On 11 May 2020, the government published its COVID-19 recovery strategy. The UK border will in due course introduce a range of new measures and restrictions.
All international arrivals (unless exempt) will be:
- Able to access increased information at the border about the UK’s social distancing regime
- Strongly advised to download and use the NHS tracking app.
- Required to supply contact and accommodation information
- Required to self-isolate in accommodation for 14 days from the day of arrival in the UK. If the individual(s) cannot demonstrate where they shall be self-isolating, suitable accommodation will be arranged by the government.
All journeys within the Common Travel Area (i.e. all journeys between the UK, Crown Dependencies and Ireland) shall be exempt from these measures. Additional exemptions are to be confirmed in an official list which should be published shortly.
Those coming on long terms visas such as Tier 2 are generally asked on the application form regarding their accommodation in the UK. Till date, it has been fine to not specify an address and state that accommodation will be sought upon arrival. However, we now encourage all those coming to the UK to arrange temporary accommodation to avoid any issues at the UK border.
If you have any UK immigration queries regarding your existing visa or these new measures or COVID-19, please contact our team on 01403 801801 or via email on [email protected]