My UK working visa is about to start - should I still travel to the UK?

My UK working visa is about to start - should I still travel to the UK?

Last updated 1st August 2020

If your UK visa start/entry date is upcoming, you're probably wondering if you should still consider travelling to the UK as planned....

We are all facing uncertain times due to current COVID-19 pandemic. This is affecting everyone worldwide and we are sure you are wondering if you should or should not travel to the UK at this time.

There is currently no travel ban to the UK, but you must ensure that you check your countries official government website for travel advice before you go. For example, Australia has a travel ban, if an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident wishes to leave Australia they need to apply for an exemption visa. See this LINK for more information. 

Your UK working visa will not be taken off you (or cancelled) by the UKVI if you fail to enter into the UK during your 30 day vignette/30 day entry clearance (you will find this sticker inside your current passport, showing the dates that you can arrive into the UK). This has been approved and it will NOT be cancelled on you. Your UK visa will remain valid, see this blog for more information if your 30 day vignette has expired - https://www.restlessworld.com.au/blogs/news/official-covid-19-update-from-the-ukvi

Also see this LINK on how to obtain your '90 day replacement visa' 

From the 8th June 2020 the UK will introduce a 14 day self-isolation rule. Please see this blog for more information - https://www.restlessworld.com.au/blogs/news/covid-19-and-entering-into-the-uk

Below is a guide covering what you should check before you consider traveling during this COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

What to do before you consider traveling to the UK

1) Check your home country's travel advice, looking specifically at whether the UK have enacted a full travel ban

Below are links to the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand government websites for current travel advice and advisories.

UK - Travel Advice
Australia - Travel Advice
Canada - Travel Advice
New Zealand - Travel Advice

2) Check the UKVI and Home Office Guidance on Immigration

Here you will find out if there are any updates on current UK working visas or 30 day entry clearance vignettes that have already activated or are about to start.

3) Contact the UKVI and Home Office

Below you will find an official update from the UKVI regarding 30 day entry clearance vignettes that have expired or are about to expire. If you want to know how to obtain the '30 day replacement visa' see this LINK.

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Official update from UK Visas & Immigration regarding 30-day entry vignettes:

If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.

To make a request, contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. You’ll need to include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number with ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’ in the subject line. If you’ve already contacted the UKVI about this, please let them know in your email.

You’ll be contacted when the VACs reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport.

You will not be penalised for being unable collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place.

This process will be in place until the end of 2020.

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

 

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Coronavirus Immigration Helpline Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
Telephone UK: 0800 678 1767
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm / calls are free of charge)
Due to Data Protection Regulations the UKVI can only speak to the visa holder or applicant about their specific query.

For more details & information, please check out our other COVID-19 related posts below:

https://www.restlessworld.com.au/blogs/news/i-want-to-cancel-my-uk-working-visa-covid-19-coronavirus

https://www.restlessworld.com.au/blogs/news/official-covid-19-update-from-the-ukvi

https://www.restlessworld.com.au/blogs/news/covid-19-and-entering-into-the-uk

https://www.restlessworld.com.au/blogs/news/you-applied-for-a-uk-youth-mobility-visa-and-are-still-waiting-for-your-visa-decision-and-passport