Latest Home Office guidance on visa extensions and new health measures at the UK border

The UK Home Office has published the latest guidance about visa extensions for persons in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January and 31 July 2020 and new health measures at the UK border which are due to be implemented on 8 June 2020.

Visa extensions:

UK visa holders in the UK with leave expiring before 31 July 2020 are now able to extend their visas to 31 July 2020. This builds on the previous extension which lasted until 31 May 2020. For those who have already had their leave extended to 31 May no further action is required, their leave will be automatically extended.

The UK Home Office has announced that while this extension has been offered to help those who are unable to return to their home countries prior to 31 July, those currently in the UK on temporary visas, such as visitor visas, should return home as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Entering the UK:

All arriving passengers will be required to fill in a contact locator form to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted if they, or someone they may have been in contact with develops the disease.

Border Force officers will undertake spot checks at the border. Those found not to have completed the online form will be asked to. If they refuse, they may receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 in England.

The UK Government will also require all those entering the UK, who are not on an approved list of exemptions, to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days from arrival into the UK.

 


Where those arriving are unable to demonstrate where they would self-isolate, they may be required to do so in accommodation arranged by the Government.

Self-isolating for 14 days means that people should as far as possible not leave the place they are staying for 14 days, (e.g. they may leave in an emergency, for medical treatment, to buy food ((if this cannot be brought to them)); to attend a funeral of a close relative). They should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing essential care.

Enforcement action will be taken against the minority of people who endanger the safety of others.

British citizens and foreign nationals who fail to comply with the mandatory self-isolation condition could face enforcement action, including a Fixed Penalty Notice of £1,000 in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine. The Devolved Administrations will set out their own enforcement approaches.

Public Health England are setting up an assurance and public health line that will call a random sample of UK arrivals to make sure they have advice they need and check they are self-isolating.

Everyone entering the UK will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app once live. This should be downloaded at the border.

For further details, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents.