UK Visa Applicants and Temporary UK Residents Update

The new health measures at the UK border are due to go live on 8 June, and visa extensions for migrants in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January and 31 July 2020.

The latest changes are:

Entering the UK:

  • All arriving persons will be required to fill in a contact locator form to provide contact and travel information so they can be contacted.
  • Refusal to complete a contact locator form may result in a fixed penalty notice of £100 (in England).
  • The UK Government will also require all those entering the UK, who are not on an approved list of exemptions, to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days.
  • British citizens and foreign nationals who fail to comply with the mandatory self-isolation condition could face enforcement action, including a fixed Penalty notice of £1,000 in England or potential prosecution and unlimited fine.
  • Everyone entering the UK will also be strongly advised to download and use the NHS contact tracing app once live. This should be downloaded at the border.
  • The Government will continue to look at further options as we move forward.


  • Those travelling to the UK from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man will not need to complete the online contact locator form or self-isolate for 14 days.
  • A very small group will be exempt from providing a contact detail declaration. This includes diplomats, defence personnel and contractors and officials working on border security.
  • There will be limited exemptions to the requirement to self-isolate and a full list will be published on They include where they are travelling to maintain essential supply chains, essential services or to contribute to the crisis response.

Visa extensions:

  • UK visa holders in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 are now able to extend their visas to 31 July 2020. This builds on the previous extension which lasted until 31 May 2020.
  • Individuals can request this extension by updating their records with Coronavirus Immigration Team.
  • For those who have already had their leave extended to 31 May no further action is required, their leave will be automatically extended.
  • While the Government have offered this extension to help those who are unable to get home prior to 31 July, those currently in the UK on temporary visas, such as visitor visas, should return home as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

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