[last updated 28 September 2020 at 11:06]
UK visa application centres around the world have begun to reopen from their COVID-19 lockdown closure.
UK Visas and Immigration is encouraging anyone who wants to make a new UK visa application to submit their online application form as soon as possible. Once you’ve done this you’ll be in the system and will receive updates when new appointment slots become available.
You can find out the latest UK visa application centre reopening information below.
UKVI uses three commercial partners around the world who operate visa application centres:
Each commercial partner is working with UKVI to determine where and when it’s safe to resume operations. Visa application centres will therefore open in a phased manner – which will be subject to change if circumstances require – and not all visa application centres within a given country will open all at once
Democratic Republic of Congo
Trinidad & Tobago
United States of America
Papua New Guinea
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Occupied Palestinian Territories
United Arab Emirates
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) publishes updates to COVID-19 travel restrictions by the hour. You should check this information before making travel plans and we’d strongly recommend you also check both your own government’s and the UK government’s COVID-19 travel information.
The UK government has a comprehensive guide on countries where there are travel corridors, air bridges, travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
Information on this page has been taken from officially published information by UKVI, Sopra Steria, TLScontact and VFS Global. While we try hard to make this information as up-to-date and accurate as possible, due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation there may be inaccuracies. We’d suggest that if you want to the most up-to-date information, do consult the relevant party’s official COVID-19 information pages.
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If you’re concerned about properly preparing your UK visa application you can use an immigration adviser to guide you through the process. Immigration advisers are qualified professionals who tell you exactly what type of visa application to make, what documents you need (and what they need to contain) and complete all the visa application forms for you.
You can find a qualified immigration adviser on Help with my visa! to help you prepare your UK visa application. They offer virtual appointments that are COVID-19 safe and can help you in you’re in the UK or overseas. Click on the link below to find an immigration adviser who can help.