United Kingdom

England — Spain joins Serbia in the list of countries removed from the travel corridors quarantine exemption List

United Kingdom – Spain was removed from the list of countries and territories whose travelers are exempt from quarantine upon arrival to the UK.

Following the removal of those traveling to England from Serbia on July 10th; from 26th July, travelers from Spain will also need to self-isolate upon arrival to England for a period of 14 days.

The above rule applies to all travel to the UK, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.  Quarantine measures apply to those returning from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, such as Majorca and Ibiza.

As before, travelers from Spain also need to complete the online form from the UK Home Office that requires their journey and contact details before traveling to the UK. Those who do not provide these details may receive a fine of £100 or more.

The List of Exempt Countries will continue to be reviewed and updated if changes to the health situation at any of these countries occurred.

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

If travelers arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Spain on or after 26 July 2020 they will need to self-isolate.

United Kingdom – Plans to open a Hong Kong BN(O) Visa from January 2021

United Kingdom – The UK Home Office announced on July 24th, its plans to open a Hong Kong BN(O) Visa’ for BN(O) citizens and their close family members from January 2021.

The offer to BN(O) citizens as summarized in the Home Office Policy Statement is a very generous one.

The new Hong Kong BN(O) Visa will allow BN(O) citizens to reside and work or study in the UK, with a route to settlement and then citizenship.

The visa will be valid for up to 5 years, during which time the visa holders are subject to UK immigration control. After 5 years in the UK and, provided they have stayed free of criminality, have supported themselves financially and otherwise complied with the terms of the visa, they will be able to apply for settlement; after a further year, they may apply to naturalise as British citizens.

This application does not require skills tests or minimum income requirements, economic needs tests and there are no caps on numbers and the opportunity to acquire full British citizenship. Applicants do not need to have a job before coming to the UK – they can look for work once here and may bring their immediate dependents, including non-BN(O) citizens.

However, BN(O) citizens will still need to support themselves independently while living in the UK; they must meet strict criminality checks and stay of good character; pay visa fees, the Immigration Health Surcharge and, if they subsequently apply for citizenship after they become settled, pay the corresponding fee and meet the criteria.

For more information on MSI’s Immigration Services please contact us at msi.immigration@msiimmigration.com

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