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Visit visas for the UK and current travel restrictions

February 22, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

Lately there have been numerous changes to travel rules. As of 15th February 2021, additional restrictions have been put in place for people travelling to the UK. 

Current travel restrictions

Currently, it is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for leisure purposes. You cannot travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. 

In a previous article, we mentioned that from 15th february 2021, all those allowed to enter England who have travelled through or from a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. We provided the full list of currently banned countries, also known as the “red list.” 

Visit visas for the UK

If you are travelling to the UK from abroad, you must do the following:

  • Everyone travelling from abroad to the UK must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, which must have been taken up to 3 days before departing. 
  • Take 2 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests after you arrive in England – you’ll need to book these before you travel.
  • Either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days when you arrive in England.

If you’re not travelling from or passing through a country on the red list, you will still need to quarantine. 

You may need to apply for a visit visa if you want to visit the UK and you’re from a country that requires one. Appendix Visa National List  provides a list of nationals that require a visa to visit the UK.

You can visit the UK for the following reasons:

  • Tourism- to visit family/friends or for a holiday
  • Business activities
  • Short course of study
  • Research or an exchange programme as an academic
  • Medical reasons

Eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for a visit visa for the UK you must meet the following requirements and in some cases, provide evidence that you can meet these:

  • You will not make frequent and successive visits to the UK
  • You will leave the UK after your trip before your visa expires
  • You can support yourself in the UK during your trip and will not access public funds
  • You can fund your own trip or it is being funded by someone else
  • You can prove the reasons for visiting the UK, whether this is for a holiday or visiting friends etc

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.

The information provided does not amount to legal advice.