-19, countries across the globe have decided to close off their borders. This is to limit individuals from overseas to enter these respective countries, with the main object of exercise being to reduce the rate of ‘imported infection’. As death tolls fall in certain countries, this factor has ultimately paved

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Citizenship by Investment to Evade Worldwide Travel Bans

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many countries across the world have taken the executive decision to shut its borders and reduce the rate of ‘imported infection’. However, wealthy individuals have found a way to circumvent the many travel restrictions imposed because of the pandemic. With the potential prospect of a second peak in coronavirus cases,

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COVID-19 Update: Travel Recommendations

On Friday 24th April 2020, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued updated information for British citizens engaging in international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Ultimately, the two crucial messages to individuals travelling abroad still stand:  Individuals should return to the UK now, on condition that commercial flights are available. Do not travel overseas except when

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