United Kingdom

England — Travel Corridors Countries and Territories Exemption List Announced on 3rd July


Canada – Express Entry rounds for international permanent residence applicants resumed and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

England – A list of 59 countries and territories whose travelers are exempted from quarantine upon arrival to England from 10th of July was announced last Friday and revised on 8th of July.

From 10th July onward, foreign nationals who have only visited or stopped at a country or territory included in the following list within 14 days before traveling to England will be able to enter to England without the need to self-isolate upon arrival for a period of 14 days:

Andorra Curaçao Germany Japan New Zealand St Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and Barbuda Cyprus Greece Liechtenstein Norway St Lucia
Aruba Czech Republic Greenland Lithuania Poland St Pierre and Miquelon
Australia Denmark Grenada Luxembourg Reunion Switzerland
Austria Dominica Guadeloupe Macao (Macau) San Marino Taiwan
Bahamas Faroe Islands Hong Kong Malta Serbia Trinidad and Tobago
Barbados Fiji Hungary Mauritius Seychelles Turkey
Belgium Finland Iceland Monaco South Korea Vatican City
Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba France Italy Netherlands Spain Vietnam
Croatia French Polynesia Jamaica New Caledonia St Barthélemy


Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt as they are part of the Common Travel Area. The 14 British Overseas Territories are also exempt from self-isolation upon arrival.

This list had British and French Overseas Territories added on July 8th and will continue to have more countries added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners. Feel free to contact us to find out about more country additions in the following days.

What happens when traveling to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Traveling rules into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland remain the same. Only those travelers that have already spent 14 days in the Common Travel Area are exempt from self-isolating upon arrival.

United Kingdom – VFS Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) and a few USCIS Application Support Centres (ASCs) resumed UK Visa biometrics capture by appointment only. 

The dedicated VFS Visa Application Centres (VAC’s) in Boston, Chicago, Houston, LA, San Francisco, Oakland, Orlando, San Jose, Philadelphia, Seattle, Virginia (Alexandria), Washington DC and NY will resume processing from Monday 6th July.  The USCIS Application Support Centres ASCs at Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-North, Alexandria, Oakland, Houston – SW, Miami, Orlando, Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Jose have also resumed operations with limited appointments availability. Canada’s centers for UK visa biometrics also began to re-open.

Canada – On July 8th 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system.

This new round of invitations benefits overseas and US-based applicants that have been in the permanent residence pool since March and have not had an opportunity to apply for permanent residence to Canada. This round of invitation was also extended to Federal Skilled Worker candidates the first time since March 2020.

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) – On 1st July 2020, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was officially retired and replaced by its new counterpart, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). CUSMA contains the same immigration provisions for business visitors, professionals (including the same list of occupations), intra-company transferees, and traders and investors as its predecessor. While no changes are expected to the regulations already in place by NAFTA, all references to NAFTA have been replaced and we should all start speaking about CUSMA.

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