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The reopening of the UK Visa Centre in Kiev

Posted by Avisa:   08.06.2020

Gradually, quarantine restrictions are being changed in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world. But, unfortunately, the coronavirus is still with us and the current situation requires adjustments to the process of obtaining visas and passing borders. These changes may be temporary or may continue until a vaccine is invented.

From June 1, 2020, the UK Visa Centre in Kiev and the UK Visa Immigration Service are gradually resuming their work.  You may now submit your application and documents and request a date for giving your biometric data.

If you submitted your documents prior to the quarantine and you have not yet received a decision, expect a response to the email you provided in the application from the UK Visa Immigration Service or from the UK Visa Centre.

To enter the Visa Centre of Great Britain you must wear a mask and observe a distance of 2 meters from the nearest person. 

Starting from June 8, 2020 new rules of entry to the UK will be introduced due to coronavirus. These rules apply to those who live permanently in the UK and for temporary visitors, i.e. for people who will enter the country for tourism, business, study, or a guest visit. The rules are being introduced to reduce the rate of transmission and to prevent a second wave of disease in the UK.

Here are the new rules: 

  • Soon there will be an online form, which must be filled out before traveling to Britain. In this form be sure to specify the details of your route, your contact details, details of your place of residence for the time of self-isolation. The completed form will need to show when passing the border.
  • It is recommended that you install the NHS Covid-19 app on your phone, which will help the UK government track contacts.
  • If you refuse to provide your information about your itinerary or self-isolation, you may not be allowed to enter the country. Furthermore, if you violate your itinerary or self-isolation data, you may be penalized. Authorities will use the information you provide to contact you, if you or a passenger who has been flying with you, is diagnosed with a coronavirus infection. They will also use the information you provide to monitor your self-isolation.
  • If you feel symptoms of coronavirus before travelling to the UK, please cancel your trip.
  • If you feel unwell on board a plane, on a bus, or a train that travels to the UK, inform the vehicle's employees immediately so that they can tell airport or stations staff, who in turn will tell you what to do next.

Upon arrival in the UK, you must go to a place of self-isolation. You can be met by friends or relatives at the airport or at the station and taken to your place of residence. You can use public transport if you have no other choice, but you must wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

You can leave the place of 14 days of self-isolation only in the following extreme cases:

  • You need urgent medical treatment.
  • You need the support of social services.
  • You need food and medicine that can't be delivered, or you don't have someone who can help deliver it to you.
  • You go to the funeral of a close relative.
  • There is an emergency in the building, for example, a fire.

During self-isolation, you cannot visit anyone except in an emergency.

If you live with relatives or friends, observe self-isolation in a separate room and minimize contact with the residents of the apartment.

If you stay in a hotel, for the first 14 days you do not have the right to use restaurants, bars, health services, or sports club.

If you do not find a place to self-isolate, inform the border guards on arrival and they will provide you with accommodation options.

After 14 days, if there are no symptoms of coronavirus, you can stop self-isolation, but you must follow the rules to keep your distance, and you will need to wear your mask all the time.

 There are also categories of people who will not need to follow these rules:

  • Drivers of passenger vehicles and freight transport;
  • People who transit through the UK if they do not need to leave the transit zone and do not need to pass border controls;
  • People who come to Britain for medical treatment;
  • Workers who are going to work in the medical field, energy, technical areas, etc.
  • Sailors, pilots.
  • Seasonal agricultural workers who are self-insulated at work.
  • Anyone leaving the common tourist area covering Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

We have chosen the most popular categories, but this the list is not complete.  So, if you have questions, please visit the public sector information website of the United Kingdom.

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